Correspondence, awards, certificates, articles
and other material from Johnnie Phelps, World War II veteran and lesbian
activist. The majority of the collection dates from 1975-1998, with most
materials pertaining to Phelps' involvement with the National Organization for
Women, Southern California Women for Understanding, the Los Angeles County
Veterans' Advisory Commission, and the Alcoholism Center for Women; along with
personal correspondence and newspaper articles written about Phelps'
involvement in World War II. The collection also contains various
organizations' textiles and buttons, trophies and certificates awarded for
service, military materials, and photographs.
Johnnie Phelps was born Nell Louise Phelps in North Carolina on April 4,
1922 and was raised with an adoptive family. Her adoptive parents were abusive,
and Phelps spent many of her teen years in and out of jail.
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