Oral history interview with Judith Lee Johnson Jones conducted by Claytee D. White on February 22, 2007 for the Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project. Johnson Jones discusses winning a contest that allowed her to be a showgirl at the Sands Hotel and Casino when she was seventeen, receiving a college degree in Houston, Texas, and performing in the Elvis movie “Viva Las Vegas.” She also talks about her twenty-nine-year career in education.
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Oral history interview with Judith Lee Johnson Jones conducted by Claytee D. White on February 22, 2007 for the Boyer Early Las Vegas Oral History Project. Johnson Jones discusses how The Houston Chronicle sponsored a contest that added the Texas Copa girls to the showgirls in the Copa Room at the Sands Hotel and Casino, and being one of the winners in 1958 at the age of seventeen. She also discusses going to college, receiving her degree, and becoming Miss Houston. Johnson Jones also talks about moving back to Las Vegas, Nevada, performing in the Elvis movie “Viva Las Vegas,” and having a twenty-nine-year career in education. Digital audio and transcript available.
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An Interview with Judith Lee Johnson Jones, 2007 February 22. OH-00972. [Cite format consulted: Audio recording or Transcript.] Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
This interview was conducted and transcribed by the Oral History Research Center (OHRC) which is part of the UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Division.
Interview materials were processed by UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives in 2017. Nia Banks wrote the collection description. The audio cassette(s) for this interview have been reformatted by an external vendor into a digital format. MP3 files of the audio are available for research use.
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A bound transcript is available for use in UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives: CT247 .J65 2007