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Johnston family papers, 1921

Part of Johnston family papers

87m29 Johnston family papers Johnston family papers, 1921-1983, undated 87m29 Processed by: Archives Staff University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center 2015 Special Collections Research Center University of Kentucky Libraries Margaret I. King Library Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-06-13 17:01:21 -0400. Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard English University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center Johnston family papers Johnston family. 87m29 0.68 Cubic Feet 2 boxes 1921-1983, undated The Johnston family papers (dated 1921-1983, undated; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consist of family diaries and memoirs of the Robert W. P. Johnston family. Biographical note Robert W. P. Johnston (1920-2003), the son of Philip Preston Johnston, Jr. and Margaret Wickliffe Preston Johnston, served as a soldier in the American Field Service and later an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II. He took part in the African campaigns of WWII, including military engagements in North Africa, Syria, and Egypt. Following his service, Johnston spent the rest of his life on his farm outside Lexington, Ky. Johnston married Laura Stone Walton, the daughter of Laura De Lavillon Kinkead Walton and Samuel Barton Walton; they had no children. Scope and Contents The Johnston family papers (dated 1921-1983, undated; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) consist of 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. All three diaries have been transcribed. 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 R. W. P. Johnston's paternal uncle, Dr. Marius E. Johnston, An Arctic Journey and Through Africa on a Mule in 1910, are also present. Arrangement Collection is arranged alphabetically by author. Immediate Source of Acquisition Gift, 1984 Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Preferred Citation 87m29: [identification of item], Johnston family papers, 1921-1983, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Diaries. Typescript. Autobiography. Arctic regions -- Description and travel. Africa -- Description and travel. World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Africa, North. World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Syria. World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Egypt. Johnston, Laura Stone Walton, 1920-1985 Johnston, Marius E. Johnston family. Johnston, Robert Wickliffe Preston, 1920-2003 Kinkead, George Blackburn, 1849-1940 Walton, Laura de LaVillon Kinkead, 1892-1981 Johnston Laura Stone Walton - Wanderings of an Idle Mind 1983 March 1 1 Johnston, Marius E., Dr. - An Arctic Journey: A diary written by Dr. Marius E. Johnston in 1910 transcript 1983 1 2 Johnston, Marius E., Dr. - Through Africa on a Mule: A diary written by Dr. Marius E. Johnston in 1910 transcript 1982 1 3 Johnston, R. W. P. - African campaign diary, vol. 1, original and transcript 1941 November 6-1942 February 28 1 4 Johnston, R. W. P. - African campaign diary, vol. 1-3, transcript 2002 1 5 Johnston, R. W. P. - African campaign diary, vol. 2, original 1942 March 6-September 21 1 6 Johnston, R. W. P. - African campaign diary, vol. 2, transcript undated 1 7 Johnston, R. W. P. - African campaign diary, vol. 3, original 1942 September 21-1943 May 11 1 8 Kinkead, George Blackburn - Memoirs of George Blackburn Kinkead 1921 August 2 2 1 Walton, Laura De Lavillon Kinkead - Memoirs of Laura De Lavillon Kinkead Walton, 1892-1981 1979 2 2 Johnston family papers