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Warner-Johnson Photographic Studio collection

Call Number: RH MS 1440


The Warner-Johnson Studio was a photography studio that operated in Hutchinson, Kansas between the 1930s and the mid-1980s. It was owned by Grace and Carl Johnson, who were both involved in the Kansas Professional Photographers Association. This collection includes personal correspondence, materials from Kansas Professional Photographers Association conventions, materials from other Kansas studios, and historic photographs of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Missouri. It does not include portraits of Hutchinson residents taken by the studio.


  • Creation: 1893 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Grace and Carl Johnson

Grace Williams Warner and Carl Johnson were both born in Oklahoma, later moving to Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas and taking over Wiley's photography studio in the early 1930s. The couple married January 3, 1939. Johnson interrupted his work at the studio briefly when enlisting in the Navy during World War II.

Both Warner and Johnson achieved the title of Master of Photography and were involved with the Kansas Professional Photographers' Association (KPPA), with Carl serving as president in 1947 and Grace serving as president in 1960. Through their work with the KPPA they also became involved with other professional organizations in the Midwest, especially those in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. This work led them to forming professional and personal relationships with other photographers in Kansas.

While much of their work through the Warner-Johnson Studio consisted of personal portraits, they also photographed local community organizations and Hutchinson, Kansas itself. The Johnsons developed an interest in historical photography and collected historic photographs of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Missouri. The studio operated until they both retired in the mid-1980s. Carl W. Johnson died December 27, 1987, and Grace W. Johnson died November 12, 2001.


1.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1440

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1440

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1440(f)

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1440(ff)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchases, Frank Wood, 1996; Dennis Coffey, 2000.


Guide to the Warner-Johnson Studio Collection
Warner-Johnson Photographic Studio collection
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Preferred citation
Warner-Johnson Collection, RH MS 1440, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States