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National defense is the chief topic, specifically Johnson's concern for a larger air force and industrial mobilization before World War II, and armed forces unification and reduced military expenditures after the war. Of interest are case files of topics and problems Johnson tackled while Assistant Secretary, his annual reports, 1937-39, testimony during the Senate (MacArthur) hearings on Korea, papers regarding the decision to intervene in Korea, and summaries of Defense staff meetings, 1950. Many files are devoted to routine political and administrative matters such as appointments, patronage, invitations, his interest in the American Legion, and the Bohemian Club of San Francisco.
The India material was generated by Johnson's mission to determine how the U.S. could aid Indian war production. Letters from Jawaharlal Nehru and other leaders discuss Indian independence, defense of the subcontinent, Gandhi's civil disobedience and Indian minority problems.
Among the many correspondents of note are Frank Bane, Alben W. Barkley, Bernarnd M. Baruch, Indian industrialist G.D. Birla, James Bruce, C.L. Chennault, Thomas C. Clark, Charles C. Collingwood, Malin Craig, U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Myron Cowan, Homer S. Cummings, John W. Davis, Thomas E. Dewey, Hardy Cross Dillard, Frank M. Dixon, William O. Douglas, Dwight D. Eisenhower, James A. Farley, W. Averell Harriman, J. Edgar Hoover, Herbert C. Hoover, Cordell Hull, Harry L. Hopkins, Harold L. Ickes, Joseph P. Kennedy, John L. Lewis, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall, Wayne Morse, Chester W. Nimitz, Drew Pearson, John J. Pershing, A. Philip Randolph, Jennings Randolph, Edward V. Rickenbacker, Lucius M. Rivers, A. Willis Robertson, W. Pierce Rogers, Robert L. Sherrod, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., Henry L. Stimson, Lewis L. Strauss, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, W. Stuart Symington, Robert A. Taft, Harry S. Truman, Millard Tydings, Arthur H. Vandenberg, James K. Vardaman, Tracy S. Voorhees, Sumner Welles, & Walter Winchell.
There are photographs of Johnson at numerous events and with various national dignitaries including Omar Bradley, Harold Ickes, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry Truman.
Phonograph records include speeches of Johnson and of Herbert Hoover.
- Bradley, Omar Nelson, -- 1893-1981 -- Photographs.
- Gandhi, -- Mahatma, -- 1869-1948.
- Ickes, Harold L. -- (Harold LeClair), -- 1874-1952 -- Photographs.
- Johnson, Louis Arthur, -- 1891-1966.
- Johnson, Louis Arthur, -- 1891-1966 -- Photographs.
- MacArthur, Douglas, -- 1880-1964.
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945 -- Photographs.
- Truman, Harry S., -- 1884-1972 -- Photographs.
- United States. -- National Security Act of 1947.
- American Legion.
- Bohemian Club (San Francisco, Calif.)
- Democratic National Committee (U.S.)
- United States. -- Air Force.
- United States. -- Department of Defense.
- United States. -- War Department.
- Aeronautics, Military -- United States.
- Industrial mobilization -- United States.
- Korean War, 1950-1953.
- Military readiness.
- Neutrality -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Patronage, Political.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Technology.
- India -- Industries.
- India -- Politics and government -- 1919-1947.
- Korea -- History -- 1945-
- United States -- Armed Forces -- Reorganization.
- United States -- Defenses.
- United States -- Military policy.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1953.
- United States -- Armed Forces -- Appropriations and expenditures.
- Bradley, Omar Nelson, -- 1893-1981.
- Ickes, Harold L. -- (Harold LeClair), -- 1874-1952.
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945.
- Truman, Harry S., -- 1884-1972.
- National Security Act of 1947 (United States)
- Aeronautics, Military.
- Armed Forces -- Reorganization.
- Industrial mobilization.
- Military policy.
- Politics and government
- United States.