Guide to the M. Walter Johnson papers

Guide to the M. Walter Johnson papers
1902-1989, bulk 1961-1973

Collection number: HMC-0932.
Creator: Johnson, M. Walter.
Title: M. Walter Johnson papers.
Dates: 1902-1989, bulk 1961-1973.
Volume of collection: 0.80 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Tuberculosis related papers of an Alaskan public health physician.

Biographical note:

M. Walter Johnson was born in 1922. He graduated high school in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1941, moving to Alaska shortly afterwards. Johnson worked for two summers in Southeast Alaska in a gold mine and then on a fishing boat. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army at the hospital laboratory at Ladd Field in Fairbanks. He graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1948 with bachelor degrees in Anthropology and Biology. Johnson then attended medical school at the University of Nebraska before returning to Alaska as a member of the medical staff of the Bethel Hospital in 1954. In 1956, Dr. Johnson was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Public Health Service, after which he served at public hospitals in Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and Memphis. He returned to Alaska in 1963, where he served as the Chief of Medicine and then Medical Director at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He then became the Director and Instructor for the Community Health Aide training program. During his medical career, Dr. Johnson also served in the Peace Corps. He retired in 1987, and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from the University of Alaska in 1989.

Collection description:

The collection consists of papers relating to the treatment and history of Tuberculosis. The collection includes the writings, lectures, and notes of M. Walter Johnson. The collection also contains meeting records, planning documents, statistics, conference papers, articles, reports on Tuberculosis, and publications.

Arrangement: Arrangement has not been determined.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives has copyright to materials created by M. Walter Johnson.

Preferred citation: M. Walter Johnson papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: Biographical history was provided by M. Walter Johnson.

Separated materials: Publications were removed from the collection and put into Rare Books.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the archives by M. Walter Johnson in 2006.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2008. The collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2014.

Container list:

Folder Description Dates
1 Manual for the Tuberculosis Control Program; Alaska Department of Health, Tuberculosis Division 1961
2 Chemoprophylaxis: Bethel Study 1963-1964
3 TBC Course, National Jewish Hospital, Denver, Colorado: notes 1964 January 6-24
4 TB Conference, PHS Alaska Native Hospital, Anchorage: memoranda, agenda, summary 1964 June 15-19
5 “Manual for the Operation of Tuberculosis Case Registers” 1965
6 “The Village and Tuberculosis” by Johnson: draft paper and related materials 1965-1966
7 Clinical Staff Meetings, Alaska Native Medical Center: presentation by Dr. M. Walter Johnson 1965-1966
8 Correspondence: Charles W. Lester, M.D. 1966-1968
9 “Alaska Statistics: Pediatric TB Admissions, Discharges and ADPL-ANMC, 1961-1968” 1968
10 Tuberculosis Control, Risk of TB in Alaska Natives: draft presentation 1968 November
11 TB Rates: Public Health Service, 1952-1968: death and incidence rates 1969
12 Notes, memoranda, and “Tuberculosis in Alaska” draft 1970
13 Alaska TB Epidemic: Sitka Meeting, Alaska Historical Society: letters, memoranda, and annual meeting program 1970
14 “Tuberculosis in Alaska: Experience with Twenty Year Control Program, 1950-1970” by M. Walter Johnson, presented at the Second International Symposium on Circumpolar Health, Oulu, Finland 1971
15 TB Program Plan for 1972, prepared by Dr. Walter Johnson, Dr. Richard Chao, Dr. David Templin, Meral Loewus, and Nadine Haley 1970 April
16 TB rates for Greenland 1971
17 Tuberculosis Control Program Planning Models, by J. L. Sanders 1972
18 “History of the Alaska Native Medical Center” by Johnson: draft 1984
19 “The Alaska Tuberculosis Epidemic: Historical, Clinical and Public Health Analysis”: lecture outlines and bibliography 1985
20 Recent Developments in Tuberculosis Control Conference, Anchorage, Alaska: agenda, lecture notes, and programs 1989 September
21 Bibliography on Tuberculosis in Eskimos circa 1962
22 Tuberculosis reports completed by the United States Government and the State of Alaska undated, 1954-1973
23 Alaska Native Medical Center newsletter, Tuberculosis statistics, news articles undated, 1965-1973
24 News articles: New Alaska Native Service Hospital in Anchorage 1953 November 28
25 News clippings: Tuberculosis in Alaska 1967-1973
26 Tuberculosis Control: Alaska General History: notes, correspondence, and reference materials undated, 1969-1970
27 Tuberculosis Control Testing: “Depression of Tuberculin Sensitivity Following Measles Vaccination” by Jacob Brody and Robert McAlister 1964 October
28 Chemotherapy–INH Inactivation: articles circa 1960-1968
29 Tuberculosis bibliography: index note cards circa 1970
30 “Description of an Outbreak of Tuberculosis in an Alaskan Village (Tanacross), 1971-1972” by Claire Dukinier 1972
31 “The Fight for Tuberculosis Hospitals for Alaska” by Pauline Burkher, pages 5-43 undated
32 “How Three Seattle Tuberculosis Hospitals Have Met the Needs of Their Patients” by Margaret L. Lantis and Evelyn N. Hadaway, Public Health Service circa 1957
33 “‘Who Knows What Sickness They May Bring Us?’: The Historical Review of Tuberculosis as an Agent of Change for the Alaska Native” Aronson paper undated
34 Tuberculosis and chemotherapy journal articles undated, 1965-1967
35-37 Tuberculosis in Arctic Native Populations: articles circa 1950-1970
38 Articles on Tuberculosis in Alaska 1902-1989
39-41 Articles on Tuberculosis 1940-1973
42 Publications on Tuberculosis: National Tuberculosis Association bulletins, “Understanding Tuberculosis Today: A Handbook for Patients”, “Expert Committee on Tuberculosis: Seventh Report, Reported Tuberculosis Data” 1960-1976
43 Correspondence and memoranda 1965-1971
44 Tuberculosis death rates, Johnson’s notes on prevention and treatment, graphs, and statistics circa 1969-1970

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