Archives says goodbye to Jenny Johnson

August 20, 2019
Jenny Johnson

It is with mixed emotions that we today say goodbye to our dear colleague and friend Jenny Johnson, who is off to the Northwest to begin the next chapter in her life. In 2008, Jenny joined the Archives, where she worked for a year before moving over to Special Collections from 2009-2011 to process the Stephen Jay Gould Papers. During that time she also assisted in writing and editing two successful major grants which brought in nearly half-million dollars: a CLIR grant for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and an NHPRC grant to process the STOP AIDS Project records. In 2012, Jenny rejoined the Archives as Collections Management and Processing Archivist, taking over, among other things, all accessioning, processing, and physical control of Archives collections. Since then, she created more than 6,300 accession records, 500 finding aids, and processed more than 9,000 linear feet of materials. That productivity will be very hard to replace. What will be impossible to replace, however, is the adaptability, flexibility, and patience she exhibited, including moving offices/operations to and from Page Mill Road, taking over supervision of students and staff, and completing the Newark processing project in mere months—a project that was supposed to take two years.

Throughout her time within Special Collections and University Archives Jenny transformed our collections and way of doing things. Our researchers, faculty, students, administrators, and staff reap the rewards of these efforts everyday—easily finding and using our collections both onsite and online. Most important though, she has been a remarkable colleague, friend, and source of inspiration and much needed humor. It is these traits which have made her eleven years here a joy for us all. We will miss you Jenny. So, too, will the Stanford and archives communities. Good luck in your future endeavors. We wish you the best.