Charles Ellicott Johnson (1920-1969) worked as an accountant before serving at the University of Oregon as Head of the Department of Accounting and Business Statistics in 1959, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 1963, and finally as Acting President of the University in 1968. The collection includes biographical material, correspondence, speeches, reports, schedules, publications, and clippings relating to his professional career as an accountant and to his positions at the University of Oregon.
Ken Metzler was a Professor of Journalism at the University of Oregon and published a book about UO acting President Charles E. Johnson, titled Confrontation: The Destruction of a College President in 1973. The collection contains Metzler's working and research files for that book including correspondence by and about Charles E. Johnson, clippings, publications, notes, and manuscripts.
The collection contains the organizational papers of the Office of the President at the University of Oregon during the Acting Presidency of Charles E. Johnson and N. Ray Hawk (1968-1969). The collection includes correspondence, committee files, department files, budget reports, statistics, and meeting minutes.