Skip to main content

Papers of Congressman James P. Johnson

Identifier: MJPJ

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Congressman James P. Johnson consists of documents dated 1969-1980, with the majority dating from 1972-1980. The collection consists largely of correspondence with constituents and agencies related to particular legislation, but there are also materials related to his campaigns, his work on specific projects, and copies of legislation. In addition to the textual materials, there are some slides, videotapes, audiotapes, audio cassettes, and photographs.


  • Creation: 1969-1980
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1972-1980


Restrictions on Access

Due to the confidential nature of materials within parts of this collection, researchers are requested to give Archives and Special Collections staff 48 hours notice in advance of viewing items within the Papers of Congressman James P. Johnson.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


James P. Johnson was born in Yankton, South Dakota, on June 2, 1930. He grew up in Muleshoe and Lubbock, Texas. He left Texas to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, graduating in 1952. That same year he went into the Marine Corps. As a jet pilot, he served a ten-month tour of combat duty in Korea. Discharged from the Marines in 1956, he moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado Law School. He later was a prosecuting attorney in the 8th Judicial District and a municipal judge in Ault and Fort Collins. First elected to Congress in 1973, Mr. Johnson represented Colorado's 4th District for eight years as a member of the Republican party. He served on the Agriculture and Interior Committees. In 1975, he was one of the thirteen members of Congress chosen to investigate the Central Intelligence Agency. After retiring from Congress in 1980, Mr. Johnson returned to Fort Collins as an attorney in private practice.


258 linear feet (172 record cartons)

Language of Materials



James P. Johnson represented Colorado's Fourth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980 as a member of the Republican party. He served on the Agriculture and Interior Committees and was one of thirteen members of Congress chosen to investigate the Central Intelligence Agency in 1975. This collection includes personal and political papers, project files, and correspondence from Mr. Johnson's eight years in Congress.


The original order, reflecting physical and functional relationships among records, has been retained throughout.

The collection consists of 4 series in 168 record cartons:

Series 1: Personal and political papers, 1969-1980

Series 2: Project files, 1973-1979

Series 3: Correspondence files, 1973-1980

Series 4: Legislation, 1975-1980


The Papers of Congressman James P. Johnson was acquired by Colorado State University from James P. Johnson on January 27, 1981.


Preliminary processing was performed and a preliminary inventory was created in 1982 by John Newman and Ann Hilfinger. In 1995 this inventory was transferred to a computer file by Ho Nguyen under the direction of John Newman. This version of the inventory was updated and corrected by Vanessa Baca in March of 2005, with some additional updates added by Linda M. Meyer in 2006.

Guide to the Papers of Congressman James P. Johnson
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by John Newman, with assistance from Ho Nguyen, 1995; updated by Vanessa Baca, 2005
Copyright 2006
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA