Dr. G. H. Johnson coroner's journal
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Dr. G. H. Johnson coroner's journal

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Johnson, Gustaf Hugo, Dr., 1869-1938.
Title: Dr. G. H. Johnson coroner's journal
Dates: 1933-1936
Extent: 0.06 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 1367

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Gustaf Hugo Johnson (1869-1938) was born of Swedish parents in Chester, Pennsylvania. He moved to Savannah, Georgia with his family as a small child. He graduated from Long Island College in Brooklyn, New York in 1898. Upon returning to Savannah, he was elected city physician in 1899. Dr. Johnson was elected coroner of Chatham County, Georgia in 1924. He remained coroner until his sudden death on December 28, 1938. He is buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a journal kept by Dr. Gustaf Hugo Johnson (1869-1938) from about 1933-1936. It mainly contains a record of the deceased who passed through Dr. Johnson's office in Savannah, Georgia. He notes the names, addresses, cause of death, the date, and occasionally the age of the deceased. It is 116 pages long. Several notes and newspaper clippings were pinned onto the pages of the journal. These have been removed from the journal and placed in Folder 2. The page numbers where the items were attached to are noted on the documents. The journal is very brittle and may not be photocopied.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Death--Proof and certification.
Johnson, Gustaf Hugo, Dr., 1869-1938.
Journals (accounts)
Savannah (Ga.)--Genealogy--Sources.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

This journal was found by the donor in the attic of the Anderson-Johnson house in Hardeeville, South Carolina.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Dr. G. H. Johnson coroner's journal, MS 1367, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Warren M. Davies, 1983.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Item 1: Coroner's journal, 1933-1936


2Item 2: Notes and clippings from journal, 1933-1936