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Yandell Johnson Papers, 1928-1998

Yandell Johnson Papers, 1928-1998

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Yandell Johnson Papers, 1928-1998 UALR.MS.0124

UALR.MS.0124

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201
archives@ualr.edu



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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-01-05T13:03-0600

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Yandell Johnson Papers, 1928-1998
Dates: 1928-1998
Quantity: 22.0 linear feet; 24 boxes: 8 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0124
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By series

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains correspondence, business records, architectural drawings, photographs, printed material and news clippings of architect J. Yandell Johnson, including materials concerning the construction of the National Old Line Insurance Company building. The collection contains extensive personal correspondence between Johnson and his first wife, architect Mary Johnson, during World War II.

Arrangement:

Series I: Personal papers

Series II: Business and professional papers [excepting National Old Line Building]

Series III: National Old Line

Series III: Subseries I: Original building

Series III: Subseries II: Addition

Series III: Subseries III: Architectural drawings


Biographical Note

Joseph Yandell Johnson was born in St. Louis on 1911 October 1 and graduated from Soldan High School in that city. He went on to study at Washington University, obtaining his master's degree in 1934. He won the James Harrison Steadman Fellowship in 1936 and studied low-cost housing in Europe. After working in St. Louis for a number of years, he moved to Arkansas in 1938. He served in the Navy during World War II. After the war, he started his own architectural firm with his wife, Mary, in 1946. During the next twenty-one years, he undertook 385 design projects, both residential and commercial, in addition to his work for National Old Line. In 1967, he was named to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He closed his private business in that year and worked for two architectural firms, 1967-69 and 1970-78, when he retired.

Johnson's working relationship with the National Old Line Insurance Company began in 1946 when he was hired to do the first of two additions to their headquarters at 1010 West 3rd Street in Little Rock. By 1951, the fast growing company decided that a new building was needed and they hired Johnson to design it. The new building was completed in 1955. The structure, with its sprayed vermiculite fireproofing and cellular steel floor construction, was innovative for its time. Provisions for expansion were included in the original plan, and in 1962 the addition to the building was begun. In 1965, the completed building was the largest steel frame structure in Arkansas.


Architects--Arkansas--History--20th century
Architecture--Arkansas--Little Rock--History--20th century
Johnson, J. Yandell (Joseph Yandell), 1911-2000
Johnson, J. Yandell (Joseph Yandell), 1911-2000, donor
United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Federal Housing Administration.
World War, 1939-1945--Pacific Ocean

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.


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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Yandell Johnson Papers, 1928-1998, UALR.MS.0124. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, subseries number (if applicable), series number, Yandell Johnson Papers, 1928-1998, UALR.MS.0124.


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