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Collection Number: 03787

Collection Title: Joseph L. Morrison Papers, 1822-1970.

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Size 8.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 15,762 items)
Abstract Journalist, author, and professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina, 1946-1970. The personal correspondence deals with Morrison's work for Cantor Publishing Company, applications for research grants, teaching at the University of North Carolina, journal articles and other writings, and work with various writers' conferences. Included also is correspondence with friends and professional colleagues, particularly Harry Golden of Charlotte, N.C. The material related to his work on W. J. Cash, Josephus Daniels, and O. Max Gardner includes correspondence with people who might have known each subject; copies of articles and other printed material by or about each subject; and Morrison's research notes.
Creator Morrison, Joseph L.
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.
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 Joseph L. Morrison Papers #3787, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Joseph Morrison in 1967 and 1970.
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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Joseph Lederman Morrison was born Joseph Lederman in New York City in 1918. After graduation from the University of North Carolina in 1940, he taught at the University for one year. After working for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot in 1941, he served as first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, 1942-1946, where he edited Armed Services publications. In 1946, he returned to teaching in the Department of Journalism at the University where he remained for the rest of his life.

In 1947, Morrison interned with the National Association of Broadcasters. Recipient of a CBS fellowship in 1957, he received his M.A. in American history from Columbia University in 1958 and his Ph.D. in American history from Duke University in 1961.

In addition to teaching journalism at UNC, Morrison worked with WRAL and WPTF radio in Raleigh, edited trade articles for Cantor Publishing Company in New York, wrote articles for Grolier Encyclopedia International, and played violin in the University Symphony.

Morrison's books include Opportunities in Business Papers (1955); Chapel Hill Guide (1955); Josephus Daniels Says (1962); Josephus Daniels, Small-d Democrat (1966); W. J. Cash, Southern Prophet (1967); and Governor O. Max Gardner (1971). He also wrote articles on W. J. Cash, H. L. Mencken, W. C. Brann, and Josephus Daniels for various scholarly journals.

In 1946, Morrison married Pearl Penner. They had two children, Lucy and Peter. Morrison died in 1970.

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Papers include general correspondence; materials on W. J. Cash, including one audiotape; material on Josephus Daniels; material on O. Max Gardener; and miscellaneous writings.

General correspondence deals with his work for Cantor Publishing Company, his applications for research grants, his articles for Grolier, his teaching at UNC, his journal articles, and his work with various writers conferences. Included also is correspondence with friends and professional colleagues, especially Harry Golden of Charlotte, N.C.

The material related to his work on W. J. Cash, Josephus Daniels, and O. Max Gardner includes correspondence with people who might have known each subject; copies of articles and other printed material about or by each subject; and typed 5" by 8" notecards used by Morrison in his research. Each card contains a quotation, precis, or statement of fact about the subject and shows the specific source of the text--newspaper, manuscript, article, pamphlet, etc.--with date and location of the source if applicable. Usually these cards are arranged in chronological order according to their content. Notecards relate to subjects discussed in Series 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Among the miscellaneous writings are seminar papers from Morrison's study at Duke and notes from other articles.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970.

About 1,450 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Correspondence of Morrison arranged alphabetically by subject.

Folder 1

Brann, W. C. #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 1

Folder 2

CBS Fellowship #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 2

Folder 3-5

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Cantor Publishing Company #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 3-5

Folder 6

Coffin, Oscar J. #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 6

Folder 7

Cooper, Rose--Welfare #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 7

Folder 8

Dietetic Association #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 8

Folder 9

Duke School of Journalism #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 9

Folder 10

Elkins, Charles #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 10

Folder 11

Faculty Study--Library #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

Fellowship Matters #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 12-13

Folder 14-20

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Golden, Harry #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 14-20

Folder 21

Greeley, Horace #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 21

Folder 22

Grolier #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 22

Folder 23

Guggenheim #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 23

Folder 24

"Illegitimacy, Sterilization, and Racism" #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 24

Folder 25

"Images of the Jew in the Work of American Jewish Writers" #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 25

Folder 26

Johnson, Gerald (E. P. Douglass review) #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 26

Folder 27

Judaica #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 27

Folder 28

Jus Primus Noctis #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 28

Folder 29

Mencken and Odum #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 29

Folder 30-31

Folder 30

Folder 31

Mencken, C. S. A. #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 30-31

Folder 32

Moon Hoax Article #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 32

Folder 33-34

Folder 33

Folder 34

NC-4 Flight #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 33-34

Folder 35

National Jewish Post #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 35

Folder 36

News and Observer Centennial #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 36

Folder 37

North Carolina Writers Conference #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 37

Folder 38

Parker, Roy (Publisher's Auxiliary) #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 38

Folder 39

Popular Culture #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 39

Folder 40

Reader's Digest Foundation #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 40

Folder 41

Research Grants #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 41

Folder 42

Rural Electric Cooperations #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 42

Folder 43

Scheer, George #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 43

Folder 44

School of Journalism #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 44

Folder 45

Smithwick Award #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 45

Folder 46

Smyth, Joseph Hilton #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 46

Folder 47

State School Boards Association #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 47

Folder 48

"Tar Heel Journalism" (Personal Journalism) #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 48

Folder 49

Tatum petition #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 49

Folder 50

Theta Epsilon Pi fraternity #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 50

Folder 51

Trade Journal Writing #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 51

Folder 52

Vocational Guidance manuals #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 52

Folder 53

Webb, Dr. Alex #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 53

Folder 54

Wilson, Louis Round #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 54

Folder 55

Miscellaneous #03787, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1949-1970." Folder 55

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Wilbur Joseph Cash, 1921-1941 and 1957-1970.

About 840 items.

Material relating to W. J. Cash, a native of South Carolina, who grew up in Cleveland County, N.C., attended Wofford College and Wake Forest College, taught school in Kentucky and North Carolina, worked on newspapers in Chicago, Baltimore, and Shelby, N.C., and was associate editor of the Charlotte News and author of The Mind of the South and other works. See also notecards in Series 6.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Cash Commencement Speech, 1941.

2 items.

Audiotape and a transcript of the commencement address entitled "The South in a Changing World," delivered by W. J. Cash at the University of Texas, Austin, 2 June 1941.

Folder 61

Transcript #03787, Subseries: "2.2. Cash Commencement Speech, 1941." Folder 61

Audiotape T-3787/1

Audiotape #03787, Subseries: "2.2. Cash Commencement Speech, 1941." T-3787/1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. Correspondence about Cash, 1964-1970.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4. Clippings, 1948-1980.

About 20 items.

Chiefly newspaper clippings about Cash.

Folder 80

Clippings, 1948-1980 #03787, Subseries: "2.4. Clippings, 1948-1980." Folder 80

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Josephus Daniels, 1822-1970.

About 775 items.

Correspondence, notes, and copies of manuscripts relating to "Josephus Daniels and the Bassett Academic Freedom Case"; "Josephus Daniels: Southern Philo-Semite"; "Josephus Daniels, Simpatico"; "Josephus Daniels as Secretary of the Navy"; "The 'Tar-Heel editor' in North Carolina's Crisis, 1929-1932"; Josephus Daniels Says; Josephus Daniels, Small-d Democrat; and an article on Daniels for the Encyclopedia Americana Daniels was owner and editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, and U.S. ambassador to Mexico. See also notecards in Series 6.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. Articles on Daniels, 1947-1970.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Oliver Maxwell Gardner, 1902-1970.

About 720 items.

Material accumulated by Morrison while researching O. Max Gardner, governor and politician of North Carolina. See also notecards in Series 6.

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About 300 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Copies of Gardner's correspondence and one folder of his wife's correspondence from the period after his death.

Folder 107

1903-1928 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 107

Folder 108

1929-1931 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 108

Folder 109

1932 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 109

Folder 110

1933 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 110

Folder 111

1934 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 111

Folder 112

1935 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 112

Folder 113

1936 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 113

Folder 114

1937 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 114

Folder 115

1938 January-June #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 115

Folder 116

1938 July-December #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 116

Folder 117

1939 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 117

Folder 118

1940 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 118

Folder 119

1941 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 119

Folder 120

1942 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 120

Folder 121

1943 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 121

Folder 122

1944 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 122

Folder 123

1945 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 123

Folder 124

1946 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 124

Folder 125

1947 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 125

Folder 126

Mrs. Gardner's 1947-1966 #03787, Subseries: "4.1. Gardner Correspondence, 1902-1966." Folder 126

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.2. Correspondence about Gardner (Morrison), 1964-1970.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.3. Correspondence about Gardner (replies), 1968-1970.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.4. Notes on Interviews, 1968-1970.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Notes on interviews about Gardner.

Folder 138

A-L #03787, Subseries: "4.4. Notes on Interviews, 1968-1970." Folder 138

Folder 139

M-W #03787, Subseries: "4.4. Notes on Interviews, 1968-1970." Folder 139

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.5. Research Materials, 1968-1970.

About 50 items.

Miscellaneous research materials, including Edwin Gill's memoranda on Gardner.

Folder 140

Edwin Gill's Memoranda #03787, Subseries: "4.5. Research Materials, 1968-1970." Folder 140

Folder 141-142

Folder 141

Folder 142

Miscellaneous #03787, Subseries: "4.5. Research Materials, 1968-1970." Folder 141-142

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.6. Clippings, 1902-1970.

About 30 items.

Newspaper clippings relating to Gardner.

Folder 143

Clippings #03787, Subseries: "4.6. Clippings, 1902-1970." Folder 143

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Miscellaneous Writings, 1959-1968.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Notecards, 1957-1970.

About 11,025 items.

Arrangement: chronologically.

Primarily typed notecards containing quotations, precis, or other data from Morrison's research (see Series 2, 3, 4, and 5). Notecards relating to Series 5 include information on Joseph Pulitzer, E. L. Godkin, imperialism, and the Cliveden set.

Box 14

Series 2-Series 3 #03787, Series: "6. Notecards, 1957-1970." Box 14

Box 15

Series 3-Series 4 #03787, Series: "6. Notecards, 1957-1970." Box 15

Box 16

Series 4-Series 5 #03787, Series: "6. Notecards, 1957-1970." Box 16

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Pictures, 1964 and undated.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, May 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support, in part, from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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