JOHNSON, William Samuel, 1727-1819



Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

Guide to Research Collections

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 2 items.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1785-1842. 31 items. Correspondence with his son Robert Charles Johnson concerning personal business and advice concerning son’s law career. Some written during his term as senator, 1791. Also 1 item (June 25, 1790) in Iselin Jay papers.


Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1658-1830 (bulk 1744-1817). 8 boxes. Correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, legal papers, memoirs, miscellaneous papers, a print, and a portrait, oil on canvas. Topics include Connecticut politics, Mohegan lands controversy, Connecticut Susquehanna land claim, national politics, and family matters. Available on 6 microfilm reels. Finding aid.


Connecticut State Library
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1 item (no date) in Robert G. Johnson papers.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 2 items (May 28, 1789; January 3, 1791) in Gratz collection; 1 item (March 6, 1789) in Etting collection; and 3 items (June 23, 1789-September 29, 1789) in Tench Coxe papers.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1745-1936. 2 containers. Includes drafts of Johnson’s first and second Connecticut addresses (1765) to King George III, and drafts and copies of documents prepared during his service in the Stamp Act Congress, the Continental Congress and the Federal Convention of 1787, together with a few letters received and family papers.

Additional Papers: 1 item (July 15, 1789) in Edmund Cody Bennett collection; 1 item (May 30, 1789) in John Fitch papers; and 1 item (August 9, 1790) in Connecticut miscellaneous manuscripts.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 2 items (March 6, 22, 1790) in Timothy Pickering papers.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1766-1771. 56 items. Letters (handwritten transcripts, 1840?) from Johnson to William Pitkin and Jonathan Trumbull, governors of Connecticut, on the affairs of the colony. Formerly part of the Bancroft collection.


Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1772. 1 item.


Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1 item (March 5, 1791) in Philip and Elsie Sang collection.


Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Johnson family papers, 1769-1886. 10.5 linear feet. Correspondence, papers, volumes, deeds and other material documenting several generations of Johnson family of Connecticut and New York. Topics include Connecticut and New York politics, religion, land development, and Indian affairs. Finding aid.

Additional Papers: 6 microfilm reels of originals (1658-1830 (bulk 1744-1817)) at Connecticut Historical Society; 1 item (March 6, 1789) in Stiles papers; in Chauncey family papers, 1675-1928; and Roger Sherman collection, 1749-1904.