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Chester Johnson Papers

Identifier: P-0006

Scope and Contents Note

The Chester Johnson Papers consist of genealogical research from both the United States and Korea. Also included are newspaper clippings and books which reflect Mr. Johnson’s interest in anthropology and coin and stamp collecting. Materials are in English and Korean. The materials date from 1967-1998 and measure 5.6 linear feet (17 boxes). The collection is divided into nine series.

The first series, Genealogy (1967-1998), consists of research on the Shiflett, Dunning, Plummer Porter, Warner, Cason, and Donaghe families, mainly in the form of land grants, land tax, and court orders.

The second series, Kwang San Kim Genealogy, (n.d.), consists of the Kwang San Kim family lineage in Korean with an English translation.

The third series, Korean Genealogy, (1975-1976), addresses lineage in the Royal families of Korea. This material is in Korean.

The fourth series, Assorted, (1972-1987), contains travel and tourist information pertaining to Korea, small books, souvenirs, Korean brush writing scans, and hand-written notes.

The fifth series, Newspaper Clippings, (1970s-1987), contains newspapers related to Mr. Johnson’s genealogical research in Korea and his interest in the anthropology of the Korean people.

The sixth series, Maps, (n.d.), contains Korean tourist and topographical maps.

The seventh series, Catalogs, (1980-1981), contains coin, stamp, and museum catalogs.

The eight series, Oversized, (n.d.), contains a Korean genealogical chart and a number of Korean family genealogies.

The ninth series, Books, (1967-1979), contains a number of books, the majority of which are in Korean, that relate to Asian culture and genealogy.


  • 1967-1998

Language of Materials



Chester Rankin Johnson, Jr. was born on November 27, 1927 in Temple, Texas to Chester and Irene Johnson. Mr. Johnson attended the University of New Mexico, and he worked as a government employee for over 25 years. He had an interest in genealogy, and in 1951, he became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Johnson joined the Fort Worth Genealogical Society in 1988 and served as a Director at Large in 1990, 1996, and 1997 and as the 2nd Vice President in 1991. He passed away in North Richland Hills, Texas on January 30, 2001.


5.6 Linear Feet

Physical Location

Archives: 10J4 - 10J5


The provenance for this collection is unknown.

Separated Materials

Rice paper strips with Korean brush writing were removed from the collection due to extensive water damage. As much of the material as was possible was scanned and the copies placed in the fourth series, Assorted.
  • Genealogy Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
Chester Johnson Papers
An Inventory to the Collection
Nancy Shields
June 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102