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PAPERS, 1930-1995
QUANTITY: 1 linear inch

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 975) were donated by Richard Culbertson in 2001.

The papers are open for research.
Copyright: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.

Preferred Citation:
Box 1 Lulu Merle Johnson Papers, Iowa Women’s Archives, The University of iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Photographs: None.
Audiovisual: None.

Processed by: Elizabeth Engel, 2006; Sharon M. Lake, 2007. [JohnsonLuluM.doc]

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Lulu Merle Johnson was born in 1907 in Gravity, Iowa, and graduated from Clinton High School in 1925. She earned both a BA and an MA in 1930 from the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa). In 1941, Johnson received a PhD in American History from the State University of Iowa, becoming the first African American woman in the state to earn a doctorate. The title of Johnson’s dissertation is “The Problem of Slavery in the Old Northwest, 1787-1858.”

Lulu Johnson taught history at Talladega College (Alabama), Tougaloo College (Mississippi), Florida A&M University, and West Virginia State College before joining Cheyney State University (Pennsylvania) in 1952 as a history professor and dean of women. Johnson was a lifelong member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She retired in 1971 and died in 1995.

Scope and Content Note

The Lulu Merle Johnson papers date from 1930 to 1995 and measure 1 linear inch. The papers consist of Johnson’s diplomas from the State University of Iowa, newspaper clippings, and photocopies of the title pages and tables of contents of her master’s thesis and dissertation.

Related Collections

Johnson’s master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation are shelved with both the University of Iowa Libraries theses and Special Collections Department:
“The Negro in Canada, Slave and Free,” 1930 (T1930 .J671)
“The Problem of Slavery in the Old Northwest, 1787-1858,” 1941 (T1941 .J672)

Box List

Box 1
Biographical information, 1930, 1941, 1991-1996
Diplomas, 1930, 1941 (2 folders)

For more information about this collection contact the Iowa Women's Archives.

Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City IA 52242.
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