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Bonnie Johnson papers

Guide to the Bonnie Johnson papers

Collection number: HMC-1327.
Creator: Johnson, Bonnie.
Title: Bonnie Johnson papers.
Dates: 1983-2010.
Volume of collection: 0.5 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Records of a public health nurse in Alaska.

Biographical note:
Bonnie (MacCallum) Johnson was born in 1942, and attended East High School in Rockford, Illinois. After graduation, she attended nursing school at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital (now Rush) in Chicago, graduating in 1963. In 1965, she married Fred Johnson, and the couple moved to Alaska when Fred was drafted into the Army in 1967. Bonnie worked as a public health nurse in Fairbanks for more than 30 years. While in Fairbanks, she helped start hospice care, and established the first local chapter of the National Association of Diabetes. She also led a “5-a-Day Fruits and Vegetables” campaign, testified as a health expert to legislative bodies, and coordinated tuberculosis care and education. Bonnie helped organize a volunteer nursing clinic for foot care, called “Feet First”. In 1979, she earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and was awarded the BP Girl Scouts “Women of Distinction” award in 2015. Bonnie died in 2019.

Collection description:
The collection contains papers belonging to Bonnie Johnson relating to her public health career and nurses in Alaska. Included in the collection are records and video of the production of Tuberculosis: Shared Stories from Interior Alaska, documents related to a pioneer nurses banquet Johnson helped organize, and research and pamphlets related to Tuberculosis.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in no discernible order.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections holds copyright to materials created by Bonnie Johnson. The collection contains materials not created by Johnson, which may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Preferred citation: Bonnie Johnson papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory:
“Bonnie Lee (MacCallum) Johnson obituary.” Legacy.com. Last modified May 24, 2019. Accessed May 28, 2019. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer/obituary-print.aspx?n=bonnie-lee-johnson-maccallum&pid=192968011.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to Archives and Special Collections by Fred Johnson, Bonnie Johnson’s husband, in 2019. A deed of gift was signed at the time of donation.

Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2019.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Pat Rogers: Photograph, typed obituary undated
1/2 Tuberculosis pamphlets and bulletins 1983-1999
1/3 Invitation to video premiere for Tuberculosis: Shared Stories from Interior Alaska 2002
1/4 Historical TB (Tuberculosis) research 1994
1/5 Tuberculosis in Alaska: Video production information, interview notes, correspondence, research, and other notes undated, 1998
1/6 TB information circa 2000
1/7 Tuberculosis in Alaska: Research, video production, interview releases, and interview notes undated, 1998-2000
1/8 Reminiscences of Katherine Ferguson, Alaska nurse undated
1/9 Pioneer nurses: Information for banquet held for Alaskan nurses 2010
1/10 Honoring Nursing Pioneers: Biographies of Alaska Nurses printed on a table tent display undated
1/11 Card from Alaska Nurses Foundation; Bonnie Johnson business card 1998, 2000
1/12 State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services retirement letters 2003
Box 2 VHS: Tuberculosis: Shared Stories from Interior Alaska including interviews with Edna Nathaniel and George Attla, rough cut, final draft, and final cut; Gap’s in Health Care Task Force produced by Jay Gelber; Diabetes: Changing Your Life and Understand Diabetes—What is Diabetes 2000-2002
Box 2 Audiocassette tape: Interviews from VHS tapes TB video project circa 2000
Box 2 Pins belonging to Pat Rogers undated


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