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Guide to the Harry M. Johnston Law Journal Collection (1891 – 1892)

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This collection was assembled by Harry M. Johnston of Santa Cruz and Fresno, CA. This collection formerly belonged to the Fresno Historical Society, and was passed on to the Santa Cruz County Historical Trust by John Panter, Archivist. It was later formally donated by Evelyn Johnston Rose, Harry Johnston’s daughter after making its way to the Museum of Art and History and the Santa Cruz County Historical Trust in 1992.


Number of Containers:  One (1) Box
Linear Feet:  0.5 Linear Feet


Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Archives
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


This collection contains a journal belonging to Fresno city attorney Harry M. Johnston who also practiced law in Santa Cruz for two years. The journal dates from 1891-1892 and contains notes on court cases in Santa Cruz such as the defendant and plaintiff, jury decision, nature of the case, petitions filed, and dates of trials. Occasionally newspaper clippings that reference the court cases and the individuals involved are included. It is not clear if these newspaper clippings date from 1890 or were pasted in at a later date. The notes and especially the newspaper clippings give an interesting account of court proceeding and cases of the 1890’s such as a particularly compelling case regarding a man and his estranged wife. This is a good collection for those interested in the law. Date range: 1891-1892


The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Preferred Citation

The Harry M. Johnston Law Journal Collection, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the head of Archives at MAH.  Researchers may be responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material not produced by museum personnel.

Process By

Renata McRee

Date Completed