Scope and Content
Title: Johns (Vernon E.) Family Papers
Collection Number: Consult repository.
5.75 linear ft
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895
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.
Language: Collection material is in English
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
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.
[Title of item], Vernon E. Johns Family Papers, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University
Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills
Collection donated to CSUDH Archives by Members of the Vernon E. Johns family.
Collection processed by Dante Frye in 2015/2016.
The Vernon E. Johns family papers collection relates to his grandparents, Charles and Amy Weiskopf, and his parents Harold
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
Charles H. Weiskopf applied for the patent on his, “Resilient Wheel,” on June 26, 1911 and three years later his patent
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
subject to injury by deflation of the inner pneumatic tube.
Charles H. and Amy C. Weiskopf were married in Los Angeles on May 14, 1914 and soon had three daughters June, Beatrice, and
The family moved to the City of Hawthorne in 1921, where they remained deeply involved in the community until they moved in
received his engineering certificate from the State of California Board of Registration for Civil Engineers on May 20, 1930,
him the first to receive this certificate in California. Charles eventually retired in June of 1954 from Western Precipitation
Vernon E. Johns’ mother Margaret Weiskopf Johns grew up and attended school in the City of Hawthorne. She graduated early
receiving her degree on February 2, 1938. After being certified to teach she taught at Little Lake School in Santa Fe Spring’s.
tenure as the school’s first Kindergarten teacher began on July 6, 1939 and lasted many years. Margaret taught in the demonstration
school at UC Berkeley where she soon met and married Harold V. Johns. They had two sons Gordon and Vernon E. Johns.
Harold V. Johns grew up in Berkeley, CA, and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1935. In 1940 he graduated from UC Berkeley
Bachelor’s degree in Geology and a minor in Engineering. After graduation he interviewed with North American Aviation using
skills from college. He knew that NAA was looking for a college graduate qualified in drafting for the WWII war effort. After
with NAA he was directed to report to North American Aviation in Los Angeles to start work towards the war effort. He started
North American Aviation On December 11th, the same day as the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Initially North American Aviation placed Harold in wind tunnel and model testing design where his focus was on various vehicles
Later he worked on jet fighter designs such as the XB 70 supersonic bomber, B 24, B 25, P 38 mustang, and the F 100 fighter
plane as one
of the original drafters specializing in the plane’s wing area. In the late 1950s his work at NAA lead to experimental bomber
transitioned to his working on the Apollo moon mission as lead engineer on the command module.
The Apollo mission lead to his working on the Sky Lab project which was a part of the Apollo mission in its inception. In
began working on a NASA collaboration with the Soviet Union where he assisted in the construction of the International Space
This was a significant event in the Gorbachev era because of the progress toward Détente. His involvement was centered on
universal docking module to join the Russian Soyuz.
Following the Russian Soyuz, Harold began work on the Space Shuttle Columbia. His main focus on this project was the heat
His work on the foam tiles determined how various amounts of heat would be transmitted as well as the tiles level of durability.
V. Johns retired while working on the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Scope and Content
The Vernon E. Johns Family Collection consists of biographical material based on the history and life of the Weiskopf and
families of Hawthorne, California. The biographical material includes letters, correspondence, employment documents, yearbooks,
magazines and scrap books related to both the Weiskopf and John’s family.
The collection includes documentation of Charles H. Weiskopf’s move to California in 1910 after his graduation from Ohio Mechanics
The patent on his, “Resilient Wheel,” on June 26, 1911. Patent papers describe the “Resilient Wheel,” as a cheap, strong,
that has a non-puncturable aspect, as well as being a practical and resilient substitute for the present forms of pneumatic
Margaret Weiskopf Johns’ collection material documents her schooling in the City of Hawthorne with both yearbooks and memory
Her degree received on February 2, 1938 from UCLA is also included in the collection. In addition, the July 6, 1939 certificate
at the Little Lake School in Santa Fe Spring’s as the school’s first Kindergarten teacher is in the collection.
The collection also contains materials related to Harold V. Johns’ career in aerospace engineering, and his work on fighter
the WWII war effort. The bulk of the material focuses on Harold Johns’ work rather than his personal life. His work with North
Aviation, the Apollo Mission, and NASA, includes letters, correspondence, Apollo Mission photos of the Moon landing, heat
film footage of Apollo missions 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17, magazines, diagrams, and blueprints of the F 100 fighter plane, and
Arranged in III series:
- Series I: Charles H. Weiskopf Personal/Biographical; 1911-1940s; box 1
- Series II: Margaret Elizabeth Weiskopf; circa late 1920s-1940s; box 2-3, 12.
- Subseries a: Personal/Biographical 1943-1948
- Subseries b: Leuzinger, Hawthorne, CA, High School Yearbook 1929-1932
- Series III: Harold V. Johns circa 1920-1990s; box 3-12.
- Subseries a: Personal/Biographical, 1935-1981
- Subseries b: Audio/Visual Materials, 1940-1972
Ohio Mechanics' Institute.
High schools-- Lawndale (Calif.)-- Leuzinger High School.
University of California, Los Angeles--Alumni and alumnae.
University of California, Berkeley--Alumni and alumnae.
F-100 (Jet fighter plane)
Apollo 12 (Spacecraft)
Apollo Soyuz Test Project.
Aerospace engineering Technological innovations.
Aerospace planes--Design and construction.
Weiskopf, Charles H.
Weiskopf Johns, Margaret
Johns, Harold V.
Western Precipitation Corporation
North American Aviation
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Los Angeles (Calif.)