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Yvonne Johnson Collection (Sycamore)


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Administrative Information

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Personal Papers and Photographs

Johnson Family

Yvonne Johnson's Education

Teaching Materials & Professional Papers

Awards and Certificates


National Aeronautics and Space Administration Education Workshops

Scrapbooks and Ephemera

Series Oversize

Addendum 1

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Collection Overview

Title: Yvonne Johnson Collection (Sycamore), 1874-2015

Predominant Dates:1930-2015

ID: RHC/RC/337

Extent: 11.0 Linear Feet. More info below.


The collection is arranged into nine series and follows a mostly chronological order. Series I is composed of Yvonne Johnson’s biographical information, containing photographs, cards, flyers, and announcements.

Series II contains information regarding the Johnson family, including her brother Kenneth, sister Elaine, and mother Virginia. This series holds photographs, booklets, stories, and family history information. Researchers interested further in this family history should also see the Leo B. Olson Collection (RC 338).

Series III is composed of Yvonne Johnson’s educational materials that chronicle her early education and training to become a teacher. Materials include workbooks, art work, yearbooks, diplomas, and other documents she created during the course of her education.

The bulk of the collection consists of materials related to Yvonne Johnson’s teaching and professional activities. Series IV, Teaching Materials & Professional Papers, include teaching philosophies, yearbooks, programs, and photographs of classrooms and faculty. Also included are student instructional workbooks, work sheets, and other charts. There are also a number of handmade materials and correspondence from students. Series V consists Awards and Certificates presented to Yvonne Johnson on the local, state, and national levels. Of particular are handmade awards made by her students. Series VI, Organizations, documents Yvonne Johnson’s involvement in various professional and local charitable organizations. Series VII consists of educational material, programs, and photographs related to the NASA educational workshop for elementary teachers program from 1988-1992.

Scrapbooks and Ephemera make up Series VIII. The scrapbooks consists of photographs celebrating Yvonne Johnson’s career, letters and cards by students, and various newspaper clippings related to her career. There are also a number of artifacts, including plaques, ornaments, and a Saw-Set tool that belonged to her Grandfather Andrew Nelson, who filed a patent for the invention. The final series, Series IX, is composed of Oversized Materials such as display tri-folds put together by Yvonne Johnson to celebrate her 50 years of teaching. Four of these tri-fold displays were dismantled for preservation purposes and have been integrated into the collection. Also included are larger print items related to her family history such as diplomas, newspaper articles, and family trees.

The addendum contains records related to Yvonne Johnson’s personal life as well as her education and professional career as a science teacher, including photographs, teacher’s guides, activity books, award certificates, student papers, and textiles. Family records, photographs, clippings, and local area historical publications are also contain in the addition. Family records include photographs, diaries, and clippings.

Date Acquired: 07/31/2014. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: DeKalb County (Ill.)-- History, Education., Elementary school teachers., Elementary school teaching., Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Johnson, Kenneth Albert, Johnson, Yvonne A., National Science Teachers Association, Northern Illinois State Teachers College, Northern Illinois University, Olson, Elaine V., Olson, Leo B., Pets, Saw sets--United States--Patents., Science teachers., Sycamore (Ill.), Teachers – Training of., United States. – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Yvonne Johnson Collection dates from 1874 to 2015, with materials dating predominately between 1930 and 2015, and includes personal and professional materials related to Yvonne Johnson’s fifty-one year career as a science teacher. The collection provides a snapshot into American education through the eyes of an admired and successful educator. Documents include family history information, photographs, correspodence with students, certificates, educational and instructional materials, letters, cards, yearbooks, oversized displays, and newspaper articles. Digital images (37) are also archived as part of the collection.

Collection Historical Note

Yvonne Johnson (1930-), was a science teacher for West Elementary School in Sycamore, Illinois for forty-nine years and Love school for two. After growing up in the DeKalb country area, Yvonne graduated high school at 16 years old in 1947 and later attended the Northern Illinois State Teachers College where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Education in 1951. Yvonne continued her education at Northern Illinois University where she earned a Masters of Science in Education in 1960. Yvonne Johnson also attended and received credits from Rockford College, Oklahoma State University, and Lewis University. Yvonne Johnson’s academic achievements allowed her the opportunity to be awarded several National Science Foundation grants including a Penn State University grant in Chemistry and Physics in 1961, a Rutgers University grant in Geology and Meteorology in 1962, and grants from the Illinois State Universities for Physics, Biology, and Geology from 1985 through 1988. In 1966, Yvonne Johnson traveled through four Scandinavian countries studying Comparative Education. Yvonne Johnson participated in the first group to be trained in the  NASA Lewis Research Center’s program for elementary teachers. In 1991 and 1992, Yvonne Johnson returned to the Lewis Research Center as a faculty coordinator and later in 1995 returned as part of NASA’s Empowerment of Educators Program. Yvonne Johnson’s involvement with NASA’s education efforts continued as she attended several workshops at the Goddard Space Center, Johnson Space Center, and workshops in Washington D.C.

Yvonne Johnson’s teaching career began in 1951 at Love School, a one room school for all eight grade levels. From 1953 until 2002, Yvonne Johnson continued teaching at West Elementary School in Sycamore, IL for grades 4, 5, and 6. After leaving West Elementary  School in 2002, Yvonne Johnson continued teaching at the Learning Center until 2008. From the Learning Center, Yvonne Johnson continued to tutor students in the school until 2011. During her teaching career, Yvonne Johnson also conducted over 250 Elementary Teacher Science Workshops throughout the state of Illinois along with participation in NSTA Science Conventions from 1985 until 1999. Yvonne Johnson has also served on the Sycamore Education Association as both secretary and president. During her time as president, Yvonne helped establish the HSSR scholarship program. Yvonne served on the Sycamore Library Board from 1978 through 1997. During that time, Yvonne became president and served from 1984 through 1997. During that time, Yvonne received a state grant to restore the roof and crown of the Carnegie building and later began fundraising for the library’s addition. Yvonne was successful in raising close to 1.5 million dollars for the project. Yvonne Johnson has also worked on other projects such as Resource Bank’s video “One Room, One School,” contributed writing and photographs in the Rural School Journey Book, has written several articles published in science publications.

Yvonne Johnson’s has received many awards and recognitions for her achievements beginning in 1972 when Yvonne was awarded DeKalb County Conservation Teacher of the Year. In 1984, Yvonne was awarded  Master Teacher of Illinois, and in 1987 a National Science Teachers Association certification as a Master Elementary Science Teacher. From 1985 through 1987 Yvonne Johnson was awarded Outstanding Science Teacher in Region II by the National Science Foundation. In 1990, Yvonne received both a Certificate of Honor and Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching while also receiving a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois Math and Science Academy. In 2006, Yvonne Johnson was awarded the Clifford Danielson Outstanding Citizen Award by the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce. Yvonne’s most recent achievement has been the induction as a distinguished alumni of Sycamore High School on September 21, 2013.

Yvonne’s family has roots in the DeKalb county area since the 1800's. Yvonne’s grandmother and her two brothers were charter members of the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb where Yvonne has been a life long member. Yvonne served six years on the church council where she served as council secretary, congregational secretary, and on the executive committee. Later she has served as a communion assistant at First Lutheran Church on Sundays and is on the personnel committee. Yvonne Johnson’s grandfather helped lay the railroad through DeKalb in 1853 before the town was officially established. On her mother’s side, Yvonne’s grandfather, with his father, built the first fire wagons used in DeKalb.

Subject/Index Terms

DeKalb County (Ill.)-- History
Elementary school teachers.
Elementary school teaching.
Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs
Johnson, Kenneth Albert
Johnson, Yvonne A.
National Science Teachers Association
Northern Illinois State Teachers College
Northern Illinois University
Olson, Elaine V.
Olson, Leo B.
Saw sets--United States--Patents.
Science teachers.
Sycamore (Ill.)
Teachers – Training of.
United States. – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional materials were donated in 2015.

Alternate Extent Statement: 37 digital files (47.5 MB)

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions to this collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center, literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Technical Access Note: Electronic records may be accessed on the computer in the Center’s reading room.

Acquisition Source: Yvonne Johnson

Acquisition Method: Yvonne Johnson of Sycamore, Illinois donated her personal and professional papers to the Regional History Center on July 31, 2014.

Related Materials: Leo B. Olson Collection (RC 338)

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Personal Papers and Photographs],
[Series II.: Johnson Family],
[Series III.: Yvonne Johnson's Education],
[Series IV.: Teaching Materials & Professional Papers],
[Series V.: Awards and Certificates],
[Series VI.: Organizations],
[Series VII.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Education Workshops],
[Series VIII.: Scrapbooks and Ephemera],
[Series Oversize],
[Addendum 1],

Series I.: Personal Papers and Photographs
Box 1
Folder 1: Baby name idea sheet and monthly weights from Yvonne Johnson, 1930
Folder 2: Birth announcement for Yvonne Johnson, July 1, 1930
Folder 3: Yvonne Johnson birth weight chart, July 1, 1930
Folder 4: Best Wishes card on New baby from First National Bank, July 2, 1930
Folder 5: Mother's Day card from Yvonne Johnson to her mother, May 10, 1936
Folder 6: Handmade Mother's Day card by Yvonne Johnson, no date
Folder 7-9: Yvonne Johnson Photographs (18), 1931-1939
Folder 10: Photograph of Yvonne Johnson milking family cow (1), 1937
Folder 11: Photograph of Yvonne Johnson's Dog Jiggs (1), 1937-1944
Folder 12: Yvonne Johnson at Church Confirmation (1), 1943
Folder 13: Yvonne Johnson and favorite dog Mickey Joe Boots in St. Charles (1), 1944
Folder 14: Photograph of Mickey Joe Boots (1), 1944-1956
Folder 15: Transparency of Yvonne Johnson, no date
Folder 16: Photograph of Yvonne Johnson at Church 100th Anniversary wearing Grandmother's Clothes (1), 1958
Folder 17: Publicity photos before WREX-TV Sycamore Science Program (2), 1959
Folder 18-21: Yvonne Johnson (3), 1968-1972, 1983
Folder 22: Yvonne Johnson and Dorothy Walker at 50 Years of Teaching Celebration (1), 2001
Folder 23: First Lutheran Sesquicentennial presentation to Bishop Wollersheim (4), circa 2008
Folder 24: Letter written by Yvonne Johnson to mother, no date
Folder 25: Yvonne Johnson Real Estate listing for house, 1996
Folder 26: Public auction flyers for Yvonne Johnson, July 2, 1997
Folder 9-Jul: Yvonne Johnson Photographs (18), 1931-1939
Series II.: Johnson Family
Box 1
Folder 27: Promotional Flyer for "The Shenanigans", no date
Folder 28: Various Newspaper clippings of interest to Yvonne from unknown newspapers, no date
Folder 29: An Eskimo Book by Yvonne Johnson, 1938
Folder 30: Brief history of North Grove School, unknown author, 1968
Folder 31: Santa Claus poem, unknown author, no date
Folder 32: 12 Short Songs, unknown author, no date
Folder 33: Letter from Mrs. Tom Roberts, Sr. Found in Chair Kenneth Johnson refinished, no date
Folder 34: Newspaper clipping talking about Kenneth Johnson finding Federal Land Grant, no date
Folder 35: Kenneth Johnson Photograph (1), no date
Folder 36: Kenneth Johnson name cards, no date
Folder 37: Photograph of Kenneth Johnson, Cindy Crawford at Dorothy's 75th Birthday, 1992
Folder 38: Photo of Cows Raised by Kenneth Johnson during 4H project, 1925-1930
Folder 39: Livestock Commission Bill from John Clay to Kenneth Johnson, December 5, 1931
Folder 40: Kenneth Johnson Lifetime membership Certificate, Hampshire Swine Record Association, December 31, 1938
Folder 41: Photograph of Kenneth Albert Johnson (1), 1940s
Folder 42: Certificate of membership for Kenneth Johnson from the Imperial Council of the Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, December 4, 1971
Folder 43: Letter to Kenneth Johnson from DeKalb County Clerk about mistaken death, April 4, 1985
Folder 44: Memorial Booklet for Kenneth Johnson, August 7, 1994
Folder 45: Kenneth Johnson Obituary listings from newspaper, 1994
Folder 46: Photographs of Dorothy Walker's 75th Birthday with James Walker, Richard Gere, and Cindy Crawford, 1992
Folder 47: Photograph of Dorothy Walker, Cindy Crawford, Richard Gere at Dorothy's 75th Birthday, 1992
Folder 48: Genealogy of Ezra M. Ames and Orpha M. Ames, no date
Folder 49: Pledge to the Roosevelt's, no date
Folder 50: An Irish Mother handwritten by Elene Foster, no date
Folder 51: [empty - moved to Series VII per request of donor], no date
Folder 52: Genealogy of Peter O. Cody by Sarah Cody Jorgenson, 1818-1946
Folder 53: Genealogy booklet of Olson family by Sarah Cody Jorgenson, 1818-1946
Folder 54: Harper's School Geography Book, 1880
Folder 55: Virginia Nelson Johnson DeKalb Township High School Report Cards, 1905-1908
Folder 56: Virginia Nelson Johnson Teaching Certificate, September 2, 1909
Folder 57: Jean Valigan and the Bishop Hugo written down by Virginia Nelson, June 30, 1911
Folder 58: Keeping a Seat at the Benefit by May Friske, handwritten copy by Virginia Nelson, no date
Folder 59: Handwritten letter by Virginia Nelson, no date
Folder 60: Lavinia Nelson High School Graduation Commencement program, DeKalb Township High School, June 15, 1911
Folder 61: Wedding photograph of Virginia Petronella Johnson and invitation, March 6, 1912
Folder 62: Photograph of Virginia Johnson, Julia Lydig, Maria Johnson and Elaine Johnson, 1913
Folder 63: Tax document for Albert Johnson, 1918
Folder 64: The Beacon Fifth Reader, 1918
Folder 65: Photo of Virginia Nelson Johnson, Elaine Johnson at 8 yrs. old, Kenneth Johnson at 4 yrs. old, 1920 (1)
Folder 66: Andrew Nelson's U.S. Patent Office Paperwork on Saw-Set Invention, February 19,1920
Folder 67: Elaine Johnson Admission to the 8th grade certificate, August 30, 1924
Folder 68: Elaine Johnson DeKalb County Public School Diploma, August 31, 1925
Folder 69: Elaine Johnson Confirmation Photograph (1), 1925
Folder 70: Elaine Johnson Photograph in Family Farm Living Room (1), 1926
Folder 71: Elaine Johnson Teaching certificate, July 20, 1933
Folder 72: Elaine Johnson, Beauty Contest Winner Portrait (1), 1933
Folder 73: Elaine Johnson Photographs (2), 1950-1955
Folder 74: Real Estate Listing for Elaine Johnson House, circa 1996
Folder 75: Photos of Elaine Johnson and Yvonne Johnson at 1 yr. old (5), circa 1931
Folder 76: DeKalb Township High School commencement exercise invitations, May 28-June 1, 1933
Folder 77: Photos of Elaine Johnson at 26 years old, Kenneth Johnson at 20 years, and Yvonne Johnson at 6 years (3), circa 1936
Folder 78: Little Folk's Prayer of Thanksgiving from the Prairie Farmer, November 18, 1939
Folder 79: [empty - moved to Series VII per request of donor]
Folder 80: Kane County Music Festival and Regional Promotion Exercises Program. 8th Grade Graduation, May 20, 1943
Folder 81: Thank you letter to Leo Olson from J.V. Patten Company, February 5, 1943
Folder 82: Photo of Yvonne Johnson and Elaine Johnson at St. Charles Farmhouse (1), 1944
Folder 83: Poem about the South Pacific, author unknown, 1944
Folder 84: Photo of Charles and Tillie Johnson, 50th anniversary (1), May, 1951
Folder 85: Newspaper auction notification for Albert O. Johnson, December 6, 1955
Folder 86: Photo of Albert O. and Virginia Nelson Johnson, 50th wedding anniversary (1), March 7, 1962
Folder 87: Albert Johnson obituary from Daily Chronicle, 1964
Folder 88: Photo of Yvonne Johnson and Elaine Johnson with dog Bugsy (1), 1968
Folder 89: Photo of Yvonne Johnson, Virginia Johnson, and Elaine Johnson at Open House (1), 1970
Folder 90: News article about Bengt Hadarsson, Yvonne's cousin, visit to the United States, April 11, 1971
Folder 91: Photo of Virginia Johnson at 85th Birthday (1), 1975
Folder 92: Photo of Leo Olson and Elaine Johnson Olson (1), circa 1980
Folder 93: Photo of Leo B. Olson (1), 1930-1933
Folder 94: Alpha-toon colored sign for Kenny's Korner, 1980
Series III.: Yvonne Johnson's Education
Box 1
Folder 95: Class work, 3rd and 4th grade, (1937-1939)
Folder 96: English workbook grade 6, (1940-1941)
Folder 97: English workbook grade 7, (1941-1942)
Folder 98: Spelling workbook grade 7, (1941-1942)
Folder 99: English workbook grade 8, (1942-1943)
Folder 100: Artwork, no date
Folder 101: School days display, no date
Folder 102: Yvonne Johnson's 100 perfect spelling lessons award, no date
Folder 103: Sycamore High School senior play ticket, December 12, 1940
Folder 104: Photo copy and letter from Mary Ellen Clausen Skeler of Ward School class, 1941
Folder 105: Yvonne Johnson's 7th grade diploma for completing the course of Reading, November 18, 1942
Folder 106: Yvonne Johnson's elementary school diploma from Kane County, May 20, 1943
Folder 107: Leaves of 1945, Sycamore Community High School yearbook, 1945
Folder 108: Sycamore High School baccalaureate program, June 1, 1947
Folder 109: Sycamore High School Commencement program, June 5, 1947
Folder 110: High School graduation photo, 1947
Folder 111: Diploma from Sycamore Community High School, 1947
Box 2
Folder 1: School Transcripts and Certification Letters, no date
Folder 2-4: The Norther Yearbooks, 1948-1950
Folder 5: Man and his Environment by Yvonne Johnson, 1949
Folder 6: Northern Illinois State Teachers College52nd Annual Commencement Program, June 3, 1951
Folder 7: Northern Illinois State Teachers College52nd Annual Commencement Invitation for Yvonne Johnson, June 3, 1951
Folder 8: Northern Illinois State Teachers CollegeGraduating Class Commencement Program Announcement, June 1951
Folder 9: Limited State Elementary School Certificate for Yvonne Johnson, July 23, 1951
Folder 10: Photo of Yvonne graduating Northern Illinois State Teachers College (1), 1951
Folder 11: N.I.S.T.C. Bachelor's of Science in Education Degree and Tassel, June 3, 1951
Folder 12: Northern Illinois University 61st Annual Commencement Invitation and Program, August 11, 1960
Folder 13: Northern Illinois University Masters Degree and Tassel, August 11, 1960
Folder 14-15: Teachers Certificates, 1951-1998, 1990
Folder 4-Feb: The Norther Yearbooks, 1948-1950
Series IV.: Teaching Materials & Professional Papers
Box 2
Folder 16: Professional development, no date
Folder 17: Essay on Science Education, no date
Folder 18: Handmade Christmas card from Billy O., no date
Folder 19: Christmas artwork by Robbie MacMillen, no date
Folder 20: Photos of 5th grade Aerospace project, no date
Folder 21: Elementary school science bulletin, article, December 1962
Folder 22: Burdette Peterson's retirement party program, 1971
Folder 23: West Elementary school faculty photograph, 1976-1977
Folder 24: Yvonne Johnson's Philosophy and Biography, circa 1980s
Folder 25: Photos of Hot Air Balloon launch, 5th grade, 1982-1983
Folder 26: Student correspondence, 1983-1990
Folder 27: Brochure by Yvonne Johnson on Developing Top Science programs in schools, 1985-1999
Folder 28: School consultation, 1986
Folder 29: West Elementary School Yearbook, 1988
Folder 30-41: West Elementary School Yearbook, 1993-2008
Folder 42: Handmade West Elementary School yearbook, 4th grade, 1998-1999
Folder 43: Handmade West Elementary yearbook, no grade listed, 1999-2000
Folder 44: Handmade West Elementary yearbook, 5th grade, 2001-2002
Folder 45: Handmade West Elementary yearbook, 4th grade, 2002
Folder 46: Handmade West Elementary yearbook, 5th grade, 2002
Folder 47: Educational and Civic service, circa 1990s
Folder 48: Evidence of classroom mastery, 1990-1991
Folder 49: Background and Experience, circa 1991
Folder 50: Ag in the classroom, 1990-1993
Folder 51: Educational Service Center: Thematic Workshops, 1992
Folder 52: West Elementary School, 5th grade photo (1), 1994-1995
Folder 53-55: West Elementary School, 4th grade photo (3), 1998-2002
Folder 56-58: West Elementary School faculty photo (3), 2005-2009
Folder 59: Fun Weekends Packet, 1994-1995
Folder 60: Photo of Yvonne Johnson and student teacher at 50 years of teaching celebration, 2001
Folder 61: Teaching is a Verb, display, 1985
Folder 62: Teaching Pedigrees, display, 1983
Folder 63: Instructional Unit, grade K, 9 booklets, 1959-1965
Folder 64: Instructional Unit, grade 1, 5 booklets, 1959-1965
Folder 65: Instructional Unit, grade 2, 8 booklets, 1959-1965
Box 3
Folder 1: Instructional Unit, grade 3, 9 booklets, 1985-1999
Folder 2: Instructional Unit, grade 4, 10 booklets, 1985-1999
Folder 3: Instructional Unit, grade 5, 11 booklets, 1985-1999
Folder 4: Instructional Unit, grade 6, 7 booklets, 1985-1999
Folder 5: Weather work book, grade 4, 1992-1993
Folder 6: Geology work book, grade 5, 1985-1999
Folder 7: Oceanography unit, no grade, 1985-1999
Folder 8: Science course of study grades K-6, Sycamore IL, 1959
Folder 9: Science course of study, Sequence Chart, grades K-6, 1961
Folder 10: Math work book, no grade, no date
Folder 11: Indian Lore and Legend work book, no grade, no date
Folder 12: Science is a Verb workbooks, no grade, 4 booklets, no date
Folder 13: Supplemental worksheets, no grade, no date
Folder 14: Science Course of Study, Scope Chart, grades K-6, 1961-1962
Folder 15: Science Course of Study, Sequence Chart, grades K-6, 1962
Folder 16: Desk Calendars, 1987, 1990-1995
Series V.: Awards and Certificates
Box 3
Folder 17: Newspaper mention of Yvonne Johnson, National Science Foundation Scholarship, 1961
Folder 18: Certificate of Participation in NSF Institute in Earth Science, August 10, 1962
Folder 19: Certificate for Mathematics Workshop at Littlejohn School, November 6, 1962
Folder 20: Certificate from Det Danske Selskab for participation, 1966
Folder 21: Resolution of Appreciation from DeKalb County Board to Yvonne, June 27, 1967
Folder 22: English and Reading Workshop Certificate from Sycamore Senior High School, April 15, 1968
Folder 23: News article about Yvonne's Award of "Conservation Teacher of the Year", 1971
Folder 24: Certificate of Participation from Training Institute in Gifted Education, June 1981
Folder 25: Handmade Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching by students, Rachel Switzley and Brenda Wolfenberger, 1981
Folder 26: Teacher of the Year letters, 1981-1986
Folder 27: Official Commission Certificate for Appointment to Sycamore Public Library Board, May 1, 1981-April 30, 1984
Folder 28: Thank You print made from student, Corey, 1984
Folder 29: Master Bus-Girl Award from El Matador Ltd., 1984
Folder 30: Governor's Master Teacher program application, February 1, 1984
Folder 31: Photo Award by student, Erica Gwillim, grade 5, 1984-1985
Folder 32: Honors Project for Outstanding Teachers of Science in Illinois, 1984-1986
Folder 33: Thank You cards and letters of praise from Parents, 1984-1986
Folder 34: Those Who Excel 13th Statewide Salute to winners booklet, October 31, 1986
Folder 35: Those Who Excel Teacher of the Year application, 1986-1987
Folder 36: Congratulation letter from Governor James Thompson on "Those Who Excel" award, January 20, 1987
Folder 37: National Science Teachers Association, Honors Workshop, 1987
Folder 38: Certificate of recognition for Yvonne's certification by National Science Teachers Association, 1987
Folder 39: Pride of the Prairie Sesquicentennial Pioneer Certificate given because of Bengt Nelson, July 18, 1987
Folder 40: Pride of the Prairie Sesquicentennial Pioneer Certificate given because of John and Maria Johnson, July 18, 1987
Folder 41: Outstanding Achievement award for Best Brochure, July 30, 1987
Folder 42: Teachers Education workshop certificate, July 22-August 3, 1990
Folder 43: PAESMT Selection Committee ? Letters of recommendation, 1990
Folder 44: Presidential Elementary Science Award, 1990-1991
Folder 45: NTSA Conference badges and ribbons, 1991-1999
Folder 46: Summer Training Institute on Exemplary Science Certificate of Participation, July 5-9, 1993
Folder 47: DeKalb County Community Foundation - Excellence in Education Awards, 1999-2000
Folder 48: Staff Recognition Celebration, 2000
Folder 49: 50th Teaching Anniversary celebration, 2001
Folder 50: Clifford Danielson Outstanding Citizen Award, September 28, 2006
Folder 51: 7th annual DeKalb County Tribute to Heroes, October 1, 2009
Folder 52: Certificate of appreciation from National World War II Museum, 2011
Folder 53: Legacy Data Certificate Plate at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, 2012
Series VI.: Organizations
Box 4
Folder 1: Sycamore Business & Professional Women's Club (BPW), 1962-1975
Folder 2: Mink by Mitzi Fashion Show presented by Sycamore BPW Club, October 14, 1965
Folder 3: Sycamore BPW Club scrapbook, 1965-1966
Folder 4: 5th annual Det Danske Skelskab Scandinavian-American Educational seminar, 1966
Folder 5: Illinois Federation BPW official Illinois Guide, 1968-1969
Folder 6: Woodstock BPW Club Spring Open House booklet, 1969
Folder 7: Illinois Federation of BPW Club, Spring Meeting Invitation, State Smebership Chairman, March 28, 1971
Folder 8: Illinois Federation of BPW Club Annual Convention Booklet, Program Chairman for State Convention, April 20-23, 1972
Folder 9: The Illinois Bulletin, 51st Annual Convention of Illinois Federation of BPW Clubs, Nike - Samothrace Chair, April 21-23, 1972
Folder 10: Illinois Federation of BPW Clubs annual eport, 1973-1974
Folder 11: Illinois Federation of BPW Clubs, the IL Guide, 1973-1974
Folder 12: Honors project for Outstanding Teachers of Science in the State of Illinois, 1984-1988
Folder 13: Illinois Science Teachers Association convention, 1986-1987
Folder 14: Photo of Yvonne Johnson and Gloria Dobry at Great America, ISU Honors Science Teachers (1), 1987
Folder 15: National Science Teachers Association Standards for Science Teachers, January 1987
Folder 16: Photo of Yvonne at Illinois State University Honors Science Teachers program (1), 1987
Folder 17: Photo of Yvonne, Renee Ellingson, and Chris Sarver at KCH Foundation (1), 2007
Folder 18: DeKalb County community foundation, Engaged Philanthropy annual report, 2010
Folder 19: General news articles about Yvonne Johnson, 1988-2010
Folder 20: Newspaper photo of Yvonne accepting donation from Kiwanis Club, no date
Series VII.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Education Workshops
Box 4
Folder 21: NASA Educational workshop for elementary teachers program, July 7-15, 1988
Folder 22-23: Photos of participants in NASA educational workshop for elementary teachers (7), 1988, 1990
Folder 24: NASA Educational workshop program, July 22-August 3, 1990
Folder 25: Future Voyagers: Aerospace Resource Guide for Educators, June 25, 1990
Folder 26: Lewis Research Center activity book, 1990
Folder 27: Lewis Research Center log book, 1990
Folder 28: Lewis Research Center activity book, 1991
Folder 29: Lewis Research Center log book, 1991
Folder 30: 5th Anniversary program for the Lewis Research Center, 1991
Folder 31: Faculty coordinator for NASA Educational workshop Materials and Photographs (8), 1990-1991
Folder 32: NASA/NSTA certificate of attendance, July 19-23, 1991
Folder 33: Space Flight: The First 30 Years by NASA, December 1991
Folder 34: NASA Spinoffs: 30 Year Commemoration Edition, 1992
Folder 35: Aerospace education liaison for NASA Lewis empowerment of Educators program, 1993
Folder 36: Certificate of recognition to Yvonne Johnson from NASA Lewis Research Center, August 15, 1995
Folder 37: Photo of Yvonne Johnson's visit to Johnson Space Center (1), 1996
Folder 38: Staff Development for Educators (SDE) Conference Badges, 1997, 2000
Folder 39: NASA photos display (19), no date
Series VIII.: Scrapbooks and Ephemera
Box 4
Folder 40: Scrapbook of Cards & Letters for 50 Years of Teaching, 2001
Folder 41-42: Teaching scrapbooks, no date
Folder 43: Class/Faculty Photo Scrapbook, 1975-2000
Folder 44: Class Photographs (22), 1969-1988
Folder 45: General Photographs (20), 1994
Folder 46: 5th Grade Class Photographs (30), 1994-1995
Folder 47: Student "Yearbook" for Ms. Johnson, 1997-1998
Folder 48: 50 Years of Teaching Celebration Photographs (60), 2001
Folder 49: Teaching Scrapbook, circa 1990
Folder 50-51: Newspaper articles on Yvonne Johnson, 1986-1987, 2005, 2009, no date
Folder 52: Magazines featuring articles about Yvonne Johnson, 2009-2010
Folder 53: Photograph of Andrew Johnson, n.d.
Folder 54: Teacher's Contract for Dorothea Van Patten, June 26, 1939
Box 5
Item 1: Saw-Set Tool, 1890s
Possibly owned by Andrew Nelson
Item 2: Pumpkin Festival black and orange ribbons (2), no date
Item 3: Sycamore Library ornaments (2), 1995-1996
Item 4: Illinois Outstanding Science Teacher Plaque, 1985
Item 5: Outstanding Contribution to DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District Plaque, no date
Item 6: Appreciation to Yvonne Johnson from Rochelle Business and Professional Women's Club Plaque, 1995
Box 6
Item 1: Scrapbook of cards and letters, no date
Series Oversize
Oversize Drawer 36
Folder 1: American Education Week poster, November 14-20
Folder 2: Certificate to Yvonne Johnson for punctuality/regular attendance for 3rd grade, 1937
Folder 3: Calendar, no date
Folder 4: Northern Illinois State Teachers College, large print cards, no date
Folder 5: Photo of Virginia Nelson Johnson, 1910-1912
Folder 6: Illinois State tax documents for Ed Johnson, 1904-1906, 1908-1909
Folder 7: Estate Auction posters Elaine Johnson Olson, October 19, 1996
Folder 8: Print with student signatures, 5th grade, 1991-1992
Folder 9: Life Membership Certificate from National Education Association, 1963
Folder 10: Yvonne Johnson school art project, 1949-1950
Folder 11: Pupil Reading Circle certificate for Kenneth Johnson, 1926
Folder 12: Kenneth Johnson's diploma from DeKalb Township High School, June 1, 1933
Folder 13: Board of Anvil Club, Inc. Award to Kenneth Johnson, no date
Folder 14: DeKalb Township High School diploma for Virginia Nelson Johnson, June 11, 1908
Folder 15: DeKalb Township High School diploma for Elaine Johnson, June 13, 1929
Folder 16: Yvonne Johnson's students projects, no date
Folder 17: Newspaper articles on Yvonne Johnson, no date
Item 1: American Education Week poster, no date
Item 2: Memory Board display, 1994-1997
Item 3: Cloud Parade and Folklore display, 1988-1991
Item 4: Retirement board, letters and cards, 2001
Oversize Drawer 37
Folder 1: Johnson Family Tree (3), no date
Item 1: Johnson Family display, no date
Item 2: Teaching Conferences display, no date
Item 3: Teaching Collage board, no date
Item 4: 50 years of teaching display, circa 2001
Addendum 1
Series I.: Personal Papers and Photographs
Box 7
Folder 1: Yvonne Johnson photographs (14), 1931-1990s
Folder 2: Yvonne Johnson Friendship Autograph Book, 1936-1945
Folder 3: Letter written by Kenneth Johnson to Yvonne, July 16, 1962
Folder 4: Prairie Pioneers Remembrance plaque honoring Yvonne Johnson’s grandparents
Series II.: Johnson Family
Box 7
Folder 5: Johnson Family photographs (8), 1920s-1966
Folder 6: John and Maria Johnson photographs (6), 1840s-1924
Folder 7: Allen and Albert Johnson photographs (2), circa 1935-1936
Folder 8: Albert Johnson (6), circa 1920-1964
Folder 9: Virginia Johnson (16), 1889-1975
Folder 10: Leo and Elaine (Johnson) Olson (40), 1940s-1990s
Folder 11: Kenneth Johnson (24), 1930s-1993
Folder 12: Jim Walker, Kenneth Johnson, Cindy Crawford (4)
Folder 13: El Matador (restaurant ran by K. Johnson) (8), 1971-1991
Folder 14: Nelson Family (3), 1886-circa 1904
Folder 15: Lavina Nelson (3), 1890s-1940s
Folder 16: Extended Family and Pets (8), circa 1870s-1997
Folder 17: Family history, 1937-2015
Folder 18: Albert Johnson live stock records, 1917
Folder 19: Virginia Johnson: Shower invitation, 1912
Folder 20: Virginia Johnson: Diaries, 1919-1920
Folder 21: Virginia Johnson: Diaries, 1935-1936
Folder 22: Virginia Johnson: Diaries, 1950-1955
Folder 23: Virginia Johnson: Funeral program and obituary, 1978; 85th birthday clipping, 1975
Folder 24: Kenneth Johnson botanical samples for 8th grade
Folder 25: El Matador restaurant (Sycamore, IL), 1971-1991
Folder 26: Western Union Telegram to John Johnson, October 16, 1893
Folder 27: John Johnson eulogy, 1921
Folder 28: Warranty deeds of Bengt C. Nelson, 1871, 1880
Folder 29: Bengt C. Nelson railroad freight receipts, 1874-1875; obituary, 1904
Folder 30: Affidavit of Charles A. Bloom, bent tree with Andrew E.  Nelson in Dekalb, April 28, 1933
Folder 31: G. Henry Carlson funeral memory booklet, April 27, 1941
Folder 32: Black fig wine recipe
Folder 33: Ropp, (1887)
Folder 34: Illinois maps and Northern Illinois plat maps featuring farms
Series IV.: Teaching Materials & Professional Papers
Box 7
Folder 35: Geology classroom activities designed by Yvonne Johnson
Folder 36: Writing guides and activities
Folder 37: Science activity books
Folder 38: Class assignments, 1970s-1980s
Folder 39: Student Publications - poetry and newsletters, 1980s
Folder 40: Teacher, (1969)
Folder 41: Music sheets and lyrics
Folder 42: Through the Rainbow Children, Science and Literature, CESI sourcebook VIII, (1995)
Folder 43: The Book Shoppe activity book
Folder 44: Ocean activity book
Folder 45: Correspondence, 1961, 1985-1986
Folder 46: Clippings
Item 1: “The Game of Space”, (1987)
Series V.: Awards and Certificates
Box 8
Folder 1: Conservation Teacher of the Year, 1970-1971
Folder 2: Master Teacher clippings, 1984
Folder 3: Illinois Teacher Awards, 1984-1986
Folder 4: Award Certificates, 1980s-2003
Folder 5: Certificates of Participation and Training, 1997-2000
Folder 6: Kishwaukee College Yvonne A. Johnson Science Wing, February 2015
Folder 7: NIU Alumni Awards Dinner, Colege of Education, April 2015
Series VII.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Education Workshops
Box 8
Folder 8: Fact Books
Folder 9: Postcards, 1970s-1980s
Folder 10: Publications, 1990s
Folder 11: Activity Books, 1980s-1990s
Folder 12: Teacher, 1990s
Folder 13: Language Arts Activity Cards for Science Topics: Space and Technology, 1988
Folder 14: NASA Space Activities, NSF/ISU Honors Science Teachers Project, circa 1988
Folder 15: Certificate of Achievement, Newest Reunion Workshop, August 7-9, 1991
Folder 16: Aerospace Education K-8
Series VIII.: Scrapbooks and Ephemera
Box 8
Folder 17: Smith Mine Disaster visit photographs (2), July 1989
Folder 18: Eric Rohmann (illustrator) photographs (6), December 2005
Folder 19: Iceland postcards (8)
Folder 20: Church Street Station postcard, Orlando, Florida
Folder 21: Cards to Yvonne Johnson, 1996-2015
Folder 22: Community Organizations awards, invites, and memberships, 2000-2015
Folder 23: Clippings
Folder 24: Bird art catalogs
Folder 25: “Questionnaire on the Illinois Old Age Assistance Law”, February 1936
Folder 26: United states Air Force Informational Kit, Strategic Air Command Civic Leader Your, Chicago, June 20-21, 1973
Folder 27: The Farmer & The Politician: An Historical Record, 1860-1960, (1960)
Folder 28: Genoa, 1836-1961, (1961)
Folder 29: The 100th Sandwich Fair, souvenir album and premium book, September 9-13, 1987
Folder 30: Gone But Not Forgotten, veterans buried in Elmwood Cemetery Sycamore, IL, 1993
Folder 31: A Reason for Tears, 15th Anniversary Edition
Box 9: Publications:
Item 1: The MidWeek Newspaper (v20:no26), July 1, 1987
Item 2: “DeKalb County Sesquicentennial Tab,” Sycamore Republican News, July 15, 1987
Item 3: “The National Bank & Trust Company of Sycamore, 1867-1992", May 13, 1992
Item 4: “Building on Tradition,” The Daily Chronicle, April 26, 1992
Item 5: “Insights,” The Daily Chronicle, April 25, 1992
Item 6: “Milestone 150,” The Daily Chronicle, (1987)
Item 7: Register Star Outlook, 27-Feb-94
Box 10: Photo Albums:
Item 1: Midwest Museum of Natural History (Sycamore, IL), 2005
Item 2: Album made by Leo B. Olson, circa 1940-1969
Item 3: Album made by Leo B. Olson, 1914-1986
Box 1: Bracelet made of Australian coins that Leo Olson send back while stationed there during World War II
Box 11
Item 1: Blue shirt, 1950s
Item 2: Pink dress and hat with blue ribbon Virginia Johnson made for Yvonne Johnson to wear to her cousin Martha Johnson's graden wedding to Wilderfay, 1936
Item 3: Pot holder made by student as gift for Yvonne Johnson
Item 4: Craft made by student as gift for Yvonne Johnson
Item 5: Craft made by student as gift for Yvonne Johnson
Item 6-14: Placemats (8) and rug made by Yvonne Johnson in Professor Elsie Wiggert, 1949-1950
Series Oversize
Oversize Drawer 37
Folder 2
Item 1: “My Saints” family photo poster created by Yvonne for the First Lutheran Church’s All Saints Day celebration
Item 2: Elaine Olson Estate Auction broadside, October 12-13, 1996
Item 3: Elaine Olson Estate Auction broadside, October 19, 1996
Item 4: Kenneth Albert Johnson photograph
Folder 3: The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, May 7, 1930

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