Elvernoy (Albie) Johnson

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Elvernoy (Albie) Johnson
18th Massachusetts State Librarian
Assumed office
November 19, 2007
GovernorDeval Patrick
Charlie Baker
Preceded byStephen A. Fulchino
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic Party (United States)
Spouse(s)Ronald Johnson
ChildrenMaiah Johnson
EducationUniversity of Massachusetts Boston (BA)
Emmanuel College (M.Ed.)
Simmons College (M.L.S.)

Elvernoy (Albie) Johnson is the State Librarian at the State Library of Massachusetts. She is known for being the first African American to serve as the Massachusetts State Librarian. Since joining the State Library, Johnson has focused on increasing public access to the library's historical treasures, especially through the library's long-term digitization efforts.[1]


Johnson majored in communications at the University of Massachusetts Boston and went on to obtain her M.Ed. from Emmanuel College (Massachusetts) and her M.L.S. from Simmons College.[2]

Massachusetts State Librarian

Appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007,[3] Johnson became the first African American to hold the position of Massachusetts State Librarian and the sixth African American State Librarian in the United States. Johnson was reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015. During her tenure as State Librarian, Johnson has overseen a major restoration project at the State Library of Massachusetts[4] and has focused on making the State Library’s historical treasures more accessible to the public.[1] She has secured funding to enhance the preservation capabilities of the State Library[5] and also for several projects to both preserve and digitize collections within the State Library, including manuscript collections and legislative and municipal document collections.[6] William Bradford’s manuscript Of Plimoth Plantation, held by the State Library, was conserved and digitized by the Northeast Document Conservation Center in 2014 during Johnson’s tenure.[7] In 2019 Johnson oversaw the installation of a special display case in the library that allows for the safe and secure display of the library’s most rare and fragile items.[8]

As the State Librarian of Massachusetts, Johnson serves as a Board Member of the Massachusetts Records Conservation Board,[9] the Northeast Document Conservation Center,[10] and the Boston Library Consortium.[11] Additionally, Johnson has served as a two-term president of the Fenway Library Consortium.[2]

External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Miller, Joshua (December 20, 2018). "Her Job: Protect, Share State's Historical Treasures". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Spiegel, Pam (September 1996). "People in the News". College & Research Libraries News. Association of College & Research Libraries. 57 (8): 527.
  3. "Alumni News". Simmons (GSLIS ed.). 90 (2): 28. Summer 2008.
  4. "Decorative Paint Restoration for Massachusetts State House Library". Blackburn Building Conservation LLC. Retrieved October 30, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "National Endowment for the Humanities Awards and Offers, December 2008" (PDF). National Endowment for the Humanities. December 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "State Library of Massachusetts Receives $1.2M". Wicked Local Maynard. July 24, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  7. Henze, Jessica (May 10, 2015). "Mayflower Passages: Conservation Treatment and Digitization of William Bradford's Of Plimoth Plantation, 1630-1650". Northeast Document Conservation Center. Retrieved October 30, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Lovato, Maria (August 5, 2019). "A special safety case allows for the display of historical documents". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  9. "Records Conservation Board: Board Members". William Francis Galvin: Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved October 30, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Board". Northeast Document Conservation Center. May 14, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "About Us: Board of Directors". Boston Library Consortium. 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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