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Buford A. Johnson papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Buford A. Johnson papers
    Date (inclusive): 1945-2012, undated
    Date (bulk): 1951-1959
    Collection Number: MS 372
    Creator: Johnson, Buford A.
    Extent: 2.56 linear feet (3 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains military documents, correspondence, and other material pertaining to the Tuskegee Airmen and Buford A. Johnson, a Master Sergeant in the United States Army Air Force and chief mechanic who serviced jet aircraft in the 99th squadron of the 477th composite group in World War II. Highlights include newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, posters, and awards pertaining to the personal and professional accomplishments of Buford A. Johnson during and after his World War II service.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Buford A. Johnson papers (MS 372). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gifts of Buford A. Johnson, 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2013.

    Processing History

    Processed by Reajinae Jenkins and Jamie Madrigal, Student Processing Assistants, 2015.
    Processing of the Buford A. Johnson papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Bergis Jules, University and Political Papers Archivist, and Eric Milenkiewicz, Manuscripts Curator.

    Biographical Note

    Buford A. Johnson was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army Air Force and chief mechanic who serviced fighter planes in the 99th squadron of the 477th composite group also known as the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. Born August 1927 in Longview, Texas, Buford went on to become the first African-American jet mechanic in the United States Air Force, the first African American Crew Chief to work on jet aircraft, and the first African American Crew Chief to work on jet aircraft in a combat zone.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains military documents, correspondence, and other material pertaining to Buford A. Johnson, the Tuskegee Airmen, and events during World War II. Highlights include newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, posters, and awards pertaining to the personal and professional accomplishments of Buford A. Johnson during and after his World War II service.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into four series as follows:
    • Series 1. Post-military service documents, 1977-2012
    • Series 2. Military service documents, 1951-1966
    • Series 3. Awards, 1999-2011
    • Series 4. Publications, 2001-2011

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Johnson, Buford A.
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Group, 332nd
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 99th
    African American fighter pilots
    World War, 1939-1945

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Correspondence
    Documents