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Collection Number: 04520

Collection Title: Roy Parker Papers, 1946-1997

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Size 10.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 7000 items)
Abstract Joseph Roy Parker, Jr., was born in Ahoskie, N.C., the son of Joseph Roy Parker, Sr., journalist and professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina. In 1953, Parker began his career in journalism as editor of three family-owned weekly newspapers serving Hertford, Bertie, and Northampton counties, N.C. In 1957, after graduation from the University of North Carolina (A.B. Journalism, 1955), he became a political reporter for the "News and Observer" of Raleigh. From 1963 to 1971, Parker was the "News and Observer"'s Washington correspondent. Returning to Raleigh in 1971, Parker remained with the "News and Observer" until July 1972, when he left to work on the gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Hargrove (Skipper) Bowles. In 1973, after a short stint as associate editor of the "Fayetteville Observer," Parker became the editor of the newly established "Fayetteville Times." Correspondence, clippings, and other materials of Roy Parker, Jr. The papers relate to his career in journalism and to his political activities. There are also a few items relating to family life. The addition of January 2000 contains material relating to the history, particularly the founding, of the "Fayetteville Times."
Creator Parker, Roy, 1930-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Closed pending processing.
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 Roy Parker papers #4520, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Roy Parker, Jr., of Fayetteville, N.C., in August 1988 (Acc. 88095), January 1999 (Acc. 98280), and January 2000 (Acc. 98542).
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 Roy Parker, Jr., was born in Ahoskie, N.C., the son of Joseph Roy Parker, Sr., journalist and professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina. In 1953, Parker began his career in journalism as editor of three family-owned weekly newspapers serving Hertford, Bertie, and Northampton counties, N.C. In 1957, after graduation from the University of North Carolina (A.B. Journalism, 1955), he became a political reporter for the "News and Observer" of Raleigh. From 1963 to 1971, Parker was the "News and Observer"'s Washington correspondent. Returning to Raleigh in 1971, Parker remained with the "News and Observer" until July 1972, when he left to work on the gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Hargrove (Skipper) Bowles. In 1973, after a short stint as associate editor of the "Fayetteville Observer," Parker became the editor of the newly established "Fayetteville Times."

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Correspondence, clippings, and other materials of Roy Parker, Jr. The papers relate to his career in journalism and to his political activities. There are also a few items relating to family life. The addition of January 2000 contains material relating to the history, particularly the founding, of the "Fayetteville Times."

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, October 1988 with subsequent additions

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Processing of this collection has been deferred pending expected additions.

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