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Lienhard Family Papers

Identifier: 2017-046

The Lienhard Family Papers document the lives of four members of the Lienhard family: Johann Heinrich Lienhard I (1822-1903), John H. Lienhard III (1893-1979), James (Jim) Henderson Lienhard (1921-2018), and John H. Lienhard IV (1930-). The collection consists primarily of material from John H. Lienhard III’s service in World War I and James H. Lienhard’s service in World War II. Materials are arranged into series by family member.

Johann Heinrich Lienhard I’s (1822-1903) material consists of letters and correspondence regarding the publishing of his journals. JHL III’s materials include correspondence and images from World War I, photographs and clippings from later life as a newspaperman, and correspondence with cartoonist PJ Hoff. James H.L.’s series consists primarily of photographs he took during WWII as an official army photographer in the Pacific and family photographs from his later life. John H.L. IV’s series consists of some images of his military service during the Korean War as part of Operation Paperclip at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. The information in File-level Scope and Contents notes is drawn from an interview with John H. Lienhard IV conducted on March 4, 2019, at UH Special Collections.


  • 1847-2017


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3 linear feet (3 linear feet in 5 boxes)

Biographical Information

Materials in Lienhard Family Papers represent four members of the Lienhard family: Johann Heinrich Lienhard I (1822-1903), John H. Lienhard III (1893-1979), James (Jim) Henderson Lienhard (1921-2018), and John H. Lienhard IV (1930-).

JHL I immigrated to the United States from Switzerland in the 1840s and went west to join John Sutter at Sutter’s Fort in present-day California. JHL I kept diaries of his travels that have provided historical context for the California Trail, Sutter’s Fort, and California Gold Rush.

JHL III joined the US Army Air Service in 1917 during WWI. When he arrived in France he was assigned to the 185th Aero Squadron which was organized as a night pursuit squadron. After being discharged in 1919 JHL III worked as a newspaperman, primarily for the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press. At 57 years old JHL III left newspaper work and became a surveyor and retired as Deputy County Surveyor of Multnomah County in Portland, Oregon at the age of 72.

James (Jim) Henderson Lienhard served in the United States Army signal corps as a photographer in the Pacific theater during WWII. The majority of his time spent overseas was on the Fiji Islands, New Caledonia, and Guadalcanal.

JHL IV is a Professor Emeritus of mechanical engineering and history at the University of Houston. He received a BS from Oregon State College, an MS from University of Washington, and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He is known for his research in the thermal sciences as well as in cultural history. Dr. Lienhard is the author of multiple books on the thermal sciences and technology.

Acquisition Information

Collection materials were donated by John H. Lienhard in 2017.

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