The Reber Nettleton Johnson papers document his early life as a child violin prodigy, his performances with Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra, and his thirty-year teaching career in the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
The bulk of the collection consists of scrapbooks containing letters (from Johnson to various family members, as well as correspondence addressed to Johnson), photocopied news clippings pertaining to his performances, tickets to a limited number of his recitals, concert programs, a Brown University Commencement Program (1914), and various other materials pertaining to Reber Johnson's private and professional affairs.
The photographic series contains four photographs that originally appeared in Johnson's scrapbooks. These represent Johnson from the age of four (pictured with his violin), until his later years when he and Mrs. Reber Johnson (Esther Andrews) were photographed together in front of their property at 139 S. Cedar Street in Oberlin (c. 1960).
A small selection of materials relating to the Reber Johnson Property at 139 S. Cedar Street, Oberlin, Ohio, are also contained within the collection. These include a description and assessment of the home, a deed of transfer to Oberlin College, and a purchase option of James and Catarina Caldwell.
The Papers of Reber Nettleton Johnson are divided into three series: 1. Material relating to the Reber Johnson Property, 2. Scrapbooks, and 3. Photographs