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Collection Number: 05362

Collection Title: Robert L. Johnson Papers, 1952-2000

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 20 items)
Abstract Robert L. Johnson (Robert L. Johnson Jr.) graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1952. In 1954, he was ordained in the United Methodist Church. The following year, Johnson received a master of divinity degree from the Union Theological School in New York City, N.Y. He also received a master of theology degree from the Harvard Divinity School in 1968. In 1957, Johnson was hired as the director of the Wesley Foundation in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he served for 18 years. The collection includes a scrapbook created by Robert L. Johnson primarily about the Reverend Charles Miles Jones, a Chapel Hill, N.C., minister involved in the civil rights movement. The scrapbook contains articles about Reverend Jones's removal from the Presbyterian Church of Chapel Hill, N.C., by the Orange Presbytery and other articles pertaining to clergy involved in the desegregation movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The collection also contains a dissertation by Andrew Niles McLean entitled "Collective Identity and Institutional Change in the Campus Ministry 1964-1973: Weaving the Cloak of Righteousness" (UCLA, 2000), which includes a chapter on Chapel Hill, and letters to Johnson, including two from Methodist bishops declining to become involved in the 1963 Speaker Ban debate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Creator Johnson, Robert L. (Robert Leon), 1930-
Language English
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This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 Robert L. Johnson Papers #5362, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift from Robert L. Johnson (Acc. 100795) in October 2007.
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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Robert L. Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1952. In 1954, he was ordained in the United Methodist Church. The following year, Johnson received a master of divinity degree from the Union Theological School in New York City, N.Y. He also received a master of theology degree from the Harvard Divinity School in 1968. In 1957, Johnson was hired as the director of the Wesley Foundation in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he served for 18 years. From 1982 to 2001, Johnson was the director of Cornell University's interfaith campus ministry. He also served as president of the National Institute for Campus Ministries, the Association of College and University Religious Affairs, and on the editorial board of the journal Cross Currents. In 1971, Johnson authored a book titled Counter Culture and the Vision of God. In 2001, Johnson retired to Burlington, N.C.

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The collection includes a scrapbook created by Robert L. Johnson primarily about the Reverend Charles Miles Jones, a Chapel Hill, N.C., minister involved in the civil rights movement. The scrapbook contains articles about Reverend Jones's removal from the Presbyterian Church of Chapel Hill by the Orange Presbytery and other articles pertaining to clergy involved in the desegregation movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The collection also contains a dissertation by Andrew Niles McLean, entitled "Collective Identity and Institutional Change in the Campus Ministry 1964-1973: Weaving the Cloak of Righteousness" (UCLA, 2000), which includes a chapter on Chapel Hill, and letters to Johnson, including two from Methodist bishops declining to become involved in the 1963 Speaker Ban debate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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About 20 items.
Folder 1

Scrapbook #05362, Series: "Papers, 1952-2000." Folder 1

The scrapbook was created by Robert L. Johnson. It contains newspaper clippings, pictures, and letters about the Reverend Charles Miles Jones, a Chapel Hill, N.C., minister involved in the civil rights movement; articles pertaining to clergy involved in the desegregation movement of the 1950s and 1960s; and other materials.

Folder 2

Dissertation #05362, Series: "Papers, 1952-2000." Folder 2

The dissertation was part of the doctoral requirements for Andrew Niles McLean in 2000 at the University of California at Los Angeles. It is titled "Collective Identity and Institutional Change in the Campus Ministry 1964-1973: Weaving the Cloak of Righteousness." Interviews with Robert L. Johnson and other campus ministry workers were integral to the work. Chapter three in particular focuses on Chapel Hill, N.C.

Folder 3

Other Papers #05362, Series: "Papers, 1952-2000." Folder 3

Includes a copy of "Dr. Shrader's Statement to the Congregation" on desegregation, with comments by an unknown person; a letter concerning a march on Washington, D.C., to protest war in Vietnam; and two letters to Robert L. Johnson from Methodist bishops declining to become involved in the 1963 Speaker Ban debate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Megan Bricker, October 2008

Encoded by: Megan Bricker, October 2008

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