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Collection Number: 05356

Collection Title: Ellie Kinnaird Papers, 1999-2006, 2013

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract North Carolina State Senator Ellie Kinnaird was born in 1931 in Rochester, Minn. She has served in the North Carolina Senate since 1997, serving as co-chair of both the Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety Committee and the Mental Health/Youth Services Committee. Before being elected to the Senate, she was mayor of Carrboro, N.C., 1987-1996. The collection contains items chiefly related to Ellie Kinnaird's opposition to the death penalty. Included are letters of thanks for her support of a death penalty moratorium bill; files on people executed in North Carolina between 1999 and 2003; speeches and writings by Daniel H. Pollitt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School professor emeritus, concerning his legal and personal objections to the death penalty; information about the efforts of the children of Elias Syriani to get their father's death sentence commuted to life in prison after he killed their mother; programs and organizational emails, primarily written by Chapel Hill lawyer Marilyn Ozer about vigils held by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Congregations for the Abolition of Capital Punishment; informational papers from People of Faith Against the Death Penalty; and assorted papers, publications, fact sheets, and newspaper clippings against the death penalty. Some materials deal with discrimination in capital punishment and others deal with capital punishment and people with mental disabilities. The Addition of April 2013 is Kinnaird's website, consisting of biographical information, publicity materials, statements of achievements and goals, outreach and fundraising materials, and endorsements.
Creator Kinnaird, Ellie (Eleanor G.), 1931-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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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 Ellie Kinnaird Papers #5356, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Ellie Kinnaird of Carrboro, N.C., in September 2007 (Acc. 100771) and October 2007 (Acc. 100786 and 100800). Website harvested using Archive-It, beginning in March 2013 (Acc. 101766).
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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North Carolina State Senator Ellie Kinnaird was born in 1931 in Rochester, Minn. She has served in the North Carolina Senate since 1997, serving as co-chair of both the Appropriations on Justice and Public Safety Committee and the Mental Health/Youth Services Committee. Before being elected to the Senate, she was mayor of Carrboro, N.C., 1987-1996. She received her bachelors degree from Carleton College, a masters in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University.

As of 2008, her major accomplishments as state senator have included advocating for election and voting reform and accountability, promoting the self-determination movement for people with disabilities in North Carolina, stopping the execution of the mentally disabled and making widespread changes to make the death penalty more fairly applied, preventing the creation of a nuclear waste dumping site in Chatham County, and passing a moratorium on the creation of new hog waste lagoons.

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The collection contains items chiefly related to Ellie Kinnaird's opposition to the death penalty. Included are letters of thanks for her support of a death penalty moratorium bill; files on people executed in North Carolina between 1999 and 2003; speeches and writings by Daniel H. Pollitt, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School professor emeritus, concerning his legal and personal objections to the death penalty; information about the efforts of the children of Elias Syriani to get their father's death sentence commuted to life in prison after he killed their mother; programs and organizational emails, primarily written by Chapel Hill lawyer Marilyn Ozer about vigils held by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Congregations for the Abolition of Capital Punishment; informational papers from People of Faith Against the Death Penalty; and assorted papers, publications, fact sheets, and newspaper clippings against the death penalty. Some materials deal with discrimination in capital punishment and others deal with capital punishment and people with mental disabilities.

The Addition of April 2013 is Kinnaird's state senate website, harvested using Archive-It, beginning in March 2013. The site consists of biographical information, publicity materials, statements of achievements and goals, outreach and fundraising materials, and endorsements.

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Contents list

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About 200 items.
Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

Ellie Kinnaird Correspondence #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." Folder 1-2

Contains letters and emails related to the death penalty, primarily notes of thanks for Kinnaird's support of the death penalty moratorium.

Folder 3-10

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Moratorium #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." Folder 3-10

Internal records and clippings about Ellie Kinnaird's research into a death penalty moratorium, press clippings about the moratorium movement, a book of organizations that support the moratorium, and legislative details about the supporters of the bill. Includes a DVD "Study the System," (DVD-5356/7) and videotapes "Nothing but the Truth" (VT-5356/2), "Focus On... Legal Executions" (VT-5356/3), and "Legislative Issues: Death Penalty Moratorium" (VT-5356/4).

Folder 11-15

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Congregations for the Abolition of Capital Punishment #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." Folder 11-15

Information about the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Congregations for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, particularly about the vigils held on the eves of executions. Included is information about people willing to speak against the death penalty and about contacts in different churches for vigils and about death row inmates from 1999 to 2003. Also included is a videotape marked "Ronnie Fry" (VT-5356/1).

Folder 16-17

Folder 16

Folder 17

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and other organizations #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." Folder 16-17

Information from and about other groups that are opposed to the death penalty, primarily People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, and Moratorium Now.

Folder 18-19

Folder 18

Folder 19

Elias Syriani #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." Folder 18-19

Information about the case of Elias Syriani, in particular the efforts on the part of his children to get his sentence commuted to life without parole. Includes DVD-5356/1-6.

Folder 20

Church Views #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." Folder 20

Papers describing the positions of various religions on the death penalty, the bulk of which is about the United Methodist Church.

Folder 21

Daniel H. Pollitt #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." Folder 21

Speeches and writing by Daniel H. Pollitt, professor emeritus of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, against the death penalty.

Folder 22-25

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Death Penalty Information #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." Folder 22-25

Assorted papers and publications that are aimed at educating people about biases in death penalty application, economic cost of the death penalty, and related issues.

Folder 26

Ronnie Fry Poster #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." Folder 26

Poster of Ronnie Fry as a young child, with injuries on his body from abuse by his father.

Audiocassette C-5356/1

Ellie Kinnaird Audiocassette #05356, Series: "Papers, 1999-2006." C-5356/1

Audiocassette with Kinnaird talking about the Ten Commandments in the classroom.

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1 item.

The website documents Ellie Kinnaird's career as a North Carolina state senator. The site includes biographical information, publicity materials, statements of achievements and goals, outreach and fundraising materials, and endorsements. A sidebar with a feed from Kinnaird's Facebook page was unable to be captured as of 2013.

Digital Item DI-5356/1

Website (elliekinnaird.org) #05356, Series: "Addition of April 2013: Ellie Kinnaird Website." DI-5356/1

Harvested using Archive-It, beginning in March 2013.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Benjamin Bromley, September 2008

Encoded by: Benjamin Bromley, September 2008

Updated because of addition by Sara Mannheimer, April 2013

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