Guide to the Axel Johnson papers,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Johnson, Axel L.
Title: Axel Johnson papers,
Dates: 1921-1941 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL CAINE MSS 4
Summary: Primarily account books.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Axel Ludvik Johnson was born near Oslo, Norway in the latter part of the nineteenth-century. Prior to the year 1900 Axel married Bolette Pederson and they later had seven children together.

Between 1913 and 1915 the Axel Johnson family became acquainted with Charles Peterson of Preston, Idaho who was serving in Norway as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After joining the LDS Church, Axel immigrated to the United States in 1915 and took up residence in Preston, Idaho. That same year Axel opened a blacksmithing and automobile repair shop in Preston. By 1917 Axel had saved enough money to purchase the passage fair so his wife and remaining children could travel to Preston. Axel Johnson lived and operated this blacksmithing shop in Preston until his death in 1955.

Source: Hart, Newell, Hometown Album; A Pictorial History of Franklin County, Idaho-Horse & Buggy Days & Early Auto Era, Cache Valley Publishing Co., Preston, Idaho, 2nd Edition, 1986.

Content Description

This collection contains the papers of Axel L. Johnson which span the period of 1921 to 1949. Johnson's papers consist of five ledgers which document his work as a blacksmith and automobile repairman in Preston, Idaho. Johnson's papers document his performed labors, financial affairs, and personal accounts with local residents and businesses.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Preferred Citation :  

Axel Johnson papers, 1921-1941. (COLL CAINE MSS 4). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information :  

The materials in this collection were purchased in 1984 by U.S.U. Special Collections & Archives for inclusion in the Marie Eccles-Caine Archive of Intermountain American.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Ledger A, 1921-1922
1 2 Ledger B, 1922-1923
1 3 Ledger C, 1924-1925
1 4 Loose financial papers removed from Ledger A
1 5 Loose financial papers removed from Ledger B
1 6 Ledger D, 1929
1 7 Ledger E, 1930-1944
1 8 George A. Lowe Supply Catalogue (undated)
1 9 Misc receipts, 1944-1949


  • Personal Names :
  • Johnson, Axel L.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Axel L. Johnson, Blacksmithing and automobile repairing.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Blacksmithing--Utah--History.
  • Blacksmiths--Utah--Archives.

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