A Guide to the James F. Johnson Papers 1979-1992 Johnson, James. Papers Ms2003-025

A Guide to the James F. Johnson Papers 1979-1992

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2003-025


Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Special Collections, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: (540) 231-6308
Fax: (540) 231-3694
Email: specref@vt.edu
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/

© 2003 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Processed by: Tamara Kennelly Special Collections Staff

Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
James F. Johnson Papers 1979-1992
Physical Characteristics
1 container, 0.1 cu. ft.
The James F. Johnson Papers were donated to the Special Collections in 2003.
Speeches and outlines of speeches given by James F. Johnson while with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. Most were made while he was director of Cooperative Extension (1989- 1992).

Administrative Information


Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the James F. Johnson Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

James F. Johnson Papers, Ms2003-025, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Biographical/Historical Information

Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach program of Virginia's land grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the national Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. James F. Johnson began his career in Virginia Cooperative Extension as an extension agent in 1961, serving three southeast Virginia counties. He became district agent in 1970, Staff Leader in 1972, assistant director for support services in 1985, and associate director, agency operations manager in 1988. He was named director in 1989 and served in that position until he retired on September 1, 1992. As director, he was head of an 850-person agency with 115 offices and a $35 million budget. He guided the organization through a 21 percent budget reduction and a major organizational renewal.

Scope and Content Information

Scope is 1979-1992, with the bulk 1989-1992. Most of the speeches were made while James F. Johnson was director of the Cooperative Extension from 1989 to September 1, 1992. Topics of the speeches include the role and future of Cooperative Extension, new technologies, budgets and funding, staff organization and development, affirmative action, and extension priorities, such as farm profitability, water quality, youth at risk, economic development, and food safety. Dr. Johnson's numbered listing of the speeches and a brief outline of his career also is included.


This collection is arranged chronologically.