Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Ronald L. Johnstone Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Ronald L. Johnstone Papers,
Creator: Johnstone, Ronald L.
Inclusive dates: 1974, 1978, and undated
Extent: .25 cubic foot (in 1 box)
Various papers documenting Central Michigan University's Faculty Association.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 68094

Access Restrictions:

Ronald L. Johnstone Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Ronald L. Johnstone Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is organized alphabetically and chronologically.



Ronald L. Johnstone was born on Aug. 9, 1934. He earned a B.A. from Concordia Theological Seminary, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Sociology. On August 31, 1969, Johnstone was hired as an instructor at Central Michigan University (CMU). He served as a member of the CMU faculty, 1969-1992, and served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1987-1992. During 1976-1977, Johnstone served as President of the CMU Faculty Association (FA). It was the only time there was a serious attempt to decertify the FA. Several of Johnstone’s books are in the CMU Libraries. In 2003, Johnstone was retired and living in Indiana. (This information is from Johnstone’s donation letter to the Clarke and the CMU Office of the President Faculty Card File collection.) For an organizational history of the CMU FA, see the catalog records and finding aids of the other FA collections in the Clarke.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the serious attempt to decertify the FA by the Free Faculty organization and how the FA fought back, 1976-1977, in meeting minutes, newspaper clippings (copies), correspondence, and other materials.

Subject Terms

    • Johnstone, Ronald L.
    • Central Michigan University--History.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Central Michigan University. Faculty Association.
    • College teachers' uinions--Michigan.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Ronald L. Johnstone Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Correspondence and Press Releases, 1975-1977, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Decertification Correspondence and Other Materials, 1974-1977, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    FA (Faculty Association) Couriers and other Newsletters, 1975-1977
    Box   1 F   4
    FA Meeting Minutes, August 1976-February 1977
    Box   1 F   5
    FA Membership and Officers Lists, 1975-1978
    Box   1 F   6
    Free Faculty Materials, 1975, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Newspaper Clippings (Copies), 1975-1977, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Statistics and Miscellaneous, 1976, undated