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William Preston Johnston letters

Identifier: LaRC-M-132

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of ten letters written by William Preston Johnston (1831-1899) while acting as the first president of Tulane University. Johnston wrote to Jefferson Davis, Mrs. M.F. Robertson, Major E.C. Wharton, and General Henry M. Cist. His letter to Jefferson Davis was a reply to Davis' inquiry regarding the contents of a war letter criticizing the Confederate administration, written by a Dr. Yandell. Johnston was assisting Cist with an article about his father, General Albert Sydney Johnston. The letters dated between 1889 and 1891 in folder 2 include the following: the first notes his father's reluctance to discuss his work in his letters, the second is to an autograph seeker, and the third is about confederate generals.


  • 1885-1896


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.


2.00 Folders

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Arrangement Note

Arranged chronologically in two folders.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Date acquired: 11/30/1949.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1977 by KFP.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US