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Guide to the Boyd Ellsworth Payton Papers, 1929-1977 and undated

Abstract

Labor leader from Willingboro (Burlington Co.), N.J. Papers concerning the career of Boyd Ellsworth Payton, International Vice President of the Textile Workers Union of America. The papers concern three major aspects of Payton's career: the Harriet-Henderson Cotton Mills strike (1958-1961); his incarceration and writing of the book, Scapegoat; and finally his experiences after being released from prison. Included are genealogical materials, correspondence, legal papers, addresses and writings, miscellaneous items, radio scripts, pictures, and a draft of Scapegoat, entitled Prejudice + Politics = Prison. Other papers include items on the poll tax in the South, as well as pamphlets relating to labor unions and the South, the poll tax, and strikes. Clippings deal principally with the American Federation of Labor (AFL), AFL publicity, South Carolina Federation of Labor Convention, United Textile Workers of America convention, communists, and the Bessemer City strike. A 1929 scrapbook houses clippings pertaining to the southern textile strike in that year, and a 1946 scrapbook contains information on the Danville (Va.) Citizens' Committee, a group organized to fight inflation and high prices in Danville. Formerly part of the Labor Archives Collection. Original box numbers have been retained.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.01004
Title
Boyd Ellsworth Payton papers
Date
1929-1977 and undated
Creator
Payton, Boyd E., 1908-1984
Extent
5 Linear Feet, 1,831 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Papers date from 1929 to 1977 and concern the career of Boyd Ellsworth Payton, International Vice President of the Textile Workers Union of America. The papers concern three major aspects of Payton's career: the Harriet-Henderson Cotton Mills strike (1958-1961); his incarceration in prison and writing of the book, Scapegoat; and finally his experiences after being released from jail. Included are genealogical materials, correspondence, legal papers, addresses and writings, miscellaneous items, radio scripts, pictures, and a draft of Scapegoat, entitled Prejudice + Politics = Prison. Other papers include items on the poll tax in the South, as well as pamphlets relating to labor unions and the South, the poll tax, and strikes. Clippings deal principally with the American Federation of Labor (AFL), AFL publicity, South Carolina Federation of Labor Convention, United Textile Workers of America convention, communists, and the Bessemer City strike. A 1929 scrapbook houses clippings pertaining to the southern textile strike in that year, and a 1946 scrapbook contains information on the Danville (Va.) Citizens' Committee, a group organized to fight inflation and high prices in Danville. One box of material was formerly part of the Labor Archives Collection. Original box number has been retained.

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Contents of the Collection

Addresses and Writings
Box 1
1958-1970
Box 1
Undated
Box 5
Radio Scripts
Box 7
1950-1963
Box 3
1964-1975
Box 6
1945-1970
Box 6
Undated
Box 1
Printed Material
Box 2
Clippings
1963-1976
Box 2
1950-1960
Box 8
1960-1962
Box 9
Genealogy
Box 3
Unprocessed material
Box 4
Miscellany
Box 4
Radio scripts, Pictures
Box 7
Scrapbooks
Box 10
Additional papers

Unprocessed and undescribed. Formerly part of the Labor Archives Collections. See catalog record for Boyd Ellsworth Payton Papers for location.

Box 329
The South, poll tax broadside
Oversize-folder OF1

Subject Headings

Related Material

A substantial collection of Boyd E. Payton's papers are also held by the University of North Carolina, Charlotte Special Collections. See the online finding aid for more details.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Boyd Ellsworth Payton Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Boyd Ellsworth Payton Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1977.

Processing Information

Partially processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2008

All accessions are described in this finding aid.