Robert H. Johnston papers and photographs
Scope and Contents
The Robert H. Johnston papers and photographs contain documents related to Johnston and his professional career at RIT. A large portion of the collection is made up of Johnston's published works and presentations. Several of these works appeared in professional journals. The collection also contains a slide collection of student work from his time as a faculty member.
In addition to the materials from Johnston's time at RIT the collection contains images and articles related to his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Dr. Johnston helped develop a method Xeroradiography used to decipher the Scrolls.
- Creation: 1977-1998
- Johnston, Robert Harold (Person)
- Rochester Institute of Technology. School for American Craftsmen (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Biographical / Historical
Dr. Robert H. Johnston spent twenty years as a professor and administrator at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He eventually became the Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. In 1990, he was named a Special Assistant to the President of R.I.T. Dr. Johnston was known world wide for developing a system of using digital imaging to decode damaged and ancient texts including the Dead Sea Scrolls.
1.25 Linear Feet (1 carton)
The Robert H. Johnston papers and photographs contain documents from his time as a faculty member of Rochester Institute of Technology, as Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and as a private consultant. The collection includes published works, presentations, correspondence, photographs, and other miscellaneous documents related to Johnston and his career. Materials are not exclusively linked to his time at RIT, but also relate to Johnston's work helping to decipher the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Materials are divided by type and arranged in chronological order.
Other Finding Aids
In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.
Robert H. Johnston papers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was a gift from Louise Johnston. Materials were donated between 2010 and 2014.
Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in August 2014.
- Rochester Institute of Technology. College of Fine and Applied Arts (Organization)
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- Faculty (Organization)
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- Students (Organization)
- Robert H. Johnston collection
- RIT Archives
- Lisa Witt
- 07 August 2014
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