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Joseph Johnson diary
Johnson, Joseph, 1751?-1777 (Creator)

Joseph Johnson diary

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1772 - 1773
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1572
Farmington (Conn.) -- History
Indians of North America -- Education -- Connecticut
Indians of North America -- Missions -- Connecticut
Mohegan Indians
Sermons, American -- 18th century
Tunxis Indians -- Missions
Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation
Physical Description
Extent: .2 linear feet 1 volume
The Joseph Johnson diary, dated November 18, 1772 to February 1, 1773, was kept by Mohegan preacher Joseph Johnson during his time teaching children of the Tunxis tribe in Farmington, Connecticut. At least one child of European settlers also attended his school. Joseph Johnson was educated at Eleazar Wheelock's Indian Charity School, and eventually moved to Farmington at the suggestion of his future father-in-law and fellow Mohegan clergyman, Samson Occom. Along with Occom and other leading Christian Indians from New England and Long Island, Johnson helped establish the community of Brothertown Indians in New York during the 1770s. He was ordained at Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1774. The diary records Joseph Johnson's arrival and residence among the Farmington Indians, his activities, religious matters, and the progress of the school. It concludes with his farewell sermon, extensive but incomplete.
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19432911
MSS Unit ID: 1572
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9eb731f0-0bb3-0133-786a-58d385a7bbd0
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1772: Created (Approximate)
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Joseph Johnson diary" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1772 - 1773.

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Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Joseph Johnson diary" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 4, 2020.

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Joseph Johnson diary