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Brian K. Johnson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CA052-94

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, slides, and operational manuals related to both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, ephemera, memorabilia, clippings, articles, and charts that were created and/or collected by Brian K. Johnson during his career with Air America. The Brian K. Johnson Papers are housed in seventeen boxes of various sizes and one item totaling 10.4 linear ft.

The collection arrived in good condition and was initially processed with only a container list as description. Since the original processing, more materials were donated and incorporated into this collection. Due to a change of the content management system, further description proved to be necessary.

Dates

  • 1939 - 2009
  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 1975

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Brian K. Johnson was born November 20, 1935 in Fairfield, Maine. He served in the United States Army and the Texas National Guard. In 1963, he was certified to operate rotary wing aircraft by the United States Army Primary Helicopter School at Fort Wolters, Texas.

Johnson later joined Air America and was an active pilot in the helicopter division. After he left Air America, he remained involved in the private aviation sector. Currently, he divides his time between living in Texas and Mexico. He is active in promoting the history and legacy of Air America through his involvement with the Air America Association, as well as serving as a member of The History of Aviation Collection’s Advisory Council Board.

Sources

Source
Jerry Fink Collection, Air America Roster, Folder 1, Box 32, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
Source
Brian K. Johnson Papers, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Extent

10.4 Linear Feet (Fourteen manuscript boxes, one non-standard box (17.5x11.5x3.5), one photo print box (5.5x7.5x12.0), one slide box individual (2.5x2.5x11.5), and one item.)

Abstract

Brian Keigh Johnson was an Assistant Chief Pilot, rotor wing, for Air America in Saigon from March 3, 1966 through October 1, 1974, when he resigned from the company.

Series Description

The archivist kept the original organization intact without any further arrangement.

Provenance Statement

The Brian K. Johnson Papers were donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Brian K. Johnson in multiple accessions from from 1994 through 2018.

Additional Sources

Additional information can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following collections:

Civil Air Transport/Air America Archives

Books/Magazines

Books and magazines were pulled and cataloged to be included into the HAC monograph and magazine collection.

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 1BKJ-1-1-PB1

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

BKJ= Brian K. Johnson Papers

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

B = Black and White

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.
Title
Guide to the Brian K. Johnson Papers, 1935-
Status
Completed
Author
Thomas J. Allen, PhD
Date
2018-12-06
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2018-12-06.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

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