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Carl D. Johnson papers

Identifier: UA-10.3.444

Scope and Content

The collection consists of architectural project files and site development project files for Carl Johnson and his firm Johnson, Johnson, and Roy (JJR) of Ann Arbor, Michigan as well as the other architectural firms where Carl Johnson worked.


  • Creation: 1960 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

In 1926, Carl D. Johnson was born in Lansing, Michigan. He was the second of three children born to Ruben and Ethel Johnson. During World War II, he served as a Navy Corpsman. After the war, he graduated from Michigan State University in 1951 with degrees in landscape architecture and urban planning.

After graduation, Johnson worked for Lambert Landscape Company in Dallas, Texas from 1951 to 1953. In 1955, he relocated to Detroit and worked for Edward E. Eichstedt and became a partner in 1958 to 1961. After leaving Eichstedt, Johnson teamed up with his brother, William Johnson, and former co-worker, Clarence Roy, and created the new partnership of Johnson, Johnson, and Roy (JJR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Over the next thirty years, Johnson’s work with JJR focused on landscape preservation, focusing on the reuse of historic landscapes.

In 1960, Johnson began teaching at the University of Michigan as a visiting lecturer and became a full professor of landscape architecture in 1964. He retired from the University of Michigan in 1989 and was named Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture.

Johnson died in Ann Arbor on October 24, 2010, at the age of 84.


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Materials stored off-site. Advance notice of 24 hours is required for use.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from UA 17.294 to UA 10.3.444 to reflect Johnson's connection to Michigan State University. -M. Badgley-Malone, January 2023.

Carl D. Johnson Papers
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September 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US