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Clarence L. Johnson papers and addenda
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Clarence L. Johnson papers and addenda
    Inclusive Dates: 1930-2001
    Bulk Dates: 1930-1980
    Collection Number: mssJohnson, Clarence papers
    Creator: Johnson, Clarence L.
    Extent: 16 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Collection of archival material related to aeronautical engineer Clarence L. Johnson.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Clarence L. Johnson papers and addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of John Horrigan, June 2011.
    Gift of Lockheed Martin Corporation, August 2016.

    Biographical Note

    Clarence (Kelly) L. Johnson (1910-1990) was an American aeronautical and systems engineer and the first team leader of the Lockheed Skunk Works.


    The collection is arranged alphabetically by form/genre and topic.

    Scope and Content

    Archival materials related to the personal life and engineering career of Clarence (Kelly) L. Johnson at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, consisting of correspondence, papers and reports, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings and articles, speeches, technical drawings, notebooks, and ephemera. Some specific subjects include: the Lockheed Corporation, the U-2 plane, and Amelia Earhart.
    The addenda are in Boxes 13 through 16. There are photographs of Clarence (Kelly) L. Johnson and Lockheed aircrafts. The subject files primarily consist of printed matter related to awards received by Johnson and the Aerospace Writers Association (AWA) 32nd Annual Meeting and News Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937
    Johnson, Clarence L. -- Archives
    Jones, Thomas V., 1920-2014
    LeVier, Tony, 1913-1998

    Corporate Names

    Lockheed Aircraft Corporation -- History
    Lockheed Advanced Development Company -- History
    Lockheed Corporation -- History


    Aeronautical engineers -- United States -- Archives
    Aerospace industries -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Aircraft industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Fighter planes
    U-2 (Reconnaissance aircraft)

    Geographic Areas

    California -- History --20th century -- Sources


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
    Technical drawings