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Papers of Pepperdine Professors Open for Research

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The collections of three Pepperdine professors have been processed by Special Collections and University Archives, with finding aids now available on the Online Archive of California for research!  The Ronald W. Batchelder papers, Joel S. Fetzer papers, and John F. Wilson paper, all processed as a part of the NHPRC project, are briefly described below.

Ronald W. Batchelder is a Professor of Economics at Seaver College, as well as an involved member of many Pepperdine faculty organizations.  Materials in the collection consist of correspondence, minutes, notes, memorandums, reports, handbooks and calendars mostly related to faculty issues and organizations at Pepperdine and Seaver College, including the University Faculty Council, Seaver Faculty Association, and the Social Sciences Division within Seaver College.  The collection spans from 1986 to 2009.  Click here to view the finding aid.

Joel S. Fetzer is a Professor of Political Science at Seaver College, as well as the author of numerous publications on comparative immigration politics and on religion and political behavior.  Materials in the collection consist of items collected by Joel Fetzer during his research trips to Germany, France, England, and Luxembourg in 2001 and 2008, including interview notes, audiocassettes and compact discs of interviews, correspondence, printed reference materials, and other printed materials used as research material for his two books,  Muslims and the State in Britain, France and Germany (2004), and Luxembourg as an Immigration Success Story: The Grand Duchy in Pan-European Perspective (2011). (The links will take you to the books’ catalog records in the library catalog.)  Click here to view the finding aid.

John F. Wilson is a Professor of Religion, Emeritus at Seaver College, as well as a field archaeologist, author, and lecturer on archaeology in the Middle East.  Materials in the collection consists of printed materials related to Wilson’s academic and professional career, including correspondence, date books, his faculty portfolio and a signed copy of the book Discovering the Bible (1986). (The link will take you to the books’ catalog records in the library catalog.) The collection dates span from 1953 to 1998. Click here to view the finding aid.

Other professors’ papers are already on the Online Archive of California, including the B. Lamar Johnson papers (Johnson was an educator known as the “father of the community college”), Earl Vivon Pullias papers (E.V. Pullias was a psychology professor and higher education scholar), and M. Norvel and Helen Young papers (Norvel was a professor and later an administrator, and Helen taught many Bible and womens’ classes).

For more information about the collections, or to set up an appointment to use the collections, please email

The pictures below are from the John F. Wilson papers.  Click the images to view them larger.

John Wilson (right) as the Captain Corcoran in his high school’s production of the musical H.M.S. Pinafore, in 1955.

The program from the HMS Pinafore performance.

An advertising brochure for a “Bible Lands Pilgrimage” tour hosted by Dr. Wilson in 1969.  The multi-country, 8 day tour (with 2 extra days for flying) included roundtrip airfare between New York City and Tel Aviv, hotels, tours, and all meals for only $599!  (With inflation, that would cost about $3,600 in 2012 dollars.  It seemed like a deal…)

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