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John C. Johnson papers

Call Number: RH MS 1476


This collection comprises personal correspondence sent to Katie and Ken Armitage from the family of John C. Johnson, Jr. between 1975 and 2014. Correspondents include John Johnson, his wife Dorothy, and their children Doug and Carol. Both Doug and Carol are University of Kansas graduates.


  • Creation: 1930s-1940s, 1975-2015 (bulk 1975-2015)


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of John C. Johnson

John C. "Chris" Johnson, Jr. was born in 1924 in Gunnison, Colorado, where he spent his early childhood, moving to Pennsylvania for elementary and high school. He served in the US Army in World War II and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and a Purple Heart medal for his service. Following the war, he received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University in 1947 before going on to earn his MS in 1952, and later his PhD in Zoology in 1957 at the University of Oklahoma. His speciality was birds and parasites in birds.

Johnson was a longtime resident of Pittsburg, Kansas. He was a member of the Department of Biology at Pittsburg State University from 1956-1987, when he retired as Professor Emeritus. During summers, he worked in various positions, including as Director from 1968-1977 at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte, Colorado, a biological field station founded by his father in 1928.

Chris Johnson died in 2012, predeceasing his wife of 63 years, Dorothy, who died in 2015.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 1476

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Katie Armitage, 2017.


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John C. Johnson papers, RH MS 1476, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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