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Ralph S. Johnson papers


Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Papers and drawings

Papers, 1929-1944

Papers, 1943-1960

Papers, 1960-2009

Aeronautical Publications and Patent Information, 1934-2002

Artifacts, circa 1940s-2006

Aeronautical and Miscellaneous Publications, 1929-2009

Day Planners, Notebooks, Pilot Logs, Flight Records, 1930-1968

Artifacts, circa 1930s-2008

Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, 1978-2008

Photo Albums, 1924-1960s

Photographs, circa 1930s-2000s

Awards, Certificates and Airplane Photograph, circa 1950s-2006

Awards, Certificates and Photo Boards, circa 1950s-2010

Flight techniques

Plane design drawings

Jackson Hole Wildlife

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Ralph S. Johnson papers, 1935-2008 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Mary A. Sego, 2009

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Collection Overview

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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

Languages: English

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Aerospace engineering
Flight Archives at Purdue University
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
United Air Lines

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 mss box, 11 cubic foot boxes, 2 flat boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University, per deed of gift.

Acquisition Source: Ralph S. Johnson

Acquisition Method: May 9, 2008, Abra Johnson Parkhurst, granddaughter of Ralph S. Johnson; donation and February 12, 2010, Alan Johnson, son of Ralph S. Johnson; donation

Preferred Citation: 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

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/johnson_r.pdf

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],