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Finding Aid to the Albert J. Johnson Papers, 1945-1998
BANC MSS 2002/064 c  
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • 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


    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.


    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.