Guide to the June O'Connor papers

Processed by Sara Seltzer; machine-readable finding aid modified by Eric Milenkiewicz

Special Collections & Archives
The UCR Libraries
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Email: specialcollections@ucr.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: June O'Connor papers
Date (inclusive): 1967-2007, undated
Date (bulk): 1975-2007
Collection Number: 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.

Access

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, Collection 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.

Biography

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.

Chronology

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.

Subjects

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

Genres and Forms of Materials

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


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Riverside. 1985-2007.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence and press clippings pertaining to O'Connor and her colleagues. Topics include the development and activities of the program and subsequent department of Religious Studies at UCR and Dr. O'Connor's participation in that process.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence and other material regarding the UCR Religious Studies department. Includes personal and professional correspondence. 1990-2003.

Box 1, Folder 6

Newspaper clipping and artwork regarding Francis Cook, professor of Religious Studies at UCR. 1988, undated.

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence and other material regarding the endowment of the Holstein/Tunney Family Chair in Religious Studies at UCR, the Bob Holstein Roast, and religious studies at UCR. 1990-1995.

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence, clippings, and other material regarding the development of the Holstein Chair, Bob Holstein, and religious studies at UCR. 1988-2003, undated.

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence, documents, and other material regarding Holstein lectures and the Chair Dedication Ceremony. 1996.

Box 1, Folder 15

Fliers advertising lectures and other programs sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at UCR. 1985-2006, undated.

Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence and other material regarding the development and improvement of the Department of Religious Studies at UCR. Also includes press clippings and other material pertaining to guest speaker Daniel Berrigan. 1985-1996, undated.

Box 1, Folder 17

Newsletters and other material describing the Department of Religious Studies at UCR and departmental events and activities. 1986-2007.

 

Series 2. Personal Correspondence. 1975-2007.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains thank-you notes from former students and alumni as well as letters from friends and colleagues regarding personal achievements. The correspondence in this series is from O'Connor's time at UCR.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence from students, alumni, and colleagues regarding student experiences as well as celebratory events in O'Connor's career and personal life. Also includes a program regarding a women's event. 1975-2004, undated.

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence from students, alumni, and colleagues regarding student experiences as well as celebratory events in O'Connor's career and personal life. 1990-2007.

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence from alumni and former students regarding their post-UCR experiences. Also includes a program for a religious ceremony. 1990-2006.

 

Series 3. Professional Commitments. 1969-2007, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence, programs, fliers, press clippings, and other material pertaining to conferences and scholarly organizations of religious studies, ethics, and women's studies in which Dr. O'Connor has participated. Materials also pertain to O'Connor's professorship at UCR. Topics include the Society of Christian Ethics, committees and organizations at UCR, and the UC system.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence regarding UCR employment, book publication, professional engagements and activities, and personal achievements. Also includes a newspaper clipping featuring O'Connor. 1974-1979.

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence and other material regarding prospective employment at Chapman College, book publication, professional engagements and activities. 1975-1989.

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence and other material evaluating university programs in religious studies. Includes documents authored and co-authored by O'Connor. 1991-2000.

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence and other material pertaining to appointments in religious organizations, UCR committees, academic organizations, events, and scholarly panels. 1975-2000.

Box 1, Folder 10

Typescripts by O'Connor regarding personal research experience, interests, and scholarly issues. Includes a report authored by O'Connor for the Society of Christian Ethics. 1995-2006.

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence and other material regarding O'Connor's publications and teaching. Other material pertaining to the UC system, religious education, and publications. 1978-2007.

Box 1, Folder 18

Correspondence and other material regarding the UCR Center for Ideas and Society conference "Religion and Ethnic Conflict." 1993-1995.

Box 1, Folder 23

Correspondence and other material regarding grant-funded scholarly projects, awards received, and participation in educational programs. 1976-2001.

Box 1, Folder 24

Correspondence and other material regarding the Society of Christian Ethics. 1989-2007, undated.

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence and other material regarding oral history contributions to the Loda Mae Davis Women's Archive. 2000-2001.

Box 2, Folder 2

Documents regarding professional and personal experience. 1988, 2007.

Box 2, Folder 3

Typescripts and correspondence prepared by O'Connor for organizations, events, and manuscript reviews. Also includes a newspaper clipping written by O'Connor. 1969-1993, undated.

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence, fliers, and other material regarding participation in panel discussions associated with religion. 2000-2007.

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence, fliers, and other material regarding participation in panel discussions associated with religion, UCR, and community events. Includes annual report of UCR Center for Ideas and Society, October 1994. 1994-1999.

Box 2, Folder 6

Programs, fliers, and other material regarding participation in panel discussions, presentations, and UCR events associated with religion and women's studies. Includes memorial leaflet for Chancellor Rosemary S.J. Schraer. 1990-1994.

Box 2, Folder 7

Programs, fliers, and other material regarding participation in panel discussions and presentations associated with religion, UCR, and women's studies. 1985-1989, undated.

Box 2, Folder 8

Programs, correspondence, and other material regarding participation in panel discussions and presentations associated with religion, ethics, and women's studies. Includes typescript autobiography by O'Connor. 1980-1988, undated.

Box 2, Folder 9

Programs, fliers, and other material regarding participation in panel discussions and presentations associated with religion, women's studies, and UCR events. 1975-2004, undated.

Box 2, Folder 10

Correspondence regarding the UCR campus, the UCR Department of Religious Studies, and participation in professional activities. Includes a UCR/CMP newsletter and press clipping written by O'Connor (photocopy). 1990-1999.

Box 2, Folder 11

Correspondence regarding participation in professional activities. Also includes a newspaper clipping regarding UCR conference on gender and sexuality. 1990-1993.

Box 2, Folder 12

Correspondence regarding participation in professional activities and academic article publications. 1987-1989, undated.

Box 2, Folder 13

Correspondence regarding participation in panel discussions, presentations associated with religion, women's studies, and UCR events. Also includes student responses to an O'Connor lecture. 1980-1988, undated.

 

Series 4. Publicity. 1967-2007, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains press clippings in which O'Connor is featured, as an author or interviewee, as well as information regarding religious events.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 19

Newsletters, clippings, and other material written by, about, or featuring interviews with O'Connor. Includes press clippings pertaining to current religious events. 1967-2001, undated.

Box 1, Folder 20

Press clippings featuring O'Connor, UCR events, and the UCR Religious Studies department. 1967-2007, undated.

Box 1, Folder 21

Press clippings regarding the "Dear June" column for Catholic Digest. 1996-2004.

Box 1, Folder 22

Photocopied magazine clippings from the "Dear June" column in Catholic Digest. 1996.