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Collection Number: 04491

Collection Title: North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)
Abstract North Carolinians for the Freeze, a coalition organized in 1982 as a citizens' group advocating a mutual, verifiable nuclear weapons freeze between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The group's main activitiy was the campaign for a freeze resolution in the 1983 session of the N.C. General Assembly. The resolution narrowly failed. Office files of North Carolinians for the Freeze documenting the organization of a state-wide network to lobby for the N.C. General Assembly freeze resolution, with some material relating to the campaign for the city council of Raleigh, N.C., to pass a "Peace Initiative" ordinance.
Creator North Carolinians for the Freeze.
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 North Carolinians for the Freeze Records #4491, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Cyrus B. King of Raleigh, North Carolina, in August 1987.
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 Carolinians for the Freeze was organized in the fall of 1982 as a citizens' group advocating a mutual, verifiable nuclear weapons freeze between the United States and the Soviet Union. NCF was a loose coalition of freeze groups and individuals from across the state who worked together to promote awareness of the freeze issue and to encourage the introduction and passage of a freeze resolution in the 1983 session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

The group was based in Raleigh, in office space donated by Common Cause. Dale M. Evarts of the Raleigh Peace Initiative was hired as general coordinator. Evarts had been active in the 1982 drive that resulted in the Raleigh City Council's adoption of an ordinance requiring the city manager to petition the president annually for a nuclear arms freeze. In addition to Common Cause, NCF received support from the American Friends Service Committee, SANE, the War Resisters' League, and other groups.

NCF was instrumental in lobbying for the freeze resolution that was introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly on 16 February 1983 by Representative H. Parks Helms (D-Mecklenburg) and Senator William G. Hancock, Jr. (D-Durham). The House resolution was passed on 4 March, but a joint resolution, designed to put both houses on record as favoring the freeze, eventually went down in defeat in the Senate, even though twenty-four of the fifty state senators were listed as sponsors. It was widely reported that the intervention of anti-freeze Lt. Governor James C. Green was the primary cause of the resolution's failure.

NCF was officially disbanded in January 1985, although activity had stopped, for the most part, after the freeze resolution's demise.

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Files, 1982-1985, from the office of North Carolinians for the Freeze. Most files retain the titles assigned by NCF staff; a few titles have been changed to clarify contents. Of interest is the set of notes marked "Background" in the publicity file, which documents some of the history of the organization and its activities.

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Contents list

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Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

Clippings #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 1-2

Folder 3

Conferences, Receptions #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 3

Folder 4

Congressional District Correspondence #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 4

Folder 5

Congressional District Lists #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 5

Folder 6

County Contacts #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 6

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

Endorsements #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 7-8

Folder 9

Financial - Fundraising #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 9

Folder 10

Financial - General #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 10

Folder 11

Financial - Receipts #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 11

Folder 12

Handouts #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 12

Folder 13

Mailing Lists #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 13

Folder 14

Miscellaneous #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 14

Folder 15

North Carolina General Assembly Correspondence #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 15

Folder 16

North Carolina General Assembly Freeze Opinion Survey - House #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 16

Folder 17

North Carolina General Assembly Freeze Opinion Survey - Senate #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 17

Folder 18

North Carolina General Assembly Lists of Contacts - House #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 18

Folder 19

North Carolina General Assembly Lists of Contacts - Senate #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 19

Folder 20

North Carolina General Assembly Resolutions #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 20

Folder 21

Outreach #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 21

Folder 22

Press Releases #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 22

Folder 23

Publicity #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 23

Folder 24

Staff and Volunteers #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 24

Folder 25

Steering Committee Notes #04491, Series: "North Carolinians for the Freeze Records, 1982-1985." Folder 25

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Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, October 1987

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