Inventory of Vernon E. Johns Family Papers SPC.2015.006

Finding aid prepared by Dante Frye
California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
2015
University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747
archives@csudh.edu


Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
Title: Johns (Vernon E.) Family Papers
Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2015.006
Physical Description: 15 boxes
Physical Description: 6 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1911-1981
Abstract: 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 of Material: English .

Access

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Publication Rights

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.

Preferred Citation

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Acquisition Information

Collection donated to CSUDH Archives by Members of the Vernon E. Johns family.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Dante Frye in 2015/2016.

Biography

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.
Charles H. and Amy C. Weiskopf were married in Los Angeles on May 14, 1914 and soon had three daughters June, Beatrice, and Margaret. The family moved to the City of Hawthorne in 1921, where they remained deeply involved in the community until they moved in 1941. Charles received his engineering certificate from the State of California Board of Registration for Civil Engineers on May 20, 1930, making him the first to receive this certificate in California. Charles eventually retired in June of 1954 from Western Precipitation Corp. Vernon E. Johns' mother Margaret Weiskopf Johns grew up and attended school in the City of Hawthorne. She graduated early from UCLA, receiving her degree on February 2, 1938. After being certified to teach she taught at Little Lake School in Santa Fe Spring's. Her 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 with a Bachelor's degree in Geology and a minor in Engineering. After graduation he interviewed with North American Aviation using his drafting skills from college. He knew that NAA was looking for a college graduate qualified in drafting for the WWII war effort. After interviewing with NAA he was directed to report to North American Aviation in Los Angeles to start work towards the war effort. He started work for 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 and materials. 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 work, which 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 addition, he began working on a NASA collaboration with the Soviet Union where he assisted in the construction of the International Space Station. This was a significant event in the Gorbachev era because of the progress toward Détente. His involvement was centered on creating the 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 shield tiles. His work on the foam tiles determined how various amounts of heat would be transmitted as well as the tiles level of durability. Harold 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 Johns' families of Hawthorne, California. The biographical material includes letters, correspondence, employment documents, yearbooks, photos, 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 Institute. The patent on his, "Resilient Wheel," on June 26, 1911. Patent papers describe the "Resilient Wheel," as a cheap, strong, effective wheel that has a non-puncturable aspect, as well as being a practical and resilient substitute for the present forms of pneumatic tires. Margaret Weiskopf Johns' collection material documents her schooling in the City of Hawthorne with both yearbooks and memory books. Her degree received on February 2, 1938 from UCLA is also included in the collection. In addition, the July 6, 1939 certificate to teach 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 planes during the WWII war effort. The bulk of the material focuses on Harold Johns' work rather than his personal life. His work with North American Aviation, the Apollo Mission, and NASA, includes letters, correspondence, Apollo Mission photos of the Moon landing, heat shield tile, film footage of Apollo missions 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17, magazines, diagrams, and blueprints of the F 100 fighter plane, and XB 70.

Arrangement

Arranged in three series:
  1. Series I: Charles H. Weiskopf Personal/Biographical; 1911-1940s; box 1
  2. Series II: Margaret Elizabeth Weiskopf; circa late 1920s-1940s; box 2-3, 12.
  3. Series III: Harold V. Johns circa 1920-1990s; box 3-12.

Related Materials

For material related to aviation please consult the Northrop Millar Collection, Aviation Magazine, Giacinta Bradley Koontz Aviation Sheet Music Collection, 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet Research Collection, 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet Research Digital Collection  and Mary Nolf Diaries and Correspondence for a diary entry regarding the 1910 airmeet.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Automobiles -- Tires
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)
B-70 bomber
Aerospace engineers
Aerospace engineering
Aerospace planes
Technological innovations
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Hawthorne (Calif.)
Weiskopf, Charles H.
Weiskopf Johns, Margaret
Johns, Harold V.
Western Precipitation Corporation
North American Aviation
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Skylab Program
Apollo 12 (Spacecraft)
Apollo Soyuz Test Project
Ohio Mechanics' Institute
Columbia (Spacecraft)

 

Series I: Charles H. Weiskopf Personal/Biographical 1911-1948

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Contents

The series includes documentation of Charles H. Weiskopf's move to California in 1910 after his graduation from Ohio Mechanics Institute. The patent on his, "Resilient Wheel," on June 26, 1911. Patent papers describe the "Resilient Wheel," as a cheap, strong, effective wheel that has a non-puncturable aspect, as well as being a practical and resilient substitute for the present forms of pneumatic tires. Margaret Weiskopf Johns' collection material documents her schooling in the City of Hawthorne with both yearbooks and memory books. Her degree received on February 2, 1938 from UCLA is also included in the collection. In addition, the July 6, 1939 certificate to teach at the Little Lake School in Santa Fe Spring's as the school's first Kindergarten teacher is in the collection.
box 1, folder 1

Diagrams undated

box 1, folder 2

Notes 1931-1943

box 1, folder 3

Employment Documents 1929-1934

box 1, folder 4

Photos undated

box 1, folder 5

Documents 1911-1934

box 1, folder 6

Patent papers 1912

 

Series II: Margaret Elizabeth Weiskopf 1929-1948

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Margaret Weiskopf Johns' collection material documents her schooling in the City of Hawthorne with both yearbooks and memory books. Her degree received on February 2, 1938 from UCLA is also included in the collection. In addition, the July 6, 1939 certificate to teach at the Little Lake School in Santa Fe Spring's as the school's first Kindergarten teacher is in the collection.
box 2

Letters 1943-1948

box 2

Employment Documents 1938-1947

box 2

Photos undated

box 2

Margaret Weiskopf Documents undated

box 2

Employment Documents 1932-1946

box 2

Employment Documents 1930-1936

box 12, folder Unknown

Homecoming Memorabilia 1930

box 3, folder 1

Memory Books 1929

box 3, folder 2

Memory Books 1929

box 3, folder 3

Leuzinger High School Yearbook 1929

box 3, folder 4

Leuzinger High School Yearbook 1930

box 3, folder 5

Leuzinger High School Yearbook 1931

box 3, folder 6

Leuzinger High School Yearbook 1932

 

Series III: Harold V. Johns

Physical Description: 9 boxes.

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials related to Harold V. Johns' career in aerospace engineering, and his work on fighter planes during the WWII war effort. The bulk of the material focuses on Harold Johns' work rather than his personal life. His work with North American Aviation, the Apollo Mission, and NASA, includes letters, correspondence, Apollo Mission photos of the Moon landing, heat shield tile, film footage of Apollo missions 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17, magazines, diagrams, and blueprints of the F 100 fighter plane, and XB 70.
box 4, folder 1

North American Aviation Inc. undated

box 4, folder 2

Yearbook 1935/Mechanical Drawing 8th grade undated

box 4, folder 3

North American Aviation Inc. undated

box 4, folder 4

Strength of Metal Aircraft Elements 1955

box 4, folder 5

Automotive Industries 1940

box 4, folder 6

Motor Magazine 1941

box 5, folder 1

Skywriter/Rockwell New 1957-1967; 1970-1981

box 5, folder 2

Newspaper Clippings 1972-1990

box 5, folder 3

Apollo Films: 12-15, 17 undated

box 5, folder 4

Photos (21) undated

box 5, folder 5

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 6

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 7

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 8

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 9

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 10

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 11

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 12

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 13

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 14

Photos: Apollo Mission July 21, 1969

box 5, folder 15

Certificates 1928-1972

box 6, folder 1

Employment Documents 1966

box 6, folder 2

Employment Documents 1967

box 6, folder 3

Employment Documents 1968-1969

box 6, folder 4

Employment Documents 1950

box 6, folder 5

Employment Documents 1940

box 7, folder 1

Letter Chancellor Ann Reyolds 1987

box 7, folder 2

Employment Documents 1970-1971

box 7, folder 3

Employment Documents 1972

box 7, folder 4

Employment Documents 1974

box 7, folder 5

Employment Documents 1976-1977

box 7, folder 6

Employment Documents 1963

box 7, folder 7

Employment Documents 1964

box 7, folder 8

Employment Documents 1965

box 7, folder 9

Employment Documents

box 8, folder 1

Palmdale: Wing Joint Data XB 70 SS Bomber

box 8, folder 2

Palmdale: Wing Joint Data XB 70 SS Bomber

box 8, folder 3

Wind Tunnel: Model Design late 1950s

box 8, folder 4

Wind Tunnel: Model Design late 1950s

box 9, folder 1

Space Craft (Blueprints/Diagrams) 1972-1974

box 9, folder 2

Apollo CM

box 9, folder 3

Blueprints

box 9, folder 4

Blueprints

box 10, folder 1

Blueprints

box 10, folder 2

Blueprints

box 10, folder 3

Blueprints

box 11, folder 1

Magazines

box 11, folder 2

misc

box 12

name stamp

box 12

Apollo (patch)