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archivist , historian

Niel Melvin Johnson, American Archivist, historian. Recipient Commendation, Concordia History Institute, St. Louis, 1977. coordinator New Sweden '88 committee of Greater Kansas City, Missoury; chairman Historic Trails City Committee, Independence, 1988-1993. Member Organisation American Historians, Midwestern Archives Conference, Jackson County History Society, Scandinavian Association (president 1987-1989).

Background

Johnson, Niel Melvin was born on July 28, 1931 in Galesburg, Illinois, United States. Son of Clarence Herman and Frances Albertina (Nelson) Johnson.

Education

Bachelor, Augustana College, 1953. Master of Arts, State University Iowa, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, State University Iowa, 1971.

Career

Teacher, Unit #115, Biggsville, Illinois, 1954-1957;assistant historian, United States Army Weapons Command, Rock Island, Illinois, 1957-1960;chief historian, United States Army Weapons Command, Rock Island, Illinois, 1960-1963;instructor, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1967-1969;assistant professor, Dana College, Blair, Nebraska, 1969-1974;visiting assistant professor, U. Nebraska, Omaha, 1975-1976;archivist, historian, Harry S. Truman Library., Independence, Missouri, 1977-1992. President Portal to the Plains, Inc., Blair, Nebraska, 1973-1977, American Friends of Emigrant Institute Sweden, East Moline, Illinois, 1984-1989.

Works

Membership

Coordinator New Sweden '88 committee of Greater Kansas City, Missoury. Chairman Historic Trails City Committee, Independence, 1988-1993. Member Organisation American Historians, Midwestern Archives Conference, Jackson County History Society, Scandinavian Association (president 1987-1989).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: painting, writing, photography, golf, impersonator of Harry S. Truman.

Connections

Married Verna Gail Applegate, May 1, 1952. Children: Kristin, David.

father:
Clarence Herman Johnson

mother:
Frances Albertina (Nelson) Johnson

spouse:
Verna Gail Applegate

children:
Kristin Johnson

David Johnson