Nan Johnson Papers

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Nan Johnson papers
Creator: Johnson, Nan, 1930-
Call Number: D.266
Dates: 1975–2005
Physical Description: 5 boxes, 1 portfolio
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I. Campaigns
Series II. Activism
Collection Overview
Title: Nan Johnson papers
Creator: Johnson, Nan, 1930-
Call Number: D.266
Dates: 1975–2005
Physical Description: 5 boxes, 1 portfolio
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Nancy Jean Heffelfinger was born in 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Barnard College in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and received her Masters in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 1961. She did advanced coursework at Cornell Law School (1952–1953) and at the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. From 1976 to 1990, she served as a Trustee of the State University of New York, and, from 1984 to 1999, was Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester.

"Nan" Johnson was first elected to the Monroe County Legislature in 1975, and was reelected six times, serving for twenty years. In 1978, she was the first woman and Democrat to serve as majority leader of the 29-member legislative body, and she ran for the newly crafted office of Monroe County Executive in 1983. As legislator, Johnson served for six years as Chairwoman of the Human Services Committee, overseeing the largest part of the County budget, and was instrumental in the formation of the Maternal, Infants and Children Policy Group.

In 1995, she founded and was named Director of the Susan B. Anthony University Center at the University of Rochester, a position she held until 1999. She served as the Center's 1995 Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage, "95/75." In 1998, Johnson was co-chair of "Forum 98: Taking Action for Women in the 21st Century," held in Geneva, Rochester, and Seneca Falls, N.Y. She was active with numerous civic organizations, including the East Avenue Association, the Landmark Society of Western New York, and the Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Association of University Women. She was a Trustee of the National Women's Hall of Fame and was founding President of the Friends of the Women's Rights National Historical Park.

She received numerous awards, including the 1993 Hannah Solomon Award from the National Council of Jewish Women, the Florence K. Thiede Award for Perinatal Health Service, the 1995 Civic Award from the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the 1998 Trailblazer Award from the Greater Rochester AAUW. She is mother of two children, Reed and Miranda, and is married to James William Johnson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Rochester.

Scope and Content
The Nan Johnson Papers are made up of two series: Campaigns, and Activism and Recognition. The campaign materials relate to Johnson's career in the county legislature and is arranged chronologically, followed by material from Johnson's campaign for county executive. These folders include campaign literature, photographs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Material from 95/75, which marked the 75th anniversary of women's suffrage, includes correspondence from organizations requesting use of the event's logo. The remainder of the collection includes material from her other political and social activities.

Arrangement
Series I: Campaigns

Series II: Activism.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Political campaigns
Politics and government
Women--Suffrage
Women--Political activity
Correspondence
Photographs
Awards
Clothing
Newspaper clippings
Johnson, Nan, 1930-
Monroe County Legislature (N.Y.)
Politicians
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Ann Marshall and Walter F. Nickeson in 2013. Finding aid written by Walter F. Nickeson and Ann Marshall in 2013.Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were the gift of Nan Johnson, 1999 May 14 and 2008 September 23.Access
The Nan Johnson papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Nan Johnson papers, D.266, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I. Campaigns
Box 1, Folder 1County legislature campaign, 1975
Box 1, Folder 2County legislature campaign, 1977
Box 1, Folder 3-4County legislature campaign, 1979
Box 1, Folder 5-6County legislature campaign, 1981
Box 1, Folder 7-9County executive campaign, 1983
Box 1, Folder 10County legislature campaign, 1985
Box 1, Folder 11County legislature campaign, 1989
Box 1, Folder 12Monroe County legislature, 1990
Box 1, Folder 13County legislature campaign, 1991
Box 1, Folder 14County legislature campaign, 1992
Box 2, Folder 1County legislature campaigns, 1975-1983
Box 2, Folder 2Campaign material, ca. 1975-1992
Box 2, Folder 3Campaign memorabilia
Box 2, Folder 4-6Campaign, etc. photographs, 1970s-1990s
Box 2, Folder 7Campaign, etc. material, 1970s-1990s
Box 2, Folder 8Removed from scrapbook, ca. 1975-1992
Box 2, Folder 9Photographs, ca. 1981-1998
Box 2, Folder 10Photographs, ca. 1998-1999
Box 2aNewspaper clippings
Flatfile 1Oversized posters and photographs
Series II. Activism
Box 3, Folder 195/75 suffrage anniversary, newspaper clippings, 1995
Box 3, Folder 295/75 suffrage anniversary, 1995
Box 3, Folder 3-495/75 suffrage anniversary logo
Box 3, Folder 5Forum 98 program, 1998
Box 3, Folder 6Awards, recognitions, programs, ca. 1980-1995
Box 3, Folder 7Awards, recognitions, programs, ca. 1996-1999
Box 3, Folder 8Awards, recognitions, programs, ca. 1980-1999
Box 3, Folder 9Newspaper writings by Nan Johnson, 1980-1995
Box 3, Folder 10Correspondence, 1988-1999
Box 4Honorary plaques
Box 5Awards, tee-shirts, commemorative mug


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