William Johnston Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Johnston, William L., D.O.
William Johnston papers
Date [inclusive]
0.4 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

William Leslie Johnston was born on February 21, 1921, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. His parents were Roy Johnston and Eva Osborn Johnston. He was married and had four children: Merilyn, Gail, Richard, and Paul.

He received an associate's degree in 1938 from Toronto University, a D.O. degree in 1943 from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and did his internship in 1944 at Massachusetts Osteopathic Hospital. He had a private practice from 1945 to 1973 and in 1973 was appointed professor in the Department of Biomechanics at Michigan State University. In 1981 he became a professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He retired in July 1990 and died in 2003.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains faculty assignments for osteopathic medicine classes and medical clinics, and class materials for palpatory skills classes. The class materials include handouts for various techniques.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 2007

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • A.T. Still University. Museum of Osteopathic Medicine.


  • Course materials


  • Osteopathic medicine -- Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Faculty Class Assignments 1982-1993 

2160H 1

Class materials 

Box Folder

OST 530 Palpatory Skills Section, Summer 1980 

2160H 2

OST 531 Units I-V Palpatory Skills, Fall 1980 

2160H 3

OST 531 Units VI-IX Palpatory Skills, Fall 1980 

2160H 4

OST 532 Palpatory Skills, Winter 1980 

2160H 5

OST 532 Palpatory Skills, Winter 1981 

2160H 6