Verna Johnston's papers contain her notes, writings, clippings, correspondence and
photographs pertaining to California and Alaskan ecology. She has arranged most of the
papers in alphabetical subject files. Johnston's photographs are also organized in an
alphabetical filing system that lists each image by subject and provides a history of
submissions for publication. The collection includes a selection of periodicals and
government reports pertaining to subjects represented in the papers. The total extent of
the Verna Johnston Collection is approximately 39 linear ft. more than half of which
consists of photographs, slides and negatives.
Verna Johnston, ecologist and photographer, was born in Berwyn, Illinois (1918) and
educated at the University of Illinois (M.S. in Zoology, 1941). After six years teaching
in Illinois and California high schools (1939-1945), Johnston became a science instructor
at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, California(1945), where she remained
until retirement (Sp 1982).