Extent: 1 box (.25 linear feet)
The Bradish Johnson Papers consist of documents relating to Johnson’s work as a sugar refiner, distiller, brewer, and property owner, including leases and deeds, bills, shipping agreements, and business correspondence.
Scope and Content
The Bradish Johnson papers include documents, correspondence, deeds, and contracts pertaining to Bradish Johnson’s business interests. Despite the fact that no known published historical sources mention that Johnson’s distilleries produced anything other than whiskey, this collection contains items discussing his involvement in the beer trade, operating under the name of the W. R. Laurance Co., and many of the documents in this collection pertain to the brewing business. Much of the other documents are more general in nature, discussing transportation, insurance, and capital funding, but do not provide information identifying which of Johnson’s business ventures they are associated with. The collection contains documents pertaining to the Johnson & Lazarus firm, Johnson’s real estate interests (including property deeds to and from members of the Astor family), the Chemical Bank, and an iron works. Additionally, the collection holds a small amount of material related to personal matters, such as Johnson’s club events; school tuition bills for one of his children; and the estate of his father, Captain William M. Johnson, and wife Louisa A. Lawrence Johnson.