The Finding Aid of the B. Lamar Johnson Papers 0023

Finding aid prepared by Jessica Geiser and Jamie Henricks
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA, 90263-4786
(310) 506-4434
specialcollections@pepperdine.edu
January 2012


Title: B. Lamar Johnson papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0023
Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA, 90263-4786
(310) 506-4434
specialcollections@pepperdine.edu
Physical Description: 48.75 linear feet (39 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1930-1989
Date (bulk): 1952-1983
Abstract: B. Lamar Johnson was a highly distinguished educator known as the father of the community college due to his extensive contributions to the study and development of community college education. The collection contains correspondence, reports, speeches, administrative papers and publications from Johnson's tenure at Stephens College, UCLA, and Pepperdine University, as well as other educational organizations and activities with which Johnson was involved.
Location note: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Creator: Johnson, B. Lamar (Byron Lamar), 1904-

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Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], B. Lamar Johnson papers, Collection no. 0023, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the materials were donated by B. Lamar Johnson around 1986. Other materials, including books, were likely donated by one of Johnson's sons, possibly between 1989 and 1996.

Biographical note

Byron Lamar Johnson was born in Peterson, Iowa, on June 28, 1904. He received his B.S. in 1925, M.A. in 1927, and Ph.D. in 1930 from the University of Minnesota in Education and English. Johnson held a number of positions in education early in his career, serving as an English instructor at Minnesota College from 1925 to 1927, as principal of a high school in Buffalo, Minnesota from 1927 to 1928, as assistant-principal of the University of Minnesota High School from 1928 to 1930 and as an assistant professor at New Jersey State Teachers College at Montclair from 1930 to 1931.
From 1931 to 1952, Johnson served as Dean of Instruction and Librarian at Stephens College, a two-year women's college in Missouri. While at Stephens, Johnson successfully combined library instruction with teaching practices to form a single unified instruction program. This work, along with publications authored by Johnson, brought him national recognition as an expert on college programming and curriculum. During his time at Stephens College, Johnson also taught as a visiting professor at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
From 1952 to 1972, Johnson served as Professor of Higher Education at UCLA, where he specialized in the study of community and junior college education. During his tenure at UCLA, Johnson was a regular consultant to the California Master Plan for Higher Education Survey Team in helping develop and implement the state's community colleges. Johnson also founded and served as the Executive Director of the League for Innovation in the Community College from 1968 to 1972, as well as the Director of the UCLA Junior College Leadership Program from 1960 to 1972. Johnson was also a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantee from 1960 to 1972, as well as a Danforth grantee from 1967 to 1972.
During his career, Johnson also studied and developed international education programs. In 1959, he traveled as an American Specialist for the United States Department of State to assignments in New Zealand, the Philippines, the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and South America. After leaving UCLA, Johnson worked as a consultant from 1973 to 1974 for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), traveling to Vietnam, Colombia and throughout South America. Finally, in 1976, Johnson worked in Iran on a joint program between UCLA and the University for Teacher Education in Tehran.
In 1977, Johnson was appointed Distinguished Professor of Education at Pepperdine University, where he taught until his retirement in 1983. He married in 1928, and had three children. B. Lamar Johnson died on October 25, 1995.

Scope and Content

The B. Lamar Johnson papers include materials from 1930 to 1989 documenting Johnson's career and his research on community colleges. The bulk of the collection focuses on Johnson's work at UCLA and Pepperdine University from 1952 to 1983, and includes correspondence, notes, reports, articles, programs, and memorandums. Also included in the collection are copies of speeches, articles, and publications authored by Johnson spanning his entire career. There are also a number of bound copies of student dissertations.

Arrangement

For the most part, the collection's contents have been kept within their original groupings. Series and sub-series titles were assigned based on the original folder titles. A folder list is available by request. The collection is arranged in seventeen series:
  • Series 1: Accreditation
  • Series 2: Advisory Council - UCLA Junior College Leadership Program
  • Series 3: Articles
  • Series 4: Community Colleges
  • Series 5: Consultant Work
  • Series 6: Foundations
  • Series 7: Miscellaneous
  • Series 8: Pepperdine University
  • Series 9: Personal Materials
  • Series 10: Publications and Printed Materials
  • Series 11: Speeches
  • Series 12: Student Dissertations
  • Series 13: Subject and Correspondence Files
  • Series 14: Training and Instruction
  • Series 15: Travel
  • Series 16: Utilization of Faculty Services
  • Series 17: Workshops, Seminars, and Conferences

Processing Information

This collection was processed and described by Jessica Geiser and Jamie Henricks in December, 2011.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Johnson, B. Lamar (Byron Lamar), 1904-
Pepperdine University.
Stephens College. -- History
University of California, Los Angeles.
Accreditation (Education)
Articles
Community colleges--United States--History--20th century
Correspondence
Curriculum planning--Research
Education, Higher--Aims and objectives
International education--Study and teaching
Los Angeles (Calif.)--History
Memorandums
Programs
Publications
Reports
Speeches, addresses, etc., American--20th century

Box 6, 7

Series 1: Accreditation 1952-1961

Box 17, 18

Series 2: Advisory Council - UCLA Junior College Leadership Program 1960-1972 (bulk 1970-1972)

Box 26, 27, 30-32

Series 3: Articles 1930-1983

Box 17, 25, 26, 28, 29

Series 4: Community Colleges

Box 25, 26

Sub-series 4.1: Individual School Files 1960-1963

Box 28, 29

Sub-series 4.2: Visits to Colleges and Professors 1977-1979

Box 17

Sub-series 4.3: League for Innovation 1975-1989

Box 29

Sub-series 4.4: Task Force: Community College Mission 1979

Box 23

Series 5: Consultant Work 1950-1963

Box 8, 18, 23

Series 6: Foundations

Box 8, 18

Sub-series 6.1: Danforth Foundation 1960-1974

Box 18

Sub-series 6.2: Esso Foundation 1966-1981

Box 8, 23

Sub-series 6.3: Kellogg Foundation 1960-1975

Box 18

Sub-series 6.4: Other Foundations 1968

Box 29, 35

Series 7: Miscellaneous

Box 29

Sub-series 7.1: Alaska Needs Assessment Report 1979-1980

Box 35

Sub-series 7.2: Episcopal Ministry Program Group 1981-1984

Box 29

Sub-series 7.3: Women 1980-1982

Box 22, 28, 29, 35

Series 8: Pepperdine University

Box 28

Sub-series 8.1: Correspondence 1977-1983

Box 22, 35

Sub-series 8.2: Subject Files 1977-1983

Box 29

Sub-series 8.3: Appointment and Retirement 1977-1984

Box 3, 4, 29, 33, 36, 38, 39

Series 9: Personal Materials

Box 33

Sub-series 9.1: Personal Data 1952-1989

Box 36

Sub-series 9.2: Graduate Work

Box 36

An Investigation of Permanent Record Cards for Secondary Schools - Masters Thesis 1927

Box 36

An Investigation of Reading Interests and Habits at Various Age, Educational, and Occupational Levels - Doctoral Thesis 1930

Box 3, 4, 29

Sub-series 9.3: Honors and Activities 1953-1982

Box 38, 39

Sub-series 9.4: Awards

Box 22, 24, 27, 35, 36, 37

Series 10: Publications and Printed Materials

Box 3, 5, 20, 29, 30

Series 11: Speeches 1930-1983

Box 4, 5, 36, 37

Series 12: Student Dissertations

Box 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 34, 35

Series 13: Subject and Correspondence Files 1955-1982

Box 19-24

Series 14: Training and Instruction

Box 19, 21

Sub-series 14.1: Basic Course 1980-1982

Box 20, 23, 24

Sub-series 14.2: General Community College Files

Box 22

Sub-series 14.3: In-Basket Method 1963-1964

Box 1, 2, 3, 9, 10

Series 15: Travel 1959-1983

Box 25

Series 16: Utilization of Faculty Services 1960-1964

Box 25

Sub-series 16.1: Islands of Innovation

Box 6, 9, 18, 19, 29

Series 17: Workshops, Seminars, and Conferences

Box 19

Sub-series 17.1: New Deans Workshop 1969

Box 6

Sub-series 17.2: Presidents' Workshops 1967-1969

Box 9

Sub-series 17.3: National Conference - Junior College Leadership Program 1969-1972

Box 29

Sub-series 17.4: Oklahoma Workshop 1978-1979

Box 18

Sub-series 17.5: Iran Conferences 1975-1976