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J. Chester Johnson Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: SCA-0041

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Johnson’s participation in the civil rights movement as well as later involvement in social justice efforts through literary works he has created. The collection contains five physical works, one digital work, miscellaneous papers and articles describing social justice events he participated in, and a typed profile sheet of Johnson as a poet.


  • 2005 - 2014



Collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.


The J. Chester Johnson Collection is physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

Biographical Note

J. Chester Johnson was born on September 28, 1944 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He grew up in Arkansas and was educated at Harvard College and the University of Arkansas. From 1969 to 1970, during the later part of the civil rights movement, J. Chester Johnson taught in an all-African American public school in Monticello, Arkansas before public school integration occurred. During this time, he also joined the mayoral race of the town but was not elected. This experience eventually led him to write the manuscript The Mixer. Aside from this, Johnson worked in the financial sector as an investment banker and later worked in the Treasury Department until 1979. After the Treasury Department, he started his own consulting firm.


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Arrangement Note

Series I: Social Justice Writings

Series II: Episcopal Church Writings

Series III: Miscellaneous


Donated by J. Chester Johnson in 2013


J. Chester Johnson Papers
Thomas Cleary
July 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
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