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Collection Number: 04549

Collection Title: Reed Sarratt Papers, 1930s-1960s

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Size 22.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 11200 items)
Abstract Correspondence, writings, notes, and other items of North Carolina journalist Reed Sarratt (1917-1986), whose career took him from editorial posts at the "Charlotte News" and the "Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel" to directorships of the Southern Education Reporting Service and the Southern Newspaper Publishers' Association. Sarratt's chief editorial interest was civil rights, and he was particulary involved in monitoring the desegregation of public schools.
Creator Sarratt, Reed.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
To be used only with special assistance from Technical Services staff.
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 Reed Sarratt papers #4549, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the estate of Reed Sarratt in March 1990.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Alexander Reed Sarratt, Jr., was born in Charlotte, N.C., in 1917. He was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1937 with a bachelor's degree in economics. During his senior year at UNC, he served as managing editor of the Daily Tar Heel. After graduation, he worked as a reporter and later city editor for the Charlotte News.

From 1946 to 1952, Sarratt was an editorial writer for the Baltimore Evening Sun. In 1952, he returned to North Carolina to begin an eight-year stint with the Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel. At these papers, he served as editorial page editor, executive editor, and assistant to the publisher.

In 1960, Sarratt was appointed executive director of the Southern Education Reporting Service (SERS), a Ford Foundation- supported group that collected and published information on school desegregation throughout the South. From 1965 to 1968, he directed the journalism project of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in Atlanta. During this period, he published The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade (Harper & Row, 1966).

Sarratt became executive director of the 442-member Southern Newspaper Publishers' Association (SNPA) in 1973, after serving four years as the head of the Southern Newspaper Publishers' Association Foundation. It was at the 1986 mid-winter meeting of the Association board that Sarratt collapsed and died. Sarratt was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 1985.

Sarratt was married to Elva Ann Sarratt, also a Charlotte native. The Sarratts had three children: Alexander Reed III, John L., and Ann.

(Adapted from articles in The News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), 16 March 1986; the Charlotte Observer, 17 March 1986; and the UNC Journalist, April-May 1986.)

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This collection contains a mixture of professional and personal papers. It is difficult to separate materials generated by Sarratt in the course of his journalism career from those that deal with more private matters, although little of the latter is included. There is also little material relating to either the Southern Education Reporting Service or the Southern Newspaper Publishers' Association. Because these papers are not fully processed, researchers will discover that there is great overlap in subjects, date spans, etc., among these files. While these redundancies will be ameliorated when the papers are fully processed, researchers using them in their present state should search broadly rather than narrowly for papers relating to specific topics. Many original folders have been replaced because of mildew damage; the papers, however, are generally in good condition.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s.

About 9,500 items.

An alphabetical run arranged by file folder names chiefly assigned by Sarratt. There is great overlap in subjects, date spans, etc., among these files, and researchers should search broadly rather than narrowly for papers relating to specific topics.

Box 1

Allied Military Government, 1944 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

American Press Institute, 1950s #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

American Society of Newspaper Editors, 1950s #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

Articles and editorials [by Sarratt], 1950s (8 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

Associated Press #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

Biographical material [about Sarratt] #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

The Blowing Rocket (newspaper: Blowing Rock, N.C.), 1937 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

The Bulletin (newsletter: Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N.C.) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

Charlotte (N.C.)--Miscellaneous #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

The Charlotte News Miscellaneous #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

The Charlotte News Policies #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

Civil rights Miscellaneous #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

Civil rights Freedom of the press/censorship #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

Correspondence--Congratulatory, 1959-1960 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

Correspondence--General, 1930s-1960s (8 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 1

Box 2

Correspondence--General, 1930s-1960s (4 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Correspondence--Personal [Sarratt's designation], 1930-1960s (4 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Desegregation Columbians, Inc. #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Desegregation Correspondence--General #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Desegregation Courts #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Desegregation Hate literature and hate organizations #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Desegregation Important statements #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Desegregation Interposition #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Desegregation Law #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Desegregation Miscegenation #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Desegregation Miscellaneous (9 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 2

Box 3

Desegregation Public schools Arkansas--Little Rock #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools Kentucky--Louisville #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools Maryland--Baltimore #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools North Carolina Courts #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools North Carolina Miscellaneous #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools North Carolina Pearsall Plan #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools North Carolina Speeches (2 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools North Carolina Winston-Salem #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools Tennessee--Clinton #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools Virginia #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation Public schools Washington, D.C. #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Desegregation White citizens councils #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Disadvantaged citizens #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Epson Chapel Nursery School and Kindergarten, Inc. #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Eye bank #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Finances, personal Accidents, 1962-1964 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Finances, personal Books sold #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Finances, personal Budget #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Finances, personal Expenses #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Finances, personal House #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Finances, personal Notes #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Ford Foundation #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Graham, Frank Porter, 1949-1950 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 3

Box 4

Gray, James, 1960 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Heard, Alexander, 1953-1956 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Hodges, Luther, 1955-1960 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Hoyt, W. K., 1952-1961 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Job applications #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Job changes, 1952-1960 (10 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Journalism Bibliography #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Journalism General #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Library #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Miscellaneous, 1930s-1960s (7 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 4

Box 5

Newspaper writing and editing classnotes #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Newspapers, functions of (3 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

National Conference of Editorial Writers #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Nieman Fellowship (2 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Nine-column page #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

North Carolina Editorial Writers Conference #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

North Carolina Press Association #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Office of War Information, 1943-1944 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Old Oak Club/Nashville Torch Club, 1960s #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Peabody College, Center for Southern Education Studies, 1961 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Press Courts and the press #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Press Education #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Press Freedom of information General (8 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Press Freedom of information North Carolina #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Press Freedom of information Photography #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Press Influence of Juveniles #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Press Influence of Law #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Press Influence of Libel #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Press Influence of Medical news #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 5

Box 6

Press Influence of Miscellaneous (8 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Press Influence of Politics #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Press Influence of Privacy #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Rebel yell #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Religion #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Rotary Club #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Singer, C. Gregg #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Southern Education Reporting Service Directorship, 1965 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Southern Education Reporting Service Library, 1964 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Southern Education Reporting Service "Southern Education Report," 1965 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Southern Education Reporting Service "Southern School News," 1964 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, 1959 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Southern Regional Education Board, 1948-1953 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Southern weekly newsmagazine (proposal), 1945-1946 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Speeches Clippings #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Speeches Correspondence (2 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Speeches Miscellaneous [includes some correspondence and texts) (4 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 6

Box 7

Speeches Texts (4 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Textbooks #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

United States Navy, 1944 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

University of North Carolina Class of 1937 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

University of North Carolina Urban studies program #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Wake Forest College--Management seminar, 1959 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston Salem (N.C.) 1960 Annexation issue, 1960 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston Salem (N.C.) 1960 Miscellaneous #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston-Salem Arts Council, 1952-1960 (2 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Desegregation editorials #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Editorial policy #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Editorial handbook #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Editorial staff #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Editorials on the 1952 presidential campaign (2 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Miscellaneous (2 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel News handbook #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Open house, 1959-1960 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 7

Box 8

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Opinion-attitude survey, 1959 (4 folders) #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 8

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Policy #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 8

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Prizes #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 8

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Saturday Sentinel #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 8

Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel Staff memos #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 8

Winston-Salem Symphony, 1955-1956 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 8

Young Civic Society (Charlotte, N.C.), 1938 #04549, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1930s-1960s." Box 8

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About 1500 items.

Materials relating to Sarratt's book The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade (Harper & Row, 1966).

Box 9

The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade First draft (4 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade Final draft (3 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade Final draft with revisions (3 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade Galleys (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

Acknowledgments #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

Advisory committee #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Businessmen (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Clergy (3 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Colleges (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Editors (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Governors (1 folder) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 9

Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Governors (1 folder) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Judges (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Lawyers (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Legislators (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Negro Protest (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Organized Whites (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Pace of Change #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Police (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Preface #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Presidents (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Schoolmen (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Chapters (material related to and comments about) Summary and Conclusions #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Contents #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Correspondence (2 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Davis, Chester #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Index #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Miscellaneous (4 folders) #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Muse, Benjamin #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Southern Education Reporting Service #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

University of North Carolina Press #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 10

Box 11-13

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Box 12

Box 13

Notes relating to The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade #04549, Series: "2. The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade, 1960s." Box 11-13

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Books and Journals.

About 200 items.

Books and journals, chiefly by others, collected by Sarratt and dealing with civil rights.

Box 14-18

Box 14

Box 15

Box 16

Box 17

Box 18

Books and journals #04549, Series: "3. Books and Journals." Box 14-18

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, April 1990; Revised by Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Not fully processed.

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