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Collection Number: 04965-z

Collection Title: William C. Parker Papers (#4965-z) 1947-1949

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Size 8 items.
Abstract William C. Parker was a corporate public relations executive, journalist, and graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (A.B., 1949). The collection contains final typed drafts of profiles written by William C. Parker of Paul Green, Howard Odum, Betty Smith, and James H. Street; issues of Holland's magazine containing articles based on the profiles of Odum and Street; a typed draft of a description of the Chapel Hill writers' colony of the 1940s, which was to be the introduction to a projected book of profiles of writers; and a letter, 1 April 1949, from Betty Smith to Parker about her profile.
Creator Parker, William C. (William Covington).
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.
Provenance
Received from William C. Parker of Williamsburg, Va., in December 1998 (Acc. 98268).
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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William Covington Parker graduated from high school in Albermarle, N.C., and entered the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1944 at the age of 16. He joined the Navy Air Corps in late 1945 and returned to Chapel Hill in September 1946. He graduated with a degree in English in 1949. After working as a journalist in New York for two years, Parker was a corporate public relations executive for 40 years, serving as head of corporate public relations for the Campbell Soup Company, FMC Corporation, and CPC International Inc. (renamed Bestfoods in 1998).

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Final typed drafts of profiles written by William C. Parker of Paul Green, Howard Odum, Betty Smith, and James H. Street; issues of Holland's magazine containing articles based on the profiles of Odum and Street; a typed draft of a description of the Chapel Hill writers' colony of the 1940s, which was to be the introduction to a projected book of profiles of writers; and a letter, 1 April 1949, from Betty Smith to Parker about her profile.

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8 items.

Final typed drafts of profiles written by William C. Parker of Paul Green, Howard Odum, Betty Smith, and James H. Street; issues of Holland's magazine containing articles based on the profiles of Odum and Street; a typed draft of a description of the Chapel Hill writers' colony of the 1940s, which was intended to be the introduction to a projected book of profiles of writers; and a letter, 1 April 1949, from Betty Smith to Parker about her profile.

Parker wrote these profiles in 1947, when he was a senior at the University of North Carolina. He began interviewing writers because he was interested in a career in writing. In the process, he became interested in biographical writing. He interviewed each of the four subjects of his profiles as well as doing library research about them. He gave the profiles to the subjects to read, change, correct, or modify. The profiles of Green, Odum, and Street were read and corrected by them. Parker then retyped the profiles, incorporating the changes and suggestions. The Betty Smith profile was never retyped. The draft includes Smith's notes, corrections, suggestions, and inserts that she typed herself.

Folder 1

Introduction #04965-z, Series: "Papers, 1947-1949. " Folder 1

Folder 2

Green, Paul #04965-z, Series: "Papers, 1947-1949. " Folder 2

Folder 3

Odum, Howard W. #04965-z, Series: "Papers, 1947-1949. " Folder 3

Folder 4

Smith, Betty #04965-z, Series: "Papers, 1947-1949. " Folder 4

Folder 5

Street, James H. #04965-z, Series: "Papers, 1947-1949. " Folder 5

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Items separated include oversized papers (OP-4965).

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