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Collection Number: 05314

Collection Title: Hodding Carter Papers, 1950s-2000s

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Size 27.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 18,000 items)
Abstract Hodding Carter III was born in New Orleans, La., on 7 April 1935 to journalist and publisher Hodding Carter II and Betty Werlein. He grew up in Greenville, Miss., and graduated from Princeton University in 1957. Carter served in the United States Marine Corps after college and then began working at the Delta Democrat-Times as a reporter, then managing editor, and finally associate publisher. Carter was co-chair of the delegation that ousted Mississippi's white Democratic Party delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. He participated in Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter's presidential campaigns and was named Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and State Department spokesman during the Jimmy Carter administration. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Carter worked in various capacities for public affairs television shows and was a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines. From 1995 to 1997, Carter taught journalism at the University of Maryland. He became president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 1998. In January 2006, Carter became the University Professor of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carter married Patricia Derian, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights under President Jimmy Carter, in 1978. The collection primarily includes Carter's personal and professional correspondence. There are materials relating to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and materials relating to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as well as datebooks, clippings, and other items. Topics include human rights, civil rights, race relations, politics, the Democratic Party, community activism, and other issues.
Creator Carter, Hodding.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Hodding Carter Papers #5314, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Hodding Carter of Chapel Hill, N.C., in February 2007 (Acc. 100600).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Hodding Carter III was born in New Orleans, La., on 7 April 1935 to journalist and publisher Hodding Carter II and Betty Werlein. He grew up in Greenville, Miss., and graduated from Princeton University in 1957. Carter served in the United States Marine Corps after college and then began working at the Delta Democrat-Times as a reporter, then managing editor, and finally associate publisher. Carter was co-chair of the delegation that ousted Mississippi's white regular Democratic Party delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. He worked in Lyndon Johnson’s presidential campaign in Washington in 1964 and Jimmy Carter’s campaign in Atlanta in 1976. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and State Department spokesman during the Jimmy Carter administration.

In l980, Carter began working in television. He served as host, anchor, panelist, correspondent, and reporter for public affairs television shows on PBS, ABC, CBS, BBC, and CNN. From 1981 to 1994, he was a regular panelist on This Week with David Brinkley . He also was an op-ed columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers across the country.

From 1995 to 1997, Carter held the post of Knight Professor of Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1998, he was named president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In January 2006, Carter became University Professor of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carter married Patricia M. Derian in 1978. Derian was Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights under President Jimmy Carter. Carter and Derian's family includes seven children and twelve grandchildren.

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Papers of Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in the Jimmy Carter administration, journalist, and university professor Hodding Carter primarily contain Carter's personal and professional correspondence. There are materials relating to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and materials relating to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as well as datebooks, clippings, and other items. Topics include human rights, civil rights, race relations, politics, the Democratic Party, community activism, and other issues.

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Contents list

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About 20,000 items.

Processing Note: Please note that dates listed in the container list below are approximate.

Box 1

Correspondence, 1950s #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 1

Inscription on box: "HC's School Letters"

Box 2

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party materials, 1967-1974: Correspondence, clippings, campaign materials, printed items #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 2

Box 3-4

Box 3

Box 4

Correspondence, 1960s-1990s #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 3-4

Inscription on box: "Old Correspondence"

Box 5

Correspondence and other materials, 1960s #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 5

Box 6-7

Box 6

Box 7

Correspondence, 1979 #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 6-7

Box 8-9

Box 8

Box 9

Clippings, small amount of correspondence, 1979-1980 #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 8-9

Box 10

Correspondence, 1980-1991 #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 10

Box 11

Correspondence, 1981-1982 #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 11

Box 12

Correspondence, 1980s #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 12

Inscription on box: "Ear Poem" and "50th birthday"

Box 13-15

Box 13

Box 14

Box 15

Correspondence, 1980s #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 13-15

Box 16

Correspondence, 1990s #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 16

Box 17

Correspondence, 1998-2003 #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 17

Inscription on box: "Personal correspondence and congratulatory"

Box 18

Knight Foundation materials #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 18

Box 19

Datebooks, notes, drafts, and other papers #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 19

Box 20-21

Box 20

Box 21

Newspaper columns, photocopies #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 20-21

Box 22-24

Box 22

Box 23

Box 24

Newspapers, brochures #05314, Series: "Papers, 1950s-2000s." Box 22-24

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jessica Sedgwick and Jackie Dean, February 2007

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, February 2007

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