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Collection Number: 02541

Collection Title: Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract Rufus Z. Johnston (1874-1959) was a United States naval officer. The collection includes official correspondence, papers, orders, clippings, and personal letters of Johnston while he served on the U.S.S. Oregon and U.S.S. Philadelphia; made a cruise around South America; participated in the battle of Santiago de Cuba in the Philippines during the insurrection; and served in the Navy in the Boxer Rebellion and in World War I. Included are a letter book, 1895-1927; records and orders; a narrative by Frederick C. Hicks of a South American voyage, 1924-1925, which included a diplomatic visit to Peru; and correspondence between Congressman Alfred Lee Bulwinkle (1883-1950) and Johnston's sister about her accepting a foreign decoration for her brother.
Creator Johnston, Rufus Z. (Rufus Zenas), 1874-1959.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, #2541, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Deposited by Rufus Z. Johnston of Newport, R.I., 1952, 1957.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Rufus Z. Johnston (1874-1959) was a United States naval officer who served with the Navy in the Spanish-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, and World War I. He retired as a rear admiral.

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This collection includes official correspondence, papers, orders, clippings, and personal letters of Rufus Z. Johnston (1874-1959) while he served as an officer on the U.S.S. Oregon and U.S.S. Philadelphia; made a cruise around South America; participated in the battle of Santiago de Cuba in the Philippines during the insurrection; and served in the Navy in the Boxer Rebellion and in World War I. Included are a letter book, 1895-1927; records and orders; a narrative by Frederick C. Hicks of a South American voyage, 1924-1925, which included a diplomatic visit to Peru; and correspondence between Congressman Alfred Lee Bulwinkle (1883-1950) and Johnston's sister about her accepting a foreign decoration for her brother.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1905-1925 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 1

Folder 2

1928-1950 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 2

Folder 3

Orders, letters; 1895-1931 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 3

Items missing as of November 1990

Folder 4

Diploma #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 4

Folder 5

Clippings #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 5

Folder 6

#02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 6

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Oversize Image OP-2541/1

Picture of Rufus Johnston, June 1952 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." OP-2541/1

Folder 7

Record of Medals of Honor, 1862-1923 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 7

Folder 8

Yearbook, 1894 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 8

Folder 9

Yearbook, 1895 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 9

Folder 10

Military Order of the Dragon, 1900-1911 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 10

Folder 11

Distinguished Service Record, 1917-1919 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 11

Folder 12

Newsletters, 1923-1925 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 12

Folder 13

U.S. Naval Training Station, 1937 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 13

Folder 14

Pamplet #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 14

"Arms and the Man" by Captain R.Z. Johnston

Folder 15

Special Diplomatic Mission to the Centennial of the Battle of Ayucucho, Volume 9 #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 15

Folder 16

Letter book #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." Folder 16

Extra Oversize Image XOPF-2541/1

Framed photograph #02541, Series: "Rufus Z. Johnston Papers, 1895-1952." XOPF-2541/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, October 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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