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R.P. Johnson World War II Collection

Identifier: Mss.Coll.004

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs and various forms of printed material that relate to the time R.P. Johnson served in the military during World War II, as well as general events that took place during 1940-1945, both in the United States and abroad. There is virtually no information within this manuscript collection that cohesively pieces together the biographical history of R.P. Johnson.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into two series, then chronologically within each series. The two series are 1) Photographs and 2) Printed Material. There are a number of photographs taken of R.P. Johnson either with friends, standing in front of a U.S. Army Air Force plane, or abroad (1:1). Moreover, many of the other photographs in this series are of buildings and various places in cities where World War II was fought, as well as a number of unidentified individuals, mostly military personnel (1:2, 1:3).

The printed material series contains magazines, newspapers, and postcards. Life magazine is the only magazine represented (2:1-2:3). Varieties of newspapers included are A.M., Stars and Stripes, Super Fort, and Yank. Most of these newspapers are written for American soldiers and discuss news and events taking place both in the United States and abroad (2:6-2:13). The postcards in this series offer unique images of various places where World War II was fought (2:14). Written on the backs of most of the postcards are messages that include: details about the specific places pictured, descriptions of other locations in reference to the pictured image, and brief notes written by R.P. Johnson revealing whether or not he had been to that particular area (2:4). The majority of the printed material items were published during 1945. There are a few documents and photographs that were possibly created prior to 1945.


  • 1940 - 1965

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

Raymond Pugh Johnson, 1913-2001 was born in Chatham, North Carolina to Jessie Louis Johnson and Eleanor Lee Pugh and died in Burlington, NC. He was a U.S. Army soldier during World War II and was stationed overseas. The only other biographical information known about R.P. Johnson was found in his obituary in the Greensboro News and Record. The obituary states, "BURLINGTON Mr. Raymond P. 'R.P.' Johnson of 3615 S. Mebane St., died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, at Andrews Memorial Baptist Church, with burial in Center United Methodist Church Cemetery".

Biographical Sources: Greensboro News and Record. Greensboro, N.C.: Dec 24, 2001. pg. B.6.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 archival box)

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This collection primarily contains photographs, magazines, newspapers, postcards, and other forms of printed material associated with World War II. There are some photographs specifically of R.P. Johnson, but the remaining photographs are of unidentified people and places. Much of the information found in the magazines, newspapers, and postcards discuss news and events that took place both in the United States and abroad during World War II, primarily written for American soldiers.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into two series, then chronologically within each series. The series are: Photographs and Printed Material.

Physical Location

The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift. October 24, 2000. Please refer to the Correspondence Legal file for more information.

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Related Materials

There are no related materials to this collection at this time.

Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, December, 2005

A.M., 2:5-2:7 Adlon Hotel, 2:2

Braun, Eva, 2:1, 2:4 Byrnes, James F., 2:4

Calas, France, 1:2 Cathedrale et le Fort-Saint-Jean, 2:14 Churchill, Winston, 2:9

Florea, John, 2:3 Forrestal, James W., 2:4

Garden of Reichs chancellery, 2:1 Gestapo headquarters, 2:2 Goebbels, Paul Joseph, 2:4

Hirohito, Emperor, 2:4 Hitler, Adolf, 2:1, 2:4

Japanese Surrender 2:7

Kadena Airfield—B-29 Base, 1:2 Kennedy, Daun, 2:12 Knauth, Percy, 2:4 Koo, Dr. Wellington, 2:4 Krauts—Germans, 1:2

Liege, Belgium, 1:2, 1:3, 2:14 Life, 2:1-2:3

McKinley, Ray, 2:12

MacArthur, General Douglas, 2:7 Marseinne, France, 1:1 Mayo, H.T. –U.S.S. Admiral, 2:6 Monte-Carlo, 2:14 Monument del Cour, 2:14 Muse River, 1:3

Nuremburg Germans, 1:2

Okinawa, Japan, 1:2, 1:3, 2:5, 2:8

Place Castellane et la Fontaine Cantini, 2:14

Reichstag, 2:2 Roosevelt, Franklin D., 2:9

Spire of St. Gaul’s Cathedral, 1:3 St. Vincent de Paul, 2:14 Stalin, Joseph, 2:2 Stars and Stripes, 2:8-2:10 Statue of Gretry, 1:3 Stimson, Henry L., 2:4 Super Fort, 2:11 (1945)

Theater Royal, 1:3, 2:14 Tojo, Hideki, 2:12 Tokyo Rose, 2:12 Truman, Harry, 2:4, 2:9

U.S. Hospital, 1:3 University of Liege—Belgium, 2:14 Unter Den Linden, 2:2

V-Day Ceremony, 1:2

Wehrmacht (German prison), 2:4 World War II—Over!, 2:7

Yank, 2:12-2:13
Encoded by Katie Nash, April, 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

Belk Library, Room 204
Campus Box 2550
Elon U.S.A. - North Carolina 27244