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Guide to the June O'Connor papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: June O'Connor papers
    Date (inclusive): 1967-2007, undated
    Date (bulk): 1975-2007
    Collection Number: UA 080
    Creator: O'Connor, June
    Extent: 5.75 linear feet (3 record storage boxes; on-shelf)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The June O'Connor papers consist of correspondence, press clippings, fliers, newsletters, programs, typescripts, and documents. The collection outlines Dr. O'Connor's career as an educator of religious studies at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) from 1973 through 2007, in addition to personal accomplishments preceding her arrival in Riverside, California. Her active participation in the academic field of religious studies and religious organizations is also documented.
    Languages: The collection is in English.


    The papers are open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item]. June O'Connor papers, UA 080. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The June O'Connor papers were acquired as a gift in 2007.

    Processing History

    Processed by Sara Seltzer, 2008.


    Dr. June O'Connor came to the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in 1973. Since arriving at UCR, she served as Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies program and subsequent department. Dr. O'Connor completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Mundelein College (1964), a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theology at Marquette University (1966), an M.A. in Religion at Temple University (1972), and a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics at Temple University (1973). Her research in comparative religious ethics focuses on selected issues such as violence and nonviolence, abortion, feminist perspectives, third world theologies and testimonial writings, and methods of ethical inquiry and analysis. Dr. O'Connor has published over 35 articles and two books: "The Moral Vision of Dorothy Day" (1991) and "The Quest for Political and Spiritual Liberation: A Study in the Thought of Sri Aurobindo Ghose" (1977). She received the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Faculty Public Service Award at UCR. She has served as a research fellow at the UCR Center for Ideas and Society, acting as the principal organizer of the conference "Religion and Ethnic Conflict", held at the Riverside campus on April 28-30, 1995. In addition to being a noted professor, she also regularly takes on the persona of advice columnist for "Dear June", a column featured in Catholic Digest.


    1973: June O'Connor graduated from Temple University with a Ph.D. in Religious Ethics.
      O'Connor was appointed assistant professor at UCR.
    1979: O'Connor was promoted to associate professor at UCR.
      O'Connor received the UCR Distinguished Teaching Award.
    1985: O'Connor was appointed Chair of the Religious Studies program at UCR.
    1991: O'Connor was promoted to full professor at UCR.
    1993: O'Connor received the UCR Faculty Public Service Award.
    1995: O'Connor organized “Religion and Ethnic Conflict”, a conference held at UCR.
    1996: O'Connor began writing the column "Dear June" for Catholic Digest.
    2001: O'Connor was named Professor of the Year by the UCR University Honors Program.
    2004: O'Connor was appointed Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at UCR.
    2006: June O'Connor received the UCR Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The June O'Connor papers include correspondence, press clippings, fliers, newsletters, programs, typescripts, and other material collected and organized by Dr. O'Connor. Materials pertain to O'Connor's professional involvement with the academic study of religion, religious organizations and other scholarly bodies, as well as the Department of Religious Studies at UCR and activities associated with the campus and UC system. The papers are contained within the University Archives.
    A portion of this collection remains unprocessed. Please contact Special Collections & Archives for additional information regarding this material.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into four series:
    • Series 1. Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Riverside, 1985-2007, undated.
    • Series 2. Personal Correspondence, 1975-2007.
    • Series 3. Professional Commitments, 1969-2007, undated.
    • Series 4. Publicity, 1967-2007, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Religious educators.
    Society of Christian Ethics (U.S.).
    University of California Riverside. Dept. of Religious Studies.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts).
    Fliers (printed matter).