Billy Graham Center

Interview of Mary Margaret Garfield Johnson - Collection 485

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Interview of Mary Margaret Garfield Johnson

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Brief Description.
One oral history interview in which Johnson discusses her family, education at Wheaton College with emphasis on the activities of the literary societies and her impressions of fellow student Billy Graham.

Collection 485 [July 21, 2000]
Johnson, Mary Margaret Garfield; 1920-
Interview; 1993
1 Reel of Audio Tape

Restrictions: None


Full name: Mary Margaret Garfield Johnson

Birth date: August 10, 1920, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada


Parents: Hubert and Margaret Garfield

Siblings: Five brothers

Marital Status: Married to Robert C. Johnson (BS '41 from Wheaton College)

Children: Two

Conversion: At four years old, Plymouth Brethren Church

1939-1943 BA, Wheaton College, in Political Science
1971 Additional courses to qualify for teaching


Scope and Content

Mary Margaret Garfield Johnson was interviewed by Robert Shuster on May 7, 1993, at the Billy Graham Center Archives. The events described in the interview cover the time period 1920-1943.

T1 ( 65 minutes). Discusses family, coming to Wheaton College as result of a cartoon; first impressions; began as a history major but switched to political science; member of Philalethean Literary Society; lessons learned through participation in society, description of societies, activities of societies; remembrances of professors, especially Richard Kamm, Clyde Kilby and V. Raymond Edman; Drs. Oliver Buswell and Edman as presidents; influence of classmates and spiritual atmosphere of College; remembrance of Billy Graham as a student, person, preacher at the Gospel Tabernacle in downtown Wheaton; strength of Wheaton education was its spiritual base of professors and students, friends made at Wheaton; weakness was a lack of breadth, a narrow focus; altogether a good experience


The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Mary Johnson in May 1993.

Accession: 93-59
July 21, 2000
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
P. Ericksen
R. Shuster

Accession: 93-59
Type of Material: Audio Tape
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, 66 minutes, one side only. Interview of Mary Margaret Garfield Johnson by Robert Shuster on May 7, 1993, at the Billy Graham Center Archives.

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