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M-134  LOUISE B. JOHNSON, PAPERS.

 

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

 

Collection documents Louise B Johnson's career as insurance agent and representative in Louisiana legislature.  The collection includes scrapbooks, clippings, photographs and miscellaneous items. Also includes, treats defeat of Equal Rights Amendment in Louisiana in early 1970's. 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Louise Brazzel Johnson was born October 6, 1924 in Dubach, Louisiana.  She graduated valedictorian at age sixteen from Hico High School and later from Chillicothe Business College in Missouri.  She later went on to graduate magna cum laude from Louisiana Tech University with B.A. and M.A. degrees as well as studying abroad including University of London.  Her professional life included many different industries from organizing the Bernice Insurance Agency to winning national awards in flower arranging.  Ms. Johnson also worked in radio at stations KDTL and KWFM of Farmerville.  Her most notable professional accomplishment was to serve as first woman elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from the Eleventh District.  She served from 1972 to 1976 after defeating the incumbent Speaker of the House in a large upset.  Ms. Johnson went on to author a 50th anniversary tribute to the women of the Louisiana legislature.    

 

 

BOX: 001         

 

FOLDER: 001

DESCRIPTION:

Large scrapbook (24X18).  Contains clippings, photos, and miscellaneous items. OV 6

 

 

BOX: 002

 

FOLDER: 001

DESCRIPTION:

Newspaper clippings and articles of Mrs. R.S. Parrett.

 

FOLDER: 002

DESCRIPTION:

Photographs.

 

FOLDER: 003

DESCRIPTION:

Insurance Agencies booklets and brochures.

 

FOLDER: 004

DESCRIPTION:

Audiotapes (4)

 

(1) Women’s conference, Miami, 1976.

Not very clear, Several speakers, including a lady From Guatemala who spoke in Spanish with a translator. 

(2) Archives Meeting, Prince Murrat Inn Baton Rouge, 1981. Address by Mr. Weldon, Washington, D.C., Noon Speaker.

NOTE: Audible , but not understandable.

(3) Death of ERA. Baton Rouge 1982. Luncheon meeting of those who helped to defeat ERA, held 30 June 1982 at the Capitol in Baton Rouge. Presentation of certificates to the Louisiana Legislators who helped. Representative Louise Johnson, Bernice, was a speaker. Also, Speaker of the House John Henkle.

(4) Hemispheric Conference, Miami, ?

Proceedings of the Hemispheric Conference held in Miami, Fla.

Moderator, Mrs. Louise Johnson Representative, Louisiana State Legislature. Summary: A panel of Speakers from women’s bureaus in the Western Hemisphere discussing the Status of women; question and answer Period.

 

FOLDER: 005

DESCRIPTION:

Scrapbook: Mrs. Richard S. Parrott, Sr.

Includes photographs, newspaper clippings

And certificates. Dates 1946-1965.

 

FOLDER: 006

DESCRIPTION:

Scrapbook: Bernice Insurance Agency clippings, 

publications and photographs with written comments by Mrs. Johnson.

 

FOLDER: 007

DESCRIPTION:

Roll of film.

 

FOLDER: 008

DESCRIPTION

One Award B 3D Object.

 

 

BOX: 003

 

Louise Brazzel Johnson died on January 6, 2002 from natural causes.  At this time the restricted box was opened and the contents were properly archived.  The items are listed below.

 

 

FOLDER: 001

DESCRIPTION

Handwritten and typed transcripts on Louise.

Johnson’s campaign.

A Great Upset of 1971: A Woman Wins a Seat in the Legislature.

 

FOLDER: 002

DESCRIPTION

Correspondence to Honorable Mrs. Louise Johnson dated February 4, 1973 - December 20, 1976.

 

FOLDER: 003

DESCRIPTION

Post cards, business cards, notes to herself, cards,(includes birthday card from Dr. F.J. Taylor) receipts and calendars. (1976)

 

FOLDER: 004

DESCRIPTION

Miscellaneous Correspondence , Campaign materials Newsletters, and financial information.

 

FOLDER: 005

DESCRIPTION

Senate Campaign audiotape.(tape broke before playing through)

Comments from meeting about Gov. Edwards & Education. (2 audiotapes)

 

FOLDER: 006

DESCRIPTION

Personal Greeting Cards addressed to Mrs. Johnson.

 

FOLDER: 007

DESCRIPTION

Receipts of Delta Air Lines dated March 27, 1961.

One page letter addressed to “Dearest Louise�? dated March 22, 1942 with no signature.

Identification card for David Brazzel, photos and Income tax receipt dated 1943.

Papers relating to Sam Johnson’s death dated January 28, 1978.

Newspaper articles:

Morning Advocate  September 21, 1967 regarding David Brazzel’s accident.

Times Capital Bureau  undated regarding Panel Okays Bill to Halt Closings

The Ruston Daily Leader “A Open House at Corney Creek Festival�? May 30, 1979.

The Ruston  Daily Leader “Dubach Day Activities�? June 13, 1979.

The Sunday Record “Louise Johnson is set to Enter Local Race�? August 5, 1979.

NOTE (First Edition of this Paper added to newspaper collection as V.1 N.1)

Ruston Daily Leader  January 8, 2002

Louise B. Johnson’s Obituary.

 

FOLDER: 008

DESCRIPTION

Campaign memorabilia, National Federation of Democratic Women Newsletter dated 2/75.

Letter from William A. Marbury and Company to Mr. Rufus D. Hayes, Commissioner of Insurance dated May 3, 1960.

Letter from Fourth Judicial District Court to The First Baptist Church Bernice dated

June 21, 1976.

 

FOLDER: 009

DESCRIPTION

LSU Football Parking permit 1975.

Certified Mail to Rep. Louise B. Johnson dated September 8, 1975.

Correspondence to Rep. Louise Johnson from McKenzie Monument Company dated March 11, 1975.

Correspondence to Mrs. Johnson from Mildred Hill dated June 28, 1977.

Correspondence to Mrs. Johnson from The Claiborne Parish School Bus Drivers dated May 4, 1977.

Correspondence to Mrs. Johnson from Leroy C. Ross dated December 28, 1977.

Correspondence to Mrs. Johnson from General Adjustment Bureau Inc. dated 1/18/80.

Correspondence to Mrs. Johnson from K.M. Peoples dated May 12, 1981. 


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