Collection SC/025 - Ernest A. Johnson and Edith Johnson Collection

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US ILfC SC/025

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Ernest A. Johnson and Edith Johnson Collection


  • 1940 - 1969 (Creation)



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Ernest A. Johnson was born in Ouray, Colorado in 1895. He received a BA at Colorado college and a Master's degree at the University of Denver in 1924. He moved to Illinois to participate in graduate work at Northwestern University and University of Chicago receiving his doctor's degree from Northwestern in 1933.

He was a respected faculty member of Lake Forest College, head of the economies and business adminstration department. Ultimately, he became the 9th elected President after the retirment of Dr. Herbert McComb in 1942. He served as President at Lake Forest until his death in 1959 at the age of 64.

He was also an author of several studies and a husband to his wife Edith. As an honored member of the College, his choices to provide and run an evening school, summer sessions, and an army specialized training program alongside the average academic programs within the college were some of the greatest achievements of his adminstration at Lake Forest.

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This collection contains the personal papers of Ernest A. Johnson, the 9th President of Lake Forest College, donated by his wife, Edith Johnson. The papers mostly consist of documents such as personal correspondence, photographs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, Lake Forest issued Bulletins, several different awards and honors given to Ernest Johnson, programs such as those given at the opening of the Ernest A. Johnson Memorial Science Center, and additional collected memorabilia by the Johnson family showing the changes that emerged on the Lake Forest College Campus. All these materials are held within a single archival box and in 14 titled folders.

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This collection is generally arranged by the different subject matters found within the personal papers of Ernest A. and Edith Johnson. These subjects are outlined in each of the corresponding folder descriptions listed on this page. However, each folder and many of the individual documents contained in the collection also have a chronological date available depending on different research needs.

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  • English

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