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Hugh M. Johnson papers

Identifier: Ms-0408

Scope and Content

The Hugh M. Johnson Papers comprise two linear feet and span the years 1936-1986. The papers are arranged into three series: Correspondence, Research Files, and Photographs.

The Correspondence series, 1936-1986, is arranged alphabetically by correspondent surname and contains letters received by Johnson from professional and amateur astronomers and astronomical societies. The correspondence contains notes on observations, drawings, and information on astronomy and astronomical societies. Persons with large amounts of correspondence have all of their correspondence placed in one folder. Persons with only a few letters to Johnson have been placed in a folder designated by a letter of the alphabet, and usually contain correspondence from more than one individual.

Significant correspondents include: Arthur F. O'D. Alexander, David P. Barcroft, Thomas R. Cave, C. A. Chant, F.L. Frazine, Oscar E. Monnig, Bertrand M. Peek, David W. Rosebrugh, Elmer J. Reese, J. Russell Smith, Frank Vaughn, E. K. White, and Latimer J. Wilson.

See the Walter H. Haas Papers, Ms 399, for Johnson's correspondence with Haas.

The Research files series, 1936-1941, contains notes and drawings of planetary and lunar observations made by Johnson. These observations took place primarily in 1937. There is a holograph by Frank Vaughn on Jovian Transits which is also in this series. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

The Photographs series, 1937-1960, contains photographs which have been removed from the correspondence and research files series for preservation purposes. These photographs have been placed in folders with names identical to the ones from which they were taken. A preservation photocopy of the photograph has been placed in the folder where the photograph originated. This series is arranged in the same order as the photographs were taken from the previous series, with all the correspondence files listed alphabetically before the research files.


  • 1936 - 1986

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Copyrights associated with this collection have not been transferred to New Mexico State University.

Biographical Outline

Born March 4 in Des Moines, Iowa
AB, University of Chicago
SB, University of Chicago
Assistant astronomer at Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago
Married Jeanette Ringstad
Ph.D. in astronomy, University of Chicago
Research associate, Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago
Assistant professor, University of Chicago
Visiting fellow, Australian National University
Associate professor and associate astronomer, University of Arizona
Associate scientist, National Radio Astronomical Observatory
Staff scientist Lockheed Missiles and Space Company
1971-1975, 1980-1982
Lecturer, Stanford University


2 Linear Feet


Astronomer. Contains correspondence with astronomers and astronomical societies, research files on planetary and lunar observations, and photographs.


  1. RG2001-149 Gift of Frank Vaughn
  2. RG2001-162 Gift of Hugh M. Johnson
  3. RG2001-166 Gift of Walter H. Haas

Related Material

Ms 399 Walter H. Haas Papers Archives and Special Collections. New Mexico State University Library. Ms 407 Clyde W. Tombaugh Papers Archives and Special Collections. New Mexico State University Library.
Guide to the Hugh M. Johnson papers
Processed by Portia Vescio, with Roxanne Klunczyk
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

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PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA