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Bertha F. Johnson Papers, 1879-1957
1 box (.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Physician. Papers include reminiscences by Johnson's grandmother, Elvira Lightner Allen, of slavery and the abolition movement; a description of Dr. John H. Kelloggs's Battle Creek Sanitarium by a patient in 1900; and reminiscences of her professional life and acquaintences including Emma Goldman and Helen Tufts Bailie.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership for the Bertha F. Johnson Papers is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Bertha F. Johnson graduated from medical school in 1905. She was married to a farmer and had no children. Her great-grandparents, Daniel Lightner and Polly Seward were abolitionists in Indiana. No other biographical information is available.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Papers include reminiscences by Johnson's grandmother, Elvira Lightner Allen, of slavery and the abolition movement. One relates the experience of her father, Daniel Lightner, who witnessed the cruelty of slavery as a boy; another describes memories of her parent's Underground Railway station in Indiana. In addition, there is a description of Dr. John H. Kelloggs's Battle Creek Sanitarium written by a patient to Johnson's husband in 1900. Correspondence to Sophia Smith Collection Director Margaret Grierson from Dr. Bertha Johnson (circa 1949-57) include her own reminiscences of her professional life and acquaintances including Emma Goldman and Helen Tufts Bailie.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership for the Bertha F. Johnson Papers is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Bertha F. Johnson Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Carrie Baldwin (intern), 2008.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

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Language
English

Contents List
Contents


Box 1: folder 1
Description of Battle Creek Sanitarium by patient,
1900

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence



To Margaret Grierson,
1949-57

Box 1: folder 3
To and from librarians interested in Johnson's women's book collection,
1933

Box 1: folder 4
Elvira Lightner Hull Allen: photo and family recollections,
1879, 1892

Box 1: folder 5

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Subjects
  • Abolitionists--Indiana--Biography--Sources
  • African Americans--Biography--Sources
  • Allen, Elvira Lightner Hull, 1837-1913
  • Battle Creek Sanitarium
  • Johnson, Bertha F.
  • Lightner, Daniel Dinkle, 1810-1888
  • Lightner, Polly Seward, d. 1884
  • Slavery--United States--History--19th century--Sources
  • Women physicians--Biography--Sources


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