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Collection Number: 04552

Collection Title: Charles McKinney Nice Papers (#4552) 1939-1999

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Size About 800 items (2.0 linear feet)
Abstract Charles McKinney Nice of Birmingham, Ala., served in the Alabama House of Representatives, 1954-1958; as circuit court judge, 1974-1982; and, after that, as family court judge until his retirement in 1988. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, and other materials, chiefly relating to Nice and his judicial career. Some materials document Nice's stands against race discrimination as a legislator and against capital punishment as a judge. Correspondence, largely 1970s and 1980s, includes personal and professional letters written and received by Nice, who was a prolific letter writer with interests in history and politics. Included are letters, chiefly about politics, from Terry Sanford, Alabama politicians, and others. Most letters are from Nice's tenure a circuit court judge in Jefferson County, Ala. Writings include copies of journals Nice wrote throughout his lifetime. Most of the journals contain reminisces about cases he handled and about the end of his career on the bench. Also included are contemplatory writings by Nice about politics and his time in the Alabama legislature. The bulk of the newspaper clippings are about judicial cases, including some relating to death penalty cases over which he presided. Also included are election materials, speech notices, and genealogy materials chiefly relating to the Nice and McKinney families.
Creator Nice, Charles McKinney, 1919- .
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Charles McKinney Nice of Birmingham, Ala., beginning in 1990 (Acc. 90047, 90125, 90140, 90141, 90145, 90147, 91025, 91129, 92058, 92146, 94134, 98486).
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 McKinney Nice was born in Birmingham, Ala., in December 1919, the son of Dr. Charles M. and Helen Adams Nice. He grew up in Birmingham and attended Ramsey High School. He received an A.B. degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1942. In 1948, he received an LIB degree from the University of Alabama Law School.

From 1950 until 1953, Nice was law clerk to a United States district judge. In 1954, Nice was elected to the Alabama state legislature. He served until 1958. After his time in the legislature, Nice served as an acting judge in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, as legal counsel for Southern Natural Gas, as legal counsel to Operation New Birmingham, assistant United States attorney for the northern district of Alabama, and as associate counsel for the University of Alabama. In 1971, Nice was appointed to a judgeship and was elected Jefferson County circuit judge in 1976. When his term expired in 1982, he transferred to the District Family Court. He retired from that position in 1988.

Nice married Sadie Claire Mapes of Birmingham in 1954. They had two sons.

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Correspondence, writings, and other materials, chiefly relating to Charles McKinney Nice and his judicial career. Some materials document Nice's stands against race discrimination as a legislator and against capital punishment as a judge. Correspondence, largely 1970s and 1980s, includes personal and professional letters written and received by Nice, who was a prolific letter writer with interests in history and politics. Included are letters, chiefly about politics, from Terry Sanford, Alabama politicians, and others. Most letters are from Nice's tenure a circuit court judge in Jefferson County, Ala. Also included are letters of endorsement from Nice's colleagues during judicial elections. Writings include copies of journals Nice wrote throughout his lifetime. Most of the journals contain reminisces about cases he handled and about the end of his career on the bench. Also included are contemplatory writings by Nice about politics and his time in the Alabama legislature. The bulk of the newspaper clippings are about judicial cases, including some relating to death penalty cases over which he presided. Also included are election materials, speech notices, and genealogy materials chiefly relating to the Nice and McKinney families.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1939-1988.

About 600 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Personal and professional correspondence written and received by Charles McKinney Nice. Nice was a prolific letter writer with varied interests, such as history and politics, which are reflected in this series. Some materials document Nice's stands against race discrimination as a legislator and against capital punishment as a judge. The bulk of the correspondence is from the 1970s and 1980s. Included are letters, chiefly about politics, to Nice from Terry Sanford, Alabama politicians, and others. The majority of the letters are from the years when Nice sat as a circuit judge in Jefferson County, Ala. Also included are letters of endorsement from Nice's colleagues during judicial elections.

Folder 1

1939-1946 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 1

Folder 2

1956-1957 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 2

Folder 3

1960-1961 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 3

Folder 4

1962 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 4

Folder 5

1963-1965 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 5

Folder 6

1966-1968 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 6

Folder 7

1969 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 7

Folder 8

1971-1973 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 8

Folder 9

1974-1979 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 9

Folder 10

1980 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 10

Folder 11

1981 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

1982 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 12-13

Folder 14

1983 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 14

Folder 15

1984-1988 #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 15

Folder 16

Undated #04552, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1939-1988." Folder 16

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21 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Handwritten and printed-out copies of journals Charles McKinney Nice wrote throughout his lifetime. The first folder contains a handwritten diary with glimpses of Nice's school years. The "books" consist of autobiographical sections Nice excerpted from his journals. Most of the journals contain reminisces about cases he heard as judge and the end of his career on the bench. Also included are contemplatory writings by Nice about politics and his time in the Alabama legislature. There are also reflections on the successes and failures of his life as he saw them.

Folder 17

1934-1938 #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 17

Folder 18

Books 30-34 #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 18

Folder 19

Books 35-38 #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 19

Folder 20

Books 39-40 #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 20

Folder 21

Books 41-42 #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 21

Folder 22

Book 43 #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 22

Folder 23

Book 44 #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 23

Folder 24

Book 45 #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 24

Folder 25

Book 46 #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 25

Folder 26

Other collected writings #04552, Series: "2. Writings, 1934-1999." Folder 26

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About 150 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Newspaper clippings about Charles McKinney Nice's career. The bulk of the material focuses upon his judicial cases. There are also some clippings in which Nice is mentioned in other contexts. Also included are clippings related to death penalty cases over which he presided.

Folder 27

1963-1977 #04552, Series: "3. Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1990." Folder 27

Folder 28

1978 #04552, Series: "3. Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1990." Folder 28

Folder 29

1979 #04552, Series: "3. Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1990." Folder 29

Folder 30

1980 #04552, Series: "3. Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1990." Folder 30

Folder 31

1981-1990 #04552, Series: "3. Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1990." Folder 31

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: by subject.

Materials collected by Charles McKinney Nice, including election materials, speech notices, and genealogy materials. The election materials are clippings and promotional items, some in favor and some against Nice. Speech notices are mainly printed newsletters announcing Nice's speaking engagements and a few reviewing Nice's speeches. The genealogy materials consists of Nice and McKinney family trees and notes.

Folder 32

Election materials #04552, Series: "4. Collected Materials, 1950-1980." Folder 32

Folder 33

Speech notices #04552, Series: "4. Collected Materials, 1950-1980." Folder 33

Folder 34

Genealogy materials #04552, Series: "4. Collected Materials, 1950-1980." Folder 34

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