Drink from the Suwanee River

"Drink from the Suwanee River," one of the many photographs in the Clifton Johnson Collection

From the time he bought his first camera in 1888 until his death in 1940, Clifton Johnson extensively documented landscapes and people in all aspects of life through the lens of his camera. While most of these are of rural New England, and especially the Hadley and Hockanum area, he travelled across the country and internationally, photographing each of the states in the contiguous U.S., Canada, Mexico, and parts of western Europe including England, Scotland, Ireland, France and the Netherlands. Many of his photographs were published alongside articles and books he had written. While not comprehensive, the collection of Johnson's photographs housed at The Jones Library includes more than 3,000 prints and 2,000 negatives.