Library of Congress
JOHNSON, Edwin Carl (1884-1970)

JOHNSON, EDWIN CARL, a Senator from Colorado; born in Scandia, Republic County, Kans., January 1, 1884; moved with his parents to a cattle ranch near Elsie, Nebr., in 1884; attended the rural schools; employed as railroad laborer, telegrapher, and train dispatcher 1901-1909; homesteaded on government land in Colorado in 1910; operated the Farmers' Cooperative Milling Elevator and also engaged in the produce business 1920-1930; member, State house of representatives 1923-1931; lieutenant governor of Colorado 1931-1933 and Governor 1933-1937; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1936; reelected in 1942 and again in 1948 and served from January 3, 1937, to January 3, 1955; was not a candidate for reelection in 1954; chairman, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses), Select Committee on the Joseph McCarthy Censure (Eighty-third Congress); Governor of Colorado 1955-1957; was not a candidate for renomination in 1956; retired but remained active as a volunteer on several State commissions and committees; died in Denver, Colo., May 30, 1970; interment in Fairmont Mausoleum.

Majority of his papers destroyed at his request.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Oral History: 1965. 11 pages.

Colorado Historical Society
Denver, CO
Papers: 1946-1970. 4.5 linear feet. Congressional, business and personal correspondence (1936, 1941-1942, 1948, 1950-1951, and 1953); newspaper clippings; photographs; and memorabilia.
Oral History: June 4, 1959; February 7, 1969. Reminiscences. Also discussed in interview (1988) with Mr. & Mrs. Robert Howsam, Sr., son-in-law/campaign manager and daughter.

Cornell University
Labor Management Documentation
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees records, 1940-1970.

Denver Public Library
Denver, CO
Papers: 15 items (1950-1960) in various collections.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: In William H. Benjamin letters, 1935-1936.

University of Denver
Penrose Library
Denver, CO
Papers: 1954-1970. Ca. 11 ft. Correspondence, notes, testimony, and government publications, concerning western water issues, especially Colorado River Storage Project (1954-1968), together with personal papers, speeches, notes, and clippings. Finding aid.

University of Colorado Libraries
Boulder, CO
Papers: 1960-1970. 4 boxes. Chiefly concerns service on Upper Colorado River Basin Commission including Colorado River Basin and other water diversion projects. Also contains material on transportation and reapportionment.
Additional Papers: Correspondence and references in Frederick M. Betz, Sr. papers, 1920-1964; George M. Bull papers, 1862-1951; Edward P. Costigan papers, ca. 1900-1930s; Colin B. Goodykoontz papers, 1893-1958; and Josephine Roche papers, 1910-1970s.

  • McCarty, Patrick. "Big Ed Johnson of Colorado: A Political Portrait.'' Master's thesis, University of Colorado, 1958.