By Mary A. Sego, 2009
Title: Ralph S. Johnson papers, 1935-2008
Primary Creator: Johnson, Ralph S. (1906-2010)
Extent: 14.2 Cubic feet. More info below.
The papers are arranged into five series.
[Series 1: Engineering Drawings, Papers, Articles, DVD, 1941-1948], [Series 2: Newspaper Clippings, Ceritificate, Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, 1992-2008], [Series 3: Memoirs and Biographical Information, 1941-2005], [Series 4: Photographs, ca. 1930-2005], [Series 5: Addendum - January 5, 2012],
Date Acquired: 05/09/2008
Subjects: Aerospace engineering, Airplanes--Piloting, Flight Archives at Purdue University, Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, United Air Lines
Forms of Material: Articles, Black-and-white photographs, Clippings (Information artifacts), Color photographs, Personal papers
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Ralph S. Johnson papers (1935-2008; 14.2 cubic feet) document the pioneering aviation career of Ralph Johnson. Included among the papers are aeronautical engineering drawings done by Johnson, along with articles and papers authored by him. The newspaper clippings, awards, and honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Purdue University focus on the latter part of his career, as he was being recognized as an aviation pioneer. The biographical information was written and collected by the authors, as a part of a nomination for an award. His memoirs provide a unique look into his life at this time period in aviation history. Most of the photographs represent the planes he flew during his career.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
1 mss box, 11 cubic foot boxes, 2 flat boxes
Collection is open for research.
Purdue University, per deed of gift.
Ralph S. Johnson
May 9, 2008, Abra Johnson Parkhurst, granddaughter of Ralph S. Johnson; donation and February 12, 2010, Alan Johnson, son of Ralph S. Johnson; donation
MSA 25, Ralph S. Johnson papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Finding Aid Revision History:
Revised by Mary Sego, 2012; EW 10/2012
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
[Box 1: Papers and drawings, 1941-2008
[Box 2: Papers, 1929-1944
[Box 3: Papers, 1943-1960
[Box 4: Papers, 1960-2009],
[Box 5: Aeronautical Publications and Patent Information, 1934-2002
[Box 8: Artifacts, circa 1940s-2006
[Box 6: Aeronautical and Miscellaneous Publications, 1929-2009
[Box 7: Day Planners, Notebooks, Pilot Logs, Flight Records, 1930-1968
[Box 9: Artifacts, circa 1930s-2008
[Box 10: Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, 1978-2008
[Box 11: Photo Albums, 1924-1960s
[Box 12: Photographs, circa 1930s-2000s
[Box 13: Awards, Certificates and Airplane Photograph, circa 1950s-2006
[Box 14: Awards, Certificates and Photo Boards, circa 1950s-2010
[Item 1: Flight techniques, 1944
[Item 2: Plane design drawings, 1945
[Item 3: Jackson Hole Wildlife, undated