Finding Aid to the Albert J. Johnson Papers, 1945-1998

Joanna Black
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
© 2013
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Albert J. Johnson Papers, 1945-1998

Collection number: BANC MSS 2002/064 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Finding Aid Author(s):
Joanna Black
Date Completed:
2013
Finding Aid Encoded By:
GenX
© 2014 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Albert J. Johnson papers
Date (inclusive): 1945-1998
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2002/064 c
Extent: 10 cartons, 2 oversize folders (12.5 linear feet)
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Albert J. Johnson papers, BANC MSS 2002/064 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Johnson, Albert J., 1925-1998--Archives
San Francisco International Film Festival
University of California, Berkeley. Afro-American Studies
African American college teachers--California--Berkeley
Film critics--United States
Film festivals
Film festivals--California--Oakland
Film festivals--California--San Francisco
Faculty papers

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Albert J. Johnson papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Coretta Greaux on November 25, 1998.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Joanna Black in 2013.

Biographical Information

Albert J. Johnson (1925-1998) was born in Harlem, New York. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1954, and studied at Oxford University and the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford, England. During the 1960s, Johnson taught film at UCLA and San Francisco State College, later joining University of California, Berkeley’s African American Studies Department in 1974. As a film critic and historian with a strong interest in international film, Johnson was deeply involved in national and international film events including: the San Francisco International Film Festival, Oakland’s Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, the Cannes International Film Festival in France, the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, and the Venice International Film Festival in Italy. Johnson was also a founding member and editor of the magazine Film Quarterly, where he remained on the Editorial Board until his death in 1998. As a senior lecturer at UC Berkeley, Johnson’s most popular courses included “Third World Cinema” and “The Afro-American and the World of Cinema.”

Scope and Content of Collection

The Albert J. Johnson papers, 1945-1998, contain material such as correspondence, diaries, and calendars; objects relating to Johnson’s involvement with film events and festivals, including badges, event posters, and press documents; hand written notes on various films, filmmakers, and festivals; and collected newspapers clippings authored by or about Johnson. The bulk of the collection consists of documents highlighting Johnson’s career as an internationally renowned film critic, highlighting his skills as a writer, editor, and lecturer, with only a few materials directly pertaining to his career at UC Berkeley. Also included are numerous personal diaries which span his career from 1945 to 1998.

Container Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence. 1954-1998

Physical Description: Carton 1, folder 2-56
carton 1, folders 2-42

Incoming Correspondence. 1954-1998

carton 1, folders 45-56

Outgoing Correspondence. 1969-1997

carton 1, folder 43

Correspondence with Bharati Mukharjee. undated

carton 1, folder 44

Correspondence. 1968

 

Series 2: Personal Material. 1945-1998

Physical Description: Carton 1, folder 2-56; Cartons 2-3; Carton 4, folder 1-9, 24-28; Carton 5, folder 1, 3-6, 8, 12-13
 

Subseries 2.1: Diaries. 1945-1998

Physical Description: Carton 2-3; Carton 4, folder 1-9
 

Subseries 2.2: Calendars and Itineraries. 1965-1998

Physical Description: Carton 4, folder 24-28; Carton 5, folder 1,13
carton 4, folder 24-28, Carton 5, folder 1

Calendars. 1965-1998

carton 5, folder 13

Schedules and Itinerary on Trips. 1971-1994

 

Subseries 2.3: Other Personal Documents. 1954-1975

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 3-6, 8, 12
carton 5, folder 5

Stratford: Post Graduate Certificate: University of Birmingham and Other Related Material. 1958

carton 5, folder 6

Oxford University. 1954

Scope and Content of Collection

Includes schedules of various presentations and personal journals.
carton 5, folder 12

Resume. 1975

carton 5, folder 8

Publications List, Bibliographies. 1955-1963

carton 5, folder 3-4

Passports. 1953-1995

 

Series 3: Film Festivals, Events, and Programs Material. 1955-1998

Physical Description: Carton 1, folder 1; Carton 4, folder 10-23; Carton 5, folder 2; Oversize folder 1-2; Carton 5, folder 7, 10; Carton 10, folders 184-189
 

Subseries 3.1: General Event Materials. 1960-1989

Physical Description: Carton 1, folder 1; Carton 4, folder 10-23; Carton 5, folder 2
carton 1, folder 1

Autographs. 1960-1989

carton 4, folder 10-23

Badges. 1968-1998

carton 5, folder 2

Guest List for Dinner/Luncheon in Honor of Albert Johnson 1978-1989

 

Subseries 3.2: Posters. 1957-1983

Physical Description: oversize folder 1-2
 

Subseries 3.3: Press and Publicity. 1955-1995

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 7,10; Carton 10, folder 184-189
Carton 5, folder 7

Publicity for Programs by Albert Johnson. 1955-1995

Carton 5, folder 10

The Berkeley Graduate, "An Interview with Albert Johnson". 1982

Carton 10, folder 184

Black Film Makers Hall of Fame. 1976

Carton 10, folder 185

Cannes Festival. 1966-1975

Carton 10, folder 186

Afro-Asian Cinematheque. 1972

Carton 10, folder 187

Second Tehran International Film Festival. 1973

Carton 10, folder 188

The United States International Film Festival 1977

Carton 10, folder 189

Iran American Society Cultural Center 1992

 

Series 4: Notes and Writing. 1952-1996

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 16-92; Carton 7-9; Carton 10, folder 1-170
 

Subseries 4.1: Films Notes. undated

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 63-92; Cartons 6-9; Carton 10, folder 1-127

Arrangement

Alphabatized by film title. Some notes are untitled.
 

Subseries 4.2: Other Notes and Writings.

Physical Description: Carton 10, folder 128-170; carton 5, folder 9, 16-62
carton 10, folder 128-133

Meetings and Festivals. Undated

carton 10, folder 134

Press Conference. Undated

carton 10, folder 135-166

People. Undated

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by surname.
carton 10, folder 167

Athens. undated

carton 10, folder 168

William A. Wellman. undated

carton 10, folder 169

Notes on Recent American Films and Film Makers. undated

carton 10, folder 170

Weberhorn Concerto. undated

carton 5, folder 9, 16-62

Assorted Writing. 1952-1996

 

Series 5: Newspaper Articles. 1950-1995

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 14-15; Carton 10, folder 171-183
 

Subseries 4.1 Scrapbooks.

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 14-15
carton 5, folder 14

Daily Californian. 1950-1960

Scope and Content of Collection

Scrapbook containing newspaper clippings.
Carton 5, folder 15

Clippings and Photos of Movie and Drama Actors. Undated

 

Subseries 5.2: Clippings.

Physical Description: Carton 10, folder 171-183
carton 10, folder 171

Johnson in New Delhi, India. 1969

carton 10, folder 172

Russian Article. 1973

carton 10, folder 173-174

Pakistani Articles. 1974-1975

Scope and Content of Collection

Articles in folder 174 published in English.
carton 10, folder 175

Lebanon Article. 1975

Scope and Content of Collection

Published in English.
carton 10, folder 176

Article in Ouest France. 1985

carton 10, folder 177

Warner Brothers International Film Festival. Undated

carton 10, folder 178-183

Unsorted Clippings. 1955-1995

 

Series 6: Other Papers. 1961-1991

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 11; Carton 10, folder 190

Scope and Content of Collection

Includes print articles and drafts, arranged alphabetically by title.
carton 10, folder 190

Material Collected on a Trip to Africa. 1973-1976

carton 5, folder 11

Course Catalogs: Film/Theater/Screenwriting and Afro-American Studies. 1981-1990