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George Willis Johnson Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: Nov 1967

Biographical History

George Willis Johnson (1880-1953) was an American businessman. Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts to George F. and Lucie (Willis) Johnson, he grew up in Johnson City, New York, where he attended public schools. He also attended Worcester Academy and Dean Academy in Massachusettes. In 1900 he married Lula Seagers, and they had three children; Marion Young, Frank A. and Wilma M. Smith. George Johnson was active in community affairs, and an enthusiastic athlete, interested in baseball, golf, bowling, hunting, and fishing.

At the age of 18 George Johnson started working as a packer in the Endicott-Johnson Company, and later on he worked most of his life in the tanneries doing various jobs. In 1919 when Endicott-Johnson was incorporated, he was elected to the Board of Directors. He served as president of the corporation from 1930 to 1949.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George W. Johnson Papers consist of correspondence, writings, photographs, and clippings, arranged in eight series.

Correspondence includes both incoming and outgoing, followed by correspondence of others. Subject files consists of published material and correspondence, and includes correspondence with both individuals and businesses as well as legal documents, press copy, reports, and various employee benefit information (wages, homes, pensions, etc).

Manuscripts consists of speeches, statements, and poems of George W. Johnson, George F. Johnson, and others.

Mimeographed and printed notices includes communications from the Johnsons or other members of the corporation to workers and other personnel.

Photographs include as subjects Endicott-Johnson officers, workers, and plant, as well as George F. Johnson and other individuals

Workers pages consists of clippings of pages from the Binghamton Sun. This page was published daily and contained news about and of special interest to Endicott-Johnson workers.

Published material includes articles, brochures, bulletin-board notices, magazines, newsletters and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement of the Collection

Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author; outgoing is arranged chronologically. Subject files and Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject. Mimeographed and printed notices are arranged chronologically. Published material is arranged alphabetically by type; bulletin-board notices are arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Johnson, George Willis, 1880-1953 -- Archives.

Corporate Bodies

Endicott-Johnson Corporation -- Employees.
Endicott-Johnson Corporation -- History -- Sources.


Executives -- New York (State)
Footwear industry -- New York (State)
Industrial relations -- United States.
Manufactures -- United States.
Shoe industry -- Employees.
Shoe industry -- New York (State)


Endicott (N.Y.) -- Industries.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Speeches (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

George Willis Johnson Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

Biographical material


Subject files


Mimeographed and printed notices


Workers' pages

Published material