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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: Digital copies of collection material are not available online. 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