Scope and arrangement
The John Albert Johnson Papers, 1876-1884, n.d., are composed primarily of sermons written by Bishop Johnson covering a variety of moral and religious issues. Other writings by Johnson in the collection include speeches and biographies of distinguished Afro-Americans. There is also a small sampling of personal papers.
The John Albert Johnson papers are arranged in two series:
The series consists of certificates documenting Bishop Johnson's appointments to various missions (Annapolis, St. Thomas, Liverpool, etc.) by the British Methodist Episcopal Church. Additionally, there are two journals kept by Reverend Johnson. One of the journals, dated November 6, 1889 through April 14, 1892, is structured more or less like a diary and was written while Johnson was ministering in Bermuda. It appears to be one of several volumes he kept during the period he served in Bermuda. The second journal was titled by Johnson, “Notes of a Trip to England” (taken to raise funds for a school he wanted to establish in Bermuda), April 1891 to September 1891.
The series which form the bulk of the collection has been arranged according to type; sermons, speeches, biographies and essays. The Sermons have been further divided by those based on Old Testament and New Testament themes. Within these classifications, the writings are arranged alphabetically.