By Shauna Borger
Primary Creator: Johnson, James Mussey (1885-1968)
Extent: 1.0 Cubic feet. More info below.
Arrangement: The collection includes six folders of photographs, 1905-1915, one folder of newspaper clippings, 1918-1953, three pilot's log books, 1917-1932 and undated, and one photograph album, 1905-1915. The materials are arranged chronologically by type of material.
James M. Johnson was born July 19, 1885 in Helena, Ark. He married Gertrude Wilson. They had three children: Gertrude W. Wilson, James M. Jr., and Robert W. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1907. During his time at Purdue he was a member of the Mechanical Engineering Society, the Athletic Association, and the Ohio Club. His thesis was titled “An Efficient Test of an Allis-Chalmers Corliss Engine." In the 1907 Debris Yearbook, the caption under his name reads, “Jimmie came to us on a slow train from Arkansas. He is a good fellow, gentle disposition, seldom flustered, well bred, very neat and really a gentleman. The successor for the position he has held in a Purdue cozy corner for four years has already appeared.”
He learned to fly at the Curtiss School in 1914 and 1915. He was an instructor at the Curtiss School, Newport News, Virginia from 1915 to 1917. In 1917 he was a government test pilot at Langley Field and became chief civil test pilot at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio from 1917 to 1920. He was president of the Johnson Flying Service and vice-president of the Johnson Airplane & Supply Co., 1922 to 1925. From 1927 to 1928 he was an inspector for the Department of Commerce. After that he was chief test pilot and sales manager for Buhl Aircraft Company in Detroit, Michigan until 1932. In his retirement, Johnson lived at Weslaco, Texas. He passed away on August 21, 1968.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Wilmer Stultz papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
MSP 23, Emilio Salazar papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Preferred Citation: MSA 13, James M. Johnson papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Processing Information: Materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. All newsprint has been photocopied. A photograph album has been housed in a separate acid-free box.
Finding Aid Revision History: Revised 12/15/2009 EMW