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Collection Number: 04157

Collection Title: George W. McCoy Papers, 1922-1955

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Size 35 items
Abstract Letters, circa 1922-1955, from Archibald Henderson (1877-1963), University of North Carolina professor of mathematics, to George W. McCoy, editor of the "Asheville Citizen," and his wife, Lola Love McCoy, chiefly about Henderson's work, especially his biographies of George Bernard Shaw; and a few related items.
Creator McCoy, George W. (George William), 1901-1962.
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 George W. McCoy papers #4157, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from John D. Fulenwider, Pageland, South Carolina. Purchased by Dr. Fulenwider from Crazy Bill's Auction, Asheville, North Carolina, in 1978.
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George William McCoy (1901-1962) was born in Dillsboro, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina, 1919-1922, and the University of Chicago, 1926-1928, from which he received a Ph.B. McCoy joined the staff of the Asheville (N. C.) Citizen in 1924. He was editor of the Citizen from 1955 to 1961, and published several pamphlets on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In 1929, McCoy married Lola Love. They had three children: George, Jr.; Myrtle McCoy Moore; and Janet Lucille McCoy. McCoy was a long-time friend of Professor Archibald Henderson of the University of North Carolina, biographer of George Bernard Shaw.

NOTE: For further biographical information see North Carolina Lives and the clippings file in the North Carolina Collection.

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Letters, circa 1922-1955, from Archibald Henderson (1877-1963), University of North Carolina professor of mathematics, to George W. McCoy, editor of the "Asheville Citizen," and his wife, Lola Love McCoy, chiefly about Henderson's work, especially his biographies of George Bernard Shaw; and a few related items.

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About 35 items.

Chiefly letters in which Archibald Henderson discussed his literary reputation in the South; the offer of the presidency of the University of Oklahoma and University of North Carolina President Chase's reluctance to meet the Oklahoma offer (1925); and his possible candidacy for the Senate (1925). Henderson repeated suggested to McCoy content for favorable articles about Henderson and reviews of his books. In 1933, Henderson encouraged McCoy to write to the University of Chattanooga, Goucher College, and Duke University, strongly suggesting that they give Henderson honorary degrees. Many letters are marked confidential, and Henderson repeatedly urged McCoy to destroy them.

Also included is a typed draft of an article (1932) on Henderson by Lola Love McCoy with Henderson's editorial comments; a handwritten draft of an article (1922) by Henderson, "The South in Art: Barren or Fertile?"; and a typed manuscript by McCoy, "Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park."

Folder 1

Correspondence, 4 November 1922 - 27 November 1926 #04157, Series: "1. Papers, 1922-1955." Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence, 23 March 1930 - 8 July 1955 #04157, Series: "1. Papers, 1922-1955." Folder 2

Folder 3

"The South in Art: Barren or Fertile," by Archibald Henderson #04157, Series: "1. Papers, 1922-1955." Folder 3

Folder 4

Other Papers #04157, Series: "1. Papers, 1922-1955." Folder 4

Volume 1

Typed manuscript: "Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park" #04157, Series: "1. Papers, 1922-1955." 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Pamela Dean, August 1987

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Several books by Archibald Henderson, inscribed to McCoy, and several pamphlets by George McCoy and others on the Great Smokey Mountains National Park were transferred to the North Carolina Collection.

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