Sonia Johnson photograph collection, 1979-1981  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Johnson, Sonia
Sonia Johnson photograph collection
1979-1981 (inclusive)
54 photographs
Collection Number
The Sonia Johnson photograph collection contains photographs and slides of Equal Rights Amendment demonstrations in Salt Lake City and elsewhere. Also in the collection are photographs taken from television of the excommunication trial of Sonia Johnson as well as some miscellaneous photographs.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
Access Restrictions

Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


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The Sonia Johnson collection contains photographs of various ERA demonstrations, especially those demonstrations related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S.) Photographs taken of a television broadcast relating to the excommunication trial of Sonia Johnson from the L.D.S. Church and images of friends and associates of Johnson are also included in the collection.

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ERA Demonstrations, Excommunication Trial, Friends and Miscellaneous, 1979-1981Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
ERA Demonstrations
  • 1: Posse in Salt Lake City Pioneer Day Parade carrying ERA YES balloons handed out by MERA, July 24, 1980
  • 2-5: Women holding signs at an ERA demonstration against the L.D.S. Church at the Hill Cumorah
  • 6: Banner flying in Chicago, Illinois, March 1980
  • 7: Banner flying above the demonstrations at the Hill Cumorah, Summer 1980
Excommunication Trial
  • 8-9: Channel 4 News Center
  • 10-11: Channel 4 News anchor Barbara Allen
  • 12-13: Channel 4 News anchor Max Robinson
  • 14: Salt Lake City L.D.S. Temple
  • 15: Channel 4 News anchor Susan Campbell
  • 16: Bishop Jeffrey Willis
  • 17-21: Sonia Johnson
  • 22-26: Miscellaneous images from the Channel 4 news broadcast about the L.D.S. excommunication trial of Sonia Johnson
1 January 1979
  • 27: Founding mothers of Mormons for ERA (MERA), October 1978. Top row Left to Right: Teddie Wood, Maida Withers. Bottom row Left to Right: Sonia Johnson, Hazel Rigby
  • 28-30: Richard T. Johnson at K.V.N.U. Radio, Logan, Utah
Demonstrations and Picket Lines
  • 31-35: ERA demonstration at the L.D.S. Oakland Temple in California
  • 36: Women holding a sign, "You can't excommunicate equality, Mormons for ERA"
  • 37: "Picketers in front of Eatontown Mormon Ward"
  • 38: "Woman in front, Joyce Tortorece, was an ERA missionary in Utah last year"
  • 39: "Picketers from Central Monmouth, Middlesex County and Essex County NOW Chapters"
  • 40-41: ERA YES balloons seen at Salt Lake City's 24th of July Pioneer Day Parade
  • 42: "A group of women putting the banner on 'Lady Liberty'"
  • 43: A woman climbing a ladder to put a banner on a statue
  • 44: A banner naming the unratified states circling the bottom of a statue
  • 45: Demonstrators singing about equal rights
Friends and Acquaintances
  • 46: Dorothy Sainz on a two day bicycle ride from Tucson to Phoenix, April 1982
  • 47: Dorothy Sainz backpacking in the Phoenix mountains
  • 48-49: Dorothy Sainz performing at a folk festival in San Antonio, Texas, Spring 1981
  • 50: Home of Dorothy Sainz in the desert near Benson, Arizona, 40 miles from Tucson
  • 51: Unidentified group of musicians
  • 52: Kathy Spagnola and "Politely Rude" performing
  • 53: View of a destroyed factory. "From 700 wine tables a day to this"
  • 54: Workers cleaning up debris, March 12, 1979

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Equal rights amendments--United States
  • Feminism--United States
  • Mormon Church--Political activity
  • Mormon women--United States
  • Women's rights--United States
  • Corporate Names :
  • Mormons for E.R.A.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints--1978-1980
  • Photographic prints--Color--1978-1980
  • Portrait photographs--1978-1980
  • Slides--Color--1978-1980