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Johnston family papers, 1910-1983

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Title

Johnston family papers

Date

1910-1983

Repository

University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetical by author.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Johnston family papers, 1910-1983, 1M87M29, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Extent

1 box (6 volumes, a looseleaf typescript, miscellaneous pieces and several photographs)

Scope and Content

These are the various family diaries and memoirs of the Robert W. P. Johnston family. The most notable items of the collection are three diaries of Robert W. P. Johnston which are descriptive chronicles of war time conditions in the African Campaign of World War II. Johnston, a soldier in the American Field Service and later an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II, provides impressions and comments regarding his time spent sailing on the ship, Westpoint, as it sailed to the middle east, routines of an Army officer in the Ambulance Corps, descriptions of various places visited, and a number of accounts of military engagements in North Africa, Syria and Egypt.

Also included is a bound typescript of the memoirs of George Blackburn Kinkead, the typescript of a carbon of the memoirs of Laura de LaVillon Kinkead Walton (daughter of George Kinkead) and a copy of the typescript of Laura Stone Walton Johnston (daughter of Laura Kinkead Walton and wife of Robert W. P. Johnston), " Wanderings of an Idle Mind" (Which includes some photographs). Transcriptions of two diaries written by Dr. Marius E. Johnston, "An Arctic Journey" and "Through Africa on a Mule", are also present.

Subjects

  • Johnston family.
  • Johnston, Robert W. P.
  • Johnston, Marius E, Dr.
  • Kinkead, George Blackburn, 1849-1940.
  • Walton, Laura de LaVillon Kinkead, 1892-1981.
  • Johnston, Laura Stone Walton, 1920-
  • Westpoint (Naval ship).
  • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Africa, North.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Egypt.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Syria.
  • Africa--Description and travel.
  • Arctic regions--Description and travel.
  • United States.--Army.--American Field Service.
  • United States.--Army--Officers.
  • Egypt--Military aspects.
  • Africa, North--Military aspects.
  • Syria--Military aspects.
  • Diaries.
  • Memoirs.
  • Typescripts