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Preliminary Guide to the James R. Hawkins Papers, ca. 1961-1980

Collection Overview

The subject files, correspondence, and published materials in the James R. Hawkins Papers span from ca.1961-1980, chiefly 1971-1975, and document Hawkins' role in civic life in Durham, North Carolina and provide evidence of the issues and concerns facing the citizens of Durham in the 1970s. The subject files retain Hawkins' original folder titles and alphabetical organization and provide an overview of the programs Hawkins was involved with as mayor as well as a view of the general issues Hawkins encountered while mayor of Durham. The correspondence series is arranged alphabetically and chiefly consists of letters to Hawkins from the citizens of Durham voicing their concerns over such civic issues as development, traffic safety, taxes, and various political issues. The correspondence also contains copies of Hawkins' responses to the letters he received from the citizens of Durham. This collection would be of value for scholars studying the recent history of the south or for those wishing to gain a clearer picture of the functioning of city government in the recent past. This collection is open to researchers and has received a minimal level of processing.

Descriptive Summary

Title
James R. Hawkins papers ca. 1961-1980
Creator
Hawkins, James R.
Extent
15 Linear Feet, 7800 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Administrative Information

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Collection has recieved minimal processing and is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

The subject files, correspondence, published materials, and other miscellaneous items in this collection generally relate to city government and the history of Durham, North Carolina. The wide variety of subjects addressed by the files held by James R. Hawkins reflect the various issues that concerned the citizens of Durham, and Hawkins as its mayor, during the early1970s.

The material held in the Subject Files Series serves to document the issues facing James R. Hawkins while he was mayor of Durham form 1971-1975.These files hold a variety of material formats including correspondence, clippings, reports, studies, and proposals relating to city programs and issues that Hawkins dealt with as mayor. The Subject files are in alphabetical order.

Alcoholic Rehabilitation
Box 1
Allied Arts
Box 1
Annexation
Box 1
Annexation Program, 1965, Jan.-June
Box 1
Ernie Barnes
Box 1
Bicentennial
Box 1
Bicentennial News
Box 1
Bikeways
Box 1
Biographical Information
Box 1
Budget
Box 1
Business Development Company of Durham, Inc.
Box 1
Cable Television - Analysis of Bids
Box 1
CAC - Citizens Advisory Committee
Box 1
Cane Creek - Chapel Hill
Box 1
CATV - Cable Television
Box 1
Wade Cavin
Box 1
Central Business District Redevelopment
Box 1
CETA - Comprehensive Employment Training Act
(5 folders)
Box 1
Chamber of Commerce
(2 folders)
Box 1
Charter of the City of Durham
Box 1
Child Advocacy Commission of Durham, Inc.
Box 1
City Clerk
Box 1
City Council
Box 1
City-County Charter Commission
Box 1
City-County Comm. File [Utilities]
Box 2
City Hall [Building Plans]
(2 folders)
Box 2
City Magazine
Box 2
City of Durham - Compensation Plan
Box 2
City of Durham - Miscellaneous 1971-1972
Box 2
City of Durham - Miscellaneous1973
(2 folders)
Box 2
City of Durham - Miscellaneous1974
(2 folders)
Box 2
Civil Preparedness
Box 2
Code Enforcement Project [Building Codes]
Box 2
Code of Ethics
Box 2
Committees - Council and Citizen
Box 2
Community Development Program
(2 folders)
Box 2
Community Planning services of Durham
Box 2
Consolidation Program
(2 folders)
Box 2
Courthouse Feasibility Study Committee
Box 2
Convention Center Site
Box 2
Creek Hazard Study
Box 2
Cultural Center - County Courthouse
Box 2
Dog Ordnance
Box 3
Downtown Durham
(2 folders)
Box 3
Drug Abuse
Box 3
Duke Power
Box 3
Duke University Hospital - Board of Advisors
(3 folders)
Box 3
Durham City Council - Economic Development Report
Box 3
Durham Community Cannery
Box 3
Durham, England
Box 3
Durham Hotel
Box 3
Durham Housing Authority
Box 3
East End Neighborhood Housing Committee
Box 3
Eastern Airlines
Box 3
East-West Expressway
Box 3
EPA Grant Application
Box 3
Educational Information Corp.
Box 3
Election Requirements
Box 3
Energy Committee
Box 3
Energy Crisis
Box 3
Eno River
(2 folders)
Box 3
EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
Box 3
Equal Opportunity Employment
Box 4
Finance Department
(2 folders)
Box 4
Fire Department
Box 4
Flat River Reservoir
(2 folders)
Box 4
Flood Plan Information
Box 4
Gas Crisis
(2 folders)
Box 4
Glenn Road Landfill
Box 4
Growth Options
Box 4
Growth Policies
Box 4
Handicapped, Mayor's Committee for the
Box 4
Health Department
Box 4
Highway Commission, State
(2 folders)
Box 4
Holhauser, James E., Jr.
Box 4
House Bill 75
Box 4
HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development
Box 4
Human Relations Commission
Box 4
I-40 [Interstate 40]
(2 folders)
Box 4
Industrial Development and Per Capita Income in NC
Box 4
Junked Car Ordinance
Box 4
Legal Opinions - City Attorney
(3 folders)
Box 4
Legislative Commission - NC League of Municipalities
(2 folders)
Box 4
Legislative Commission - NC League of Municipalities
Box 5
Library
Box 5
Local Government Commission
Box 5
Low-Income Housing
Box 5
Manpower Advisory Committee
Box 5
Manpower Project
(6 folders)
Box 5
Manpower Project - Region J MAPC Committee
Box 5
Mass Transit
Box 5
Massage Business Ordinance
Box 5
McManis Report
Box 5
Mobile Homes
Box 5
Martin Luther King Freedom Games
Box 5
Mayor's Manpower Assistant
Box 5
National League of Cities
Box 5
National League of Cities - Affective Government Committee
Box 5
Natural Gas
Box 5
New Hope Basin - Wastewater Collection and Treatment
Box 5
Nixon, President Richard
Box 5
North Carolina Department of Revenue
Box 6
North Carolina Department of Water and Air Resources
Box 6
North Carolina Drug Authority
(2 folders)
Box 6
North Carolina League of Municipalities
Box 6
North Carolina League of Municipalities - Board of Directors
Box 6
North Carolina League of Municipalities - Open Meetings Law
Box 6
North Carolina League of Municipalities - Regional Affairs Comm.
Box 6
North Carolina Legislature
Box 6
North Carolina Manpower Council
(5 folders)
Box 6
North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
Box 6
North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Box 6
Off-Street Parking Committee
Box 6
Operation Breakthrough
(4 folders)
Box 6
Pan-Africa-USA International Track Meet
Box 6
Personnel
Box 6
Police Department
Box 7
Proclamations1973
Box 7
Proclamations1974
Box 7
Proclamations1975
Box 7
Program for Progress
Box 7
Project for Redevelopment
Box 7
Property File, Durham City-County
Box 7
Public Safety Program
Box 7
Public Works
Box 7
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
(3 folders)
Box 7
Rape Crisis Center
Box 7
Recreation Department
Box 7
Region J - Triangle J Council of Governments
(3 folders)
Box 7
Region J - Triangle J Council of Governments
Box 8
Region J - 208 Study
Box 8
Regional Health Plan, 1974-1975Edition
Box 8
Report on Water and Sewer Rates, February1961
Box 8
Research Triangle Water Line
Box 8
Residential Choice Task Force
Box 8
Revenue Sharing
(2 folders)
Box 8
Revenue Sharing, Hearings, October 8,1975
Box 8
Revenue Sharing - NLC Revenue Sharing Evaluation Subcom.
(2 folders)
Box 8
Revenue Sharing - NLC Task Force, Jan. 29,1975
Box 8
Revenue Sharing - NLC Task Force, May 8,1975
Box 8
School Board
Box 8
School Merger
Box 8
Senate and House
Box 8
Snow Removal
Box 8
Solid Waste Study
Box 8
Southern Newspapers Publishers Association
Box 8
Subdivision Review Board
Box 8
Traffic Department
Box 8
Transportation and Utilities
Box 8
Travel Expenses, James R. Hawkins, 1974-1975
Box 8
Triangle Center for Voluntary Action
Box 8
Triangle Housing Development Association
Box 8
Triangle J Council of Governments - Annual Work Program Summary
Box 8
Triangle J Council of Governments - Steering Committee
Box 8
Triangle J Council of Governments - Transportation Committee
Box 8
Triangle J - 208 Study
(2 folders)
Box 8
United States Conference of Mayors
Box 9
Urban Reinvestment Program
Box 9
Urban Study
Box 9
USAF - United States Air Force
Box 9
USA - Pan-Africa - West Germany International Track and Field Meet
Box 9
USGA - Junior Tournament
Box 9
USSR-USA Track Meet
Box 9
Water Resources
Box 9
Water Resources - City of Raleigh
Box 9
Wellons Water System
Box 9
Workable Program
Box 9
Youth Opportunity, Mayor's Council on
Box 9
Youth Meeting
Box 9

The Publications Series includes reference works, general works of non-fiction, and governmental reports whose subject matter addresses the sorts of issues that Hawkins faced in the early1970s.

Administrative and Financial Laws for Local Government in NC, 1973
Box 9
City Centers in Transition, 1976
Box 9
Costs of Sprawl
Box 9
Federal Budget and The Cities, 1973
Box 9
Future of the South
Box 9
Housing and Community Development, 1971
Box 9
Popular Government, 1975
Box 9
National Municipal Policy, 1975
Box 9
United States Budget in Brief - Fiscal Year 1976
Box 9

The Correspondence Series contains letters from constituents expressing concerned opinions about community issues, such as redevelopment plans, road repair, and tax. In many cases this series also includes copies of Hawkin's responses to the letters. The letters are filed in loosely chronological order.

Miscellaneous1971
(3 folders)
Box 9
Miscellaneous1972
Box 9
Miscellaneous1972
(2 folders)
Box 10
Miscellaneous1974
(2 folders)
Box 10
Miscellaneous1975
(2 folders)
Box 10
Invitations Accepted/Declined 1971-1977
(12 folders)
Box 10

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1925Mebane North Carolina
1943-1946Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
1951Graduated from Duke University
1956President, Durham Junior Chamber of Commerce
1959-1967Durham City Council Member
1969-1970Chairman, Research Triangle Planning Commission
1970Vice President, North Carolina Association of Realtors
President, Durham Chamber of Commerce
1971Mayor of Durham, North Carolina

James R. Hawkins worked as a realtor in addition to being involved in municipal politics and service organizations in Durham, North Carolina. He served as a City Council Member in Durham from 1959-1967 and was Mayor of Durham in the 1970s.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James R. Hawkins Papers, ca. 1961-1980, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Gift of James R. Hawkins, 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Don Sechler

Completed August 8, 1998

Encoded by Don Sechler

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.