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Collection Number: 04235

Collection Title: John Herbert Roper Papers, 1979-2003

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Size About 1,650 items (3.0 linear feet)
Abstract John Herbert Roper is a professor of history with interests chiefly related to the history of the American South. The collection includes correspondence, interviews, writings, and other materials relating to historian John Herbert Roper's work as professor of history at Emory and Henry College and on topics in southern history. Among these materials are transcripts of and notes on interviews done in 1978 and 1980 with William T. Couch, Manning J. Dauer, John Hope Franklin, Guy B. Johnson, Guion Johnson, LeRoy E. Loemker, J. Carlyle Sitterson, Carl D. Stewart, and Bennett H. Wall about historian C. Vann Woodward. Also included is a transcript of an interview with Woodward; correspondence with Woodward that includes letters from Woodward about Tom Watson; and a manuscript by Roper of "Progress and History: U. B. Phillips and C. Vann Woodward Create A Southern Dialectic on Race." There is also correspondence about historian U. B. Phillips; materials relating to the Herbert Aptheker/Paul G. Partington controversy about publication of a bibliography of the works of W. E. B. DuBois; correspondence and other papers relating to Roper's editing a collection of essays entitled C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics; an interview with Ellis Merton Coulter about U. B. Phillips; and correspondence and other materials relating to other aspects of Roper's writing and teaching.
Creator Roper, John Herbert, 1948-
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No publication of extensive portions of this material without permission from donor. Persons citing or quoting from the interviews are requested to cite interview, date, and page number carefully and to cite the materials as per the preferred citation form below.
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 John Herbert Roper Papers #4235, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Transcriptions of some of the interviews in materials received 1980-1988 available on microfilm.
Provenance
Received from John H. Roper of Laurinburg, N.C., in 1979, 1980, and 1983-1988; 1989-1999 additions from Roper in Emory, Va.
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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John Herbert Roper is History Department chair and Richardson Professor of American History at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va. He received his M.A. from North Carolina State University and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. He is the author of many volumes on southern history including C. Vann Woodward, Southerner (1987); U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind (1984), and Paul Green's War Songs (1993).

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The collection includes correspondence, interviews, writings, and other materials relating to historian John Herbert Roper's work as professor of history at Emory and Henry College and on topics in southern history. Among these materials are transcripts of and notes on interviews done in 1978 and 1980 with William T. Couch, Manning J. Dauer, John Hope Franklin, Guy B. Johnson, Guion Johnson, LeRoy E. Loemker, J. Carlyle Sitterson, Carl D. Stewart, and Bennett H. Wall about historian  C. Vann Woodward. Also included is a transcript of an interview with Woodward; correspondence with Woodward that includes letters from Woodward about Tom Watson; and a manuscript by Roper of "Progress and History: U. B. Phillips and C. Vann Woodward Create A Southern Dialectic on Race." There is also correspondence about historian U. B. Phillips; materials relating to the Herbert Aptheker/Paul G. Partington controversy about publication of a bibliography of the works of W. E. B. DuBois; correspondence and other papers relating to Roper's editing a collection of essays entitled C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics; an interview with E. Merton Coulter about U. B. Phillips; and correspondence and other materials relating to other aspects of Roper's writing and teaching.

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Contents list

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About 550 items.
Folder 1

Writings: "Progress and History: U. B. Phillips and C. Vann Woodward Create a Southern Dialectic on Race." Undated version of a paper read by Roper at a program session of the Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, 15 November 1979 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 1

Folder 2

Interview: Couch, William T., 10-11 January 1980 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 2

Folder 3

Interview: Dauer, Manning J., 21 July 1979 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 3

Folder 4

Interview: Franklin, John Hope, 10 November 1978 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 4

Folder 5

Interview: Johnson, Guy; Johnson, Guion, 11 January 1980 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 5

Folder 6

Interview: Loemker, LeRoy E., 11 August 1979 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 6

Folder 7

Interview: Sitterson, J. Carlyle, 10 November 1979 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 7

Folder 8

Interview: Stewart, Carl D., 26 June 1979 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 8

Folder 9

Interview: Wall, Bennett H., 12 April 1979 (and letter, 3 May 1979); Graf, LeRoy P., 12 April 1979 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 9

Folder 10

Interview: Woodward, C. Vann, 18 July 1978, 13 April 1979, 12 October 1980 (see also folder 14) #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 10

Folder 11

Interview: Rainey, Glenn W., 25 March 1980, 27 March 1980 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 11

Folder 12

Interview: Carleton, William G., 21 July 1979 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 12

Folder 13

Interview: Copeland, J. Isaac, 19-20 November 1979, 11 October 1980 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 13

Folder 14

Interview: Woodward, C. Vann, 4-5 November 1980, 20 June 1983, 9-10 November 1983, 14 December 1984 (see also folder 10) #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 14

Folder 15

Interview: Folbright, James William, 21 March 1983 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 15

Folder 16

Interview: Congressional legal staffers, 22 March 1983 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 16

Folder 17

Interview: Edwards, Don, 22 March 1983 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 17

Folder 18

Interview: Yoder, Edwin M., Jr., 22 March 1983 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 18

Folder 19

Interview: Pole, J. R., 11 November 1983 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 19

Folder 20

Interview: Boulware, Ellen; Ohls, Martin; Hall, John Gladdin; Hall, Julia, 18 March 1984 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 20

Folder 21

Interview: McFeely, William Samuel, 4 December 1984 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 21

Folder 22

Interview: Blum, John Morton, 13 December 1984; Aptheker, Herbert, 20 April 1985 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 22

Folder 23

Interview: Meier, August, 17 June 1985 (with letter and draft with Meier's corrections) #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 23

Folder 24

C. Vann Woodward, Southerner: Correspondence: A-B: Includes letters from Herbert Aptheker #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 24

Folder 25

C. Vann Woodward, Southerner: Correspondence: C: Includes letters from William G. Carleton, J. Isaac Copeland, Georgia Watson Craven #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 25

Folder 26

C. Vann Woodward, Southerner: Correspondence: D-J: Includes letters from Manning J. Dauer, John Hope Franklin (with edited interview draft), J. William Fulbright, LeRoy P. Graf, Julia Hall #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 26

Folder 27

C. Vann Woodward, Southerner: Correspondence: L-R: Includes letters from LeRoy E. Loemker, August Meier, Glenn W. Rainey #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 27

Folder 28

C. Vann Woodward, Southerner: Correspondence: S: Includes letters from J. Carlyle Sitterson (with edited interivew draft), Carl D. Stewart #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 28

Folder 29

C. Vann Woodward, Southerner: Correspondence: W: Includes letters from Bennett H. Wall #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 29

Folder 30

C. Vann Woodward, Southerner: Correspondence: Woodward, C. Vann: Includes letters from Woodward about Tom Watson to Georgia Watson, 1933-1938, and to Walter Brown, 1934 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 30

Folder 31

C. Vann Woodward, Southerner: Correspondence: Y-Z #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 31

Folder 31a

C. Vann Woodward, Southerner: Reviews and correspondence #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 31a

Folder 32

Aptheker, Herbert: Correspondence and notes about controversy at Yale University, 1978 #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 32

Folder 33

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: A-B #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 33

Folder 34

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: C #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 34

Folder 35

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: D #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 35

Folder 36

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: E-G #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 36

Folder 37

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: H-L #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 37

Folder 38

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: M: Includes letters from August Meier #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 38

Folder 39

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: N-R (except Parker) #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 39

Folder 40

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: Parker, Welton #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 40

Folder 41

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: S #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 41

Folder 42

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: T-V #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 42

Folder 43

U. B. Phillips: A Southern Mind: Correspondence: W-Z #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder 43

Folder P-4235/1

Photographs of C. Vann Woodward, John Hope Franklin, and others at the 1986 annual meeting of the American Historical Association #04235, Series: "Materials Received 1980-1988." Folder P-4235/1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of October 1989 (Acc. 89112), 1976-1989.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of October 1989 (Acc. 89114), 1989.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of October 1989 (Acc. 89120), 1986-1989.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997.

About 500 items.
Audiotape T-4235/1-2

T-4235/1

T-4235/2

Sam Ragan I-II, 31 July 1986 #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." T-4235/1-2

Folder 49

Miscellaneous materials #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 49

Folder 50

C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics: Correspondence, 1993-1995 #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 50

Folder 51

C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics: Correspondence, 1996-1997 #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 51

Folder 52

C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics: Permissions #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 52

Folder 53

C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics: Plans #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 53

Folder 54

C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics: Proofreading #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 54

Folder 55

C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics: Proposal #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 55

Folder 56

C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics: Ayers essay #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 56

Folder 57

C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics: Rabinowitz essay #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 57

Folder 58

Emory and Henry College #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 58

Folder 59

Correspondence, 1981-1990 #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 59

Folder 60

Correspondence, 1991-1995 #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 60

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Folder 61

Folder 62

Correspondence, 1996 #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 61-62

Folder 63-64

Folder 63

Folder 64

Correspondence, 1997 #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 63-64

Folder 65-66

Folder 65

Folder 66

Correspondence, 1998 #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 65-66

Folder 67

Correspondence, undated #04235, Subseries: "Additions 1990-1999 (Acc. 90033, 90059, 93132, 94067, 94121, 94160, 95022, 95099, 95146, 96041, 96088, 98115, 98312, 98351), 1981-1997." Folder 67

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About 400 items.

Correspondence and other items roughly sorted by year.

Folder 69

Correspondence and other items, 1970s #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 69

Folder 70-72

Folder 70

Folder 71

Folder 72

Correspondence and other items, 1984-1985 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 70-72

Folder 73-79

Folder 73

Folder 74

Folder 75

Folder 76

Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

Correspondence and other items, 1986-1987 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 73-79

Folder 80

Correspondence and other items, 1988-1989 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 80

Folder 81

Correspondence and other items, 1991-1998 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 81

Folder 82-83

Folder 82

Folder 83

Correspondence and other items, 1999 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 82-83

Folder 84-85

Folder 84

Folder 85

Correspondence and other items, 2000 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 84-85

Folder 86

Correspondence and other items, 2001 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 86

Folder 87

Correspondence and other items, undated #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 87

Folder 88

History Society, 1998-1999 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 88

Folder 89

Mayer, Henry/Charter Day, 1996 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 89

Folder 90

National Endowment for the Humanities, 1989-1994 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 90

Folder 91

Coulter, E. Merton: Interview about U. B. Phillips, 1976 #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 91

Folder 92

Miscellaneous #04235, Subseries: "Additions of June 2000 (Acc. 98640) and August 2001 (Acc. 99057), 1970s-2001." Folder 92

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About 50 items.

Correspondence and other items, including an essay by Roper, "Marxing through Georgia: Eugene Genovese and Radical Historiography for the Region," ( Georgia Historical Quarterly, spring 1996) and See Yankeetown by Tom Knotts (1970).

Folder 93-94

Folder 93

Folder 94

Correspondence and other items, 1970-2002 #04235, Subseries: "Addition of June 2002 (Acc. 99267), 1970-2002." Folder 93-94

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About 30 items.

Correspondence and other items including notes and letters relating to a speech Roper gave at Virginia Intermont college in 2002 about Benjamin Elijah Mays.

Folder 95-96

Folder 95

Folder 96

Correspondence and other items, 2002-2003 #04235, Subseries: "Addition of October 2003 (Acc. 99636), 2002-2003." Folder 95-96

Folder 95

Folder 96

Benjamin Elijah Mays speech, 2002 #04235, Subseries: "Addition of October 2003 (Acc. 99636), 2002-2003." Folder 95-96

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Items separated include audiotapes (T-4235/1-2).

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Processing Information

Full processing of these papers has been deferred pending expected frequent additions.

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