University Archivist, Leith Johnson, retires

Leith Johnson, University Archivist since 2012, retired on June 29, 2018.  As archivist, Leith was responsible for all aspects of the Wesleyan archives, manuscripts, and local history collections.  He also served in other positions at Wesleyan throughout the years.  From 2007 to 2009, he was the project archivist for the William Manchester Papers in Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives, and from 1990 to 2007, he was the associate curator (later co-curator) of Wesleyan’s Cinema Archives.  Library colleagues, faculty, and staff praised his deep knowledge of American and Wesleyan history, his professionalism,  his teaching and presenting skills, and his sense of humor.  To honor his 25 years of service, donations were made to WESU, where he is a dj, and to the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Adopt a Book program, to restore a book from his field of interest.  The book that was chosen was Acts and Laws of the State of Connecticut, in America (1784). 

Leith will be greatly missed by all, but we  congratulate him and wish him all the best for an enjoyable retirement.

Suzy Taraba, Director of Special Collections & Archives, displays the book that will be preserved in Leith’s honor.


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