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Margaret R. Johnston Papers

An inventory of her papers at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Johnston, Margaret R.
Title: Margaret R. Johnston Papers
Dates: 1966-2021
Size: 1.5 linear feet
Abstract: Scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials related to Margaret R. Johnston's experience as a student at Syracuse University and her work with Syracuse University professor Sol Gordon
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Margaret R. Johnston graduated from Syracuse University in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. During her time on campus, she was a member of the Honors Council, Association of Women Students, and Projection '70. Johnston was also the president of the Interdorm Council, Eta Pi Upsilon, and the Nottingham Co-op, a housing cooperative for female students approved by the University in 1969. The co-op was housed in Nottingham Cottage, one of the original houses for female students owned by Syracuse University. She and the other women living in the Nottingham Co-op participated in the student strike of 1970, offering their living space to serve as strike headquarters for the first few days of the strike. After graduation, Johnston worked as a writer and editor for Syracuse University professor Sol Gordon in the early 1970s. She later established Southern Tier Women's Health Services, a women's health clinic, in 1981 in Binghamton, New York.

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Scope and Content Note

The Margaret R. Johnston Papers contains scrapbooks, correspondence, newsletters, and other materials related to Johnston's experience as a student at Syracuse University and her work with Professor Sol Gordon, notable psychologist and sex educator. The materials related to Johnston's student experience consist of two scrapbooks, photographs, and other printed materials. One of the scrapbooks documents the May 1970 student strike while the other provides a general picture of Johnston's time as a student at the University. Most of the printed materials come from her involvement with the Nottingham Co-op, the student strike, and other volunteer or student government activities. Also included is a sheet of notes about her experience in the student strike written by Johnston in 2021. Some of the materials related to Johnston's work with Gordon are two sex education comic books, a sex education newsletter, and news articles related to the public controversy caused by Gordon's work at Syracuse University.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The University Archives also holds the Sol Gordon Papers and clipping files on Sol Gordon, student co-ops, and the student strike.

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Selected Search Terms


Gordon, Sol, 1923-2008.
Johnston, Margaret R.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Sex educators -- United States.
Sexual health.
Student cooperatives.
Student strikes.
Women college students.
Higher education.

Types of material

Color negatives.
Comic books.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Margaret R. Johnston Papers,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Margaret R. Johnston in 2020 and 2021.

Processing Information

Materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Emily Banach
Date: 2021
Revision history: Nov 2021 - Collection moved from Alumni Small Collections to its own box, inventory updated, Oversize 1 added (EMB)

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Materials are arranged alphabetically.

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Box 1 Correspondence from Sol Gordon 1973
Box 1 Interdorm council materials undated
Box 1 News articles on Sol Gordon undated
Box 1 Nottingham Co-op materials 1968-1980
Box 1 Sex education printed materials 1971-1973, undated
Oversize 1 Student experience scrapbook 1966-1970
Box 1 Student strike materials 1970, 2021
Oversize 1 Student strike scrapbook 1970
Box 1 Volunteers into Mississippi materials 1970

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