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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts and Printed Materials

Photographs

Textiles and Artifacts

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Lollie Johnson Papers, 1940-2002



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Johnson, Lollie.
Title: Lollie Johnson Papers
Dates: 1940, 1955, 1972-2002
Creator Abstract: Lollie Johnson was a successful bartender and nightclub owner in San Antonio. The success of her nightclub businesses was credited to her total commitment to the San Antonio Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered community, which made up the majority of her customer base. Lollie was also active in local community groups.
Content Abstract: The Lollie Johnson Papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence, printed materials, photographs, negatives, a small notebook, a wooden plaque for the Hypothesis Club, menus, programs, t-shirts, shoes, caps, a stained glass window from the Noo Zoo Company, Teleservice Resources records, Lollie’s résumé and her obituary.
Identification: MS 117
Extent: 2 linear feet (approximately 1,500 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Laura Lollie Johnson (1939-2001) was born in Beaumont, Texas, but moved to San Antonio in her youth and graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1956. A divorced mother of three, she worked for almost 10 years as a bartender before opening the Kali Club in 1971 (it closed in 1973). Many other bars followed, including the Hypothesis Club (1972-1976), The Zoo Club (1974-1979), Faces (1979-1983), and her longest running establishment, the Noo Zoo Company (1983-1993). During the 1980s, she also owned several smaller clubs with shorter life spans: LZ’s (opened 1982 closing date unknown), Broadway Cabaret (ca. early 1980s, exact dates unknown), and L.J.’s Place (1982-unknown).

The success of her nightclub businesses was credited to her total commitment to the San Antonio Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered community, which made up the majority of her customer base. Lollie was also active in the local community groups, including Alamo Human Rights Committee (co-chair in 1984), Lavender Alcalde (1976), and 1st Gay Conference in San Antonio. Additionally, she served as secretary on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio AIDS foundation (1988-1992) and was treasurer (1989-1992) and vice president (1986-1989) of the San Antonio Tavern Guild. She was included in the first edition of Notable Women of Texas (1982).

In 1994, having ended her nightclub ventures, Lollie became a Customer Service Representative for Teleservice Resources. In October 1995, she was promoted to supervisor and Resolution Agent for Teleservice Resources.

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Scope and Contents

The Lollie Johnson Papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence, printed materials, photographs, negatives, a small notebook, a wooden plaque for the Hypothesis Club, menus, programs, t-shirts, shoes, caps, a stained glass window from the Noo Zoo Company, Teleservice Resources records, Lollie’s résumé and her obituary. Photographs comprise the largest portion of the collection, recording Lollie’s family and friends, homes, clubs and vacations throughout her lifetime.

The photographs taken at her clubs show events such as Halloween parties, open-mic nights, New Year’s Eve parties, and female impersonator shows. Employees and bar patrons are well documented, as are her many house parties. Her t-shirt collection includes designs for special club events or work wear and for several of the local organizations in which she was active.

The collection also includes a book of poems written and assembled by her daughter, Cindy Milina, and photographs of her children Cindy Milina, Marleen Shaw, and Robin Johnson (Robin is the best documented of the three).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Lollie Johnson Papers must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Persons
Johnson, Lollie.
Topics
Businesswomen--Texas--San Antonio.
Gay and Lesbian Community--Texas--San Antonio.
Lesbians--Texas--San Antonio.
Nightclubs--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Genres/formats
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Photographs.
T-shirts.
Local Subjects
Business
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources
San Antonio History
Women

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lollie Johnson Papers, MS 117, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated by Cindy Milina, daughter of Lollie Johnson, in March of 2002 (Acc. 2002-012 and 2002-017).

Processing Information

Processed by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, February 2004.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Manuscripts and Printed Materials

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical Information, 1983-2001
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2 Hypothesis Club Plaque, circa 1972
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3 Faces Bar, 1979-1981
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4 LJ’z Bar, 1982, undated
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5 Broadway Cabaret, 1983, undated
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6 Noo Zoo Nightclub, 1983-1991
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7 Alternatives, 1986-1987
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8 Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages and other printed materials, 1990, 2002, undated
9 Teleservice Resources, 1994-1997
10 Poetry by daughter Cindy Milina, undated

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Photographs

Box Folder
1 11 Lollie, 1940, 1955, 1974, 1994, undated
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12 Lollie at HemisFair, 1968
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13 Family and Personal, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
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14 Hypothesis Bar, 1973
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15 Zoo Club and Faces (and other clubs), [1974-1983]
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16 Zoo Club, 1976, undated
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17 Family of Lollie Johnson, 1976, undated
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2 1 Friends and Family, (1 of 2) 1976-1983, undated
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2 Friends and Family, (2 of 2) 1976-1983, undated
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3 Zoo Club – Contest, circa 1977
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4 [At Zoo Club], 1978
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5 Kenny Rogers Concert, circa 1978
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6 New Orleans Trips, circa 1978, April 1986
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7 Clubs/Nightlife, 1978-1982, 1990, undated
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8 Faces Club, 1979
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9 Rodeo, 1979-1981, undated
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10 Noo Zoo Co., circa 1980s
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11 Awards Ceremony for Lollie, circa 1980s
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12 Open Mic Night, circa 1980s
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13 Lollie and Friend at Cancun 1900, circa 1980s
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14 Vacations, 1982, undated
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15 Bar Employees, 1982, undated
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16 Charity Events, 1982, undated
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17 Lollie at Home, 1982-1983, undated
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18 Disney World, [1984]
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19 At Home and at the Noo Zoo Company, [1985]
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3 1 Las Vegas Trip[s], undated
2 Jesus Christ Superstar, undated
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3 Negatives, undated
4 Lollie and friends at the beach, undated
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Textiles and Artifacts

Box
4 Las Vegas Hilton - Satin Jacket
We’re the People, Too – t-shirt, 1988
Noo Zoo Company – t-shirt, blue, undated
Noo Zoo Company, Memorial Day Street Dance – t-shirt, lavender, 1985
Gay Fiesta 1991: Stepping Out into the 90s – t-shirt, 1991
Out is In: San Antonio Celebrates Pride Month – t-shirt, June 1991
Germany – t-shirt, undated
Hypothesis Club, San Antonio, TX – t-shirt, poor condition, undated
Fiesta Commission – t-shirt, hot pink with aqua embroidery, undated
Brackenridge Girls Athletics – t-shirt, undated
Noo Zoo Company – work shirt, white with red stripes, undated
“Miss Lollie” – baseball cap, pink, undated
Noo Zoo Company Street Dance 1986 – baseball cap, 1986
Shoes – silver heels with faux rhinestone detail, undated
Box
Mapcase Noo Zoo Company Stained Glass Window, undated

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