SUBTITLE:»»PAPERS, DATES:»1971-1994

                »(bulk 1971-1978)

                  QUANTITY:10 linear inches




The »papers (donor no. 234) were donated by »Ruth Ashton Johnson in 1994.


The »papers are open for research.


»In box 2.


»15 cassettes in audiocassette collection (AC277-AC291).


»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.


Your name, year»Rachel Bohlmann, 1996. [Word 7 JohnsonRA.doc]



            Begin text here:»Ruth Ashton Johnson, coach, teacher, women's and girls athletics advocate, was born in Clinton, Iowa, on September 20, 1933 to Ned Ashton and Gladys Brooker Ashton.  Both her parents were collegiate athletes, and her mother was a member of the physical education department at the University of Iowa.  With parental encouragement, Ruth Ashton became proficient in a number of sports, including swimming, tennis, and rifle.  While a college student at the University of Iowa, Ashton majored in physical education and continued her athletics, adding field hockey to her repertoire.  She married Ron Johnson after college and they moved to Davenport, Iowa, where they raised three sons.


            Johnson began teaching physical education in the public school system, and became director of the Davenport Park Board swimming program in 1956.  She taught at St. Katherine's part-time from 1957 until 1967, when she began a full-time position at West High School. 


            While at West, Johnson's activism on behalf of young women's competitive opportunities led her to be elected chair of the Iowa Division for Girls' and Women's Sports Committee.  In 1971 Johnson was sent to the National DGWS Conference where she was instrumental in formulating resolutions for women's athletic competition that resulted in the 1972 Title IX legislation.  The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) organized the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) in 1971-1972 in part to implement the new federal legislation.


            During her long career at West (she retired in 1990) Johnson coached girls' field hockey, swimming, and gymnastics at different times, and she remained a leader in the local community of girls' competitive athletics.  Since retirement, Johnson has remained involved in teaching swimming, leading girl scout trips to the boundary waters, and organizing senior swim meets.



Scope and Content Note


            Begin text here:The Ruth Ashton Johnson papers date from »1971 to 1994 and measure »10 linear inches.  The »papers »are arranged in »three series:  »Biographical, AIAW, and Artifacts.  The papers document Johnson's interest and professional involvement in promoting equal opportunity for female athletes within schools at all levels. 



Box no.   Description

Box 1


Personal reminiscences and newspaper article 1982, 1991



Administrative files

President's report, 1977

Policy guidelines and membership lists, 1977-1978 and undated

Federal sex discrimination policy, 1973-1978 and undated [oversize chart in map case drawer 5]

Title IX, 1978

Pamphlets and sample budget, 1977-1978 and undated [oversize newsletter in map case:  drawer 5]

Organization of Girls' and Women's Sports state and district chairpersons, 1977-1978

Fifteen audiocassettes of NWISC and AIAW meetings, 1975-1976 and undated [shelved in audiocassette collection:  AC277-AC291]

Region VI

Administrative files

Governing council membership lists, 1971-1977

Memos and reports, 1971-1976

Minutes and reports of governing council, 1971-1977

Policies, constitution, and bylaws, 1971-1975 and undated

Governing council reports to AIAW, 1971-1973 and undated

Correspondence and memos, 1973-1976 and undated

State newsletters and reports, 1974

Box 2

Northwest College Women's Sports Association policy handbooks, 1972-1975

Policy and procedure manuals, 1973-1975

Athletic events

Basketball championships, 1972-1975

Small college basketball tournament, 1975-1976

Field hockey tournament, 1975-1976

Gymnastics championships, 1972-1975

Swimming meet survey, 1974 and undated

Tennis, 1974-1975 and undated

Track and field championships, 1975 and undated

Volleyball tournaments





Ribbons from the AIAW Region VI First Annual Championship