Bonnie Taylor papers, 1978-2002  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Taylor, Bonnie Jean
Bonnie Taylor papers
1978-2002 (inclusive)
0.18 cubic feet (1 box)
Collection Number
6060 (Accession No. 6060-001)
Papers from Bonnie Taylor's career as a gardener at the University of Washington, especially related to discrimination experienced by Taylor and her colleagues
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Bonnie Jean Taylor was the Manager of Landscape Grounds Operations at the University of Washington. She began her career at the University of Washington in the 1970s, where she first started to work as an office assistant. She later worked as a custodian, which paid better than the office position and allowed Taylor more autonomy and responsibilities. From there, Taylor took a position as a gardener on campus.

As a gardener, Taylor soon noticed that white men on staff had more power and opportunities than minority and women gardeners. As the union shop steward, she began to document the complaints raised by employees. On two occasions, when Taylor was not selected for supervisory positions in favor of other candidates with less experience, Taylor filed grievances with her union, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Staff Human Rights Office, and the Washington State Human Rights Commission. In both instances, findings supported Taylor.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

University Week article about Taylor's career at the University of Washington, Taylor's journal of her daily work responsibilities and instances of discrimination, grounds shop survey results, interdepartmental correspondence, and grievance materials. Many of the materials relate to discrimination, especially racism and sexism, in the Grounds Division of the Physical Plant Department.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Bonnie Taylor, 2003-03-26.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Discrimination in employment--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Grievance procedures--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Race discrimination--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Sex discrimination in employment--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Sex discrimination--Washington (State)--Seattle

Personal Names

  • Taylor, Bonnie Jean--Archives

Corporate Names

  • University of Washington. Physical Plant--Employees

Form or Genre Terms

  • Business correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Records (Documents)

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • University of Washington. University Archives

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Subject Terms

  • University Archives/Faculty Papers (University of Washington)