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Collection Number: 05012

Collection Title: Tom Wicker Papers (#5012) 1917-1998

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Size About 1600 items (10.0 linear feet)
Abstract Thomas Grey Wicker (1926- ), journalist and author, worked for the Winston-Salem Journal; the Nashville Tennesseean; and served as staff writer, chief of the Washington bureau, and associate editor for the New York Times. He wrote numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including several presidential biographies. The papers of Tom Wicker primarily relate to his work as a newspaper reporter, bureau chief, and editor, chiefly for the New York Times, and as a writer of fiction and non-fiction works. Included are drafts of his major works and research materials for some books, especially A Time to Die (1975), which is represented by items collected during and after Wicker's participation as an observer at the 1971 prison riot standoff at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, N.Y., and One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream (1991). Also included are drafts of articles on various topics and some materials relating to freelance work he undertook in the 1990s. Professional correspondence mostly relates to the publication and distribution of Wicker's books; other professional papers include briefs and press releases accumulated during Wicker's tenure at the New York Times. Many writings and professional materials relate to Richard M. Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, or John Erlichman, and to politics, government, and/or race relations in the United States and in North Carolina. Personal papers include a few writings and other papers relating to Wicker's early life in Hamlet, N.C.; letters from his time as a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1944-1948; letters to his parents while he served in the United States Navy during World War II and in the early 1950s; and other items relating to the Wicker family.
Creator Wicker, Tom.
Language English.
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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 Tom Wicker of Rochester, Vt., in February 2000 (Acc. 98555).
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Thomas Grey Wicker was born in Hamlet, N.C., on 18 June 1926 to Delancey David Wicker and Esta Cameron Wicker. He joined the Navy's V-12 program in 1944 and attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., graduating with an A.B. in journalism in 1948.

After working for a number of smaller newspapers in North Carolina, Wicker was hired as a copy editor by the Winston-Salem Journal in 1950. He eventually became the first Washington editor for the Journal. Wicker was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, 1957-1958, and then served as associate editor of the Nashville Tennesseean in 1960. That same year, he was hired by the New York Times as a staff writer. From 1964 to 1968, he was the chief of the Washington bureau of the Times. He served as associate editor of the Times from 1968 until his retirement in December 1991.

In 1971, Wicker was called upon by prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility at Attica, N.Y., to act as an observer during their standoff with prison officials and was present through the conclusion of the incident. He later described the event in A Time to Die (1975).

Other non-fiction works include Kennedy Without Tears (1964), JFK and LBJ (1966), On Press (1978), One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream (1991), and Tragic Failure: Racial Integration in America (1991). In addition, he worked on a number of scripts and treatments for television, most prominently acting as a consultant for the movie Attica, which was based on A Time to Die.

Among Wicker's works of fiction are three novels published under the pseudonym Paul Connolly: Get Out of Town (1951), Tears Are For Angels (1952), and So Fair, So Evil (1955). Novels published under his own name include The Kingpin (1953), The Devil Must (1957), The Judgement (1961), Facing the Lions (1973), Unto This Hour (1984), and Easter Lilly (1997).

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The papers of Tom Wicker primarily relate to his work as a journalist, bureau chief, and editor, chiefly for the New York Times, and as a writer of fiction and non-fiction works. Included are drafts of his major works and research materials for some books, especially A Time to Die (1975), which is represented by items collected during and after Wicker's participation as an observer at the 1971 prison riot standoff at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, N.Y., and One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream (1991). Also included are drafts of articles on various topics and some materials relating to freelance work he undertook in the 1990s.

Professional correspondence mostly relates to the publication and distribution of Wicker's books; other professional papers include briefs and press releases accumulated during Wicker's tenure at the New York Times.

Many writings and professional materials relate to Richard M. Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, or John Erlichman, and to politics, government, and/or race relations in the United States and in North Carolina.

Personal papers include a few writings and other papers relating to Wicker's early life in Hamlet, N.C.; letters from his time as a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1944-1948; letters to his parents while he served in the United States Navy during World War II and in the early 1950s; letters relating to the death of his mother, Esta Cameron Wicker, in 1989; and letters to Wicker's father, Delancey David Wicker, from his employer, the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Non-fiction Works, 1956-1998.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. Books, 1962-1996.

About 250 items.

Materials relating to Tom Wicker's non-fiction works. Included is draft material for Kennedy Without Tears, JFK and LBJ, A Time to Die, On Press, One of Us, and Tragic Failure. There are also notebooks containing handwritten draft material for One of Us and On Press, as well as research materials used in the preparation of A Time to Die and One of Us.

Among the A Time to Die materials are items relating to prisons and corrections policy in the United States; speeches and other press releases by Nelson Rockefeller and Russell Oswald; a transcript of an interview with observer Herman Schwartz; notes that appear to date from Wicker's involvement as an observer at the Attica prison riot in 1971; a note dating from the riot from the prisoners in Attica's C Block to those holding the D Yard; a note from the Attica prisoners to Bobby Seale; a letter written by Eldridge Cleaver to Tom Wicker on the subject of the riot; the report of the New York State Special Commission on Attica (the McKay Commission); a booklet of interviews with Attica inmates; documents from several meetings of the Attica Observers' Committee; a cassette featuring an interview with Roger Champen along with a typed transcript; a cassette containing part of Wicker's press conference after the retaking of Attica; and an audio copy of A Time To Die. There is also a script for the television adaptation of A Time to Die entitled Attica, for which Wicker acted as a consultant, and several reviews and other papers relating to A Time to Die.

Research materials for One of Us consist of notes and transcripts from interviews with, and some speeches by, figures involved with the Nixon administration. These include Richard M. Nixon, Elmer Bobst, Leonard Garment, William P. Rogers, Arnold Hutschnecker, Arthur Burns, Frank Sorg, and Bryce Harlow. There are tapes of an interview with John Ehrlichman, as well as a number of tapes documenting a conference on the Nixon administration held at Hofstra University in 1987.

Also included are a draft of Wicker's Tragic Failure and an article submitted by Wicker to The Nation, which is primarily composed of excerpts from the book.

Folder 1

Kennedy without Tears: Page proofs, 1964 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 1

Folder 2

Kennedy without Tears: Draft, 1964 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 2

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

JFK and LBJ: Partial draft, 1962 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 3-4

Folder 5

JFK and LBJ: New preface, 1991 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 5

Folder 6-11

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

JFK and LBJ: Partial draft, undated #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 6-11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

JFK and LBJ: Draft, undated #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 12-13

Folder 14

Attica notebook, 1971 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 14

Folder 15

Attica riot notes, 1971 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 15

Folder 16-19

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

A Time to Die: Research materials, 1971 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 16-19

Folder 20-22

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

A Time to Die: Research materials, 1972 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 20-22

Folder 23

A Time to Die: Research materials, undated #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 23

Folder 24

A Time to Die: Reviews and other papers, 1974-1977 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 24

Folder 25

Attica: Script, 1979 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 25

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

A Time to Die: Composition books, 1974 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 26-27

Folder 28-30

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

A Time to Die: Draft, undated #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 28-30

Folder 31-32

Folder 31

Folder 32

On Press: Composition books, 1976 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 31-32

Folder 33-35

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

On Press: Early draft, 1977 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 33-35

Folder 36

On Press: Page proofs, 1977 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 36

Folder 37

One of Us: Research materials, 1980 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 37

Folder 38

One of Us: Research materials, 1984-1991 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 38

Folder 39-40

Folder 39

Folder 40

One of Us: Research notebooks, 1985-1987 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 39-40

Folder 41

One of Us: Nixon conference, 1987 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 41

Folder 42

One of Us: Composition book, 1984 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 42

Folder 43-44

Folder 43

Folder 44

One of Us: Composition books, 1986 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 43-44

Folder 45

One of Us: Composition books, 1987 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 45

Folder 46

One of Us: Composition books, 1989 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 46

Folder 47-53

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

One of Us: Final draft, 1990 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 47-53

Folder 54-55

Folder 54

Folder 55

Tragic Failure: Final draft, 1996 #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 54-55

Folder 56

Tragic Failure: Article #05012, Subseries: "1.1. Books, 1962-1996. " Folder 56

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Published articles on political, social, and other topics written by Tom Wicker. These include clippings of articles on literary topics that Wicker wrote for the Winston-Salem Journal in the late 1950s, as well a large number of articles written for the New York Times during Wicker's tenure as head of the paper's Washington bureau and some opinion pieces written after he had become an associate editor for the Times. The articles from the New York Times discuss a range of topics relating to national electoral politics, primarily covering the presidential campaign of 1960 and various aspects of the subsequent John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations. The articles also feature extensive coverage of the 1960 Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller campaigns. In addition, there are occasional pieces written for other publications, such as the Earth Times, and interviews conducted by Wicker with Ramsey Clarke and Gore Vidal.

Folder 57

1955-1957 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 57

Folder 58

1960 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 58

Folder 59

1961 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 59

Folder 60-62

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

1962 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 60-62

Folder 63-68

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

1963 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 63-68

Folder 69-73

Folder 69

Folder 70

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

1964 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 69-73

Folder 74

1965-1969 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 74

Folder 75

1970-1975 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 75

Folder 76

1990-1991 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 76

Folder 77-81

Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

Folder 80

Folder 81

1993-1995 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 77-81

Folder 82-84

Folder 82

Folder 83

Folder 84

1996 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 82-84

Folder 85-87

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

1997 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 85-87

Folder 88

1998 #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 88

Folder 89

Article fragments, undated #05012, Subseries: "1.2. Articles, 1956-1998. " Folder 89

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Fiction, 1952-1998.

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About 30 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Draft material from novels, both published and unpublished, by Tom Wicker, including "Second Chance" (1958), The Judgment (1961), Facing the Lions (1973), Unto This Hour (1984), Easter Lilly (1997), and "Oyster Bay" (undated). There is also undated draft material for a novel under the working title of "McBee," which appears never to have been completed.

Folder 90

"Second Chance," 1958 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 90

Folder 91-92

Folder 91

Folder 92

The Judgment: Early draft, 1961 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 91-92

Folder 93

The Judgment: Final draft, 1961 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 93

Folder 94-96

Folder 94

Folder 95

Folder 96

Facing the Lions: Early draft, 1973 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 94-96

Folder 97-98

Folder 97

Folder 98

Facing the Lions: Final draft, 1973 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 97-98

Folder 99-100

Folder 99

Folder 100

Unto This Hour: Composition books, 1979 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 99-100

Folder 101-102

Folder 101

Folder 102

Unto This Hour: Composition books, 1981 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 101-102

Folder 103-109

Folder 103

Folder 104

Folder 105

Folder 106

Folder 107

Folder 108

Folder 109

Unto This Hour: Final draft, 1985 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 103-109

Folder 110-112

Folder 110

Folder 111

Folder 112

Donovan's Wife: Draft, 1992 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 110-112

Folder 113

Easter Lilly: Composition notes, 1995-1996 #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 113

Folder 114-116

Folder 114

Folder 115

Folder 116

Easter Lilly: Draft, undated #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 114-116

Folder 117-120

Folder 117

Folder 118

Folder 119

Folder 120

"McBee": Draft material, undated #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 117-120

Folder 121-122

Folder 121

Folder 122

"Oyster Bay": Draft, undated #05012, Subseries: "2.1. Novels, 1961-1998. " Folder 121-122

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997.

About 70 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Draft versions of short stories, scripts, and treatments.

Folder 123

"He'll Take a Mile," 1952 #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 123

Folder 124

"The Ballad of Bonecrusher Ames," 1959 #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 124

Folder 125

"Street Cars," 1976 #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 125

Folder 126

"Bad News," 1985 #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 126

Folder 127

Intruder in the Dust, 1992 #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 127

Folder 128-129

Folder 128

Folder 129

The Big Trouble: Research materials, 1993-1994 #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 128-129

Folder 130

"Fullback," 1994 #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 130

Folder 131

"Foursome," 1997 #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 131

Folder 132

"At the Villers' Table," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 132

Folder 133

"The Big Sledge," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 133

Folder 134

"Borrowed Time," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 134

Folder 135

"Crimson Leaf," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 135

Folder 136

"Going Up," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 136

Folder 137

"Knight's Gambit," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 137

Folder 138

"The Long Green Table," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 138

Folder 139

"Manuel's Party," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 139

Folder 140

"The Polychrome Effect," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 140

Folder 141

"Secrets," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 141

Folder 142

"Something on a Christmas Tree," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 142

Folder 143

"Under the Triple Tree," undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 143

Folder 144

Untitled chapters, undated #05012, Subseries: "2.2. Stories, Scripts, Treatments, 1952-1997. " Folder 144

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997.

About 600 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence relating to various aspects of Tom Wicker's professional life. Included are a large number of letters acknowledging the receipt of complimentary copies of Wicker's books; correspondence of a perfunctory nature from Felix Rohatyn, Kurt Vonnegut, and Russell Baker; and letters from people associated with William Morrow Inc. and Viking Press, the principal publishers of Tom Wicker's literary work.

Folder 145

1960-1970 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 145

Folder 146-147

Folder 146

Folder 147

1971 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 146-147

Folder 148

1972 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 148

Folder 149-151

Folder 149

Folder 150

Folder 151

1973 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 149-151

Folder 152

1974 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 152

Folder 153-156

Folder 153

Folder 154

Folder 155

Folder 156

1975 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 153-156

Folder 157

1976 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 157

Folder 158

1977 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 158

Folder 159

1978 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 159

Folder 160

1979-1980 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 160

Folder 161

1981-1982 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 161

Folder 162

1983 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 162

Folder 163

1984 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 163

Folder 164

1985 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 164

Folder 165

1986 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 165

Folder 166

1987-1988 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 166

Folder 167-168

Folder 167

Folder 168

1989 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 167-168

Folder 169-170

Folder 169

Folder 170

1990 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 169-170

Folder 171-173

Folder 171

Folder 172

Folder 173

1991 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 171-173

Folder 174-175

Folder 174

Folder 175

1992 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 174-175

Folder 176-177

Folder 176

Folder 177

1993 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 176-177

Folder 178-179

Folder 178

Folder 179

1994 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 178-179

Folder 180

1995 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 180

Folder 181-183

Folder 181

Folder 182

Folder 183

1996 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 181-183

Folder 184-189

Folder 184

Folder 185

Folder 186

Folder 187

Folder 188

Folder 189

1997 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 184-189

Folder 190

1998 #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 190

Folder 191-192

Folder 191

Folder 192

Undated #05012, Series: "3. Professional Correspondence, 1952-1997. " Folder 191-192

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997.

About 300 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Papers relating to Tom Wicker's professional activities. Included are press statements and briefings from when Wicker was chief of the Washington Bureau of the New York Times; notebooks that document his participation in the Protect Historic America Project; papers from his work with the Freedom Forum at Vanderbilt University; lecture notes and other materials from courses on journalism and on racial issues in the United States given during his tenure as professor at Davidson College in the fall of 1997; papers documenting the sentencing of Stanley Sanders; and documents relating to publication of and compensation for several of Wicker's books.

A series of essays written by Henry Hall Wilson discusses the history of state politics in North Carolina since the 1950s, the practical aspects of relations between the executive and legislative branches of the United States government, his service in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and his tenure as president of the Chicago Board of Trade.

Six notebooks and other notes are undated, but appear to have been composed during Wicker's tenure at the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.

Folder 193-196

Folder 193

Folder 194

Folder 195

Folder 196

Briefings and press releases, 1962-1964 #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 193-196

Folder 197

DeWitt Wallace Center, 1992-1994 #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 197

Folder 198

Freedom Forum, 1994 #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 198

Folder 199-201

Folder 199

Folder 200

Folder 201

Protect Historic America, 1994 #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 199-201

Folder 202

Stanley Sanders, 1996 #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 202

Folder 203-206

Folder 203

Folder 204

Folder 205

Folder 206

Davidson College, 1997 #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 203-206

Folder 207

Publication materials, 1980-1998 #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 207

Folder 208-213

Folder 208

Folder 209

Folder 210

Folder 211

Folder 212

Folder 213

Henry Hall Wilson essays, undated #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 208-213

Folder 214-219

Folder 214

Folder 215

Folder 216

Folder 217

Folder 218

Folder 219

Journalistic notebooks, undated #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 214-219

Folder 220

Journalistic notes, undated #05012, Series: "4. Professional Papers, 1963-1997. " Folder 220

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: by type, then chronological.

Correspondence and other papers relating to the personal and family life of Tom Wicker. There is correspondence between Wicker and his parents dating from World War II and into the 1950s, when Wicker was serving in the United States Navy. There are many letters of condolence sent to Tom Wicker from family members, friends, and colleagues after the death of his mother, Esta Cameron Wicker.

Also included are documents dating from Wicker's childhood; notebooks he kept while a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1957; a book of photographs of Hamlet, N.C.; community awards; a daily planner from 1975; papers from Wicker's work with the Vermont Symphony; unpublished poetry; a series of letters to Wicker's father, Delancey David Wicker, from his employer, the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad; and a number of press clippings documenting Wicker's life, particularly his connections to North Carolina.

Folder 221

Personal correspondence, 1935-1943 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 221

Folder 222

Personal correspondence, 1944-1945 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 222

Folder 223

Personal correspondence, 1946-1952 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 223

Folder 224

Personal correspondence, 1971, 1976 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 224

Folder 225-226

Folder 225

Folder 226

Personal correspondence, 1983 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 225-226

Folder 227

Personal correspondence, 1984, 1998 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 227

Folder 228

Personal correspondence, undated #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 228

Folder 229-230

Folder 229

Folder 230

Childhood, military, and other papers, 1932-1992 and undated #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 229-230

Folder 231

Delancey David Wicker letters, 1917-1945 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 231

Folder 232

Clippings, 1953-1983 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 232

Folder 233-234

Folder 233

Folder 234

Nieman Fellowship notebooks, 1957 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 233-234

Folder 235

Daily planner, 1975 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 235

Folder 236

Community awards, 1978-1990 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 236

Folder 237

Hamlet, N.C., photo book, 1989 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 237

Folder 238

Vermont Symphony, 1992-1993 #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 238

Folder 239

Poetry, undated #05012, Series: "5. Personal Papers, 1917-1998. " Folder 239

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Separated items include 23 photographs (P-5012), 30 audio cassettes (C-5012/1-30), and 5 posters (OP-5012/1-5.)

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