Guide to the Dorothy Grunbock Johnston Papers
1943-1970

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Creator: Johnston, Dorothy Grunbock, 1915-1979
Title: Dorothy Grunbock Johnston papers
Dates: 1943-1970 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6.0 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 693
Summary: Dorothy Grunbock Johnston, an American author of books and articles for children and young adults, wrote primarily for the Christian press, especially Moody Press and Scripture Press, and contributed to various Sunday school magazines. Collection comprises correspondence to and from Christian children's writer Dorothy Grunbock Johnston, along with manuscripts and published versions of her works.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Dorothy Grunbock Johnston (1915-1979) was born in Seattle, Washington. After two years at the University of Washington she attended the Moody Bible Institute and Prairie Bible Institute. She married in 1944 and had five children. A Baptist, Johnston wrote primarily for the Christian press, especially Moody Press and Scripture Press. She was also a contributor to various Sunday school magazines, and as "Aunt Dorothy" read children's books and stories daily on radio station KGDN in Seattle for five years. She credited her children and the family's weekend ranch life as giving her much material for her work.

Content Description

Collection comprises correspondence to and from Christian children's writer Dorothy Grunbock Johnston, along with manuscripts and published books of her works.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

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If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Dorothy Grunbock Johnston Papers, Ax 693, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Correspondence, incoming
  • Correspondence, incoming, personal
  • Correspondence, outgoing
  • Manuscripts, short fiction and articles
  • Manuscripts, Sunday school lessons, 1965-1970
  • Illustration layout
  • Published books
  • Published books, young children
  • Published Sunday school lessons, 1965-1970
  • Flannelgraph materials

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence, incoming (161 letters)
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 Moody Press (7) 1960-1966
1 Scripture Press (123) 1953-1966
1 Union Gospel Press (12) 1966-1969
1 Bible Book House (1)
1 Broadman Press (2)
1 Christian Parent (1)
1 Christian Family Pub (2)
1 Christian Life Pub (3)
1 Christian Supply Center (1)
1 Clues (1)
1 Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society (1)
1 Farm Journal (2)
1 Gospel Recording Inc. (1)
1 Harvest Pub (1)
1 Mortar Board. Univ. of Washington (1)
1 Steer, Inc. (1)
1 Today (1)

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Correspondence, incoming, personal (17 letters)
Container(s)

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Correspondence, outgoing (28 letters)
Container(s)

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Manuscripts, short fiction and articles
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 About a ball and a bun. 7 p.
1 About children and choosing. 4 p.
1 Adopted grandmothers. 3 p.
1 Against gun or gasoline. 3 p.
1 All ten. 4 p.
1 Alone--yet not alone. 4 p.
1 Barn party. 3 p.
1 Branded. 6 p. (p. 5 missing)
1 Better than a beanshooter. 4 p.
1 The Bible A-B-C. 3 p.
1 A boy believes. 6 p.
1 Chicken livered sissy. 7 p.
1 A Christmas present in March. 4 p.
1 Collecting for a hobby. 6 p.
1 Crispy candy. 4 p.
1 Death stalked close--too close. 5 p.
1 Decision please. 2 p.
1 Defaulted hero. 6 p.
1 Delivered from the jaws of death. 3 p.
1 Dick and the doctor. 3 p.
1 Dick decides. 4 p.
1 Disappointments. 3 p.
1 Even a kid can cut calories. 5 p.
1 Everything's rosy. 7 p.
1 Fat Golden Buddha. 5 p.
1 February snow. 4 p.
1 First Thanksgiving Day. 3 p.
1 A fish story. 7 p.
1 Formals and confessions of faith. 8 p.
1 The Fourth is for fireworks. 4 p.
1 Framed. 6 p.
1 Frilly formals and faith in Christ. 10 p.
1 From bubblegum to Borneo. 7 p.
1 Fruit at last. 4 p.
1 Gift at Christmastime. 4 p.
1 The girl who honors God. 6 p.
1 Give and take. 6 p.
1 God's got eyes. 3 p.
1 God spoke in English--and I heard him. 7 p.
1 God's wonderful world. 8 p.
1 The happiest widow. 8 p.
1 Hearts and flowers. 6 p.
1 Herman finds happiness. 5 p.
1 Heathen on our doorstep. 3 p.
1 Herald article for July. 3 p.
1 Herald article. 3 p.
1 Herald article. 3 p.
1 He traded a salary for satisfaction. 8 p.
1 Hong Kong refugee. 8 p.
1 Hot-head. 6 p.
1 How do you feel. 2 p.
1 I don't feel like it. 3 p.
1 I met Christ on a college campus. 6 p.
1 It's not easy. 5 p.
1 Is sneaking the answer? 8 p.
1 It's not the best way. 6 p.
1 I've changed my tune. 6 p.
1 Jane makes up her mind. 7 p.
1 A Jewish boy hears about Jesus. 7 p.
1 Joe's friends. 4 p.
1 Kitchen Kathedral: Dishes of pure gold. 4 p.
1 Kitchen Kathedral: Valentines. 4 p.
1 Kitchen Kathedral: (11/61). 3 p.
1 Kitchen Kathedral: Apache. 4 p.
1 The leading of the Lord. 6 p.
1 Let not the sun go down. 4 p.
1 Mad, then glad. 5 p.
1 Marv has a message for Mormans. 7 p.
1 Meet a teenage TV maestro. 7 p.
1 A middle kid. 3 p.
1 Most memorable Christmas in Sunday school. 3 p.
1 Mothers on the march. 4 p.
1 My father raises ponies. 9 p.
1 Neighbors. 4 p.
1 New orange bus. 7 p.
1 New rod and reel. 3 p.
1 News from a far country. 5 p.
1 No comparison. 3 p.
1 No more nagging. 4 p.
1 OK--in a minute. 4 p.
1 One man--two hats. 7 p.
1 One small book. 6 p.
1 Open letter to Billy Graham. 3 p.
1 The other fellow's shoes. 4 p.
1 Outstanding attraction at Seattle's World Fair in sermons from science. 3 p.
1 Peek over the missionary's shoulder. 4 p.
1 PK speaks up. 6 p.
1 Plane talk. 7 p.
1 Please pass the beans. 4 p.
1 Pony for Peter. 3 p.
1 Problem solving technique. 2 p.
1 Quaint old custom. 8 p.
1 Quilts, quilts--everywhere quilts. 5 p.
1 Recipe for a blessed Thanksgiving. 4 p.
1 Room 568. 4 p.
1 Sam finds the answer. 7 p.
1 Science films that touch teens hearts. 7 p.
1 A searching question. 4 p.
1 She pushes a pencil for God. 8 p.
1 She's a mom too. 3 p.
1 Shiny red wagon. 3 p.
1 Should I? 6 p.
1 A singing Jew extols the name of Jesus. 7 p.
1 Snarling leopard. 3 p.
1 Steering money to missions. 8 p.
1 Step into the future. 2 p.
1 Sunday school picnickers ride the rails. 4 p.
1 Teenagers join the Mexican crusade. 7 p.
1 Teenage triumph. 4 p.
1 Treasures. 3 p.
1 The two-edged word strikes. 3 p.
1 Two parents prayed, really prayed. 4 p.
1 Two peas or two people. 4 p.
1 Two teens testify. 2 p.
1 Victory. 3 p.
1 A weed is to pull. 6 p.
1 What really satisfies? I'll tell you. 5 p.
1 When actions speak louder than words. 6 p.
1 When a fellow needs a friend. 3 p.
1 Why be mad? 3 p.
1 The yoke in his youth. 4 p.
1 Untitled short story. 5 p.

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Manuscripts, book length (* indicates book in collection)
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Cathy and Carl join the pony express. 110 p.
1 *Cathy and Carl of the covered wagon. 100 p.
1 *Cathy and Carl, captured. 93 p.
1 *Cathy and Carl join the gold rush. 94 p.
1 *Cathy and Carl and the seahorse mystery. 131 p.
1 Cathy and Carl shipwrecked
1 *Four teens, 148 p.
1 Ginger and the witch doctor. 81 p.
1 *Ginger at dogfish bay. 100 p.
1 I wonder. 147 p.
1 *Pete and Penny know and grow. 219 p.
1 *Pete and Penny learn all about babies. (Published as All about Babies). 33 p.
1 The Shepherd of life. 75 p.

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Manuscript, children's picture book
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 *Egoo, the Eskimo boy. 14 p.

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Manuscripts, Sunday school lessons, 1965-1970
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
3 *Beginner Bible teacher. 6 folders
3 *Flannelgraph teacher. 8 folders
3 *Junior Bible teacher. 13 folders

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Illustration layout
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 All about babies. Illustrated by A. Lyall Lush. (Differs from published version above)

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Published books
Container(s)
Description
Box
4 All About Babies. Zondervan
4 Bob and Betty wonder. Scripture Press. 191 p.
4 Cathy and Carl, captured. Scripture Press. 101 p.
4 Cathy and Carl of the covered wagon. Scripture Press. 104 p.
4 Cathy and Carl join the gold rush. Scripture Press. 94 p.
4 Cathy and Carl and the seahorse mystery. Scripture Press. 96 p.
4 Four teens. Scripture Press. 125 p.
4 Ginger in Alaska. Van Kampen. 91 p.
4 Ginger at Dogfish Bay. Van Kampen. 92 p.
4 Ginger and the turkey raiders. Van Kampen. 80 p.
4 Hey Mom. Scripture Press. 96 p.
4 Pete and Penny know and grow. Two editions. Scripture Press. 191 p.
4 Pete and Penny live and learn. Two copies. Scripture Press. 159 p.
4 Pete and Penny play and pray. Two editions. Scripture Press. 189 p.

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Published books, young children
Container(s)
Description
Box
4 Egoo, Eskimo boy
4 Every good gift. Moody Press
4 God feeds them. Moody Bible Institute
4 My Bible and me. Moody Press
4 Yakalo. Moody Press

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Published Sunday school lessons, 1965-1970
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 Beginners Bible teacher. 1 folder
1 Flannelgraph teacher. 1 folder
1 Junior Bible class. 1 folder
1 Junior Bible teacher. 1 folder

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Flannelgraph materials
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Flannelgraph materials. 1 container

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Johnston, Dorothy Grunbock, 1915-1979
  • Johnston, Dorothy Grunbock, 1915-1979--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Children's literature, American--Christian authors
  • Christian literature for children--Authorship
  • Radio programs for children--United States
  • Women authors, American--20th century
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication

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