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Collection Number: 04510

Collection Title: John W. Dixon Papers, 1952-1987

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Size About 1300 items (4.5 linear feet)
Abstract John Wesley Dixon, Jr., (1919- ), was a member of the faculty of the Religion Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from 1963 until his retirement in the 1980s. His chief scholarly interest was the interdisciplinary field of religion and art. The collection includes correspondence, writings, and other items of John W. Dixon. Correspondence deals with academic and scholarly matters, such as the publication of various works by Dixon and presentations he made. There also are letters and related items concerning Dixon's efforts to organize faculty opposition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the war in Vietnam, his efforts to improve race relations on campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and his ideas about religious faith and higher education. Writings are chiefly published and unpublished essays by Dixon concerning various dimensions of religion and art and issues in higher education. The addition of July 2003 concerns departmental affairs, teaching, and Dixon's work with graduate students.
Creator Dixon, John W.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
The addition of July 2003 is CLOSED pending screening for student records.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John W. Dixon Papers #4510, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from John W. Dixon, Jr., through the UNC-CH Dept. of Religious Studies and University Archives in March 1988 and July 2003 (Acc. 99583).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Wesley Dixon, Jr., was born in Richmond, Va., on 18 August 1919. He married Vivian S. Dixon. In 1941, he graduated from Emory and Henry College with a B.A. in history and English. He studied history at the University of Bristol, England, 1938-1939, and at Columbia University in the summer of 1950. In 1953, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the interdepartmental program called the Committee on Social Thought.

Dixon was an instructor at Michigan State University, 1950-1952. He taught at Emory University, 1952-1957; Dickinson College, 1957-1960; and Florida Presbyterian College, 1960-1963. In 1963, he joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a professor of religion and art. From 1952 to 1957, on a leave of absence from Emory University, he served as the executive director of the Faculty Christian Fellowship of the National Council of Churches.

Dixon is the author of numerous works, including Form and Reality: Art as Communication (1957), Nature and Grace in Art (1964), Art and the Theological Imagination (1976), and The Physiology of Faith: A Theory of Theological Relativity (1979).

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The collection includes correspondence, writings, and other items of professor of religion and art  John W. Dixon. Correspondence deals with academic and scholarly matters such as the publication of various works by Dixon and presentations he made. There also are letters and related items concerning Dixon's efforts to organize faculty opposition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the war in Vietnam, his efforts to improve race relations on campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and his ideas about religious faith and higher education. Writings are chiefly published and unpublished essays by Dixon concerning various dimensions of religion and art and issues in higher education. An addition of July 2003 concerns departmental affairs, teaching, and Dixon's work with graduate students.

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Contents list

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About 75 items.

Articles and essays, some presumably unpublished, written by John W. Dixon. Topics include art, religion and theology, and colleges and universities.

Folder 22-36

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Writings #04510, Series: "2. Writings, ca. 1952-1987." Folder 22-36

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About 600 items.

CLOSED pending screening for student records.

Correspondence, teaching materials, writings, and student papers from John W. Dixon's years as a professor at Religion Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Correspondence documents departmental affairs and Dixon's work with graduate students. Also included are syllabi and other materials from classes taught by Dixon, and writings by Dixon and others.

Box 3

Addition of July 2003 #04510, Series: "Addition of July 2003 (Acc. 99583), 1971-1987." Box 3

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