Louis A. Johnson Papers A&M.4311

Louis A. Johnson Papers A&M.4311


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Repository
West Virginia and Regional History Center
Identification
A&M.4311
Title
Louis A. Johnson Papersca. 1890-1980
URL:
https://archives.lib.wvu.edu/ark:/22916/4406
Quantity
52.6 Linear Feet 52 ft. 7 in. (15 document cases, 5 in. each); (4 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (21 record cartons, 15 in. each); (5 record cartons, 17 in. each); (4 small flat storage boxes, 1 1/2 in. each); (7 small flat storage boxes, 3 1/2 in. each); (2 small flat storage boxes, 4 in. each); (3 large flat storage boxes, 1 1/2 in. each); (12 large flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (12 large flat storage boxes, 3 1/2 in. each); (1 large flat storage box, 5 in.); (1 card file box, 6 in.); (1 card file box, 3 in.); (2 artifact trays, 1 in. each); (1 roll storage box, 4 in.); (1 roll storage box, 5 in.); 1 oversize folder, 2 flag stands, 1 submarine model, 1 wooden box, 1 trunk
Quantity
5.47 Gigabytes 51 digital files
Location
West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/
Language
English

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Preferred Citation

A&M 4311, Louis A. Johnson Papers, West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries.


Scope and Contents

Papers of Louis Arthur Johnson, (1891-1966), Clarksburg lawyer, and Washington, D.C. politician who co-founded the law office of Steptoe & Johnson. Johnson studied law at the University of Virginia and upon graduation immediately took up residence in the booming oil and gas town of Clarksburg, W. Va. and began the firm with Philip P. Steptoe. He served in France and Germany during and immediately after the First World War, and upon his return married Ruth Maxwell from Clarksburg. From 1937-1940 Johnson was the Assistant Secretary of War under President Roosevelt and later served as the second United States Secretary of Defense under President Truman from March 1949 to September 1950. Asked to resign by President Truman, Johnson returned to his law practice in Clarksburg until his death in 1966. This collection is minimally processed.

The collection includes correspondence, photographs, publications, news clippings, artifacts, etc. regarding Johnson's service in World War I, his political career, his social network, and his family life, among other topics. The collection also includes material related to other family members, especially his wife Ruth Maxwell Johnson, the Maxwell family, and Johnson's daughters, Lillian and Ruth Katherine (Kay) Johnson.

Series 1. Biographical Information; boxes 13-15, 31, 45, 52, 54-55; ca. 1910-2005.
Series 2. Diaries; boxes 19 and 23; 1916-1964.
Series 3. World War I Letters; boxes 1-4; 1917-1918.
Series 4. Correspondence; boxes 5a-7, 14, 21; 1917-1966.
Series 5. Scrapbooks; boxes 35, 40, 47, and 57; ca. 1920-1950.
Series 6. Publications; boxes 7, 9-12b, 15-18, 53, 57; 1913-1983.
Series 7. Miscellaneous Papers; boxes 8, 12a-12b, 14, 18-20, 23; 1917-1966, undated.
Series 8. News Clippings; boxes 12a-12b, 14, 18, 21-22, 53; 1913-1966.
Series 9. Photo Albums; boxes 29-32, 38, 41, 50; ca. 1910-1970.
Series 10. Photographs; boxes 3, 7, 12b-14, 18-21, 23-28, 31, 33-34, 36-41, 42-49, 51-52, 54, 58-60, 62, 69; ca. 1870-1970.
Series 11. Artifacts; boxes 16, 50-51, 53-54, 56a-56b, 60-61, 63-68, 84; 1917-1960, undated.
Series 12. Oversize; boxes 70-84, map cabinet 10, unboxed; ca. 1915-2013, undated.

Separated Material

Group photo signed by Harry Truman moved to A&M 435, Rare Signatures.


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Johnson, Louis Arthur, 1891-1966
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Soldiers' letters

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century

Container List

Archival Resource Key
Series 1. Biographical Information
Mixed Materials Box: 13Mixed Materials Box: 14Mixed Materials Box: 15Mixed Materials Box: 31Mixed Materials Box: 45Mixed Materials Box: 52Mixed Materials Box: 54Mixed Materials Box: 55ca. 1910-2005
Scope and Contents

This series includes material related to Louis Johnson's life and death, including his Last Will and Testament, obituaries, honors, and degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 13 Archival Resource Key
    Biographical Material
    1966-2005
    Scope and Contents

    Includes Last Will and Testament of Louis Johnson, obituaries and other clippings. Also includes correspondence and promotional material relating to a biography by Keith McFarland and David Roll.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 13 Archival Resource Key
    Clarksburg Exponent Issues
    1966
    Scope and Contents

    Includes one copy of the April 26, 1966 issue with headline announcing death of Johnson, and five copies of the October 22, 1965 issue (does not seem to contain any information about Johnson or his career).

  • Mixed Materials Box: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Honors and Degrees (awarded to Johnson)
    1913-1961
    Scope and Contents

    Includes certificate admitting Johnson as an attorney in Clarksburg (1913), citation to accompany Medal for Merit (1947), citation accompaning the award of the Distinguished Service Medal of West Virginia (1961), and honorary doctor of law degrees from Salem College (1938), and Creighton University (1949).

  • Mixed Materials Box: 15 Archival Resource Key
    Daybook of Louis Johnson
    1939
    Scope and Contents

    Includes sparse entries for appointments from September through December.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 31 Archival Resource Key
    Diplomas
    1882-1937
    Scope and Contents

    Includes diplomas awarded to Lillian Maxwell Johnson (Louis Johnson's daughter) from Harrison County Public Schools (1934) and the Emma Willard School (1938), Lillie B. Jarvis (mother of Ruth Maxwell Johnson) from Broaddus Female College (1882), Ruth K. Johnson from Zaner-Blopser Handwriting (1934), and Katherine Johnson (daughter of Louis Johnson) from Harrison County Public Schools (1937) and Elementary Shakespearean Dramatic Arts (1932).

  • Mixed Materials Box: 45 Archival Resource Key
    Certificates
    ca. 1910-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Includes certificates awarded to Louis Johnson from the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson Society of Alumni, the Bar Association of Washington D.C., the National Sojourners, and the University of Virginia Club of Washington Outstanding Alumni.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 52 Archival Resource Key
    Certificates
    ca. 1930-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Includes three certificates for reappointment as Civilian Aide to Secretary of War for West Virginia (1931, 1935, 1946) and an honorary membership certificate from the International Printing Pressmen and Assistant's Union of North America (1933).

  • Mixed Materials Box: 54 Archival Resource Key
    Johnson Biographical Poster
    ca. 1930
    Scope and Contents

    Card-mounted poster featuring sketches of Johnson and text outlining his biography and key achievements.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 55 Archival Resource Key
    Johnson Diplomas and Certificates
    1911-1953
    Scope and Contents

    Diplomas include: Bachelor of Law - University of Virginia (1912), Doctor of Law - Marietta College (1949), Doctor of Law - Villanova College (1949), Doctor of International Law - Pennsylvania Military College (1950). Also includes Virginia Attorney License (1912) and several humorous or honorary degrees from The Silver Tongue, American Airlines, College of Hunting and Fishing, Conference of National Organizations, Citizens Committee of the Hoover Report, Veterans of the Spanish American War, The Raven Society, and the Permanent American Aeronautical Commission.

Archival Resource Key
Series 2. Diaries
Mixed Materials Box: 19Mixed Materials Box: 231916-1964
Scope and Contents

This series contains two diaries, one written by Ruth Maxwell Johnson documenting her daily life, and another by a woman named Emily that records a trip taken by ship from San Franciscsisco to Naples.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 19 Archival Resource Key
    Ruth Maxwell Diary
    1916-1917, 1953
    Scope and Contents

    Contains approximately twenty entries relating day-to-day events and family occurences (no mention of Johnson). Also includes one later entry, when Ruth found the diary many years later.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 23 Archival Resource Key
    Travel Journal
    1964
    Scope and Contents

    "Voyage 25, S.S. President Adams, San Francisco to Naples, Feb. 2, 1964-Apr. 14, 1964." Inscribed "For Aunt Ruth with my love, Emily." Typewritten. Contains entries regarding an ocean voyage.

Archival Resource Key
Series 3. World War I Letters
Mixed Materials Box: 01Mixed Materials Box: 02Mixed Materials Box: 03Mixed Materials Box: 041917-1918
Scope and Contents

This series contains mostly letters from Johnson to his future wife, Ruth Maxwell, though there are other correspondents as well, including Johnson's mother and other family members. Some letters were mailed during Johnson's time in training at Camp Lee, VA and others are from the front in France.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 01 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Johnson to Ruth Maxwell and Others
    1917-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 02 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Johnson to Ruth Maxwell and Others
    1917-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 03 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Johnson to Ruth Maxwell and Others
    1917-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 04 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Johnson to Ruth Maxwell and Others
    1917-1918
    Scope and Contents

    Includes letter from Johnson to Ruth Maxwell written moments after the Armistice was signed, among other letters.

Archival Resource Key
Series 4. Correspondence
Mixed Materials Box: 05aMixed Materials Box: 05bMixed Materials Box: 06Mixed Materials Box: 07Mixed Materials Box: 14Mixed Materials Box: 211919-1966
Scope and Contents

This series includes mostly correspondence between Louis and Ruth Johnson discussing family matters. There are also letters from Ruth's daughters and her mother.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 05a Archival Resource Key
    Louis Johnson to Ruth Johnson
    1919-1945
    Scope and Contents

    Includes mostly letters from Louis Johnson to his wife Ruth when traveling or while Johnson was in Washington on business relating to his political career.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 05b Archival Resource Key
    Louis Johnson to Ruth Johnson
    1919-1945
    Scope and Contents

    Includes mostly letters from Louis Johnson to his wife Ruth when traveling or while Johnson was in Washington on business relating to his political career.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 06 Archival Resource Key
    Post-World War I Letters
    1918-1919
    Scope and Contents

    Includes mostly letters from Louis Johnson to his future wife, Ruth Maxwell, while Johnson was touring Germany and Italy with the occupational forces immediately following World War I.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 07 Archival Resource Key
    Family Correspondence
    1919-1964
    Scope and Contents

    Includes correspondence between Ruth Johnson and her mother, and between Ruth and her daughter Kay, among others.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Letters of Condolence
    1966
    Scope and Contents

    Letters sent to Ruth Johnson on the death of Louis Johnson.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 21 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Johnson to Ruth Johnson
    1937-1944
    Scope and Contents

    Mostly correspondence between Ruth and Louis Johnson discussing family news.

Archival Resource Key
Series 5. Scrapbooks
Mixed Materials Box: 35Mixed Materials Box: 40Mixed Materials Box: 47Mixed Materials Box: 57ca. 1920-1950
Scope and Contents

This series includes mostly scrapbooks documenting political events or Johnson's career.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 35 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Johnson Scrapbook
    ca. 1920-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Contains official photographs of Johnson, some portraits and some with others. Photos are unidentified.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 40 Archival Resource Key
    Two Scrapbooks Regarding Johnson
    1930-1940
    Scope and Contents

    Includes one scrapbook that documents the Johnson's social life, containing invitations to the White House, news clippings about those events, concert programs, etc. (1938-1940), and one scrapbook containing news clippings about Johnson and the American Legion (1931).

  • Mixed Materials Box: 47 Archival Resource Key
    Pittsburgh Scrapbook
    1940
    Scope and Contents

    Documents Louis Johnson's visit to Pittsburgh in 1940.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 57 Archival Resource Key
    Family Scrapbook
    ca. 1940
    Scope and Contents

    Includes only a few film proofs depicting golf scenes and the graduation of one of Johnson's daughters.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 57 Archival Resource Key
    Lindbergh Field Runway Expansion Scrapbook
    1943
    Scope and Contents

    Project proposal for runway expansion at Lindbergh Field airport in San Diego, California (now SAN International Airport), containing maps, drawings, photographs, and text.

Archival Resource Key
Series 6. Publications
Mixed Materials Box: 07Mixed Materials Box: 09Mixed Materials Box: 10Mixed Materials Box: 11Mixed Materials Box: 12aMixed Materials Box: 12bMixed Materials Box: 15Mixed Materials Box: 16Mixed Materials Box: 17Mixed Materials Box: 18Mixed Materials Box: 53Mixed Materials Box: 571913-1938
Scope and Contents

This series includes magazines, books and other publications, most of which contain material by or about Louis Johnson.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 07 Archival Resource Key
    Time Magazine
    1938
    Scope and Contents

    August 1938 issue, features Johnson on cover.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 09 Archival Resource Key
    Magazines and Other Publications
    1937-1960
    Scope and Contents

    Includes issues of Time, Newsweek, Kiwanis, Foreign Service, and the American Legion magazine. Most contain articles by or about Johnson.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 10 Archival Resource Key
    Congressional Record
    1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 11 Archival Resource Key
    Magazines and Other Publications
    1938-1966
    Scope and Contents

    Includes issues of Time, Newsweek, Kiwanis, Foreign Service, and the American Legion magazine. Most contain articles by or about Johnson.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 12a Archival Resource Key
    Articles by or about Johnson
    1913-1983
    Scope and Contents

    Articles are in manuscript or pamphlet form.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 12b Archival Resource Key
    Kiwanis Magazines
    1938
    Scope and Contents

    Three copies of The Kiwanis Magazine, Novmeber 1938, featuring an article by Johnson titled "Industrial Mobilization."

  • Mixed Materials Box: 15 Archival Resource Key
    Howitzer Yearbook
    1949
    Scope and Contents

    Yearbook of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 15 Archival Resource Key
    Pictorial New York
    1937
    Scope and Contents

    Picture book assembled by the America Legion for the 1937 National Convention in New York City, containing postcard images of notable sights.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 16 Archival Resource Key
    Books
    1912-1975
    Scope and Contents

    Includes: "Corks and Curls", University of Virginia Yearbook, 1912; "Louis Johnson, the Assistant Secrretary of War, Addresses, Vol. 1-4, 1937-1939"; "Eminent Judges and Lawyers of the American Bar, 1951"; "Industrial Mobilization for War, Vol. 1"; "Louis A. Johnson Papers in the University of Virginia Library" for Mrs. Johnson.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 17 Archival Resource Key
    Books
    1939, 1949-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Includes: "Louis Johnson, the Secretary of Defense, Addresses, 1949-1950, Vol. 1-4"; "Democratic National Convention Official Proceedings, 1952"; "Louis Johnson, the Assistant Secretary of War, Addresses, Vol. 1-2, 1937-1939".

  • Mixed Materials Box: 18 Archival Resource Key
    Guide to Paris
    1918
    Scope and Contents

    Guidebook for soldiers stationed in Paris during and just after World War I.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 18 Archival Resource Key
    Magazines
    1938-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Most contain articles by or about Johnson.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 53 Archival Resource Key
    Time Magazine
    1938-1949
    Scope and Contents

    August 1938 and June 1949 issues, both feature Johnson on cover.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 57 Archival Resource Key
    "Year 1949" Book
    1949
    Scope and Contents

    "Today's history in pictures… The annual permanent record of important national and world events." Features photo of Johnson in section on American politics.

Archival Resource Key
Series 7. Miscellaneous Papers
Mixed Materials Box: 08Mixed Materials Box: 12aMixed Materials Box: 12bMixed Materials Box: 14Mixed Materials Box: 18Mixed Materials Box: 19Mixed Materials Box: 20Mixed Materials Box: 231917-1966, undated
Scope and Contents

This series includes programs, invitations, pamphlets, and other types of papers.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 08 Archival Resource Key
    Papers
    1917-1966
    Scope and Contents

    Includes World War I telegrams, condolence letters, and Thank You card signed by President Truman.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 12a Archival Resource Key
    Architectural Drawings
    1950
    Scope and Contents

    Plans for a garden gate for home in Clarksburg and floor plan for a house in Florida, with some correspondence from the architect.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 12b Archival Resource Key
    Programs and Other Ephemera
    1938-1963
    Scope and Contents

    Includes programs from the White House Correspondents' Seventeenth Annual Dinner (March 12, 1938) and The National Press Club Annual Dinner with President Franklin D. Roosevelt as guest of honor (November 19, 1938). Also includes invitation from the Under Secretary of State to Louis Johnson for dinner in honor of the Sultan of Muscat and Oman (1938), a menu from the Gridiron Club of Washington, D.C. (1938), mailings and account information from the Union National Bank addressed to Mrs. Ruth Johnson (1963), and receipts from Raleigh Haberdasher and Lord and Taylor.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 14 Archival Resource Key
    American Legion Minutes
    1921, 1933
  • Mixed Materials Box: 18 Archival Resource Key
    Announcement of the Wedding of President Truman's Daughter
    1956
  • Mixed Materials Box: 19 Archival Resource Key
    Army Paperwork
    1917-1919
    Scope and Contents

    Various military forms for Louis Johnson related to his service during World War I.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 19 Archival Resource Key
    Programs and Itinerary
    1920-1940
    Scope and Contents

    Includes mostly programs from conventions and banquets at which Johnson was a speaker or honored guest. Also includes itinerary for "Trip of the President to Gainsville and Warm Springs, GA," March 22, 1938.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 20 Archival Resource Key
    Binder of Political Papers
    1947-1949
    Scope and Contents

    Includes guide books related to military procurement/planning/ purchasing, and several addresses by Morris Sayre, president of Corn Products Refining Company.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 23 Archival Resource Key
    Steptoe and Johnson Stationery
    undated
Archival Resource Key
Series 8. News Clippings
Mixed Materials Box: 12aMixed Materials Box: 12bMixed Materials Box: 14Mixed Materials Box: 18Mixed Materials Box: 21Mixed Materials Box: 22Mixed Materials Box: 531913-1966
Scope and Contents

This series includes several folders of news clippings, some of which are about Johnson, while others pertain to his career interests or specific projects.

Archival Resource Key
Series 9. Photo Albums
Mixed Materials Box: 29Mixed Materials Box: 30Mixed Materials Box: 31Mixed Materials Box: 32Mixed Materials Box: 38Mixed Materials Box: 41Mixed Materials Box: 50ca. 1910-1970
Scope and Contents

This series includes both official photo albums from specific events and family photo albums documenting the Johnson family.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 29 Archival Resource Key
    Photo Albums
    ca. 1910-1983
    Scope and Contents

    There are seven albums: 1. Album inscribed "Shots '37 - Ann Johnson Sage," photos mostly unidentified. 2. Album of vacation photos, none identified (ca. 1950). 3. Album of vacation photos, some featuring Louis and Ruth Johnson (ca. 1960). 4. Album featuring Ruth Maxwell and family/friends, photos unidentified (ca. 1915). 5. Album of vacation photos, not identified (includes some from Mount Vernon) (ca. 1965-1970). 6. "Camp Alleghany 1930," summer camp for girls, some subjects identified. 7. In Memoriam album for Ruth Johnson (1983).

  • Mixed Materials Box: 30 Archival Resource Key
    Photo Albums
    ca. 1930-1950
    Scope and Contents

    There are four albums: 1. Album labeled "Lillian's," subjects not identified. 2. Album from California, almost all photos identified (1937). 3. Factual data and photos of Tuscon, Arizona compiled for Johnson as Secretary of Defense. 4. Louis Johnson Scrapbook, featuring photos from travels and official events, most captioned.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 31 Archival Resource Key
    Photo Album
    1965-1970
    Scope and Contents

    Includes mostly candid family snapshots and outdoor scenery. Approximately one-third are identified.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 32 Archival Resource Key
    Truman Inauguration Photo Album
    1949
    Scope and Contents

    Official assembled photo album from the inauguration of President Truman. Includes images of the inaugural parade, candid shots of social gatherings with Truman and others, and other material.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 38 Archival Resource Key
    Three Photograph Albums
    1910-1925
    Scope and Contents

    Albums belonged to Ruth Maxwell or the Maxwell family and document family and friends. None of the photographs are identified.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 41 Archival Resource Key
    Far East Album
    1950
    Scope and Contents

    "Presented to The Honorable Louis Johnson, Secretary of Defense, on the Occasion of his visit to the Far East, June 1950." All photos are captioned. Includes images of Guam, Japan (Tokyo), and Okinawa.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 50 Archival Resource Key
    World War I Photo Album
    1917-1918
    Scope and Contents

    Includes photographs taken by Johnson documenting scenery in France, fellow officers, and destruction caused by the war. Also includes some family photos from after Johnson's return from Europe, depicting Johnson's wife Ruth and possibly his daughter, Lillian. Some business cards from Steptoe and Johnson are also included. Some of the photographs seem to have identification on the back.

Archival Resource Key
Series 10. Photographs
Mixed Materials Box: 03Mixed Materials Box: 07Mixed Materials Box: 12bMixed Materials Box: 13Mixed Materials Box: 14Mixed Materials Box: 18Mixed Materials Box: 19Mixed Materials Box: 20Mixed Materials Box: 21Mixed Materials Box: 23Mixed Materials Box: 24Mixed Materials Box: 25Mixed Materials Box: 26Mixed Materials Box: 27Mixed Materials Box: 28Mixed Materials Box: 31Mixed Materials Box: 33Mixed Materials Box: 34Mixed Materials Box: 36Mixed Materials Box: 37Mixed Materials Box: 38Mixed Materials Box: 39Mixed Materials Box: 40Mixed Materials Box: 41Mixed Materials Box: 42Mixed Materials Box: 43Mixed Materials Box: 44Mixed Materials Box: 45Mixed Materials Box: 46Mixed Materials Box: 47Mixed Materials Box: 48Mixed Materials Box: 49Mixed Materials Box: 51Mixed Materials Box: 52Mixed Materials Box: 54Mixed Materials Box: 58Mixed Materials Box: 59Mixed Materials Box: 60Mixed Materials Box: 62Mixed Materials Box: 69ca. 1870-1970
Scope and Contents

This series includes many photographs, some of which relate to Johnson's career and others to his personal life. Subjects include the Johnson family, the Maxwell family (Johnson's inlaws), Johnson's service in World War I, trips taken by Johnson to Egypt, India, and other locations, Johnson's affiliation with the American Legion, and Johnson's political career, including official portraits of Johnson for press releases and public relations. There are also portraits of others individuals given to Johnson. Most photos are unidentified, though some bear inscriptions.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 20 Archival Resource Key
    Christ Church Episcopalian Church Interior Photo
    ca. 1910
  • Mixed Materials Box: 62 Archival Resource Key
    Damaged Photographs
    ca. 1930-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 13 Archival Resource Key
    Framed Photographs
    1942-1955
  • Mixed Materials Box: 25 Archival Resource Key
    Framed Items -- Photographs and Citations
    ca. 1920-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Includes framed photographs, citation to accompany the award of Medal for Merit (signed by Truman, 1947), and letter from John W. Davis (in a frame) to Johnson regarding his loss in the presidential election of 1924.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 31 Archival Resource Key
    Framed Photographs
    ca. 1910-1940
  • Mixed Materials Box: 60 Archival Resource Key
    Framed Photograph of Johnson
    ca. 1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 33 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs
    ca. 1910-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 38 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs
    1920-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 42 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs
    ca. 1920-1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 43 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs
    ca. 1910-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 44 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs
    ca. 1910-1940
  • Mixed Materials Box: 45 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs
    ca. 1910-1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 48 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs
    1920-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 58 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs
    ca. 1920-1965
    Scope and Contents

    Includes crayon sketch of political cartoon and conference panorama.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 47 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs (portraits)
    1917-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 51 Archival Resource Key
    Panoramic Photographs, rolled (unidentified group portraits)
    1938-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 54 Archival Resource Key
    Panoramic Photograph (unidentified group of ladies)
    ca. 1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 03 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1905
    Scope and Contents

    Two framed portraits of Ruth Maxwell Johnson's parents, one card mounted photo of Louis Johnson as a child, and one card-mounted photo inscribed "Arthur age 2."

  • Mixed Materials Box: 07 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1930-1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1905-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 18 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    1910-1940
  • Mixed Materials Box: 21 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    1910-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 23 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1910-1965
  • Mixed Materials Box: 24 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1890-1930
  • Mixed Materials Box: 26 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1930-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 27 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1930-1960
    Scope and Contents

    Includes photos of Johnson being sworn in as Secretary of Defense.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 28 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1930-1970
  • Mixed Materials Box: 36 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1910-1940
    Scope and Contents

    Includes photos of Ruth Johnson, other acquaintances and politicians, and a photo of President Roosevelt, John Pershing, and Clement Attlee with printed signatures.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 37 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1910-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Includes photos of Ruth Johnson, Kay Johnson, WB Maxwell, and a post-World War I parade in France.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 39 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1870-1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 52 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs
    ca. 1930-1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 49 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs -- Group Shots
    ca. 1900-1949
  • Mixed Materials Box: 19 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs -- India and Egypt
    1930-1948
  • Mixed Materials Box: 59 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits, Johnson
    ca. 1930-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 34 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits, Johnson, Official (duplicates)
    ca. 1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 20 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits, Official (copies)
    ca. 1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 12b Archival Resource Key
    Portraits, Official (copies)
    ca.1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 46 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits, Official (duplicates)
    ca. 1949-1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 59 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits, Other
    ca. 1930-1960
    Scope and Contents

    Includes portraits of Ray Murphy, Major General Frank Lowe, and Paul H. Griffith (National Commander of the American Legion), among others.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 69 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits, Pencil Sketch
    1949
    Scope and Contents

    Image used on the cover of Time magazine in 1949.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 69 Archival Resource Key
    President Roosevelt and Mrs. Roosevelt (in a car waving to a crowd)
    ca. 1940
  • Mixed Materials Box: 60 Archival Resource Key
    Rolled Photo and Certificate
    1936-1957
    Scope and Contents

    Certificate admits Johnson as attorney in Washington, D.C. (1953).

  • Mixed Materials Box: 41 Archival Resource Key
    Rolled Photographs (three items)
    ca. 1920-1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 40 Archival Resource Key
    Rolled Photographs (two items)
    1949-1950
  • Mixed Materials Box: 38 Archival Resource Key
    Slides
    ca. 1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 69 Archival Resource Key
    TWA (Trans World Airlines) Color-fotos
    ca. 1960
    Scope and Contents

    Two collectible prints of TWA airplanes.

Archival Resource Key
Series 11. Artifacts
Mixed Materials Box: 16Mixed Materials Box: 50Mixed Materials Box: 51Mixed Materials Box: 53Mixed Materials Box: 54Mixed Materials Box: 56aMixed Materials Box: 56bMixed Materials Box: 60Mixed Materials Box: 61Mixed Materials Box: 63Mixed Materials Box: 64Mixed Materials Box: 65Mixed Materials Box: 66Mixed Materials Box: 67Mixed Materials Box: 68Mixed Materials Box: 841917-1960, undated
Scope and Contents

This series includes flags, medals, dog tags, academic hoods, and other items belonging to Johnson.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 16 Archival Resource Key
    Coaxial Cable Plaque
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 50 Archival Resource Key
    World War I Dog Tags (belonging to Johnson)
    1917-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 50 Archival Resource Key
    Mayflower Hotel Keys
    ca. 1935-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Three keys for rooms in the Mayflower Hotel, located in New York City.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 51 Archival Resource Key
    Medal of Merit and American Legion West Virginia Cap
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 53 Archival Resource Key
    Handkerchief
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 54 Archival Resource Key
    Blue Eagle Flag
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 56a Archival Resource Key
    Three Desk Flags
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 56b Archival Resource Key
    Awards -- American Legion, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 1933; Post-Mortem Club, 1960
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 60 Archival Resource Key
    Gavel
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 60 Archival Resource Key
    Tassels
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 60 Archival Resource Key
    Wooden Box
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 61 Archival Resource Key
    Bronze Head
    undated
    Scope and Contents

    Bronze head of Franklin D. Roosevelt, by J. Davidson.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 61 Archival Resource Key
    Medals
    undated
    Scope and Contents

    Medal of Liberated France and Order of the Compassionate Heart Medal.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 61 Archival Resource Key
    Two Decorative Wooden Boxes
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 63 Archival Resource Key
    Tassels
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 64 Archival Resource Key
    Desk Artifacts
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 65 Archival Resource Key
    Whale [sculpture]
    1933
  • Mixed Materials Box: 66 Archival Resource Key
    Medals and Ribbons
    1912-1956
    Scope and Contents

    1. American Legion New York State Convention Ribbon, 1933;
    2. American Legion New York State Convention Ribbon, 1933;
    3. Order of the Crown of Italy; American Legion 14th Annual Promenade Nationale, Chicago Ribbon, 1933;
    4. Louis A. Johnson, National Commander, American Legion National Convention, Janesville, WI, 1933 Ribbon;
    5. American Legion Philadelphia, PA Ribbon, 1933;
    6. American Legion 38th National Convention, Los Angeles, Distinguished Guest Ribbon, 1956;
    7. Distinguished Service Award presented to Colonel Louis A. Johnson by the National Guard of Honor American Legion;
    8. American Legion, Grand Rapids, MI Ribbon, 1933;
    9. American Legion, 12th National Convention, Portland, OR Ribbon, 1932;
    10. GAA, University of Virginia, Virginia-Hopkins Dual Meet, Heavyweight Boxing Medal, Louis A. Johnson, 1912;
    11. GAA, University of Virginia, Heavyweight Wrestling Medal, Louis A. Johnson, 1912;
    12. Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, 1948, Honored Guest Ribbon.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 67 Archival Resource Key
    Medals and Ribbons
    1928-1956
    Scope and Contents

    1. American Legion 15th Annual Convention, New London, CT, 1933, Louis Johnson, National Commander Ribbon;
    2. Grand Cross of Military Honor;
    3. American Legion Service Committee Pin, Los Angeles, 1956; American Legion Distinguished Guests Committee Pin, Los Angeles, 1956; American Legion Life Member Pin; American Legion First National Aerial Roundup Pin, 1933;
    4. Democratic National Convention, 1940, Chicago, Assistant to the Chairman Ribbon;
    5. American Legion Department of Iowa, Dubuque 1933 Ribbon; American Legion National Executive Committee Ribbon;
    6. Democratic National Convention, Delegate, Honorary Vice President Ribbon;
    7. Louis A. Johnson, American Legion Department of West Virginia Annual Convention Ribbon, Clarksburg, 1938;
    8. National Distinguished Guest Committee Pin, San Antonio Convention, American Legion, 1928;
    9. Louis Johnson, Delegate, American Legion Department of West Virginia, 14th Annual Convention Ribbon, 1932;
    10. Medal for Merit;
    11. American Legion Pilgrimage for Peace Ribbon;
    12. Democratic National Convention, Assistant to Chairman Ribbon, Philadelphia, 1948.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 68 Archival Resource Key
    Leather Box and Contents
    ca. 1930-1955
    Scope and Contents

    Leather desk box containing items probably of sentimental value, including photos of Johnson's daughter's graduation, a book of poems handmade by his daughter, etc.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 68 Archival Resource Key
    Dishes (with Johnson family crest)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 84 Archival Resource Key
    Lamp from portrait of Johnson
    undataed
    Scope and Contents

    Small metal lamp originally mounted to Johnson portrait.

Archival Resource Key
Series 12. Oversize
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Scope and Contents

This series contains large photographs, framed artwork, and artifacts, including flags, academic hoods, panoramic photographs, signed portraits, transcription discs with recordings of Johnson's speeches, and a World War I trunk with equipment, among other items.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 70 Archival Resource Key
    Rolled Photographs
    ca. 1930-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Enlarged group photos, one labeled "Corps Area Commanders and Bureau Chiefs," one depicting several generals and their printed signatures, one of Johnson and others at a desk, and one unidentified group of pilots and military men in front of a plane.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 70 Archival Resource Key
    West Virginia House of Delegates Framed Photograph
    1917
  • Mixed Materials Box: 71 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Two Clarksburg Flags
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 71 Archival Resource Key
    Two Large Photographs
    ca. 1920-1950
    Scope and Contents

    One mounted aerial photo and one group of men, both unidentified.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 72 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Four Academic Hoods
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 72 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Sash
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 72 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Three Small Flags
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 73 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Altar Cloth
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 73 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- American Flag
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 74 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- White Eagle Flag
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 75 Archival Resource Key
    Oversize Photographs
    ca. 1915-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Includes crayon sketch of Johnson by Jean Eason, a poster of boxing photos, and several unidentified group photos that include Johnson.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 76 Archival Resource Key
    Large Photographs
    ca. 1920-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Includes family and political portraits, some group photos, a framed telegram from President Roosevelt to the American Legion, and an award to Johnson from the state of West Virginia.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 77 Archival Resource Key
    Framed Portraits
    ca. 1930-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Includes portraits given to Johnson by friends, acquaintances, and admirers. Many are signed and inscribed by the person pictured.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 78 Archival Resource Key
    Framed Portraits
    ca. 1930-1950
    Scope and Contents

    Includes portraits given to Johnson by friends, acquaintances, and admirers. Many are signed and inscribed by the person pictured.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 79 Archival Resource Key
    Framed Photographs
    ca. 1920-1960
    Scope and Contents

    Includes portraits given to Johnson by friends, acquaintances, and admirers. Many are signed and inscribed by the person pictured.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 80 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Wooden Plaques
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 80 Archival Resource Key
    Framed Photographs
    ca. 1920-2013
    Scope and Contents

    Includes portraits given to Johnson by friends, acquaintances, and admirers. Many are signed and inscribed by the person pictured.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 81 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- American Legion Banner
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 82 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Department of Defense Seals
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 83 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Two Folded American Flags
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 84 Archival Resource Key
    Oversize Photographs
    ca. 1915-1946
    Scope and Contents

    Includes group photograph of Steptoe and Johnson staff (1946), framed letter from Frank L. Polk (1924), rolled photos of Johnson at desk, American Legion poster (1942), and photo of plane flying over Wright Memorial signed by Major C. Haynes.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 85 Archival Resource Key
    Transcription Discs
    1940
    Scope and Contents

    1. Secretary of State Hull and Assistant Secretary of War Johnson Speeches;
    2. Honorable Louis Johnson, B'nai B'rith - George Washington Celebration, Feb. 25, 1940.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 86 Archival Resource Key
    Transcription Discs
    1938-1940
    Scope and Contents

    3. Johnson, Army Day Banquet, Apr. 8, 1938 (4 discs);
    4. Food and War Speech, June 18, 1940.

  • Mixed Materials Box: 87 Archival Resource Key
    Transcription Discs
    1940-1945
    Scope and Contents

    5. Address by Louis Johnson, May 26, 1940;
    6. Col. Johnson - Part 2;
    7. Louis Johnson Talk, May 28, 1940 - Part II;
    8. Louis A. Johnson American Legion, Oct. 6, 1945, parts 2 and 3 (2 discs).

  • Mixed Materials Box: 88 Archival Resource Key
    Johnson Political Cartoons
    1949-1950
    Scope and Contents

    1. "Speaking of 'Unification'", F.O. Alexander (signed), 11/3/1949
    2. "The Old, Old Story", Alexander, 8/26/1949
    3. "Operation Handsaw", Paul R. Carmack (signed), 3/32/1949
    4. "Louis Johnson, Psychiatrist, Armed Forces", William Wolfe (signed), undated
    5. "Unification - Oh Brother!", Herc. Ficklen (signed), undated
    6. "Assembly", Herc. Ficklen (signed), undated
    7. "Better Leave the Bag Outside", Gib Crockett (signed), undated
    8. "Secretary of (Self) Defense", Sean Allen (signed), undated
    9. "'100% for Unification Laws' Vice Admiral Sherman", John Stampone (signed), undated
    10. "Good Luck, Louis!", Keith Temple, 3/30/1949
    11. "But It's Not Big Enough to Hold All of Them", Cliff Berryman (signed), 10/27/1949
    12. "Mutiny on the Bounty", Richard Yardley, 10/4/1949
    13. "A Very Unusual Situation to Say the Least", Tom Carlisle (signed), undated
    14. "Don't Fret, Now, Under Unification We Are Going to Put Wings On It", Cliff Berryman (signed), 4/20/1949
    15. "Louis A. Johnson First Man in History to Cut Goverment Costs", Gib Crockett (signed), 8/29/1949
    16. "Three into One", Hal Coffman, 6/22/1949
    17. "Always the Other Fellow Should Economize", Hal Coffman (signed), 9/8/1949
    18. "A Note of Confidence, For a Change", John Knott, 2/4/1950
    19. "Ah'm Feeling a Bit Scot'ish", John Stampone (signed), 9/1949
    20. "A Direct Hit", Cy Hungerford (signed), 08/25/1949
    21. "Offensive in the Defense Department", Philip "Flip" Uzanas (signed), undated
    22. "Cheese it, There's Pop!", Hal Coffman (signed), undated
    23. "Too Bad", Kendall Vintroux (signed), undated
    24. "Seizing the Reins", Vaughn Shoemaker (signed), undated
    25. "Ouch! You're Hurting the Little Guy Yow!", Glenn Brett (signed), undated
    26. "And Let the Chips Fall Where They May!", Leo Joseph Roche, 7/21/1949
    27. "See Here, Private Johnson!", Richard Yardley, 10/13/1949?
    28. "Taking Capitol Hill", Shoemaker (signed?), undated
    29. "An Omen?", Dorman H. Smith (signed), undated
    30. "National Defense", Canfield, undated
    31. "Stop It!", Lute Pease (signed?), undated
    32. "Two Big Flops", Daniel R. Fitzpatrick (signed), 08/25/1949
    33. "Who Says the Navy's Been Gagged?", Jim Berryman (signed), undated
    34. "Jack the Giant Killer", Dowling (signed), 08/26/1949
    35. "Now We'll Have A Little Peace and Quiet", Yardley (signed), 08/13/????
    36. "Forecast: Stormy Weather in Pentagonia", Jim Berryman (signed), undated

  • Mixed Materials Box: 89 Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Sword
    undated
    Scope and Contents

    Masonic Knights Templar sword inscribed with Johnson's name on blade.

  • Mixed Materials map cabinet 10 Archival Resource Key
    Oversize Print of Truman Portrait
    ca. 1950
    Scope and Contents

    Signed, though signature is damaged.

  • Mixed Materials unboxed Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Submarine Nameplate
    undated
  • Mixed Materials unboxed Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Two Flag Stands
    undated
  • Mixed Materials unboxed Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- Wooden Box
    undated
  • Mixed Materials unboxed Archival Resource Key
    Artifacts -- World War I Trunk and Contents
    1917-1918
  • Mixed Materials unboxed Archival Resource Key
    Artifact -- Portrait Painting of Johnson
    ca. 1960
    Scope and Contents

    This portrait originally had a lamp attached to it.