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Robert F. Johnson papers, 1945-2007

 Collection
Identifier: Tretter: 245

Scope and Content

*CONTENT WARNING: This collection contains highly explicit material regarding BDSM practices, including graphic body modification, master-slave rhetoric, and photographs that contain Nazi symbolism/uniforms worn or displayed in a sexualized context.* This collection is composed of correspondence, visual materials, publications, audio-visual materials and ephemera, largely related to Robert F. Johnson's engagement with and contributions to BDSM communities and practices. Coverage documents master-slave relationships with particular emphasis on sophisticated, long-term immobilization, mummification and catheterization. The collection also comprises notes and research on dungeon architecture and safety.

Dates

  • 1945-2007

Language of Materials

English

Restrictions on Access

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical Sketch

Robert F. Johnson, Ph. D., was born on March 20, 1929 in Crestwood, Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1956, eventually achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. He received a doctorate of engineering in Zurich, Switzerland in 1963 and became a professor in the Clothing and Textiles program at the University of Minnesota in 1972. Recognized for his research in clothing fire hazard analysis, Johnson’s work was published widely in various academic journals. He retired from teaching in 1992.

Johnson was an active member in the Twin Cities BDSM community and the Chicago Hellfire Club. In the wake of the death of David Madson, Johnson gave a talk entitled, “The Real Separation between Leather and SM in the 1990s and its Consequences for Personal Safety” (originally titled, "When is it Leather, When is it SM, when is it both?") at Tournament IX, the ninth annual Female and Male Run of the Knights of Leather. Madson, who was murdered by Andrew Cunanan in 1997, maintained a relationship with Johnson from 1990-1996.

Extent

9.26 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Robert F. Johnson papers, 1945-2007, comprise the personal and professional records of Robert F. Johnson, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. *CONTENT WARNING: This collection contains highly explicit material regarding BDSM practices, including graphic body modification, master-slave rhetoric, and photographs that contain Nazi symbolism/uniforms worn or displayed in a sexualized context.*

Arrangement

The Robert F. Johnson papers, 1945-2007, are maintained in original order and arranged in the following six series.
  1. Personal and Professional Materials, 1964-2007
  2. Correspondence, 1978-2006
  3. Publications, 1966-2001
  4. Visual Materials, 1977-1990
  5. Ephemera, 1945-1992
  6. Audio-Visual Materials, 1988-1990

Source of acquisition

The Robert F. Johnson papers, 1945-2007, were donated to the Tretter Collection by Robert F. Johnson.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Andrea Hoff and Tyler Gardner as part of a project financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
Title
Robert F. Johnson Papers, 1945-2007.
Author
Andrea Hoff and Tyler Gardner
Date
October 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

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