MsC 307


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates:1928 -- 1962

(Bulk Dates: 1947 to 1955)

2 linear ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900


Posted to Internet: June 2002



Acquisition Note: Johnson's papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1974 by his daughters, Patricia J. Cormaney and Sonya J. Holmes.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


Photographs:Boxes 1


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Biographical Note

Vivian Wells Johnson (1896 -- 1972) was born in Hampton, Iowa. He attended the University of Northern Iowa (1915 -- 1916) and the University of Minnesota (1916 -- 1917). After serving in the army, Johnson went to work for the Citizens Savings Bank in Cedar Falls, Iowa. By 1928, he was an executive vice-president and director of the Citizens Security Trust and Savings Bank. From 1934 to 1939 he was with the Union Bank and Trust Company as president and director. He became president of the First National Bank of Cedar Falls in 1939 and remained there until his retirement in 1963.

Johnson was also a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for eighteen years and was on the executive committee for sixteen. He was a member of a U.S. Senate advisory committee on financial institutions as well as a member of the Capital Needs Study Committee on the Iowa State Board of Regents. Johnson was also a faculty lecturer at the University of Wisconsin School of Banking for six years.

Scope and Contents


The papers of Vivian W. Johnson consist of four boxes of manuscripts dating from 1928 to 1962. Correspondence, speeches, and subject files make up the bulk of the papers. Copies of many of Johnson's speeches before various civic, political, and banking groups, from the Cedar Falls Rotary to the National Farm Institute to the New York State Bankers Association are included. Several subject files relate to the American Bankers Association and its activities. Material from his course, "Country Bank Policy and Administration," taught at the Madison School of Banking, makes up almost half of the papers and dates from 1947 through 1955.



Box List


Box 1

Correspondence, 1928 -- 1962, including letters from T.J.B. Robinson and Bourke B. Hickenlooper

Personal Material

Magazine Articles

Newspaper Articles


First National Bank, Cedar Falls, 25th Anniversary

First National Talk, Chicago, November 28 -- 29, 1949

Group Meeting, May 24, 1950, Iowa Bankers Association

Cedar Falls Lions Club, March 5, 1951, including a telegram from Bourke B. Hickenlooper

Ames Agricultural School, June, 1951

Lincoln Speech, 1951

New York State Bankers Association, Syracuse Speech, October, 1952

Spokesman's Club, Waterloo, January 7, 1953, November 7, 1956

National Farm Institute Speech, February, 1953 (1)

Box 2

National Farm Institute Speech, February 1953 (2)

Cornell College Speech, April 24, 1953

Cedar Falls Rotary, August 4, 1953; also Cedar Falls Kiwanis, June 24, 1954

Waterloo Rotary Club, April 5, 1954

A.B.A. Report of the Chairman of the Research Council, April 1954

Iowa City Rotary Club, May 13, 1954

T.C. Speech, October 8, 1954, Teachers' College

B.I.E. Day Notes, October 8, 1954

A.B.A. Convention, Atlantic City, October, 1954, Research Council Report

A.B.A. Convention, Atlantic City, October, 1954, Resolutions Committee

Iowa Bankers Association, October 26, 1955

Simpson College Speech, November 1955

Frank Rathje Party for Hap Young, December 29, 1955

Woman's Club, January 4, 1956

Osage, Iowa, Group Meeting, May 23, 1956

Rotary Club, May 21, 1957

Ladies Night, Kappa Delta Phi I.S.T.C. (Iowa State Teachers' College), April 2; also Rotary Club, May 12, 1958

Waterloo Lions Club, August 11, 1958

American Bankers Association, Spring meeting, April 19 -- 21, 1959

Fort Dodge Rotary Club, April 11, 1960

Box 3

"Country Bank Policy and Administration" -- Madison School of Banking

Madison School of Banking, 1947

Madison School of Banking, 1948

Madison School of Banking, 1949

Madison School of Banking, 1950

Madison School of Banking, 1951 (2 folders)

Box 4

Madison School of Banking, 1952

Madison School of Banking, 1953

Madison School of Banking, 1954

Madison School of Banking, 1955

School of Banking Material (Composite)

Miscellaneous Manuscripts




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