Collection Dates: 1896 -- 1958
.75 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: March 2000
Acquisition Note: Dorothy M. Johnson gave this collection to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1963.
and Restrictions: This
collection is open for research.
This collection is open for research.
Photographs: Box 1
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Dorothy M. Johnson was born on December 19, 1905, in McGregor, Iowa. Her widowed mother moved them to Whitefish, Montana, in 1913. Johnson graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in 1928. From 1944 to 1950, she edited a women's magazine in New York. Returning to Whitefish, she became the news editor of a local newspaper. In 1953, she joined the journalism faculty at the University of Montana. She is best known for her Western stories. Three of her books, The Hanging Tree, Liberty Valance, and A Man Called Horse , were made into motion pictures. Johnson died in 1984, at the age of 78.
Scope and Contents
The papers of Dorothy M. Johnson consist of two boxes of manuscripts, dating from 1896 to 1958. This small collection includes family correspondence and photographs (1896 -- 1900). There are also typescript drafts, outlines, and correspondence from some of her short stories. One box of manuscripts contains papers which document the writing of The Hanging Tree.
Johnson/Barlow family correspondence, 1896 -- 1900.
"The Day the Sun Came Out" ("For Soon a Woman"). Four typescripts and related correspondence, 1952
"The Deer Hunter" Typescript (with corrections), synopsis and related correspondence, 1952.
"Gallagher's Wife" Two typescripts, carbon, and related correspondence, 1952.
"The Gift by the Wagon" Three typescripts, carbon, notes, synopsis, and related correspondence, 1955.
"The Man Who Knew the Buckskin Kid" Typescript, carbon, notes and related correspondence, 1954 -- 1955.
"The Unwilling Bandit" Three typescripts, notes, synopsis, and related correspondence, 1954 -- 1955.
The Hanging Tree
Correspondence, 1951 -- 1958.
The Hanging Tree (cont.)
Draft (with corrections).
Outline form and related correspondence, 1955.
Typescript (with corrections).
Typescript (carbon copy).