Johnson, Richard Colles

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Obtained M.A. in sociology and criminology at the University of Michigan in 1951.

From the description of Correspondence with Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1955. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 238373974

Bibliographer and librarian at the Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois.

Richard Colles ("Rick") Johnson was born at Pestoskey, Michigan on September 7, 1939. After graduating from Yale University in 1961, he earned masters' degrees from the University of Michigan, in Library Science, in 1962 and from Northwestern University, in English Literature, in 1966. He began his career at the Newberry Library as a Reference Librarian in 1963, and remained there for the rest of his life. From his maternal grandmother and great aunt, Johnson gained an interest in his Colles family heritage, which some claimed went back to the twelfth century in Worcestershire, England, and to the sixteenth Century in Ireland. As early as 1956, Rick began contacting and corresponding with Colles relatives to seek information and documentation on the family. Using the indefatigable research skills carried over from his bibliographical studies, Rick was able to amass 13 boxes of correspondence and copies of documents that attest to the family's longevity, intermarriages, and prominence. Rick continued this lustrous and lasting work by his contributions to bibliography and librarianship until his death from lung cancer in 1998.

From the description of Richard Colles Johnson - Colles family papers, 1746-2002, bulk 1956-1998. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 427878092

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associatedWith Colles, Abraham, 1773-1843 person
associatedWith Colles, Christopher, 1738-1816 person
associatedWith Colles family. family
associatedWith Colles, John Armstrong Purefoy, 1834 or 35-1873. person
associatedWith Colles, William Morris, 1819-1889. person
associatedWith Egeland family. family
associatedWith Glascott, J.H. person
associatedWith Johnson family. family
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Nannestad family. family
associatedWith Newberry Library corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. Office of the Collection Development Librarian. corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. Office of the Collection Development Librarian. corporateBody
associatedWith Phepoe family. family
associatedWith Shiels family. family
correspondedWith Tilden, Gladys, 1900- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Manuscripts, American
Manuscripts, Irish
Genealogical correspondence


Active 1964

Active 1973



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