This collection contains correspondence, ephemera, and a photograph album of World War I American soldier
Arvid T. Johnson (later a San Diego State College history professor), as
well as some later family letters and documents.
Arvid T. Johnson was an American soldier during World War I. He joined the Medical
Detachment of 354th Infantry American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) where he served
as a dental assistant. He spent 1917 training in the United States and was sent to
Europe in June 1918 where he served in France and Trier and Waxweiler, Germany.
After the war, he married Louise Harris. He was the principal of the Bennington,
Oklahoma, high school before he joined the University of Toledo in the 1930s as a
history professor. In 1955, he also became the Associate Dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences at the University of Toledo. In 1957, he and Louise moved to Southern
California and he served as the assistant to the President of San Diego State
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