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Collection Number: 04101

Collection Title: R. B. House's paper regarding Frank Porter Graham, 1962-1974

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 140 items)
Abstract Audio tape recordings of interviews, some with typed transcripts, scattered correspondence, writings, and miscellaneous materials about Frank Porter Graham (1886-1972), president of the University of North Carolina, 1930-1949, and U.S. senator, 1949-1950, collected by G. Maurice Hill, businessman of Morganton, N.C., as he prepared to write a book about Graham. Interviewees include Archie Daniels, Mark Ethridge, Miguel Elias, Robert B. House, William C. Friday, Collier Cobb, and Lucy Morgan. In addition to Graham, topics discussed in interviews include other aspects of the University of North Carolina, North Carolina and national politics, and education in North Carolina.
Creator Hill, G. Maurice, 1905-1975, collector.

House, R. B. (Robert Burton), 1892-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
RESTRICTED: Tapes 11 and 12 (folder 18) are under seal.
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 R. B. House's paper regarding Frank Porter Graham #4101, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. G. Maurice Hill, Sr., Chapel Hill, N.C., in August and December 1976, and November 1980.
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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G[eorge] Maurice Hill, the son of Lucy Callahan and Robert Martin Hill, was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina, in 1905, graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1925, and worked for the Utilities Division of the University from 1926 until 1934 when he became special assistant to University President Frank Porter Graham, a position he held until 1941 when he became associate director of the Institute of Government as well as a member of the Office of Price Administration. He worked for a year at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, North Carolina, and then in 1944 moved to Drexel Furniture Company where he was elected president in 1960. In 1965 he became president of the company's parent company Drexel Enterprises.

When he retired from Drexel Enterprises in 1970 he began work on a book about Frank Porter Graham under whom he had worked at the University. This collection, which he assembled for the book he was unable to complete before his death in 1975, includes scattered correspondence, 1962-1972, about his research; tapes and transcripts of interviews with Graham himself and with Graham's friends, colleagues and family; articles about Graham written by Hill for the Charlotte Observer; preliminary outlines for Hill's book and letters from the Charlotte Observer concerning the publishing and writing of the book; typed copies of selected articles from the Charlotte Observer, 1919-1921; and miscellaneous notes and materials including a proposal for an unrelated novel.

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Audio tape recordings of interviews, some with typed transcripts, scattered correspondence, writings, and miscellaneous materials about Frank Porter Graham (1886-1972), president of the University of North Carolina, 1930-1949, and U.S. senator, 1949-1950, collected by G. Maurice Hill, businessman of Morganton, N.C., as he prepared to write a book about Graham. Interviewees include Archie Daniels, Mark Ethridge, Miguel Elias, Robert B. House, William C. Friday, Collier Cobb, and Lucy Morgan. In addition to Graham, topics discussed in interviews include other aspects of the University of North Carolina, North Carolina and national politics, and education in North Carolina.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1962-1974.

55 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Primarily letters (in part copies) between Hill in Morganton, N.C., and individuals he interviewed about Frank Porter Graham, especially Miguel "Mike" G. Elias of New York, N.Y. February 17, 1971, Frank Porter Graham, Chapel Hill, to G. Maurice Hill, illness of Hill's wife. Included as well is correspondence with the Charlotte Observer about writing and printing of the book. Scattered bills, receipts and business correspondence including a letter, March 3, 1972, to Hill from William E. Stevens, Jr., Lenoir, N.C., about the Southern Furniture Manufacturers' Association of which Hill had been president.

Folder 1

1962-1972 #04101, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1974." Folder 1

Folder 2

1973-1974 and undated #04101, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1962-1974." Folder 2

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16 items.

Interviews which Hill conducted with Graham himself, and his friends, colleagues, and family which focus on the career, philosophy and personality of Frank Porter Graham. These interviews often include discussion of past and present state and national politics; the development of higher education in North Carolina; individuals who played an important role in the University, especially Harry W. Chase, L. R. Wilson, William G. Carmichael, and Gordon Gray; and other topics unrelated to Graham.

Some interviews, especially those with Archie Daniels and Mark Ethridge, also include much information on the career of the interviewee and all interviews include frequent comment by Maurice Hill, his own recollections of the University and his work with Graham, and his views of contemporary politics.

Folder 3

Frank Porter Graham, 1970 #04101, Series: "2. Interviews, 1970-1974." Folder 3

Folder 4

Dr. Warren Ashby #04101, Series: "2. Interviews, 1970-1974." Folder 4

Folder 5

Dr. Miguel Elias, 1970, 1971 #04101, Series: "2. Interviews, 1970-1974." Folder 5

Folder 6

Kemp D. Battle, Archie Daniels #04101, Series: "2. Interviews, 1970-1974." Folder 6

Folder 7

Mark Ethridge #04101, Series: "2. Interviews, 1970-1974." Folder 7

Folder 8

William C. Friday, 1974 #04101, Series: "2. Interviews, 1970-1974." Folder 8

Folder 9

House, Morgan-Lathrop-Wilson #04101, Series: "2. Interviews, 1970-1974." Folder 9

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Articles based on his research on Frank Porter Graham, especially the interviews, written by Maurice Hill for the Charlotte Observer, on "Frank Graham as University President," "Who Beat Frank Graham? [1950 Senate Election]," "Frank Graham, Five-foot Two Marine," "The Knapp Foundation and Its Support of Frank Graham," "Frank Graham as President of the Consolidated University," and "Frank Graham Offered Vice-Presidency by Franklin Roosevelt." Outlines and proposals for additional articles. Outline for a biography of Frank Porter Graham. Other writings about Graham.

Also included are articles about Frank Porter Graham and his involvement in Kashmir.

Folder 10

Drafts of Articles #04101, Series: "3. Articles and Other Writings, Undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Book Proposal #04101, Series: "3. Articles and Other Writings, Undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Drafts of Book Chapters #04101, Series: "3. Articles and Other Writings, Undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Frank Porter Graham and Kashmir #04101, Series: "3. Articles and Other Writings, Undated." Folder 13

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28 items.

Typed copies of articles on education in North Carolina from the Charlotte Observer, October, 1919, to January, 1921. Miscellaneous notes, copies, maps and other materials. Proposal for a novel about the "Merger of two giant corporations" based on the merger of Champion Paper and U. S. Plywood.

Folder 14

Charlotte Observer Articles #04101, Series: "4. Other Papers, circa 1920s and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Miscellaneous #04101, Series: "4. Other Papers, circa 1920s and undated." Folder 15

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15 items.

The tapes include a number of interviews not transcribed and these interviews like those described above include discussion of past and present politics, the development of education in North Carolina, and other topics unrelated to Graham as well as much material about Graham and the University of North Carolina. The tapes are arranged in rough alphabetical order as follows.

Folder 16

Tape 1-2. Warren Ashby #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 16

Tape 3. Kemp D. Battle #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 16

Tape 4-5. Archie Daniels #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 16

Tape 6. Mike Elias (side b only; side a is blank) #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 16

Tape 7. Mike Elias #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 16

Tape 8. Mark Ethridge, part 2 [part 1 is missing] #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 16

R. B. House, part 2 #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 16

Tape 9. R. B. House, part 2 [side 2 is blank] #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 16

Tape 10. William C. Friday, part 1 #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 16

Folder 18

Tape 11. William C. Friday, part 2 (RESTRICTED) #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 18

Collier Cobb (RESTRICTED) #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 18

Tape 12. Collier Cobb (RESTRICTED) #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 18

Folder 17

Tape 13. Lucy Morgan, Virginia Lathrop, Emily Wilson, part 2 [part 1 is missing] #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 17

Tape 14. Kate Graham Sanders #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 17

Tape 15. George Maurice Hill #04101, Series: "5. Tapes, circa 1970s." Folder 17

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Processing Information

Processed by: Ellen Neal, 1976; Carolyn Roff, July 1986

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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