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Valerie Johnson Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2013-019

Scope and Content

The Valerie Johnson collection focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, especially in education. A portion of the collection contains education material, teachers' handbooks, flyers, notes and other teaching material from organizations such as Project 10, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, California Teachers Association, National Education Association, and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). These materials were mostly compiled for workshops at conferences, including the 12th Annual University of California LGBT Association Conference in 2001 and the GLSEN Conference in 2000. Another portion of the collection consists of clippings and internet printouts with information about LGBT youth, children and families; schooling and bullying; religious gays; and broader LGBT-related topics between 1992 and 2003.

Dates

  • 1992-2006
  • Majority of material found within 1998 - 2002

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biography

Valerie Johnson is a high school teacher in fine arts photography from South Laguna, California. Since the 1970s, when she campaigned against the California Proposition 6 Briggs Initiative, she has remained politically active, particularly in regards to anti-discrimination based on gender and sexuality. She was an active member of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and both attended and led numerous workshops at various conferences. She was especially active in raising awareness of the Californian Assembly Bill AB 537, the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000, that changed California's education code by adding sexual orientation and gender to the nondiscrimination policy.

Source:

Box 1, Folder 1, Valerie Johnson Papers, Coll2013-019, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

Extent

0.8 Linear Feet (2 archive cartons.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Valerie Johnson collection, 1992-2006, focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, especially in education. A portion of the collection contains education material, teachers' handbooks, flyers, notes and other teaching material from organizations such as Project 10, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, California Teachers Association, National Education Association and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Another portion of the collection consists of subject files with clippings about LGBT youth, children and families; schooling and bullying; religious gays; and broader LGBT-related topics between 1992 and 2003.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Acquisition

Gift of Valerie Johnson, August 16, 2009.

Separated Materials

The following newsletters have been separated from the collection and cataloged in the ONE Archives periodicals collection:

Action Alert: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Volume IX (November 1, 2000).

Connections: National Education Association, Gay and Lesbian Caucus newsletter, September 2001.

Heartstrong, the National Newsletter for HeartStrong, Inc. 2000-2001.

Outright: Newsletter of Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Winter & Spring 2002.

PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, South Orange County/Laguna Woods, September 2001.

The following items have been separated from the collection and cataloged into ONE Archives' collection of ephemera:

And Marriage for All Playing Cards, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, 2004.

Gay & Lesbian Knowledge Cards, Rohnert Park, CA: Today's Out Look (Catalog Number K122).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Charlie Kaufhold and Loni Shibuyama, March 2013.

  • 2 decks of playing cards featuring George W. Bush; an audio book; and a People Magazine, June 2001.

Creator

Title
Finding aid to the Valerie Johnson papers, 1992-2006
Status
Completed
Author
Charlie Kaufhold and Loni Shibuyama
Date
(c) 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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