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Collection Number: 05298

Collection Title: Roy Wilder Papers, 1944-2006

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Size 16.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5000 items)
Abstract Roy Wilder Jr. was born 1914. He attended the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism, but left before graduating. Wilder worked as a war correspondent during World War II; a newspaper reporter in New York and North Carolina; and in conservation and development, politics, and public relations. While in New York, Wilder developed a life-long friendship with North Carolina native Joseph Mitchell, who wrote for The New Yorker for almost 60 years. You All Spoken Here, Wilder's book about southern speech, was first published in 1984. The collection contains subject files, correspondence, and other items relating to Roy Wilder Jr. The subject files were compiled by Wilder and address a wide range of topics, including southern food and jokes, moonshine, Joseph Mitchell, author Glen Rounds, and wartime reporting. Correspondence is chiefly with Wilder's family, friends, and acquaintances, including Burke Davis, John Dos Passos, John Ehle, Larry Lesueur, Sam Ragan, Terry Sanford, and Robert Walter Scott. Also included are photographs of Wilder and friends, an audiocassette of a 1996 tribute to Joseph Mitchell, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings.
Creator Wilder, Roy.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 Roy Wilder Papers #5298, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Roy Wilder in October 2006 (Acc. 100518) and November 2008 (Acc. 101024).
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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Roy Wilder Jr. was born 1914. He attended the University of North Carolina's School of Journalism, but left before graduating. Wilder worked as a war correspondent during World War II; a newspaper reporter in New York and North Carolina; and in conservation and development, politics, and public relations. While in New York, Wilder developed a life-long friendship with North Carolina native Joseph Mitchell, who wrote for The New Yorker for almost 60 years. You All Spoken Here, Wilder's book about southern speech, was first published in 1984.

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The collection contains subject files, correspondence, and other items relating to Roy Wilder Jr. The subject files were compiled by Wilder and address a wide range of topics, including southern food and jokes, moonshine, Joseph Mitchell, author Glen Rounds, and wartime reporting. Correspondence is chiefly with Wilder's family, friends, and acquaintances, including Burke Davis, John Dos Passos, John Ehle, Larry Lesueur, Sam Ragan, Terry Sanford, and Robert Walter Scott. Also included are photographs of Wilder and friends, an audiocassette of a 1996 tribute to Joseph Mitchell, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings.

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Contents list

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About 3000 items.

Subject files compiled by Wilder and on a wide range of topics, including southern food and jokes, moonshine, Joseph Mitchell, author Glen Rounds, and wartime reporting.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Box 1

Advertising #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Agents, Editors, Publishers #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Automobile #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Barbecue #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain Materials #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Booze Yacht #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Bottles #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Brunswick Stew #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Campaign Materials #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Chicken Slick/Bog #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Chili #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Chitlins #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Clippings #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Collards #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Congress of the United States #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Cookery #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Corn Bread #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Court Papers #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Darbyshire and Armor, 1880 #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Day Planners, 1985-1986 #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Day Planners, 1987 and 1990 #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Day Planners, 1991-1992 #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Day Planners, 1993 and 1999 #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Dozens #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 1

Box 2

Engelking #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Essay Ideas #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Essays #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Family History #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Farting #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Field/Koyen and Kunkel #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Fire in Fort Sumter #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Flower, J. Percy/William Burn #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Golden Argosy #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Goods #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Gravy #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Grits #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Hangover and Cold #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Herring #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Honorary Degree for Joseph Mitchell #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Honorary Tar Heels #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Honorary Tar Heels Bulletin #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Hooray! #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Hooray Backgrounders #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Horner #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Horse Herds #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

House, Abby #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Indians Wouldn't Have It #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Inserts #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Introduction #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Inventory #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Jim Inscoe Agency #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Johnson, Junior and Wolfe #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Jokes: Naughty and Nice #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Jones, Bessie-Carlisle, Pa., and Pirates #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Jones, Nancy/Governors of North Carolina and South Carolina #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Jones, Shocco (Joseph Seawell) #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Kentucky Bourbon #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Lane, Benjamin Frank(lin) #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Lee, Julia (1902-1958) #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Legal Skills-Williams, Salisbury, etc. #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 2

Box 3

Manuscript of Hooray Hooray #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Mercer, Robie Milton #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

"Messenger of Peace" #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Milbern, George #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Mitchell, Joseph #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Moonshining-Moonshine #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

More You All #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Mountain Oysters #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Mulleting #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Nash County #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Nation, Carr D. #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

New York Times #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Next Time #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

North Carolina Items #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Outer Banks #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Patton Speech #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Personal #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Poetry #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Possums #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Potlikker #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Potter, Robert #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Preface #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Put Backs #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Ramps #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Rawls and Seawell #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Recipes #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Related Materials #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Risibles #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Roney, Ben #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 3

Box 4

Rounds #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Rounds Art #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Roy Wilder: Financial #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Roy Wilder: Materials #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Rum-Runners/Prohibition #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Sanford, Terry #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Scott, Robert W. #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Scott, Robert W./W. Kerr Scott #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Scott, W. Kerr Material #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Second Coming Gloats #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Smith, H. Allen #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Society Memberships #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 4

Box 5

Stamps #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

State Department of Archives and History #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Sul Ross/Big Bend Materials #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Tar River/Alumni Society #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Thanks #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Thankys #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Things #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Tobacco Chewing #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Used Books for Sale #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Used Goods #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Vegetable Martha #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Verrill/Calhoun and Additional Materials #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

War Correspondents #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

War Corresponding #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Western Folklore #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

What the Governor of North Carolina Said to the Governor of South Carolina #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Whiskey #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Whiskey and Bar Ledgers, 1869-1890 #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Whitaker and Booze #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Wild Ponies #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Williams, Nick #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Wolfe and Hemingway #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Wolfe, Thomas #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

X-Rodds and More #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

Yeargin, Tom #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

You All Spoken Here Materials #05298, Series: "1. Subject Files." Box 5

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About 2000 items.

Correspondence is chiefly with Wilder's family, friends, and acquaintances.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Box 6

A-S #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 6

Box 7

T-Z #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Bell, Mac #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Benchley, Nat #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Bilby, Kenneth #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Bothwell, Dick #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Bryan, J. III #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Bryan, Wright #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Chestnut, Al #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Davenport, Walter #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Davis, Burke #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Deane, Ernie #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Donovan, Robert #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Dos Passos, John #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

During the Army #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Ehle, John #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Espy, Willard and Louise #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Fraser, J. Gordon #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Fulton, Joan #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Gonzales, Don #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Hanssen, Jack #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Heinz, W.C. #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Jones, H. G. #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Jones, Sam #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Kelly, Walt #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Koyen, Ken #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Lambeth, Tom #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Lardner, John #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 7

Box 8

Lesueur, Larry #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Liebling, Joe #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Little, Menefee #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Mason, Robert #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Nelson, Lindsey #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Parris, John #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Phillips, Gene #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Ragan, Sam #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Sanford, Terry #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Scott, Robert W. #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Smith, H. Allen #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Snow, Beverly C. #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Speight, Bill #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Wallace, Ed #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Western Union Telegram #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Whitehead, Don #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Wilder, Frank #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Wilder, Joanie #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Wilder, Lee #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Williams, Cratis #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

Winters, Assorted #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

You All Spoken Here: gloats, letters, and names #05298, Series: "2. Correspondence." Box 8

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About 50 items.

Photographs of Wilder and friends, an audiocassette of the New Yorker's 1996 tribute to Joseph Mitchell, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings.

Audiocassette C-5298/1

Tribute to Joseph Mitchell, 1996 #05298, Series: "3. Other Materials." C-5298/1

Image Folder P-5298/1-2

P-5298/1

P-5298/2

Photographs of Roy Wilder and friends #05298, Series: "3. Other Materials." P-5298/1-2

Oversize Paper Folder OP-5298/1

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings #05298, Series: "3. Other Materials." OP-5298/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Thompson, January 2009

Encoded by: Jennifer Thompson, January 2009

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