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INVENTORY OF VERNON E. JOHNS FAMILY PAPERS, 1911-1981
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Description
The Vernon E. Johns collection contains Weiskopf and Johns family archival materials in the fields of education, and both civil and aerospace engineering. The archival collection concentrates on the professional and personal lives of Vernon’s grandparents the Weiskopf’s and his parents the Johns. This includes Charles H. Weiskopf’s engineering patents and 32 years of employment documentation, and 20 years of both Margaret’s High School and employment documents. The Vernon E. Johns collection primarily focuses on Harold V. Johns’ 38 year long career in aerospace engineering. Included in the collection are books and periodicals, memory books, manuscripts, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, administrative papers, photographs, film negatives, and film and audio reels.
Background
The Vernon E. Johns family papers collection relates to his grandparents, Charles and Amy Weiskopf, and his parents Harold and Margaret Weiskopf Johns. Charles H. Weiskopf was born January 24, 1884 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Amy C. Weiskopf was born October 18, 1886 in Pennsylvania. Charles H. Weiskopf moved to California in 1910 after his graduation from Ohio Mechanics Institute. Charles H. Weiskopf applied for the patent on his, “Resilient Wheel,” on June 26, 1911 and three years later his patent was issued on June 16, 1914. The objective of his invention was to provide a cheap, strong, effective wheel that would have a non-puncturable aspect, as well as a practical and resilient substitute for the present forms of pneumatic tires. Therefore, drivers wouldn’t be subject to injury by deflation of the inner pneumatic tube.
Extent
12 boxes 5.75 linear ft
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
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