Fonds F26 - Frederick William Johnson fonds

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Frederick William Johnson fonds

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  • 1935-1993, predominant 1947-1993 (Creation)

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80 cm of textual records
14 photographs

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Frederick William Johnson was born in Staffordshire, England on February 13, 1917. After emigrating to Canada with his family in 1928, Johnson resided in Lipton and Balgonie, Saskatchewan, where his father, V.H. Johnson, served as a United Church minister. Johnson attended Regina Normal School and taught in rural Saskatchewan for four years.

In 1941, Johnson joined the Canadian army and served as a private and lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Artillery. He went overseas in 1942 with the 101st Light Anti-aircraft Battery from Moosomin, Saskatchewan, part of the Fourth Armoured Division. He first saw action at the invasion of Normandy with the Third Army Infantry Division. Johnson was discharged from the armed services in 1946 with the rank of major.

In September 1946 Johnson entered the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned Bachelor of Arts (1947) and Bachelor of Law (1949) degrees. After being admitted to the Saskatchewan bar in 1950, he started practicing law in Regina. Johnson was elected to the Regina Public School Board in 1956 and served as a trustee for two consecutive terms. In 1960 he became a Bencher of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1963.

After serving the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench as a judge (1965-1977) and Chief Justice (1977 to 1983), Johnson was appointed Saskatchewan's 16th Lieutenant Governor on July 6, 1983. He served in that capacity until his retirement on September 6, 1988. Frederick Johnson died at his cottage on Pasqua Lake on June 20, 1993. He was given a state funeral on June 23, 1993.

During his career, Johnson served as chairman of the Royal Commission on Government Administration (1964) and of the Cancer Assessment Committee (1970-1972). He was active with numerous organizations, including the Salvation Army, the Canadian Bible Society and the Royal United Service Institute of Regina. He also served for many years as a church elder of Westminster United Church in Regina.

Johnson was the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Canada (1990) and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1991). In 1985, F.W. Johnson Collegiate in Regina was dedicated in his honour.

Johnson married Joyce Laing of Stockholm, Saskatchewan in 1949. They had three children: William, Royce and Sheila.

Custodial history

Frederick Johnson donated certain records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1986: R86-214 (April 24, 1986). Joyce M. Johnson, wife of Frederick Johnson, donated certain records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1994: R94-383 (October 3, 1994). The scrapbooks and nine photographs were copied by the Saskatchewan Archives and returned to Mrs. Johnson in 1994.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1935 to 1993 by Frederick William Johnson during his career as chairman of the Cancer Assessment Committee, Chief Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, and Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. A small volume of personal records are included.

Records in the fonds accumulated after Johnson's death in 1993 include a programme for his state funeral and a tribute from the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly.

The types of records included in the fonds are correspondence, memoranda, programmes and invitations, speeches, certificates, photographs, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks.

No series arrangement has been applied to the fonds.

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The factors determining arrangement of some of the records in this fonds were not documented during the initial description process. Alphabetical order of textual records in R-1455 imposed by archivist.

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Restrictions on access

File 18 in R-1455 is subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with Joyce Johnson dated 3 October 1994. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication, and/or reproductions of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

Finding aids

SAFA 134 (old guide GR 550) consists of a fonds description, file listings of certain textual records and item descriptions of photographs. Item descriptions of photographs are available in electronic format. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Johnson in 1964 and 1965 as chairman of the Royal Commission on Government Administration are located in the Johnson Commission records (R-246). A biographical sketch of Johnson is located in the Regina Clippings Files. Photographs in the Historical Photographs (Regina) collection: R-A10488, R-A27969 (1)-(11), R-PS58-139-02, and R-PS79-627-21.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 550 (R-1455), R-975; Photographs: R-A33567 to R-A33574, R-B14400 to R-B14405; Oversize certificates: R-0S 116

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