Collection Number: 20364

Collection Title: Geraldine Niva Johnson Collection, 1970-1985

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Size 5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4000 items)
Abstract The collection of white folklorist Geraldine Niva Johnson contains photographic materials and research files related to her field work conducted chiefly in Maryland during the 1970s and early 1980s for her dissertation and book, Weaving Rag Rugs: A Women’s Craft in Western Maryland.
Creator Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940-2016.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Geraldine Niva Johnson Collection #20364, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Carolyn Sanger in August 2002 (Acc. 99299)
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Geraldine Niva Johnson was a white folklorist who specialized in women’s crafts, especially woven rag rugs and quilts. Her folklife fieldwork experience began while in working on her doctorate at the University of Maryland, College Park, in College Park, Md. She participated in a crafts survey for the state of Maryland in 1975. This project took her to the highlands of the Western Maryland panhandle, where she documented the domestic rug-making. This work became her doctoral dissertation The Weaving of Rag Rugs: A Women’s Craft in Western Maryland. The research was ultimately published as Weaving Rag Rugs: A Women's Craft in Western Maryland (1985, University of Tennessee Press) .

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The collection of white folklorist Geraldine Niva Johnson contains photographic materials and research files related to her field work conducted chiefly in Maryland during the 1970s and early 1980s for her dissertation and book, Weaving Rag Rugs: A Women’s Craft in Western Maryland.

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About 3500 items.

Arrangement: by material type.

Research materials created and complied by Geraldine Johnson for publication of Weaving Rag Rugs: A Woman's Craft in Western Maryland (1985).

Processing information: Titles compiled from original notes found on materials.

Image Box IB-20364/1

Photographs used in Weaving Rag Rugs: A Woman's Craft in Western Maryland book, 1985 #20364, Series: "2. Photographs, 1930s-1980s." IB-20364/1

Photographic Prints

Miscellaneous photographs #20364, Series: "2. Photographs, 1930s-1980s." IB-20364/1

Photographic Prints

Miscellaneous photographs #20364, Series: "2. Photographs, 1930s-1980s." IB-20364/1

Photographic Negatives

Duplicates #20364, Series: "2. Photographs, 1930s-1980s." IB-20364/1

Photographic Prints

Image Box IB-20364/2-5

IB-20364/2

IB-20364/3

IB-20364/4

IB-20364/5

Negatives and contact sheets #20364, Series: "2. Photographs, 1930s-1980s." IB-20364/2-5

Photographic Prints and Negatives

Research for Weaving Rag Rugs: A Woman's Craft in Western Maryland (1985).

Image Box IB-20364/6-8

IB-20364/6

IB-20364/7

IB-20364/8

Slides #20364, Series: "2. Photographs, 1930s-1980s." IB-20364/6-8

35mm Mounted Slides

  • Originally in 3 binders (groupings maintained)
  • Binder 1: "Folklife General" (1-1 to 1-14)
  • Binder 2: "Irene Miller" (2-1 to 2-18)
  • Binder 3: "Gortner" (3-1 to 3-22)
  • Binder 3: "Georges Creek" (4-1 to 4-18)

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Laura Smith, July 2018

Updated by: Patrick Cullom and Anne Wells, May 2019

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