Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
This series consists of 5 subseries. Subseries A contains Johnson's files from the various companies for whom he worked. Subseries B are the files of the professional associations to which he belonged, such as the Industrial Designers Society of America, and files on his professional activities. Subseries C are scrapbook binders of photographs and ephemera Johnson had compiled from business trips he took, meetings and shows he attended, portfolios of his products and projects for the various companies, and other activities.
Subseries D are files pertaining to Johnson's personal life. There are files on and photographs of his parents, his wife and children, his education, and his many interests and activities.
Subseries E are many of the actual products that Johnson designed as well as his hand-carved wooden models and prototypes of those products.
For the most part, this series consists of biographical information and drawings by the various industrial designers and design firms with whom Johnson worked. Some of these industrial designers were staff designers for Wear-Ever, Proctor Silex, or Hamilton Beach. The companies also sometimes hired outside industrial design firms to help in preparing concept design drawings for new products when they were pressed for time. Others of the industrial designers listed have no relation to the companies for whom Johnson worked - they were designers whom Johnson admired or whose work was of interest to him.