This collection consists of correspondence, published papers, case reports, clinic reports, case histories of patients, his book manuscript, drafts of papers, photographs, slides and various samples of dental appliances.
Dr. Joseph Ebert Johnson was an internationally renowned orthodontist who developed the twin-wire mechanism for straightening teeth, revolutionizing the practice of orthodontia.
Dr. Johnson was born in Waverly, Union County, KY in 1888, the son of Joseph Edwin Johnson and Catherine Hite. He attended St. Mary’s College in Kentucky, then studied mechanical engineering at the University of Kentucky. He received his dental degree from the Louisville College of Dentistry in 1911, later attending the Dewey School of Orthodontia in Kansas City. In 1918 he married Elizabeth “Betty” Crecelius of New Albany, IN, and they had two daughters. He served in France as a First Lieutenant in the Army during WWI. In 1955 he received the Albert H. Ketchman Memorial Award from the American Board of Orthodontics. He retired only a few months before his death at age 80.