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Collection Number: 04245

Collection Title: Frank Crowther Papers, 1955-1976

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 315 items)
Abstract Frank Crowther (1932-1976) was a journalist and 1960 graduate of the University of North Carolina. He had professional connections to the United States Virgin Islands, the Democratic Party, the National Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The collection includes drafts of an unfinished autobiography, "Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is," screenplays, essays, short stories, and articles by Crowther; correspondence; and other material. Shorter writings by Crowther constitute the bulk of the papers; many are unpublished commentaries on life in New York City literary circles in the 1960s. Included among the shorter writings are interviews with John Cassavetes and Larry McMurtry. The collection also includes photographs, presumably taken in relation to the American Film Institute, that feature actors Sidney Poitier, Gregory Peck, and Helen Hayes. Correspondence in the collection deals with various writing projects and other activities.
Creator Crowther, Frank, 1932-1976.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Frank Crowther Papers, #4245, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the estate of Frank Crowther of Chevy Chase, Md., May 1980.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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1932 Frank (Francis Harrison Brundige) Crowther born, 7 August, the son of Rodney G. and Martha Lewis Crowther
1951-1955 Served in United States Marine Corps
1955-1958 Attended University of North Carolina
1958 Leave of absence from University of North Carolina. Worked in American pavilion at Brussels World's Fair with RCA/NBC Color Television Studio
1960 Received A.B. in Philosophy, University of North Carolina
1962-1963 Special Assistant to the governor of the United States Virgin Islands
1964-1965 Worked with Democratic National Committee
1965-1968 Special Assistant to Roger L. Stevens, Chairman, National Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts
1974 3 June, produced Sesame Street Benefit, New York, N.Y.
1976 Died, 13 May, New York, N.Y.
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The collection includes drafts of an unfinished autobiography, "Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is," screenplays, essays, short stories, and articles by Frank Crowther, also correspondence, notes, printed material, and other items. Shorter writings by Crowther constitute the bulk of the papers; many are unpublished commentaries on life in New York City literary circles in the 1960s. Included amongst the shorter writings are interviews with John Cassavetes and Larry McMurtry. The collection also includes photographs presumably taken in relation to the American Film Institute, that feature actors Sidney Poitier, Gregory Peck, and Helen Hayes. Correspondence in the collection deals with various writing projects and other involvements including the National Council on the Arts.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1961-1975.

About 30 items.

Mostly personal and professional communications between Crowther and various authors, publishers, and individuals concerned with the National Council on the Arts. Letters are also included both in the Writings and in the Subject Files Series.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04245, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1961-1975." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1961-1967 #04245, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1961-1975." Folder 1

Folder 2

1968-1975 #04245, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1961-1975." Folder 2

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About 120 items.

Mostly typed versions of short stories, essays, articles, film treatments, and an incomplete book-length manuscript titled "Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is," all by Frank Crowther.

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Incomplete book-length autobiography, apparently to have consisted of chapters titled "Day One" through "Day Six."

Note: Crowther's arrangement of material for his autobiography has been maintained; manuscript material is interfiled with research material.

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

Outline #04245, Subseries: "2.1. Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is" Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

Preface and Introduction #04245, Subseries: "2.1. Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is" Folder 3-4

Folder 5-6

Folder 5

Folder 6

"Day One" #04245, Subseries: "2.1. Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is" Folder 5-6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

"Day Two" #04245, Subseries: "2.1. Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is" Folder 7-8

Folder 9

"Day Three" #04245, Subseries: "2.1. Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is" Folder 9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

"Day Four" #04245, Subseries: "2.1. Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is" Folder 10-11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

"Day Five" #04245, Subseries: "2.1. Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is" Folder 12-13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

"Day Six" #04245, Subseries: "2.1. Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is" Folder 14-15

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Shorter works include interviews with John Cassavetes and Larry McMurtry and chiefly consist of social and political commentary and thoughts on life in New York literary circles in the 1960s.

Folder 16

"Advice to Mayor Beame from Lt. Columbo" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 16

Folder 17

"The American Nymphet: A Generation of Teenage Voluptuaries," book outline #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 17

Folder 18

John Cassavetes interview, 1970 #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 18

Folder 19

"The Club Francaise" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 19

Folder 20

Daily Tar Heel articles: "Crowther Looks at Life", "Onward and Upward", "Have We Gone Soft?" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 20

Folder 21

"Darkness Visible" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 21

Folder 22

"The Day I Didn't Have Cancer" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 22

Folder 23

"The Day of Yahweh" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 23

Folder 24

"The Day the Sexual Revolution Died" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 24

Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26

"Dead Feathers and Great Names" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 25-26

Folder 27

"Everything's Going to be All Right" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 27

Folder 28

"A Farewell to Alms" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 28

Folder 29

"A Farewell to the American Hospital""A Farewell to the Infirmary" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 29

Folder 30

"His Sixtieth Year to Heaven" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 30

Folder 31

"I Don't Remember Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 31

Folder 32

"If Tears Were Laughter" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 32

Folder 33

"Impasse" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 33

Folder 34

"The Luv Song of J. Alfred Pr-o-o-ofrock" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 34

Folder 35

Larry McMurtry interview, 1971 #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 35

Folder 36

"New York Parties" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 36

Folder 37

"The Perfect Martini and Its Secret" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 37

Folder 38

"The Perils of a Film Critic" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 38

Folder 39

"A Simple Truth: We Can Beat Each Other Down" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 39

Folder 40

"Sunday Visit" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 40

Folder 41

"There's Still Time, Brother" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 41

Folder 42

"A Time Out of Joint" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 42

Folder 43

"The Uncertain Voyage" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 43

Folder 44

"The Violent Apple Pie" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 44

Folder 45

"A Visit to the Rectory" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 45

Folder 46

"We'll Be in Touch" #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 46

Folder 47

Untitled anecdote #04245, Subseries: "2.2. Shorter Works" Folder 47

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About 110 items.

Clippings, notes, and correspondence pertaining to various subjects, including: Albert Camus, the establishment of the American Film Institute, "Memoranda" for New Times magazines, the Sesame Street benefit which Crowther produced in 1974, Crowther's tenure in the Virgin Islands, Crowther's work and educational history, and Norman Mailer.

Note: Some of these files were established by Crowther, while others were set up during the processing of these papers.

Folder 48

Albert Camus #04245, Series: "3. Subject Files, 1955-1974." Folder 48

Folder 49

American Film Institute, establishment of #04245, Series: "3. Subject Files, 1955-1974." Folder 49

Folder 50

Norman Mailer #04245, Series: "3. Subject Files, 1955-1974." Folder 50

Folder 51

New Times memoranda #04245, Series: "3. Subject Files, 1955-1974." Folder 51

Folder 52

"Sesame Street" Benefit, 1974 #04245, Series: "3. Subject Files, 1955-1974." Folder 52

Folder 53

Virgin Islands #04245, Series: "3. Subject Files, 1955-1974." Folder 53

Folder 54

Biographical information #04245, Series: "3. Subject Files, 1955-1974." Folder 54

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Miscellaneous Material, 1958-1974 and undated.

About 30 items.

Includes a screenplay writer's contract, lists of addresses, class notes, literary notes, and other items.

Folder 55

1958-1973 #04245, Series: "4. Miscellaneous Material, 1958-1974 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

1974 and undated #04245, Series: "4. Miscellaneous Material, 1958-1974 and undated." Folder 56

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22 items.

Includes photographs, perhaps taken at an early meeting of the American Film Institute. Among those pictured are Helen Hayes, Gregory Peck, and Sidney Poitier.

Image Folder P-3975/1

Unidentified group #04245, Series: "Photographs" P-3975/1

Image Folder P-3975/2

Hayes, Helen #04245, Series: "Photographs" P-3975/2

Image Folder P-3975/3-9

P-3975/3

P-3975/4

P-3975/5

P-3975/6

P-3975/7

P-3975/8

P-3975/9

Unidentified #04245, Series: "Photographs" P-3975/3-9

Image Folder P-3975/10

Poitier, Sidney and unidentified man and woman #04245, Series: "Photographs" P-3975/10

Image Folder P-3975/11

Unidentified man #04245, Series: "Photographs" P-3975/11

Image Folder P-3975/12

Peck, Gregory and unidentified woman #04245, Series: "Photographs" P-3975/12

Image Folder P-3975/13-14

P-3975/13

P-3975/14

Unidentified #04245, Series: "Photographs" P-3975/13-14

Image Folder P-3975/15-22

P-3975/15

P-3975/16

P-3975/17

P-3975/18

P-3975/19

P-3975/20

P-3975/21

P-3975/22

Contact sheets #04245, Series: "Photographs" P-3975/15-22

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Photographs (PF-4245/1).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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