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Collection Number: 03989

Collection Title: Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately About 450 items)
Abstract Peirson Ricks was an author, advertising agent, and native of Winston-Salem, N.C. The collection includes correspondence, writings, memoranda, clippings, drawings, and photographs of Ricks. Approximately half the collection consists of correspondence, 1925 and 1940-1950, between Ricks and his relatives, literary agent Jacques Chambrun, and publishers. Included is correspondence with Burroughs Mitchell of Scribners' relating to the publication of Ricks's novel, The Hunter's Horn, in 1945. The remainder of the collection consists of typed drafts of short stories and novelettes by Ricks, memoranda, clippings, drawings, and photographs.
Creator Ricks, Peirson, 1908-1950.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Peirson Ricks Papers, #3989, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from David Ricks of Winston-Salem, N.C., February 1974
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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Pierson Ricks (1908-1950) was an author, advertising agent, and native of Winston-Salem, N.C. Ricks was the oldest of the four children of David Absalom Ricks and Jessie Pierson Whitaker Ricks. He graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, N.C., attended the University of North Carolina, worked at Hanes Knitting Company and at advertising agencies in Philadelphia, Pa., New York, N.Y., and Winston-Salem. He also wrote for the Winston-Salem Journal and worked for the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, D.C., during World War II. As an author, Ricks wrote about 50 stories and novelettes, of which 20 were published. A novel, The Hunter's Horn, was published by Scribners' in 1947.

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The collection includes the correspondence, writings, memoranda, clippings, drawings, and photographs of Pierson Ricks. Approximately half the collection consists of correspondence, 1925 and 1940-1950, between Ricks and his relatives, literary agent Jacques Chambrun, and publishers. Included is correspondence with Burroughs Mitchell of Scribners' relating to the publication of Ricks's novel, The Hunter's Horn, in 1945. The remainder of the collection consists of typed drafts of short stories and novelettes by Ricks, memoranda, clippings, drawings, and photographs.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Introductory material #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 1

Folder 2-5

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

1925 #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 2-5

Folder 6-10

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

1940-1944 #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 6-10

Folder 11-13

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

1945-1946 #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 11-13

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Folder 18

Folder 19

1947-1949 #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 14-19

Folder 20

1950-1952 #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 20

Folder 21

Miscellaneous memoranda and collected clippings #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 21

Folder 22

Photographs #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 22

Image Folder PF-3989/1-2

PF-3989/1

PF-3989/2

Photographs #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." PF-3989/1-2

Folder 23

Clippings: The Hunter's Horn, 1947 #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 23

Folder 24

Publishing information and notes on manuscript #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 24

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Folder 43

Writings: typed manuscripts of short fiction #03989, Series: "Peirson Ricks Papers, 1925-1952." Folder 25-43

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Photographs (PF-3989/1-2).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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