Roy Melisander Johnson Erotic Typescripts, 1830-2012
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Brief Description: This collection of nearly 1200 typescript pages of erotica, encompassing 82 original and classic stories, poems, songs, and jokes, was assembled by Ardmore, Oklahoma, oil man Roy Melisander Johnson (1881-1960). Copies of previously published stories mingle with uncredited original stories commissioned by Johnson from modernist authors such as Caress Crosby, Henry Miller, and Anaïs Nin.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/5/MSS 201
Created by: Johnson, Roy Melisander (1881-1960)
Volume: 2.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/2017.
Arrangement: Arranged in the order in which it was originally bound.
Biographical Note for Johnson, Roy Melisander (1881-1960) :

A respected and prominent Ardmore, Oklahoma, oil man, Roy Melisander Johnson was born in 1881 and raised in Wisconsin. After graduating from Union College in 1899, he became a linotype operator in Beaumont, Texas. In 1907, he moved to Ardmore, Oklahoma and founded a newspaper, The Ardmore Statesman, then made his fortune by leasing land and contracting with drillers when the Healdton Oil Field was discovered. He left the newspaper to become president of the Healdton Petroleum Company in 1915. He later served as the director of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and served various civic organizations in addition to becoming the deacon of his church.

Secretly, Johnson was also assembling an extensive collection of erotica. Networking with agents nationwide, he contracted with modernist writers to provide him with stories, including copies and originals. Although the stories were unsigned and thus difficult to attribute, the writers included Caresse Crosby, Robert Duncan, Lawrence Durrell, George Barker, Virginia Admiral, Robert DeNiro, Sr., Gene Fowler, and Clement Wood, among others. Three writers who admitted writing for Johnson are Bernard Wolfe, Henry Miller, and Anaïs Nin.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Barker, George, 1913-1991
Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970
Durrell, Lawrence
Erotic stories
McMurtry, Larry
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980
Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Purchased
PreferredCitation: [Item], Roy Melisander Johnson Erotic Typescripts, 1830-2012, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.