Finding aid for the Felton M. Johnston Collection

MUM00245

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Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored at an off-site facility. Researchers interested in using this collection must contact Archives and Special Collections at least two business days in advance of their planned visit.

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Summary Information

Repository
University of Mississippi Libraries
Creator
Johnston, Felton M.
Title
Felton M. Johnston Collection
Date [inclusive]
1925-1972 (bulk 1950-1969)
Extent
36.0 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
27 boxes
Mixed materials [Box]
1-27
Abstract
Correspondence, files, photographs, and scrapbooks of Felton M. Johnston. Johnston served as Secretary of the U.S. Senate from 1955 through 1964. From 1965 through 1969, he was a member of the American Battlefield Monuments Commission.

Preferred Citation

Felton M. Johnston Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Chronology

10 March 1909 Felton M. Johnston born in Tallulah, Louisiana
1929 Graduated from the University of Mississippi
1934-1941 Serves as Clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
1940s Serves as Congressional Liaison Officer for the U.S. State Department and Enlists in the U.S. Army
1948 and 1952 Serves as Secretary of the Committee on Platform and Resolution at the Democratic National Conventions
1955-1965 Serves as Secretary of the Senate
1965-1969 Serves on the American Battle Monuments Commission
20 April 1973 Johnston dies in Washington, D.C.

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Biography

Born in Tallulah, Louisiana on 10 March 1909, Felton M. Johnston (known to his friends as "Skeeter") grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1929, Johnston took a position as stenographer for U.S. Senator Pat Harrison. When Harrison assumed chairmanship of the Committee on Finance in 1933, Johnston became an assistant clerk for the committee. A year later, Johnston advanced to clerk, a position he held until 1941. During World War II, Johnston served for two years as congressional liaison officer for the U.S. State Department before enlisting in the army. After the war, Democrat senators elected him their party's secretary. Johnston also served as secretary of the Committee on Platform and Resolution at the Democratic National Conventions in 1948 and 1952.

In 1955, Johnston attained the highest administrative position in the Senate -- Secretary of the Senate. Although past officeholders had wielded tremendous political influence, Johnston rarely took such advantage. Senators and colleagues considered him a congenial, hard worker who paid attention to detail. After retiring in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Johnston to the American Battle Monuments Commission (an independent agency of the federal government which designs, builds, and maintains U.S. military cemeteries and memorials in foreign countries). Johnston's tenure on the commission lasted from 1965 to 1969.

Johnston was a member of the Burning Tree Country Club, the Metropolitan Club, the Alfalfa Club, the Jefferson Island Club, the National Capitol Democratic Club, and several senate staff associations.

Johnston’s wife, Wanda Stippich of Norfolk, Nebraska, passed away in 1972. On 20 April 1973, Johnston died of a heart attack in his Washington home. He was survived by two children: Wanda Wray Chatfield Putnam of Grand Junction, Colorado and Felton M. Johnston Jr. of Washington, DC.

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Bibliography

Robert C. Albright, "Senate's Undercover Executive" Washington Post  (15 August 1965): E3.

Lawrence Feinberg, "Retired Secretary of Senate Dies" Washington Post  (22 April 1973): D6.

"Retired Secretary of U.S. Senate Gives Papers to OM [sic, UM]" Jackson Clarion-Ledger  (5 September 1976).

U.S. Senate, "Felton M. Johnston, Secretary of the Senate, 1955-1965," http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/SOS_Felton_Johnston.htm (accessed 8 September 2006).

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Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence with numerous congressmen and other national figures; personal photographs as well as signed photographs of noteworthy individuals; Johnston's minutes of the meetings of the Democratic policy committee; diaries, daybooks, and desk calendars in which Johnston kept track of his own schedule, the names of those who attended meetings, and important events; a complete set of minutes of the Metropolitan Club, which counted many senators among its membership; and material related to Johnston's 1965-1969 service on the American Battle Monuments Commission.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 2009

Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored at an off-site facility. Researchers interested in using this collection must contact Archives and Special Collections at least two business days in advance of their planned visit.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Additions

No further additions are expected to this collection; however, infrequent additions are possible.

Acquisition Information

Felton M Johnston Jr. and Wanda Wray Chatfield donated their father's papers to the University of Mississippi in 1976-1977. In 2005, they donated a small accretion of material related primarily to U.S. Senator Pat Harrison, including correspondence with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and an original Clifford K. Berryman political cartoon. In 2009, Felton M. Johnston Jr. gave additional documents, photographs, letters, and ephemera to the collection. In 2010, Wanda Putnam donated additional items to her father’s collection.

Processing Information

Edward M. Walters, University Archivist, coordinated efforts to sort and inventory the collection with the assistance of the family's representative, Edward P. Moore Jr., soon after receipt. Leigh McWhite, Political Papers Archivist, composed the introductory fields in September 2006. During 2006-2007, student assistant Rachel Domm created a folder-level inventory for boxes one through forty which the original finding aid lacked, and Alyson Kennedy completed a rearrangement of the files in February 2008. McWhite processed the 2005, 2009, and 2010 accretions to the collection and updated the finding aid.

Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 29 April 2009 and revised July 2010. Revision November 2013 by Susan Ivey.

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Related Materials

Resources at the University of Mississippi

The James O. Eastland Collection contains correspondence and photographs with Johnston. A finding aid is available online at http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00117/.

Tributes to Honorable Felton McLellan Johnston, Secretary of the Senate, upon the Occasion of His Retirement: Delivered on the Floor of the United States Senate. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1965. Catalogued: E840.8 J612 T75 1965.

Lowell B. Mason. Felton M. Johnston Hits a Home Run. [Chicago]: Rand McNally & Co., [1956]. Catalogued: E840.8 J612 M37 1956.

Further Archival Sources on Johnston

The Senate Historical Office has posted an online oral history which discusses Johnston at "Dorothye G. Scott, Administrative Assistant to the Senate Democratic Secretary and to the Secretary of the Senate (1945-1977)," http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/oral_history/Dorothye_Scott.htm (accessed 24 February 2008).

The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress holds the Francis Ralph Valeo Papers. Valeo replaced Johnston as Secretary of the Senate in 1966. The collection's subject file series includes files created by Johnston.

Felton M. Johnston participated in the Richard B. Russell Jr. Oral History Project at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Library.

Separated Material

A number of books and publications have been removed and catalogued for Special Collections, Government Documents, and the main stacks of the J.D. Williams Library.

Original photographs are located in Modern Political Archives Photographs Boxes 3,4, and 6. One oversized panoramic photograph is located in Library Annex Map Case, Drawer 3.

On permanent display in the Library Annex is an original political cartoon drawing inscribed by the artist C.K. Berryman to Pat Harrison and dated May 1938. The cartoon caption reads “This Hurts Me a Great Deal More Than It Hurts You" and depicts Harrison holding a hair brush with Roosevelt in knickers before the senator. 15" x 14" in black wood frame with glass. The cartoon is part of the C.K. Berryman Cartoons digital collection available online at http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/berryman.

Original signed correspondence from presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson have been removed to a VIP Restricted Access Location.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Battle Monuments Commission
  • United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Finance
  • United States. Congress. Senate

Format(s)

  • appointment books
  • certificates
  • clippings (information artifacts)
  • correspondence
  • flags
  • photographs
  • publications
  • scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Harrison, Pat, 1881-1941
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

 1.1 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1941 

 1.2 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1954 

 1.3 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1955 

 1.4 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1955 

 1.5 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1956 

 1.6 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1956 

 1.7 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1957 

 1.8 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1957 

 1.9 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1958 

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Box 2 

 2.1 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1959 

 2.2 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1960 

 2.3 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1961 

 2.4 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1961 

 2.5 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1962 

 2.6 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1963 

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Box 3 

 3.1 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1964 

 3.2 Social Functions, Luncheons, and Holidays 1965 

 3.3 Alfalfa Club 

 3.4 Alfalfa Club 

 3.5 Burning Tree Club 

 3.6 Chatterbox Club 

 3.7 Gridiron Club 

 3.8 Gridiron Club 

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Box 4 

 4.1 Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels 

 4.2 Jefferson Islands Club 

 4.3 Jefferson Islands Club 

 4.4 Metropolitan Club 

 4.5 Military Order of the Carabo 

 4.6 National Capital Democratic Club 

 4.7 National Press Club 

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Box 5 

 5.1 Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick 

 5.2 Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick 

 5.3 Touchdown Club 

 5.4 University Club 

 5.5 Senate Administration (1930) 

 5.6 Senate Administration (1931) 

 5.7 Senate Administration (1932) 

 5.8 Senate Administration (1934) 

 5.9 Senate Administration (1945) 

 5.10 Senate Administration (1945) 

 5.11 Senate Administration (1947) 

 5.12 Senate Administration (1948) 

 5.13 Senate Administration (1949) 

 5.14 Senate Administration (1950) 

 5.15 Senate Administration (1951) 

 5.16 Senate Administration (1952) 

 5.17 Senate Administration (1953) 

 5.18 Senate Administration (1953) 

 5.19 Senate Administration (1954) 

 5.20 Senate Administration (1955) 

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Box 6 

 6.1 Senate Administration 1956 

 6.2 Senate Administration 1957 

 6.3 Senate Administration 1958 

 6.4 Senate Administration 1959 

 6.5 Senate Administration 1960 

 6.6 Senate Administration 1961 

 6.7 Senate Administration 1962 

 6.8 Senate Administration 1963 

 6.9 Senate Administration 1964 

 6.10 Senate Administration 1965 

 6.11 Senate Administration 1967 

 6.12 Senate Administration 1968 

 6.13 Senate Administration 1969 

 6.14 Senate Administration 1969 

 6.15 Senate Administration 1970 

 6.16 Senate Administration -- Parking Tags 

 6.17 Senate Administration -- Suspended Reports 1962 

 6.18 Senate Administration -- U.S. Veterans Advisory Committee 1966 

 6.19 Senate Administration -- U.S. Veterans Advisory Committee 1967 

 6.20 Senate Administration -- U.S. Veterans Advisory Committee 1968 

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Box 7 

 7.1 Newspapers, Magazines, and Publications 1946 

 7.2 Newspapers, Magazines, and Publications 1953 

 7.3 Newspapers, Magazines, and Publications 1954 

 7.4 Newspapers, Magazines, and Publications 1955 

 7.5 Newspapers, Magazines, and Publications 1966 

 7.6 Newspapers, Magazines, and Publications 1967 

 7.7 Newspapers, Magazines, and Publications 1970 

 7.8 Newspapers, Magazines, and Publications -- Mississippi Election 1947 

 7.9 Newspapers, Magazines, and Publications -- Mississippi Election 1964 

 7.10 American Battle Monuments Commission 1960 

 7.11 American Battle Monuments Commission 1961 

 7.12 American Battle Monuments Commission 1963 

 7.13 American Battle Monuments Commission 1965 

 7.14 American Battle Monuments Commission 1966 

 7.15 American Battle Monuments Commission 1966 

 7.16 American Battle Monuments Commission 1967 

 7.17 American Battle Monuments Commission 1967 

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Box 8 

 8.1 American Battle Monuments Commission 1967 

 8.2 American Battle Monuments Commission 1968 

 8.3 American Battle Monuments Commission 1968 

 8.4 American Battle Monuments Commission 1968 

 8.5 American Battle Monuments Commission 1969 

 8.6 American Battle Monuments Commission 1969 

 8.7 American Battle Monuments Commission 1970 

 8.8 American Battle Monuments Commission 1971 

 8.9 American Battle Monuments Commission 1972 

 8.10 American Battle Monuments Commission 1972 

 8.11 American Battle Monuments Commission 1972 

 8.12 American Battle Monuments Commission 1972 

 8.13 American Battle Monuments Commission 1972 

 8.14 American Battle Monuments Commission 1973 

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Box 9 

 9.1 Democratic Party 1945 

 9.2 Democratic Party 1947 

 9.3 Democratic Party 1948 

 9.4 Democratic Party 1949 

 9.5 Democratic Party 1950 

 9.6 Democratic Party 1951 

 9.7 Democratic Party 1952 

 9.8 Democratic Party 1953 

 9.9 Democratic Party 1954 

 9.10 Democratic Party 1955 

 9.11 Democratic Party 1956 

 9.12 Democratic Party 1957 

 9.13 Democratic Party 1958 

 9.14 Democratic Party 1959 

 9.15 Democratic Party 1960 

 9.16 Democratic Party 1961 

 9.17 Democratic Party 1962 

 9.18 Democratic Party -- Appointment to Secretary of the Senate 1954-1955 

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Box 10 

 10.1 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1945 

 10.2 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1946 

 10.3 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1947 

 10.4 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1948 

 10.5 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1949 

 10.6 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1950 

 10.7 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1951 

 10.8 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1952 

 10.9 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1953 

 10.10 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1954 

 10.11 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1955 

 10.12 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1956 

 10.13 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1957 

 10.14 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1958 

 10.15 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1959 

 10.16 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1960 

 10.17 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1961 

 10.18 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1962 

 10.19 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1963 

 10.20 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors 1964 

 10.21 Correspondence with Senators, Congressmen, and Governors (Undated) 

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Box 11 

 11.1 Acheson, Dean 

 11.2 Biffle, Leslie 

 11.3 Flynn, George 

 11.4 Hackney, William T. 

 11.5 Hamilton, Robert L. 

 11.6 Harrison, Pat 

 11.7 Hester, Clinton M. 

 11.8 Jackson, Burris C. 

 11.9 Kerr, Robert S. 

 11.10 LaFollette, Robert M., Jr. 

 11.11 Lincoln, Abraham 

 11.12 McCarthy, Joseph 

 11.13 Miller, Harrison 

 11.14 Moore, Pauline 

 11.15 Page, John U. D. 

 11.16 Russell, Richard B. 

 11.17 Truman, Harry S. 

 11.18 Presidential Inauguration 1949 

 11.19 Presidential Inauguration 1953 

 11.20 Presidential Inauguration 1957 

 11.21 Presidential Inauguration 1961 

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Box 12 

 12.1 Presidential Inauguration 1961 

 12.2 Presidential Inauguration 1965 

 12.3 Personal 1947 

 12.4 Personal 1948 

 12.5 Personal 1949 

 12.6 Personal 1950 

 12.7 Personal 1952 

 12.8 Personal 1953 

 12.9 Personal 1955 

 12.10 Personal 1956 

 12.11 Personal 1957 

 12.12 Personal 1958 

 12.13 Personal 1959 

 12.14 Personal 1959 

 12.15 Personal 1959 

 12.16 Personal 1960 

 12.17 Personal 1960 

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Box 13 

 13.1 Personal 1961 

 13.2 Personal 1961 

 13.3 Personal 1962 

 13.4 Personal 1963 

 13.5 Personal 1964 

 13.6 Personal 1965 

 13.7 Personal (Undated) 

 13.8 Personal -- Appointment Congratulations 1945 

 13.9 Personal -- Newton Johnston 1945-1946 

 13.10 Personal -- “Both Sides of the Aisle" Television Appearance 1955 

 13.11 Personal -- Felton M. Johnston Day 1956 

 13.12 Personal -- Calendars 1959-1963 

 13.13 Personal -- 35th Anniversary Dinner 1964 

 13.14 Personal -- National Committee on Playgrounds for Young America 1964 

 13.15 Personal -- Felton M. Johnston’s Retirement 1965 

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Box 14 

 14.1 Correspondence 1952 

 14.2 Correspondence 1953 

 14.3 Correspondence 1954 

 14.4 Correspondence 1958 

 14.5 Correspondence 1959 

 14.6 Correspondence 1960 

 14.7 Correspondence 1960 

 14.8 Correspondence 1961 

 14.9 Correspondence 1961 

 14.10 Correspondence 1962 

 14.11 Correspondence 1963 

 14.12 Correspondence 1965 

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Box 15: Publications 

The Democratic Campaign Manual 1964. Washington, DC: Democratic National Committee. 

Official Report of the Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention Held at Houston, Texas June 26, 27, 28 and 29, 1928

Republican Platform 1964 “For the People." Washington, DC: Republican National Committee. 

One Nation, One People: Democratic Platform, 1964. Jersey City, NJ: Scott Printing Co., . 1964 

Clarence Cannon. Democratic Manual for the Democratic National Convention of 1964

Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy: Byron Patton Harrison, Late a Senator from Mississippi. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, . 1944 

The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. Seoul, Korea: Secretariat of the National Assembly, . 1964 

General note

Inscribed to Johnston with three business cards taped to inside cover.

Lyndon B. Johnson: A Great Leader for America. Washington, DC: Citizens for Johnson, . circa 1960 

United States Senator Eugene J. McCarthy. Minneapolis: Gilbert Publishing, . 1964 

Special Analysis: The Panama Canal – Its Past and Future . Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute. 

Look . Includes “Kennedy One Year Later." (2 January 1962) 

Report of the Twenty-sixth American Assembly: The Congress and America’ Future, Arden House, Harriman, New York,  October 29 – November 1, 1964

Bound volume of various printed and typed documents entitled “Testimony by the Secretary of the Senate before the Legislative Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee, 1962." 

Bound volume of various typed documents entitled “Office of the Secretary of the United States Senate" . (circa 1964) 

Bound volume with clippings taped in entitled “Legislative Reorganization Act." 

Official Inaugural Program January 20, 1961. Washington, DC: Merkle Press, 1961.    (2 copies)

Brien McMahon Commemorative Stamp Ceremony,  July 27, 1962

Commemoration Ceremony: The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln 1865-1965. Washington, DC: 1965. 

Arthur D. Little. Management Study of the U.S. Congress. NBC News, 1965. 

The Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington 1972: Governors, Officers, Membership

Membership Roster and By-Laws of the Jefferson Islands Club 1961

Edward T. Follard. History of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Washington, D.C., 1928-1968. N.p.: 1968. 

Burning Tree Club: A History 1922-1962. Bethesda, MD: Burning Tree Club, 1962. 

National Sculpture Review (Spring 1965). 

General note

U.S. World War II Memorials Issue.

Bound volume of documents and stamps entitled “John F. Kennedy Memorial Stamp May 29, 1954." 

Senate Resolution No. 228 Expressing the Sorrow of the Senate on the Death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  1963 

The 1964 Democratic National Convention

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Box 16: Scrapbooks & Miscellaneous 

“American Battle Monuments Commission, Dedication Ceremony, May 1, 1966, Honolulu Memorial." 

General note

Scrapbook

“Inauguration January 20, 1961." 

General note

Scrapbook in slipcase

“Clarkdale High School" containing Johnson’s diploma. 1925 

General note

Bound volume

“Souvenir Dinner Honoring Former President Truman, May 8, 1964." 

General note

Bound volume

“Felton McClellan Johnston, Secretary of the United States Senate, in Commemoration of His Thirty-fifth Anniversary in Government Service." 

General note

Bound volume in slipcase

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Box 17: Photograph Copies and Guest Books 

General note

Folders contain photocopies of photographs.

Separated Materials note

Original photographs removed to Modern Political Archives Photographs Boxes 3,4, and 6; and Annex Map Case Drawer 3.

Guest Book January 1955-September 1955 

Guest Book September 1955-July 1956 

Guest Book July 1956-July 1957 

Guest Book July 1957-June 1958 

Guest Book June 1958-May 1959 

Guest Book May 1965-October 1965 

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Box 18: Appointment Books 

Day Book 1947 

Appointments 1948 

Day Book 1949 

Day Book 1950 

Day Book 1951 

Day Book 1952 

National Diary 1954 

National Diary 1955 

National Diary 1957 

National Diary 1958 

National Diary 1959 

Appointments 1960 

National Diary 1960 

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Box 19: Certificates 

 19.1 Certificates 1920-1929 

 19.2 Certificates 1930-1939 

 19.3 Certificates 1940-1949 

 19.4 Certificates 1950-1959 

 19.5 Certificates 1960-1969 

 19.6 Certificates 1970-1979 

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Box 20: Scrapbooks 

American Battle Monuments Commission, photographs of monuments 

Personal Scrapbook, newspaper clippings (1954-1960) 

Personal Scrapbook, newspaper clippings, letters, photographs (1948-1956) 

Penguins, newspaper clippings and magazine articles (1954-1958) 

Penguins, newspaper clippings and magazine articles (1958-1965) 

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Box 21: Scrapbooks 

Felton M. Johnston, Retirement Scrapbook    (2 vol.)

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Box 22: Publications 

Amendment of Rule XXII, Cloture, 88th Congress, 1st Session, January 10-February 14, 1963 

Life Magazine, John F. Kennedy 

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Box 23: Framed Items 

Senate Resolution 78, signed by Harry Truman and Felton M. Johnston 

Felton M. Johnston Honorable Discharge from the United States Army 

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Box 24: Heraldic Plaques 

Felton M. Johnston, 35th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque 

United States Senate, E Pluribus Unum Plaque 

E Pluribus Unum Plaque 

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Box 25: Mississippi Flag 

Mississippi Flag    (1 item)

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Box 26: 2005 Accretion 

 26.1 “Tax Methods and Policies: Message from the President of the United States Transmitting Views on the Broad Question of Tax Methods and Policies, June 19, 1935" (74th Congress, 1st Session, House Document No. 229). 

 26.2 Copy handwritten letter signed from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Pat Harrison, re: estate versus inheritance tax analysis. Attached: copy typed manuscript beginning “To abandon the inheritance tax entirely and increase estate…" circa 1935 

Separated Materials note

Original letter removed to VIP Restricted Access Location.

 26.3 Handwritten memorandum on U.S. Senate letterhead, re: “unwritten letter." ; Attached: typed letter dated from [Pat Harrison] to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, re: Revenue Bill. (3 pages) ; Attached: copy typed letter signed on White House letterhead dated from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Pat Harrison, re: above topic. (3 pages) ; Attached: carbon copy of above letter. 13 April 1938 13 April 1938 

Separated Materials note

Original letter removed to VIP Restricted Access Location.

 26.4 White House press release with notations dated, 27 May 1938; re: address of the president delivered at Arthurdale, WV on taxes.    (6 pages)

General note

Possibly in Pat Harrison’s hand.

 26.5 Congressional Record Vol. 83, No. 109 (27 May 1938) 

General note

Handwritten notations to see pages 10024-10025 regarding the president’s address on taxes.

 26.6 Reprint “Tax Revision: Speech of Hon. Pat Harrison of Mississippi in the Senate of the United States May 28, 1938" Congressional Record

Separated Materials note

One copy of the reprint removed for cataloging in Special Collections.

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Box 27: 2009 Accretion 

Folder 1: Pat Harrison Material 

Pat Harrison metal name plate from the Finance Committee. 

Campaign button “Our Pat." 

Typed memorandum dated from [Johnston] to "Catherine," re: possible story in Jackson newspaper on Pat Harrison's chairmanship of Senate Finance Committee, biographical information on past chairmen. 18 August 1936    (3 pages)

Typed letter dated from Pat D. Holcomb in Clarksdale, MS to Johnston, re: discussion with Pat Harrison on Holcomb’s interest in Assistant District Attorney position. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Holcomb, re: appointment; typed letter dated from Holcomb to Johnston, re: above subject; carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Holcomb, re: above topic; typed letter dated from Holcomb to Johnston, re: above topic. 12 April 1937 5 April 1937 2 April 1937 29 March 1937 24 March 1937 

Senate tally card dated for Alben Barkley/Pat Harrison Senate Majority Leader contest. 21 July 1937 

Handwritten manuscript, re: Pat Harrison versus president’s views on Tax Bill. 1938 

Carbon typed memorandum dated re: overheard conversation on Senate trolley car between Senator Borah and Senator Johnson regarding the president of Nicaragua. 8 May 1939 

Carbon typed letter dated from [Johnston] to [Pat Harrison], re: special legislative session, Treasury Department. 7 September 1939 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to [Pat Harrison], re: material on neutrality legislation, special session. Attached: typed note from “CB" to Johnston, re: Harrison’s health and work habits; typed letter dated from Harrison to Johnston, re: canceled trip to Seattle, Harrison’s health, research material on neutrality legislation. 11 September 1939 - 9 September 1939 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to [Pat Harrison], re: special session, presidential nominations, president’s radio message, neutrality legislation. 22 September 1939 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to [Pat Harrison], re: neutrality legislation. 25 September 1939 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to George W. Romney in Detroit, MI, re: reception for Senator Harrison, Ike Stewart. Attached: typed letter dated from Romney to Johnston, re: above topics. 28 February 1941 - 19 February 1941 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Pat Harrison Jr., re: quit claim deed on Biloxi land, Ole Miss football game. Attached: typed letter dated from Pat Harrison Jr. to Johnston, re: quit claim deed, Wall Doxey senate race. 22 September 1941 - 12 September 1941 

Folder 2: Finance Committee 

Typed letter dated from Arthur J. Altmeyer, Chairman of the Federal Security Agency, to Johnston, re: Johnston’s service on Finance Committee, Social Security Act. 26 November 1941 

Typed letter dated from Wilbur J. Cohen, Technical Advisor to the Social Security Board, to Johnston, re: Johnston’s service on Finance Committee. 26 November 1941 

Typed letter dated from Hansford L. Simmons in Jackson, MS to Johnston, re: article on Johnston’s position in State Department, Wall Doxey. 26 November 1941 

Typed letter dated from J. Harry Covington of Covington, Burling, Rublee, Acheson & Shorb in Washington, DC to Johnston, re: Johnston’s service on the Finance Committee. 26 November 1941 

Typed letter dated from [illegible] in Internal Revenue Service, District of Mississippi, to Johnston, re: congratulations on new position. 26 November 1941 

Folder 3: Correspondence with Robert W. Collins 

Typed letter dated from Robert W. Collins to Johnston, re: John Sharp Williams’s grandfather Captain John Sharp, Pat Harrison, Thomas Jefferson; Includes Envelope 10 July 1965 

Typed letter dated from Robert W. Collins to Johnston, re: John Sharp Williams, Pat Harrison, Johnston’s retirement. 27 November 1965 

 27.4 Inaugural Invitation & Program 20 January 1941 

 27.5 Inaugural Invitation & Program (20 January 1949). 

Folder 6: Cabinet Officers Correspondence 

Typed letter dated from Henry H. Fowler, Secretary of the Treasury, to Johnston, re: thanks for copy of certificate confirming appointment. 24 April 1965 

Typed letter dated from Dean Rusk, Secretary of State, to Johnston, re: thanks for comments on White House dinner, best wishes for Johnston’s retirement. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Rusk, re: Rusk’s comments at White House stag dinner. 25 August 1965 19 August 1965 

Typed letter dated from Lawrence F. O’Brien to Johnston, re: thanks for copies of nomination and certification of O’Brien’s confirmation as Postmaster General. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to O’Brien, re: above. 7 September 1965 1 September 1965 

Typed letter dated from Dean Acheson to Johnston, re: thanks for message on Pulitzer Prize, eye problems. 5 May 1970 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Mrs. Acheson, re: Acheson and his funeral service. 18 October 1971 

Folder 7: Congressional Correspondence 

Typed letter dated from Theodore C. Sorensen to Johnston, re: John F. Kennedy’s proxy for Democratic Caucus. Attached: typed letter dated from Kennedy “To Whom It May Concern," re: authorizes Senator Thomas C. Hennings to cast proxy vote in Democratic caucus in favor of Lyndon Johnson as Majority Leader, Earle C. Clements as Majority Whip, Joseph Duke as Sergeant at Arms, Johnston as Secretary of the Senate, and Bobby Baker as Secretary of the Majority. 3 January 1955 3 January 1955 4 January 1955 

Typed letter dated from Mike Mansfield to Johnston, re: thanks for help during 85th Congress. 25 August 1958 

Carbon typed letter dated from Thomas J. Dodd to Paul M. Butler, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, re: Butler’s disparaging references to Dodd at the Regional Democratic Women’s Luncheon in Hartford, southerners as presidential candidates, civil rights, Lyndon Johnson. 8 June 1959 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to John Stennis, re: recent election. 10 November 1960 

Handwritten letter dated from John W. McCormack to Johnston, re: happy holidays. 1 December 1961 

Program for Brien McMahon Commemorative Stamp Ceremony with attached stamp. (27 July 1962) 

Typed letter dated from John Stennis to Johnston, re: Christmas and recovery wishes, University of Mississippi. 20 December 1962 

Copy typed letter dated from Johnston to Warren G. Magnuson, re: Magnuson taking over hosting duties for Senate luncheon during Johnston’s absence. 1 April 1963 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Magnuson, re: contribution to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee by Leonard E. Nelson. 24 March 1964 

Typed letter dated from John Stennis to Johnston, re: thanks for copy of Wall Street Journal article, enclosed Washington Report. Attached:  Washington Report from U.S. Senator John Stennis 1 June 1964 (28 May 1964). 

Typed letter dated from Eugene J. McCarthy to Johnston, re: sorry to miss Johnston’s luncheon. 19 October 1965 

Typed letter dated from Everett McKinley Dirksen to Johnston, re: thanks for kind message during illness. 25 May 1966 

Typed letter dated from George A. Smathers to Johnston, re: Smathers’ retirement. 6 June 1966 

Typed letter dated from Walter F. Mondale to Johnston, re: thanks for writing. Envelope. 21 November 1966 

Typed letter dated from Richard Russell to Johnston, re: Atlanta dinner. 19 December 1966 

Typed letter dated from Lister Hill to Johnston, re: thanks for note on retirement. 29 January 1968 

Handwritten letter dated from John O. Pastore to Johnston, re: thanks for expression of concern. 18 February 1968 

Typed letter dated from Frank J. Lausche to Johnston, re: thanks for expression of regret on election primary. 3 June 1968 

Typed letter dated from George McGovern to Johnston, re: thanks for note on election. 12 November 1968 

Typed letter dated from Sam J. Ervin Jr. to Johnston, re: thanks for congratulatory message. 13 November 1968 

Typed letter dated from A.S. Mike Monroney to Johnston, re: thanks for campaign support. 15 November 1968 

Typed letter dated from Gaylord Nelson to Johnston, re: thanks for letter on election. 15 November 1968 

Typed letter dated from Herman E. Talmadge to Johnston, re: thanks for letter on reelection. 15 November 1968 

Typed letter dated from Abraham Ribicoff to Johnston, re: thanks for congratulations note. 18 November 1968 

Typed letter dated from Ernest F. Hollings to Johnston, re: thanks for note on election. 19 November 1968 

Typed letter dated from Edmund S. Muskie to Johnston, re: thanks for campaign support. 3 December 1968 

Typed letter dated from Frank Church to Johnston, re: thanks for note on reelection. 5 December 1968 

Typed letter dated from Harry F. Byrd Jr. to Johnston, re: thanks for letter. 17 January 1969 

Typed letter dated from Earle C. Clements to Johnston, re: enclosed winnings for Derby horse race. 5 May 1969 

Typed letter dated from Carl Hayden to Johnston, re: retirement, Dick Russell. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Carl Hayden, re: retirement. 7 August 1969 4 August 1969 

Typed letter dated from Harry F. Byrd Jr. to Felton M. Johnston Jr., re: Johnston’s death. 27 April 1973 

Typed letter dated from Henry M. Jackson to Felton M. Johnston Jr., re: Johnston’s death. 30 April 1973 

Folder 8: White House Correspondence 

Typed letter dated from Lawrence F. O’Brien, Special Assistant to the President, to Johnston, re: thanks for help with H.R. 4715. 23 April 1963 

Typed letter from Evelyn Lincoln to Johnston, re: autographed photograph of president. 

Typed letter from John F. Kennedy to Johnston, re: thanks for condolence on death of son. Envelope. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Kennedy, re: above topic. 12 August 1963 

Typed letter dated from Walter Jenkins, White House Assistant, to Johnston, re: Holcomb letter. 3 December 1963 

Typed letter dated from Clifton C. Carter, White House Assistant, to Johnston, re: thanks for biographical information on individuals to be considered for high government service. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Walter Jenkins, re: biographical information on James C. Windham, Isaac M. Stewart, James N. Ogden, William J. McManus, and Robert Hinckly. Attached: typed memorandum with list of names. 17 December 1963 - 6 December 1963    (6 pages)

Typed letter dated from Johnston to Juanita, re: presidential photograph for James A. Whitaker School in Buena Park, California. Attached: copy typed letter dated from Jerry W. Streater, Principal of James A. Whitaker School, to Johnston, re: thank you for photograph. 10 April 1964 6 April 1964 

Typed letter dated from Clifton C. Carter to Johnston, re: thanks for documents. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Carter, re: Election Law Guidebook, 1964 and  Federal Corrupt Practices and Political Activities. 1 May 1964 30 - April 1964 

Typed letter dated from Walter Jenkins, Special Assistant to the President, to Johnston, re: thanks for documents. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Jenkins, re: Election Law Guidebook, 1964 and  Federal Corrupt Practices and Political Activities. 9 May 1964 - 30 April 1964 

Carbon typed memorandum with contact information for Isaac M. Stewart. 

Copy telegram dated from White House Social Secretary to Johnson, re: invitation to luncheon honoring the Prime Minister of New Zealand. 14 July 1964 

Typed note from “DGS," re: Johnston attending White House recital of the Morman Tabernacle Choir on 23 July 1964 

Copy typed letter dated from “DGS" to “Juanita," re: replies to boys interested in becoming Senate pages. 4 August 1964 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Lawrence F. O’Brien, Special Assistant to the President, re: thanks for letter. Attached: typed letter dated from O’Brien to Johnston, re: thanks for help during this administration. 8 September 1964 2 September 1964 

Typed letter dated from Walter Jenkins, Special Assistant to the President, to Johnston, re: consideration of Ed Cooper for National Council on the Arts. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Jenkins, re: Cooper on National Council on the Arts. Attached: Public Law 88-579, re: the National Council on the Arts. 28 September 1964 - 24 September 1964 

Carbon typed memorandum dated re: President Johnson’s Special Assistants. 17 January 1965 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Lyndon B. Johnson, re: transmission of Senate Resolution 53 on the death of Winston Churchill. Attached: S. Res. 53. 27 January 1965 

Typed memorandum dated by Johnston, re: transmission of Senate Resolution 53 to White House. 2 February 1965 

Copy typed letter dated from Hubert H. Humphrey to Johnston, re: thanks for cooperation and counsel. 21 August 1965 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to W. Marvin Watson, Special Assistant to the President, re: boxes containing the electoral votes from 1961 and 1965 elections for placement in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. Attached: typed memorandum dated by “DGS," re: meeting with President Johnson to deliver boxes. 24 August 1965 - 29 September 1965    (2 copies)

Folder 9: Air Force One Flight to Funeral of Senator Patrick V. McNamara 4 May 1966 

Copy typed memorandum entitled "Funeral for the Late Senator Patrick V. McNamara Military Plane for Congressional Committee, Wednesday, May 4, 1966." 

Copy typed memorandum entitled "Congressional Delegation Attending the Funeral of the Late Senator Patrick V. McNamara, Detroit, Michigan." 

Air Force One Program for re: preflight reports, weather, lunch menu. 4 May 1966 

Air Force One napkin. 

Guest Nametag for Felton M. Johnston. 

Folder 10: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library 

Invitation to dedication of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library 1971 

Typed letter dated from Lyndon B. Johnson to Johnston, re: dedication. 20 April 1971 

Typed letter dated from Mary Rather, Secretary to Lyndon B. Johnson, to Johnston, re: dedication, oil and gas lease. 20 April 1971 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Mary Rather, re: oil & gas lease attached: carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Lyndon B. Johnson, re: dedication, oil & gas lease. 7 April 1971 - 7 April 1971 

Invitation to Lyndon Baines Johnson Library dedication Envelope. 1971 

Folder 11: Lyndon B. Johnson 

Typed letter dated from Pat D. Holcomb in Clarksdale, MS to Johnston, re: death of John F. Kennedy, leadership of President Lyndon B. Johnson. 27 November 1963 

Typed letter dated from Lyndon B. Johnson to Johnston, re: thanks for color photograph of Senate Chamber. Envelope. 4 December 1963 

Copy typed letter dated from Lyndon B. Johnson to Johnston, re: Johnston’s retirement as Secretary of the Senate. 11 August 1965 

Engraved card with handwritten note postmarked from Lady Bird Johnson to Johnston, re: Lyndon B. Johnson. Envelope. 10 November 1965 

Typed letter with handwritten note dated from Lady Bird Johnson to Mr. and Mrs. Felton M. Johnston, re: thank you for contribution to the More Beautiful National Capital in memory of Leslie Biffle. Envelope. 18 April 1966 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Lyndon B. Johnson, re: Johnson’s decision not to run for reelection. 6 April 1968 

Carbon typed letter dated from Johnston to Lyndon B. Johnson, re: thanks for gifts, American Battle Monuments Commission, Teague’s "Cemetery Bill," appointment of Bill Darden to the Military Court of Appeals, Senate friends, Johnston family. 11 April 1969 

Christmas Card dated from Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson. Envelope. 1969 

Typed letter dated from Lyndon B. Johnson to Mr. and Mrs. Felton M. Johnston, re: thanks for expression of concern. Envelope. 9 March 1970 

Typed letter dated from Lyndon B. Johnson to Johnston, re: thanks for birthday note. Envelope. Attached: carbon typed letter dated from [Johnston] to Lyndon B. Johnson, re: happy birthday. 27 August 1970 23 August 1970 

Typed letter dated from Harry Middleton, Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library to Johnston, re: publication of Johnson’s book The Vantage Point. 29 October 1971 

Typed letter dated from Mary Rather, Secretary to Lyndon B. Johnson, re: enclosed signed bookplate. Envelope. 10 December 1971 

Typed letter dated from Lyndon B. Johnson to Johnston, re: thanks for letter. 20 April 1972 

Typed letter dated from Lady Bird Johnson to Johnston, re: thanks for note during illness. 21 April 1972 

National City Christian Church bulletin for Lyndon B. Johnson memorial service on 25 January 1973. 

National City Christian Church announcement for funeral service of Lyndon B. Johnson on Envelope. Attached: seating instructions. 25 January 1973 

Typed letter dated from Lady Bird Johnson to Johnston, re: Johnson’s death. Envelope. 6 February 1973 

Folder 12: Clippings 

Congressional Record re: announcement of Pat Harrison’s death and memorial remarks. 23 June 1941 

Clipping. Photograph of strategy conference with Senate Majority Leader Scott W. Lucas, Johnston in photograph as Majority Secretary. 

Clipping. "Map Senate Program" Baltimore Sun re: conference with Senate Majority Leader Scott W. Lucas, Johnston in photograph as Majority Secretary. 3 January 1950 

Clipping. "Senate Democratic Leaders Map Legislative Program" New York Herald Tribune re: Johnston in photograph as Majority Secretary. 3 January 1950 

Typed note from Betty Kraus to Johnston, re: attached clipping. Attached: Clipping. Roy Meachum, "Luck of the Draw Can Keep Senator in Office" Washington Post re: deciding terms of new Alaska senators, Johnston in photograph. 25 February 1957 

Clipping. "Nixon Presides over Tally Naming Kennedy Winner" New York Times re: Johnston in photograph. 7 January 1961 

Clipping. "Nixon Sparks Creaky Ol’ College to 303-219 Victory for Kennedy" Washington Post re: Johnston in photograph. 7 January 1961 

Folder 13: Richard B. Russell Jr. Oral History Project 

Typed letter dated from Max M. Gilstrap, Librarian, to Felton M. Johnston Jr., re: release form on Johnston’s oral history. Attached: copy typed form dated signed by Felton M. Johnston Jr., re: release on Johnston’s oral history. Attached: copy typed transcript from oral history. 16 March 1979 - 24 March 1979    (3 pages)

Folder 14: Harry Truman 

Typed letter dated from Harry Truman in Independence, MO to Johnston, re: thanks for Senate calendar. 3 January 1966 

Folder 15: Meeting Minutes 

Carbon typed manuscript entitled "Minutes of Meeting Held between Mr. Johnston and Mr. Siegel, re: list matters to be brought to Lyndon Johnson’s attention upon his return for special session – seating of new senators, committee assignments, vacancy on Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, Senator Anderson, vacancy on Democratic Steering Committee created by Senator Maybank’s death, Policy Committee vacancy, organization of the Senate, legislative program. Attached: clipping, George Dixon, "Washington Scene," Washington Times-Herald re: lottery for Senate seats.    (3 pages each)  (2 copies of manuscript)

Carbon typed manuscript entitled "Minutes of the Senate Democratic Conference, Tuesday, Room 201, Senate Office Bldg.," re: unanimous election of Lyndon Johnson as Majority Leader, election of Thomas C. Hennings as Secretary of the Conference, unanimous election of Walter F. George as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, unanimous election of Johnston as Secretary of the Senate, unanimous election of Joseph C. Duke as Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, unanimous election of Bobby G. Baker as Secretary to the Majority, vote of thanks to members of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee and committee staff, Strom Thurmond on his election, resolutions for families of late senators, health of John F. Kennedy, Senate floor seating for Wayne Morse, seniority status, question of pairs when senators were absent on business, number of staff employees on Senate floor, use of Senate cloakroom by senators only.    (2 copies)

Folder 16: Miscellaneous Correspondence 

Copy typed letter dated from Edward Cooper, Vice President of the Motion Picture Association, to Johnston, re: editorial in the Eastern Banker, Banking and Currency Committee. 12 December 1963 

Folder 17: Black & White Photographs 

General note

Photocopies only

Separated Materials note

Original prints removed to Modern Political Archives Photographs Boxes 3,4, and 6.

Lyndon B. Johnson, Felton M. Johnston, and unidentified man. (8"x10")    (8"x10")

Lyndon B. Johnson, Felton M. Johnston, and unidentified woman .    (7" x 9")

Felton M. Johnston with General and Mrs. Smith of Massachusetts (29 December 1960)    (8" x 10")

Felton M. Johnston, Leslie Biffle, Sol Taishoff, and three unidentified men at birthday dinner for Biffle and Taishoff (7 October 1960)    (7" x 9")

General note

Signed by "Hinckley."

Coffin lying in state in Senate chamber.    (7" x 9")  (2 copies)

Portrait of John F. Kennedy.    (10" x 8")

General note

Inscribed: "To Skeeter Johnston with the highest regards and esteem of his friend John Kennedy."

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2010 Accretion 

 27.18.1 Color photograph of original 1965 cartoon drawing by Gib Crockett of Johnston (11” x 14”). 

General note

Photocopy only.

Separated Materials note

Original print removed to Modern Political Archives Photographs Box 3.

 27.18.2 Bound scrapbook entitled "Certifications of Resolutions Electing Felton M. Johnston to Various Senate Offices, 1945-1955." 

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