The fonds contains the surviving records of John R. Johns. It includes approximately 890 sermon transcripts written and used by Johns in Canada (Silver Plains, MacGregor, Winnipeg, Morris, MB; Central Butte, SK; Victoria, Vancouver, BC) and the United States (Lake Crystal, Little Falls, Mankato, Minneapolis, Robbinsdale, Waseca, MN; Newark, NJ; Seattle, WA; Due West, SC; also possible TX and CA locations) primarily in the early and mid twentieth century (1912 – 1973). These sermon transcripts are usually complete transcripts rather than outlines. The majority of the sermons do not have either dates or locations associated with them (72% without dates, 86% without locations). Some of the sermons are revised versions of one another. The fonds also includes approximately 127 prayers written and used by Johns. Many of these prayers appear in various editions – both written and typed copies of most prayers exist, with minor or no alterations. Most of the ephemera pertains to the custodial history of the Johns sermons, particularly relating to their treatment by a Grade 7 class at Pipe Creek Christian School (TX) in 2004. Some biographical documents chiefly originating from members of Johns’s extended family are also found in the ephemera.
Johns, John R.