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St. John, Jacqueline D., 1937-

 Person

Jacqueline St. John was a professor in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1968 until 1996.

Dr. Jacqueline D St John (1937-2018) was born in Utica, NY, and resided in Omaha, NE, for nearly 50 years. She graduated from Paul Smith's College, Syracuse University, and went on to obtain her PhD in History from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. St. John was a professor of Russian and Soviet History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha for 39 years, from 1968 through her retirement in 1996. During her tenure at UNO, she started one of the first Women's History courses in the country in 1973.

Throughout her life, she was heavily involved in the women's rights movement, founding and serving as the first president of the Omaha Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1970; serving as a delegate to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., in 1976; co-founding the National Women's Studies Association in 1977; and attending the First National Women's Conference in Houston, TX in 1977 (one of only 30 historians chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities for this honor).

At UNO, she was one of the original members of the first Chancellors Commission on the Status of Women, present from the first meeting on February 16, 1972, until sometime in 1974. Although her obituary states that she served as chair of the CCSW, University Archives staff have been unable to verify this from the CCSW records. However, no meeting minutes or membership rosters are present from 1973/1974.

At some point, Dr. St. John also served on American Association of University Professors Committee for Faculty Equal Pay Status at UNO.

She received the Central New York Pioneer Feminist Award. In 2018, she was one of twelve Nebraska women included in the Durham Museum's exhibit on "Women in Omaha: A Biographical Sketch of Persistence Through History."

Source: Obituary for Dr. Jacqueline D. St John. John A. Gentleman Mortuaries and Crematory website. Retreived May 24, 2018. http://www.johnagentleman.com/obituaries/Dr-Jacqueline-D-St-John?obId=2981288#/obituaryInfo

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Jacqueline St. John Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UNO-0076
Scope and Contents The collection comprises the professional files of Jacqueline St. John from her years of service as a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, from 1968 until 1996. The collection includes correspondence, notes, reports, History Department meeting minutes, booklets, flyers, news clippings, and other papers. The material in this collection has not been arranged and described. New material added April 19, 2018: Although there are quite a...

UNO Faculty Service, 1968-1996

 Series — Box: 1
Scope and Contents The collection comprises the professional files of Jacqueline St. John from her years of service as a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, from 1968 until 1996. The collection includes correspondence, notes, reports, History Department meeting minutes, booklets, flyers, news clippings, and other papers. The material in this collection has not been arranged and described.

Women's Studies Collection, 1970s to 2010s

 Series — Box: 2018-024
Scope and Contents Although there are quite a variety of materials in this collection, everything appears to relate to women’s studies or feminism, in general. For example, items include those of a more serious nature, such as Ms. Magazines, National Organization for Women newsletters, and feminist bibliographies, but also the more whimsical, such as Famous Women card decks, Wonder Women and Rosie the Riveter tee shirts, and paper doll booklets.