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Collection Number: 05170

Collection Title: James R. Spence Audio Recordings Relating to Paul Green, 1974-1979

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Size 28 items
Abstract James R. Spence grew up in Harnett County, N.C. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1949 and from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1953. Spence practiced law in Lillington, N.C. Paul Eliot Green (1894-1981) also grew up in Harnett County. Green was an author, teacher, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and humanitarian. The collection contains audio recordings of oral history interviews conducted by James R. Spence with Paul Green. There are also interviews with Green's wife Elizabeth Atkinson Lay Green and Green's sisters Erma Green Gold, Mary Green Johnson, and Caro Mae Green Russell. Interview topics include Paul Green's professional career and family life in Harnett County, N.C.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; and elsewhere.
Creator Spence, James R.
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.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James R. Spence Audio Recordings Relating to Paul Green #5170, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Marilyn Y. Spence in June 2004 (Acc. 99868).
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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James R. Spence grew up in Harnett County, N.C. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1949 and from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1953. Spence practiced law in Lillington, N.C. Paul Eliot Green (1894-1981) also grew up in Harnett County. Green was an author, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and humanitarian.

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The collection is audio recordings of oral history interviews conducted by James R. Spence with author, teacher, and playwright Paul Green. There are also interviews with Green's wife Elizabeth Atkinston Lay Green and Green's sisters Erma Green Gold, Mary Green Johnson, and Caro Mae Green Russell. Interview topics include Paul Green's professional career and family life in Harnett County, N.C.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; and elsewhere.

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Contents list

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28 items.

Arrangement: Paul Green interviews are listed first, chronologically, followed by other interviews, also listed chronologically.

Processing Note: Audio cassettes C-5170/17-24 have information about the contents of the interview on their labels. This information has been transcribed and is included with the description in the following list.

Audiocassette C-5170/1-2

C-5170/1

C-5170/2

Paul Green, 24 October 1974 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/1-2

Audiocassette C-5170/3

Paul Green, 5 February 1975 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/3

Audiocassette C-5170/4-6

C-5170/4

C-5170/5

C-5170/6

Paul Green, 6 May 1976 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/4-6

Audiocassette C-5170/7

Erma Green Gold, 2 October 1976; Paul Green, 23 October 1976 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/7

Audiocassette C-5170/8-15

C-5170/8

C-5170/9

C-5170/10

C-5170/11

C-5170/12

C-5170/13

C-5170/14

C-5170/15

Paul Green, 23 October 1976 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/8-15

C-5170/14 and C5170-15 are duplicates.

Audiocassette C-5170/16

Paul Green, 23 August 1977 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/16

Audiocassette C-5170/17

Paul Green, 29 April 1978 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/17

Information transcribed from cassette label: "Discussion on religion, guilt, Priest - psychiatry; Miss Florence Straw; Burying dogs - grief; Dreams - frustrations (house caught fire); Brothers in Ku Klux Klan; Grandpa Byrd; 'Tuberculosis of bone'; Joe McKay, [?] Creek; Father; Eliz. Spence, Ernest; Quartet; Hamlet; 'Honeycomb'; 'The Lord's Will' Loans to relatives Debts; Buying land; Contracts with Hollywood; no notes; auto repossessed; Faulkner; Will Rogers; Smoking, drinking"

Audiocassette C-5170/18

Paul Green, 29 April 1978 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/18

Information transcribed from cassette label: "More on yellow-haired girl; Teaching philosophy; Separate law school; Bob House; Blacklisting; Herr Bab and wife; Lamar Stringfield; Fellowship from Davis Stevens (Rockefeller); Rockefeller tour; Japan, etc.; More Stringfield"

Audiocassette C-5170/19

Paul Green, 8-9 August 1979 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/19

Information transcribed from cassette label: "dipper at well; post office; Poem to frog; Poem to Penny P.; Play on John Audre; Speech at Campbell C.; p. 45 skinny -; dipping in icy water; Johnny J. in Finland; Sail Ou / Jim Bledsoe; People's Theatre; p. 106 in MS; Soldiers find Green's diary; Stringfield at Camp Sevier; Miss Cummings; French girl - beauty; Rass's grave; Ithica - Rain, etc., N.Y.; Fixins"

Audiocassette C-5170/020

Paul Green, 9 August 1979 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/020

Information transcribed from cassette label: "The Reviewer; Un[iversity] Day Speech; Phi Beta Speech; Encyclo[pedia] of Sou[thern] Lit[erature]; O'Neill; Boys in the Band; Green's Lecture; N.C. Writer's Conf. July 28, 29, 30; Ought to be; Saul Bellows; Tolstoy Family Happiness"

Audiocassette C-5170/21

Paul Green, 9 August 1979 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/21

Information transcribed from cassette label: "Lamar Stringfield; Performance at Iowa. Tread the; Lipscomb B. pub. by Yale Review; Friends - House in Glen. $3500; Bees in head; Lay house - sold $10,000; James Boyd; Cabin in Glen; Sherwood Anderson; J. Daniels I & II; Wilbur D. Steele; Faulkner; Birth of a Nation"

Audiocassette C-5170/22

Paul Green, 9 August 1979 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/22

Information transcribed from cassette label: "Roosevelt; Norman Thomas; Birth of a Nation; Family loans; Pacific Pallisades House on canyon Earthquake; 1st house - Mulholland Dr. with family Visitors to farm; Grant Wood; Wolfe + Perkins; More Faulkner; Attitude about homosexuals, etc.; Maxwell Anderson; Clifford Odets; Harold Clurman; Good to be born; Will Geer' Reinhart; (Everyman); 'Big John'; Dorothy Patten; Thomas Wolfe; Talk, talk; In N.Y."

Audiocassette C-5170/23

Paul Green, 10 August 1979 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/23

Information transcribed from cassette label: "Constitution play (Original Common Glory); Sen. Reynolds; Federal Theatre; Jamestown; Williamsburg; Before EE II; $1200 check. Sent money back; After WW II Darden; Convict escapes; Bullfrogs; John McGee; Samuel French; $5000 for int in J.J.; Diaries; Furrow's Gleam (12 mos.); Henry Spears Loans; Southern Cross; Sam Byrd; (Dude in Tob. Road); Jim Boyd; May 30, 1936 Texas; Leland Haywood; June 1936; Sam Goldwyn's contract; Lost Colony; Clark Contract"

Audiocassette C-5170/24

Paul Green, 10 August 1979 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/24

Information transcribed from cassette label: "Bread loaf; 60 HP Ford; Roosevelt's speech; 'Economic Royalists'; Bernard DeVoto; Robert Frost walks in woods. Did not like Sandberg. Hot.; W. D. Steel (wife had died, influenza); moved; Lamar Stringfield; David Stevens; Grant for Stringfield; Out of the South; Stag at Eve; Fayetteville; Jamestown + Common Glory; segregated rest rooms; Article against Hollywood; Spice Bittings; Enchanted Maze; Capital Punishment; Wolfe's papers; $5000; John A. Oates; Williamsburg"

Audiocassette C-5170/25

Mary Green Johnson, 8 May 1976 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/25

Audiocassette C-5170/26

Caro Mae Green Russell, 23 August 1977 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/26

Audiocassette C-5170/27

Elizabeth Lay Green, 2 October 1976 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/27

Audiocassette C-5170/28

Elizabeth Lay Green, 23 August 1977 #05170, Series: "Audio recordings, 1974-1979." C-5170/28

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean, June 2006

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, June 2006

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