Papers of a Wisconsin industrialist who ran the family business, the Gisholt Machine Company of Madison (ca. 1940-1971), was director of and later consultant to the Tools Division of the War Production Board (1942-1945), and was a member of the post-war Allied Commission of Reparations' American Delegation to Moscow and Germany, and of the American Business Executive Mission, a special War Department assignment to reassess the production outlook of heavy industry in Germany. Materials primarily pertain to Johnson's trips to Germany, and include miscellaneous records of the Gisholt Machine Company, and some personal and family correspondence and documents. Correspondence includes the Civil War letters of an uncle, Ole C. Skipness. The recordings contain a 1973 interview with Johnson, primarily concerning his 1945 trip to Germany and Moscow.
16 film reels include footage of family life, recreational activities, and family gatherings in Madison and Maple Bluff, Wisconsin, ca. 1928-1938. Also included is footage from various vacations to Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Hawaii, 1934-1935.
The processed portion of this collection is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional photographic accessions are described below.