Guide to the Oliver Martin Johnston Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Call Number: SC0434
Creator: Johnston, Oliver Martin, 1866-
Creator: Johnston, Oliver Martin.
Title: Oliver Martin Johnston papers
Dates: 1893-1987
Bulk Dates: 1893-1947
Physical Description: 2.25 Linear feet
Summary: Papers primarily consist of his notebooks as a doctoral student on French and Italian grammar and literature, 1893-1895; other items include his dissertation, articles, correspondence, family history, published autobiography, and notes for sermons.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

Administrative Information


Gift of Dr. Martha Bigelow, 1991.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See:
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Oliver Martin Johnston Papers (SC0434). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Oliver Martin Johnston was a professor of Romanc Languages at Stanford University from 1897 until his retirement in 1932. He received his a.b. and M.A. from Mississippi College and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1896. He taught one year at Bryn Mawer before joining the Stanford faculty to teach French. He served as head of the Department of Romanic Languages for twenty-two years, from 1914-1932.
Dr. Johnston was active in the First Baptish Church of Palo Alto. He was one of the founders of the Berkeley Baptist Divinity School and served on its Board of Directors for many years. prof. Johnston died in 1953.

Description of the Collection

The papers of Dr. Johnston primarily consist of his notebooks from his years as a doctoral student at John Hopkins Unviersity. The collection also includes his dissertation, articles, correspondence, greeting cards, family history, his published autobiography, notes for sermons, and other miscellaneous papers.

Access Terms

Johns Hopkins University --Students.
Johnston, Oliver Martin.
French language.
French literature.
Italian language.
Italian literature.

Collection Contents



Box 1, Folder 1


Box 1, Folder 2

Family Correpondence.

Box 1, Folder 3

Greeting Cards, 1935-1985. 1935-1985

Box 1, Folder 4

Biographical Papers and Family History.

Box 1, Folder 5

Sermon Notes and misc. Church Papers.

Box 1, Folder 6

Personal Papers, Speaking Engagements.

Box 1, Folder 7


Box 1, Folder 8

Dissertation: The Historical Syntax of the Atonic Personal Pronouns in Italian. 1898. 1898

Box 1, Folder 9

Autobiography: The Measure of a Man. 1947. 1947

Box 2, Folder 1

Notebook: Italian Literature (1894), Physiological Phonetics (1894). 1894

Box 2, Folder 2

Italian (1895, Paris Research Notes). 1895

Box 2, Folder 3

Notebook: Italian (1894-1895). 1894-1895

Box 2, Folder 4

Notebook: Italian Texts (1895, Johns Hopkins). 1895

Box 2, Folder 5

Notebook: Italian Literature (1895, Johns Hopkins). 1895

Box 2, Folder 6

Notebook: Italian-English Notebook.

Box 2, Folder 7

Notebook: Italian.

Box 2, Folder 8

Notebook: Italian Grammar .

Box 2, Folder 9

Notebook: Italian.

Box 2, Folder 10

Notebook: Italian (1894-95). 1894-1895

Box 3, Folder 1

Notebook: Italian Grammar.

Box 3, Folder 2

Notebook: Italian Grammar.

Box 3, Folder 3

2 Notebooks: Italian.

Box 3, Folder 4

Notebook: Italian Grammar.

Box 3, Folder 5

Notebook: Italian Grammar.

Box 3, Folder 6

Notebook: Italian (1895, Milan). 1895

Box 3, Folder 7

Notebook:Old French Phonology (1893), Modern French Literature (1895). Johns Hopkins University. 1895

Box 3, Folder 8

Notebook: Old French Phonology (1893). 1893

Box 4, Folder 1

Notebook: Fables of Marie de France (1894) . 1894

Box 4, Folder 2

Notebook : The New Moral Drift in French Literature (1894); Spanish Literature (1894). 1894

Box 4, Folder 3

Notebook: Lectures on Old French Literature by F.M . Warren (1896, John Hopkins University). 1896

Box 4, Folder 4

Notebook: Misc. French, Greek, English (1894-95). 1894-1895

Box 4, Folder 5

Notebook: French grammar (n.d.).

Box 4, Folder 6

Notebook: Literature (1894, Paris). 1894

Box 4, Folder 7

Notebook: Old French Literature; Modern French Literature (1896) . 1896

Box 4, Folder 8

Notebook: Paleography (n.d.).

Box 4, Folder 9

Notebook : History (1894). 1894

Box 4, Folder 10

Notebook: Literature; Composition (n.d.).

Box 5, Folder 1

Notebook: Medieval Versions of Ant and Grasshopper.

Box 5, Folder 2

Notebook: Mind and Scope of Negro Education ; Elementary French; Modern French (n.d.).

Box 5, Folder 3

Notebook: French grammatical history (n.d.) .

Box 5, Folder 4

Notebook: Biblioteque Nationa1e research notes (Paris, 1895). 1895