Marcus J. Borg Papers, 1969-2000

Overview of the Collection

Borg, Marcus J.
Marcus J. Borg Papers
1969-2000 (inclusive)
1979-2000 (bulk)
5.8 cubic feet, including 8 photographs, (6 boxes)
Collection Number
MSS Borg
The Marcus J. Borg Papers document the teaching, research, and writing of Borg, a faculty member in religious studies and philosphy at Oregon State University from 1979 until his retirement in 2007.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 5417372075
Fax: 5417378674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Additional Reference Guides

Preliminary container list available online.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Marcus J. Borg joined the faculty of Oregon State University in 1979 and retired in 2007 as Distinguished Professor in Religion and Culture and the Hundere Endowed Chair in Religious Studies. He is a leading scholar of the life and teachings of Jesus, the author of multiple books, a lecturer, and an outstanding teacher. He organized and lead two nationally televised symposia at Oregon State University in 1996 (Jesus at 2000) and 2000 (God at 2000).

Borg was appointed Chair of the Religious Studies Department in January 1988. The Religious Studies Department was closed at the end of the 1991-1992 academic year and Borg became became a faculty member in the Philosophy Department.

The Hundere Chair for Religious Studies was established in 1994 with a gift from Al Hundere, a 1938 graduate of Oregon State College, in recognition of the scholarly work of Borg and Borg was named to the endowed chair.

Borg received numerous teaching awards at Oregon State and was the Chism Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the University of Puget Sound during the 1986-1987 academic year. Borg was the first faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts to receive the designation of Distinguished Professor, which he received in 1992.

Borg earned a B.A. from Concordia College in 1964 and a Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1972.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Marcus J. Borg Papers consist of materials generated and assembled by Borg and reflect his career as teacher, scholar and writer, and department chair. The Papers include materials pertaining to curriculum, faculty evaluations and awards, and College of Liberal Arts committees.

Borg's course materials include reading packets for religious studies courses, syllabi, lecture notes, and reference materials. Other records include correspondence with Al Hundere and his family; materials pertaining to the Jesus Seminar and the Society for Biblical Literature; book contracts and agreements; certificates; sermon scripts and notes; and biographical materials.

The collection includes several photographs of Borg; sound recordings (6 cassette tapes) of presentations by other scholars on topics such as "what the Buddha has to teach Christians", " toward a spirituality of peace and justice", and the "green world"; and computer disks with word processing files for the God at 2000 symposium and other events. The collection also includes several nameplates and plaques.

Approximately half of the collection consists of books from Borg's personal library with extensive annotations and notes.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Marcus J. Borg Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Related Materials

Additional materials pertaining to the Religious Studies Department are available in the Memorabilia Collection and the President's Office Records (RG 013). The Archives collections also include the papers of Willi Unsoeld, who was a faculty member in the Department of Religion in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Materials related to the curriculum, policies, and faculty in the humanities and liberal arts at Oregon State University are in the College of Liberal Arts Records (RG 143).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Philosophy--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Religion--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon.

Personal Names

  • Jesus Christ--Historicity.

Corporate Names

  • Oregon State University. College of Liberal Arts.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Audiocassettes.
  • Photographic prints.

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Oregon State University. Dept. of Philosophy. (creator)
    • Oregon State University. Dept. of Religious Studies. (creator)