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Collection Number: 05109

Collection Title: Elmer R. Oettinger Jr. Papers, 1862-2002

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Size About 2400 items (5.0 linear feet)
Abstract Elmer R. Oettinger Jr. was born in 1913 in Wilson, N.C. He was, among many other things, professor of public law and government and assistant director of the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He died in 2010. The collection includes personal and business letters; texts of speeches; manuscript and published versions of original writings; institutional materials, such as memoranda and conference reports; publicity clippings; yearbooks; and photographs relating to Elmer R. Oettinger Jr. Prior to 1960, materials are topically varied and reflect Oettinger's educational activities; his military service with the United States Navy during World War II; and his interests in pursuing careers in the theater, the practice of law, and broadcast radio and television. After 1960, when Oettinger joined the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill as a full-time faculty member, the materials, while continuing other streams, most often reflect his activities as a professor of public law and government. These activities were not confined to academia and much of these later materials reflect Oettinger's intellectual engagement with a number of state, national, and international organizations interested in various aspects of communications and the law. Many materials relate to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The earliest materials date from 1862 to 1930 and include Oettinger family documents, yearbooks, photographs, and letters largely from Wilson, N.C.
Creator Oettinger, Elmer R.
Language English.
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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 Elmer R. Oettinger Jr. Papers #5109, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Elmer R. Oettinger Jr. of Chapel Hill, N.C., in November 2002 (Acc. 99375 and 99378).
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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Elmer R. Oettinger Jr. was born in 1913 and raised in Wilson, N.C. After graduation from Charles L. Coon High School in 1930, Oettinger attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor's degree in 1934, a law degree in 1939, a Master's degree in dramatic arts in 1952, and a Ph.D. in English in 1966. Oettinger served as an officer, 1943-1945, in the United States Navy and actively pursued careers in the theater, the practice of law, and broadcast radio.

In 1960, Oettinger joined the full-time faculty of the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and served there until 1979, when he retired from his positions as professor of public law and government and assistant director of the Institute. While at the Institute, Oettinger's activities were not confined to academia and much of this collection's materials reflect Oettinger's intellectual engagement with a number of state, national, and international organizations interested in various aspects of communications and the law. He was especially involved with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the American Bar Association, and a number of local organizations such as North Carolina's News Media-Administration of Justice Council.

Oettinger died in 2010.

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The collection includes personal and business letters; texts of speeches; manuscript and published versions of original writings; institutional materials, such as memoranda and conference reports; publicity clippings; yearbooks; and photographs relating to Elmer R. Oettinger Jr.

Subject matter may be broadly divided into two distinct eras. Prior to 1960, materials are topically varied and reflect Oettinger's educational activities; his military service with the United States Navy during World War II; and his interests in pursuing careers in the theater, the practice of law, and broadcast radio. After 1960, when Oettinger joined the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill as a full-time faculty member, the materials, while continuing other streams, most often reflect his activities as a professor of public law and government. These activities were not confined to academia and much of these later materials reflect Oettinger's intellectual engagement with a number of state, national, and international organizations interested in various aspects of communications and the law.

The earliest materials date from 1862 to 1930 and include Oetttinger family documents, yearbooks, photographs, and letters largely from Wilson, N.C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Biographical and Family Materials, 1862-2000.

About 300 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Primarily materials recording Elmer Oettinger Jr.'s educational, civic, and professional activities. There are numerous versions of his resume, brief biographical sketches, and community board membership lists. There are copies editions, 1928-1930, of the The Winoca, which was the yearbook of Charles L. Coon High School in Wilson, N.C. There are documents relating to his service in the United States Navy during World War II, as well as a copy of his license to practice law. Also included is an extensive collection of pamphlets and other printed materials from North Carolina events that Oettinger participated in or attended. Included are programs from the 1934 University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill commencement and materials such as Yakety Yak relating to that class and its various reunions.

The materials relating to the Oettinger family's history include a copy of an 1862 affidavit of non-citizenship by Henry Oettinger that was drafted in an attempt to avoid his serving in the North Carolina State Militia. There is also a typescript copy of Jonas Oettinger's remembrances of his 19th-century boyhood in Wilson, N.C.

Folder 1

Resume, biographical sketches, and directory listings, 1940s-1990s #05109, Series: "1. Biographical and Family Materials, 1862-2000." Folder 1

Folder 2

Community boards, 1977-2001 #05109, Series: "1. Biographical and Family Materials, 1862-2000." Folder 2

Folder 3

Oettinger family history, 1862-1990s #05109, Series: "1. Biographical and Family Materials, 1862-2000." Folder 3

Folder 4-6

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

The Winoca: yearbook of the Charles L. Coon High School, Wilson, N.C., 1928-1930 #05109, Series: "1. Biographical and Family Materials, 1862-2000." Folder 4-6

Folder 7

United States Navy service, 1943-1950 #05109, Series: "1. Biographical and Family Materials, 1862-2000." Folder 7

Folder 8

License to practice law in North Carolina, 1964 #05109, Series: "1. Biographical and Family Materials, 1862-2000." Folder 8

Folder 9

Honors, 1984-1987 #05109, Series: "1. Biographical and Family Materials, 1862-2000." Folder 9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

Pamphlets, 1924-2000 #05109, Series: "1. Biographical and Family Materials, 1862-2000." Folder 10-11

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Personal as well as professional correspondence. Personal and family letters occur throughout the series, but appear most frequently between 1912 and 1946. Correspondence from the 1940s and 1950s contains a mix of subject matter, including Oettinger's law practice in Wilson, N.C.; his application to be an officer in the United States Navy; and his broadcast career with the Tobacco Radio Network and WNAO in Raleigh, N.C. The bulk of the letters, which were written from the 1950s until his retirement from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979, are related to his work as a professor of public law and government at the Institute of Government. Correspondence from this period and beyond, relates to Oettinger's professional service activities as a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws as well as his committee work with the American Bar Association.

Folder 12

1912-1932 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 12

Folder 13

1940-1946 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 13

Folder 14

1946-1949 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 14

Folder 15

1950-1959 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 15

Folder 16

1960-1969 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 16

Folder 17

1970-1972 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 17

Folder 18

1972-1977 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 18

Folder 19

1977-1978 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 19

Folder 20

1978-1979 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 20

Folder 21

1980-1982 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 21

Folder 22

1983-1989 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 22

Folder 23

1990-1992 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 23

Folder 24

1992-1999 #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 24

Folder 25

2000-2002 and undated #05109, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1912-2000." Folder 25

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About 70 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Typescript copies of speeches that Elmer Oettinger Jr. delivered. The speeches that he gave between 1926 and 1961 were topically varied and delivered before a variety of civic clubs and associations. However, the vast majority of the speeches he delivered were associated with his position as a professor within the Institute of Government and were related to the field of communication law.

Folder 26

1926-1951 #05109, Series: "3. Speeches, 1926-1993." Folder 26

Folder 27

1958-1968 #05109, Series: "3. Speeches, 1926-1993." Folder 27

Folder 28

1968-1971 #05109, Series: "3. Speeches, 1926-1993." Folder 28

Folder 29

1971-1975 #05109, Series: "3. Speeches, 1926-1993." Folder 29

Folder 30

1975-1977 #05109, Series: "3. Speeches, 1926-1993." Folder 30

Folder 31

1977-1979 #05109, Series: "3. Speeches, 1926-1993." Folder 31

Folder 32

1979-1992 #05109, Series: "3. Speeches, 1926-1993." Folder 32

Folder 33

1993 and undated #05109, Series: "3. Speeches, 1926-1993." Folder 33

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: by type and chronologically.

Newspaper clippings and other publicity materials that refer to Elmer Oettinger Jr. or, more rarely, clippings that were written by him. Those from the 1920s and 1930s are primarily from the local Wilson, N.C., paper and the University of North Carolina's Daily Tar Heel. There are also two complete 1930 editions of The Radiogram, the newspaper of Charles L. Coon High School, Wilson, N.C. The latter clippings are largely from the Raleigh News and Observer. Articles and advertisements from the 1940s and 1950s are related to Oettinger's broadcasting career in radio with the Tobacco Radio Network or WNAO, but from the 1960s forward, the bulk of the clippings refer to his activities with the Institute of Govenment or as a member of the University of North Carolina's community.

Also included are playbills, programs, and other materials that relate to Oettinger's theatrical activities both in New York City and North Carolina.

Folder 34-40

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Newspaper clippings, 1920s-2000s and undated #05109, Series: "4. Newspaper Clippings and Other Publicity Materials, 1926-2000." Folder 34-40

Folder 41

Press releases, 1959-1980 #05109, Series: "4. Newspaper Clippings and Other Publicity Materials, 1926-2000." Folder 41

Folder 42

Playbills, programs, and other materials related to Oettinger's theatrical activities, 1930s-1980s #05109, Series: "4. Newspaper Clippings and Other Publicity Materials, 1926-2000." Folder 42

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Writings, 1930s-1990s.

About 150 items.

Arrangement: by type and chronologically.

Manuscript and published original works by Elmer Oettinger Jr.

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Typescript copies of the plays "boxcar," "Picture Window," and "The Shining Dark," numerous playlets and other short creative works, sheet music including lyrics, and a wartime memoir entitled, "Hush Most Secret."

There is also a notebook that Oettinger kept in which he recorded the titles of all the motion pictures that were shown at the Wilson Theatre in 1930.

Folder 43

Typescript copy of "boxcar," a play #05109, Subseries: "5.1. Creative Writings, 1930s-1990s." Folder 43

Folder 44

Typescript copy of "Picture Window," a play #05109, Subseries: "5.1. Creative Writings, 1930s-1990s." Folder 44

Folder 45

Typescript copy of "The Shining Dark," a play #05109, Subseries: "5.1. Creative Writings, 1930s-1990s." Folder 45

Folder 46

Manuscript copies of playlets and dramatic scenarios #05109, Subseries: "5.1. Creative Writings, 1930s-1990s." Folder 46

Folder 47

Manuscript copies of short creative works #05109, Subseries: "5.1. Creative Writings, 1930s-1990s." Folder 47

Folder 48

Manuscript copies of sheet music and lyrics #05109, Subseries: "5.1. Creative Writings, 1930s-1990s." Folder 48

Folder 49

Journal entitled, "All Pictures shown at the Wilson Theatre during 1930," 1930 #05109, Subseries: "5.1. Creative Writings, 1930s-1990s." Folder 49

Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

Typescript copy of "Hush Most Secret," a memoir #05109, Subseries: "5.1. Creative Writings, 1930s-1990s." Folder 50-51

Folder 52-53

Folder 52

Folder 53

Corrections to "Hush Most Secret" #05109, Subseries: "5.1. Creative Writings, 1930s-1990s." Folder 52-53

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About 20 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Primarily scripts that Elmer Oettinger Jr. wrote for radio programs, such as The Citizen's Forum of the Air and others, that were broadcast over the Tobacco Radio Network or WNAOin the late 1940s and early 1950s. There are also materials related to television programs. Oettinger participated in a WUNC-TV program about drama and Greek tragedy in 1958, and he interviewed Chancellor James Moeser of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December 2000 for the People's Channel, a local cable television station in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Folder 54

Radio scripts, 1946-1981 #05109, Subseries: "5.2. Radio and Television Scripts, 1946-2000." Folder 54

Folder 55

Television scripts, 1958-2000 #05109, Subseries: "5.2. Radio and Television Scripts, 1946-2000." Folder 55

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About 70 items.

Arrangement: by type and chronologically.

Articles and manuscripts addressing various legal issues that were published in Popular Government, a publication of the Institute of Government. There is also a series of less academic writings from the 1990s that appeared in Senior Lawyer, a publication of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Folder 56-59

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Published articles, 1960s-1990s #05109, Subseries: "5.3. Academic and Professional Writings, 1960s-1990s." Folder 56-59

Folder 60-63

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

Folder 63

Academic and professional writings #05109, Subseries: "5.3. Academic and Professional Writings, 1960s-1990s." Folder 60-63

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About 250 items.

Arrangement: by organization.

Materials that were generated by the academic and professional service organizations with which Oettinger was involved.

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About 150 items.

Arrangement: by type and chronologically.

Reports, publications, seminar materials, memoranda, and other documents related to Oettinger's work as a professor of public law and government at the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Folder 64-65

Folder 64

Folder 65

"The Campus Crisis: Public Law Conference for Higher Education Administrators," 1969 #05109, Subseries: "6.1. Materials from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-1982." Folder 64-65

Folder 66

Task Force on the Criminal Justice System and the Public, 1970-1971 #05109, Subseries: "6.1. Materials from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-1982." Folder 66

Folder 67

North Carolina Bench-Bar-Press Committee, 1968-1971 #05109, Subseries: "6.1. Materials from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-1982." Folder 67

Folder 68

News Media-Administration of Justice Council, 1971-1982 #05109, Subseries: "6.1. Materials from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-1982." Folder 68

Folder 69

Publications of the News Media-Administration of Justice Council, 1971-1972 #05109, Subseries: "6.1. Materials from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-1982." Folder 69

Folder 70

Institute of Government seminar pamphlets, 1963-1979 #05109, Subseries: "6.1. Materials from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-1982." Folder 70

Folder 71-72

Folder 71

Folder 72

Institute of Government seminar materials, 1973-1975 #05109, Subseries: "6.1. Materials from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-1982." Folder 71-72

Folder 73-74

Folder 73

Folder 74

Institute of Government course materials #05109, Subseries: "6.1. Materials from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-1982." Folder 73-74

Folder 75-76

Folder 75

Folder 76

Miscellaneous administrative materials from the Institute of Government, 1962-1980 #05109, Subseries: "6.1. Materials from the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1962-1982." Folder 75-76

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About 150 items.

Arrangement: by institution.

Reports, publications, seminar materials, agenda, contact lists, transcribed testimony, and other materials relating to Oettinger's professional service activities with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the American Bar Association, and the Ditchley Foundation.

Folder 77-79

Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

American Bar Association, 1975-1981 #05109, Subseries: "6.2. Materials from Other Organizations, 1973-2002." Folder 77-79

Folder 80

Ditchley Foundation: Materials relating to a conference on confidentiality in government, 1977-1978 #05109, Subseries: "6.2. Materials from Other Organizations, 1973-2002." Folder 80

Folder 81

North Carolina Bar Association, 1982-1996 #05109, Subseries: "6.2. Materials from Other Organizations, 1973-2002." Folder 81

Folder 82-84

Folder 82

Folder 83

Folder 84

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1973-1991, including Elmer's Tunes, A Centennial Celebration #05109, Subseries: "6.2. Materials from Other Organizations, 1973-2002." Folder 82-84

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Photographs of members of the Oettinger family and their friends. Many of these photographs were taken in Wilson, N.C. Some of the post-war photographs record activities, such as reunions, seminars, and dramatic productions, that occurred at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Folder P-5109/1

Photographs of the Oettinger family and their friends, 1910s-1940s #05109, Series: "7. Photographs, 1900s-1970s." Folder P-5109/1

Folder P-5109/2

Photographs of Elmer Oettinger Jr. and his friends while he was stationed in Hawaii, 1944-1945 #05109, Series: "7. Photographs, 1900s-1970s." Folder P-5109/2

Folder P-5109/3

Photographs of Elmer Oettinger Jr. his family, friends, and co-workers, 1950s-1970s #05109, Series: "7. Photographs, 1900s-1970s." Folder P-5109/3

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Separated materials include photographs (P-5109).

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