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Collection Number: 04559

Collection Title: Charles Osborne Jeffress papers.

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Size 18.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 12000 items)
Abstract Charles Osborne Jeffress, journalist and publisher or Greensboro, N.C. Chiefly office files of Charles Osborne Jeffress, documenting his career at the Greensboro News Publishing Company, which owned the "Greensboro Daily News," the "Greensboro Record," and WFMY-TV. Also included are materials relating to Jeffress's community work, particularly at the Wesley Long Community Hospital and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Materials relating to Jeffress family members are also present, including detailed documentation of the sanity hearings of Jeffress's father, E. B. Jeffress, who had been general manager and president of the Greensboro News Publishing Company.
Creator Jeffress, Charles Osborne, 1915-1989.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
May be used with assistance from the Technical Services staff.
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 Charles Osborne Jeffress papers #4559, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Emma Sharpe Avery Jeffress in August 1990.
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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Charles Osborne Jeffress was born in Greensboro, N.C., in 1915, the son of E. B. Jeffress, general manager and president of the Greensboro News Publishing Company, which owned the Greensboro Daily News, the Greensboro Record, and WFMY-TV. Charles Osborne Jeffress, known as Carl, was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1938 with a degree in economics. He spent four years in the United States Army, serving in the Public Relations Office at Fort Bragg, N.C.

After World War II, Jeffress's career began in earnest. He started working as a reporter for the Greensboro Daily News and soon graduated to the copy desk. He then spent several years at the Daily News's Washington Bureau. Returning to Greensboro, he became editorial supervisor at the Daily News, then, in 1950, general manager of the Greensboro News Publishing Company. In 1965, he became publisher. Jeffress was also active in the growth of television, being instrumental in bringing live television to North Carolina on WFMY-TV, which was owned by the Greensboro News Publishing Company.

Jeffress was also extremely active in his community. He spent nine years on the Greensboro Planning and Zoning Board, eight of those years as chair. He was president of the board of directors of the Wesley Long Community Hospital, president of the Greensboro Tuberculosis Association, and chair of the state Christmas seal campaign and other charitable efforts.

He taught journalism at Elon College and was an active member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Jeffress, who served as president of the North Carolina Press Association, received many awards during his lifetime, including the Edward R. Murrow Award and the National Medal of Honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jeffress was married to Emma Sharpe Avery Jeffress. He died 25 August 1989.

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Chiefly office files of Charles Osborne Jeffress, documenting his career at the Greensboro News Publishing Company, which owned the Greensboro Daily News, the Greensboro Record, and WFMY-TV. Also included are materials relating to Jeffress's community work, particularly at the Wesley Long Community Hospital and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Materials relating to Jeffress family members is also present, including detailed documentation of E. B. Jeffress sanity hearings.

The following list gives a general idea of the materials currently housed in each box. It is in the order as received from the donor. Note that original folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

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Contents list

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Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Warranties #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Talk--Colonial Dames, 1979 #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Investments #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Jeffress, Mrs. E. B. #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Norfolk (clippings and correspondence) #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Expense accounts #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Personal #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Estate #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Jeffress, E. B. #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Barksdale, Pam #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Greensboro Historical Museum #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Institute of Government #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Empty Stocking Fund #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns Miscellaneous #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Laura's columns News media--Administration of Justice Council #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 1

Box 2

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Greensboro News Publishing Company--History Miscellaneous papers--News-Record #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 2

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Greensboro News Publishing Company--History Cities #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 2

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Greensboro News Publishing Company--History Miscellaneous materials (unfoldered) #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 2

Personal, Business, and Organizational Materials Includes: Greensboro News Publishing Company--History 1853 bank notes from New Orleans, La. #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 2

Box 3

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Financial statements Assurance activity summaries #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 3

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Financial statements Board of trustees #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 3

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Financial statements Meeting notes #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 3

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Financial statements Annual reports #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 3

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Financial statements Correspondence #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 3

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Financial statements Forms #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 3

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Financial statements Budget reports #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 3

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Financial statements Trustee manual #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 3

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Financial statements Audit report #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 3

Box 4

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Christian Social Ministry, 1988 Assurance activity summaries #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 4

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Christian Social Ministry, 1988 Board of trustees minutes #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 4

Box 5

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Photographs and negatives Clippings #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 5

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Photographs and negatives Correspondence #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 5

Wesley Long Community Hospital Includes: Photographs and negatives Miscellaneous reports #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 5

Box 6

American Cancer Society Includes: Cancer meeting, 13 February 1986 Cancer division, 1984 #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 6

American Cancer Society Includes: Cancer meeting, 13 February 1986 Corporate contract, "Celebration of Life" #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 6

American Cancer Society Includes: Cancer meeting, 13 February 1986 Metro Crusade Workshop #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 6

American Cancer Society Includes: Cancer meeting, 13 February 1986 Reports #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 6

American Cancer Society Includes: Cancer meeting, 13 February 1986 Field service #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 6

American Cancer Society Includes: Cancer meeting, 13 February 1986 Cancer society, 1982 meeting #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 6

Box 7

American Cancer Society Includes: Fund raising, 1985 Volunteer and Staff Forum #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 7

American Cancer Society Includes: Fund raising, 1985 Board of directors handbook #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 7

American Cancer Society Includes: Fund raising, 1985 Miscellaneous #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 7

American Cancer Society Includes: Fund raising, 1985 Minority involvement #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 7

American Cancer Society Includes: Fund raising, 1985 Unit development, 1985 #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 7

Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: Kanuga Episcopal Center Insurance #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: Kanuga Episcopal Center Property #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: Kanuga Episcopal Center Every member canvass #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: Kanuga Episcopal Center Diocese of North Carolina--Bishop Co-Adjutor #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: "Share-A-Home" material Executive director #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: "Share-A-Home" material Treasurer #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: "Share-A-Home" material Minutes #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: "Share-A-Home" material Correspondence #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: "Share-A-Home" material Board roster, committees, 1982-1983 #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: "Share-A-Home" material Corporation of guardianship #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: "Share-A-Home" material Residents #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: "Share-A-Home" material Bylaws and articles of incorporation #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Includes: "Share-A-Home" material Miscellaneous #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 8

Box 9

Miscellaneous Includes: Carolina Wilderness Institute Avery, Julia Maier #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 9

Box 10

Miscellaneous Includes: Sanity hearings of E. B. Jeffress Avery, Julia Maier #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 10

Box 11

Miscellaneous Includes: Greensboro Historical Museum Class reunion #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 11

Miscellaneous Includes: Greensboro Historical Museum Notebooks #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 11

Miscellaneous Includes: Greensboro Historical Museum Credit union material #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 11

Miscellaneous Includes: Greensboro Historical Museum Diocesan convention #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 11

Miscellaneous Includes: Greensboro Historical Museum North Carolina press--miscellaneous #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 11

Box 12

Miscellaneous Includes: University of North Carolina Photographs #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 12

Miscellaneous Includes: University of North Carolina Jeffress, Laura #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 12

Miscellaneous Includes: University of North Carolina Accounting Statement #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 12

Miscellaneous Includes: University of North Carolina Aging Committee #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 12

Miscellaneous Includes: University of North Carolina Avery, Fred #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 12

Miscellaneous Includes: University of North Carolina Greensboro Country Club #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 12

Miscellaneous Includes: University of North Carolina Jeffress, Emmy Lou #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 12

Miscellaneous Includes: University of North Carolina Key, Sarah T. #04559, Series: "Charles Osborne Jeffress papers." Box 12

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Processing Information

Processed by: David L. Stickney, November 1990; Revised by Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Processing deferred pending expected additions.

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