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James F. Johnson Papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Ms-2003-025

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1979 - 1992


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.


Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

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.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


Thisc collection includes 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).


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the James F. Johnson Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

A Guide to the James F. Johnson Papers 1979-1992
Tamara Kennelly
2003 (CC0 1.0)
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Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-12: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
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Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US