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Collection Number: 05308-z

Collection Title: John A. Creedy Papers, 1939-1940, 1945

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Size 150 items
Abstract John A. Creedy was born in England in 1919. When Creedy was eleven, he and his family immigrated to the United States where they settled in Chapel Hill, N.C. Creedy entered the University of North Carolina in 1935, where he studied economics and edited The Carolina Magazine. In June 1939, he founded The Union Advocate in Durham, N.C., a weekly that provided educational features about labor, many of which were obtained either from national publications of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) or the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), and documented trade union news. In 1940, he joined the staff of the Durham Morning Herald as a reporter, farm editor, and book review editor. After World War II, he worked chiefly in public relations for airlines and other transportation services. The collection includes correspondence and newspapers chiefly relating to Creedy's involvement with The Union Advocate . Correspondence discusses production, editing, advertising, and circulation of the newspaper. Creedy sought support for the weekly from various labor organizations, and early correspondence with the AFL and the CIO provides insight into the conflict between the two organizations. Activities of the Tobacco Workers International Union, the Interracial Student-Worker Council of Durham, and other organizations are also documented. Editions of The Union Advocate , 12 June to 13 October 1939, and a September 1945 newsletter of the Tobacco Workers International Union, Local 22, The Worker's Voice, are included. There are also photographs, which Creedy may have compiled while working for the Durham Morning Herald, documenting farming and farm life. Images are of farms and farmers, tobacco crops, harvesting, and curing. Some photographs relate to the Farm Security Administration.
Creator Creedy, John A.
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 John A. Creedy Papers #5308-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Brooks S. Creedy in December 2006 (Acc. 100563) and August 2007 (Acc. 100757).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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9 June 1919 Born in England
Circa 1930 Immigrated to the United States
1935 Enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he studied economics and edited The Carolina Magazine
December 1938 Married Brooks Spivey
June 1939 Founded The Union Advocate, a weekly union newspaper
Winter 1940 Began working for the Durham Morning Herald as a reporter, farm editor, and book review editor (won the North Carolina State Press Award for best feature story in early 1940s)
September 1941 Joined staff of the British Supply Council in Washington, D.C.
June 1942 Became a United States citizen; joined the United States Army and was assigned to the Signal Corps
1943 Joined the Office of Strategic Services and was stationed in London, England, in October
1945 Returned to the United States in September; discharged from the United States Army in October
1946 Joined public relations staff at Pan-American World Airways
1950s Served as public relations director for Pan-American World Airways
1957 Joined staff of Anna Rosenberg Associates, a management consulting firm
1964 Became vice-president for public relations of Air Transport Association in Washington, D.C.
September 1967 Returned to New York to become president of Water Transport Association
January 1984 Retired to Vermont

Information provided by Brooks S. Creedy, December 2006.

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The collection includes correspondence and newspapers chiefly relating to editor and reporter John A. Creedy's involvement with The Union Advocate , a weekly newspaper Creedy founded in Durham, N.C., in 1939, that provided educational features about labor, many of which were obtained either from national publications of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) or the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), and documented trade union news. Correspondence discusses production, editing, advertising, and circulation of the newspaper. Creedy sought support for the weekly from various labor organizations, and early correspondence with the AFL and the CIO provides insight into the conflict between the two organizations. Activities of the Tobacco Workers International Union, the Interracial Student-Worker Council of Durham, and other organizations are also documented. Editions of The Union Advocate , 12 June to 13 October 1939, and a September 1945 newsletter of the Tobacco Workers International Union, Local 22, The Worker's Voice, are included. There are also photographs, which Creedy may have compiled while working for the Durham Morning Herald, documenting farming and farm life. Images are of farms and farmers, tobacco crops, harvesting, and curing. Some photographs relate to the Farm Security Administration.

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Contents list

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About 150 items.
Folder 1-3

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1939-1940 and undated #05308-z, Series: "Papers, 1939-1940, 1945." Folder 1-3

Folder 4

Newspapers and newsletters, 1939 and 1945 #05308-z, Series: "Papers, 1939-1940, 1945." Folder 4

Editions of The Union Advocate, 12 June-13 October 1939, and The Worker's Voice, September 1945.

Image Folder PF-5308/1-4

PF-5308/1

PF-5308/2

PF-5308/3

PF-5308/4

Photographs #05308-z, Series: "Papers, 1939-1940, 1945." PF-5308/1-4

Photographs, which Creedy may have compiled while working for the Durham Morning Herald, documenting farming and farm life. Images are of farms and farmers, tobacco crops, harvesting, and curing. Some photographs relate to the Farm Security Administration.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Devon Lee, May 2007

Encoded by: Devon Lee, May 2007

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