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Guide to the Sam Reed Papers, 1986-2001

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Abstract

Sam Reed was a community activist and organizer, and the founder of the Trumpet of Conscience newsletter in Durham, North Carolina.

The Sam Reed Papers span the years 1986-2001, and pertain to the political activism of Sam Reed of Durham, North Carolina, particularly in connection with the civil rights movement and subsequent race and labor relations issues in the South. The collection consists of the records of the Durham organization founded by Reed, Trumpet of Conscience, and a run of the newsletter of the same name, 1987-2000. Other papers include correspondence to Reed; biographical information, interviews, speeches, and articles by and about Sam Reed; and awards honoring Reed and the organization he founded. Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Reed, Sam, d. 1999.
Title
Sam Reed papers 1986-2001
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.2 Linear Feet, Approximately 500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Sam Reed Papers span the years 1986-2001, and pertain to the political activism of Sam Reed of Durham, North Carolina, particularly in connection with the civil rights movement and subsequent race and labor relations issues in the South. The collection consists of the records of the organization founded by Reed, Trumpet of Conscience, and a run of the newsletter of the same name, 1987-2000. Other papers include correspondence to Reed, interviews, speeches, and articles by and about Sam Reed, and awards honoring Reed and the organization he founded. Topics covered or touched on by these materials include the history of race relations in Durham, North Carolina, and Durham history in general; civil rights actions in North Carolina and Durham; the involvement of Duke University and North Carolina Central students, faculty, and administration in various local events; political action by Durham citizens groups; and, more generally, human rights issues in the South. A selection of materials from the collection have been digitized and are available in Duke Digital Collections. Original audiovisual materials are closed to use; for access, please consult with a reference archivist before coming to use the collection. Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Articles collected by Sam Reed, 1975-1999
Box 1
Bill Chafe speech
Box 1
Correspondence to Sam Reed, 1997-1999
Box 1
Trumpet of Conscience newsletters
Box 1
Clippings
Box 1
Negatives
Box 1
Dorothy Brokaw, 1997-2000
Box 1
Durham proclamations, 1995-1997
Box 1
Faith Stories
Box 1
Interview, 1996-1997
Box 1
Joe Bowser, newspaper article, 1997-1999
Box 1
Joe Bowser, papers, 1998-2000
Box 1
Sam Reed obituary, 1999
Box 1
Photographs
Box 1
Flower, 1990s
Box 1
Goals, agendas, endorsements, 1994-1999
Box 1
Mailing list and sponsors
Box 1
MLK Day, 1997
Box 1
Newsletters, 1987-2000
Box 1
Newspaper articles, 1993-1999 and undated
Box 1
Programs, leaflets, correspondence, 1996-1998
Box 1
DVD: speech by Sam Reed for the 12th annual MLK Jr. celebration, 1997 Jan. 17
Box 1
Audiocassette: Sam Reed, Operation Goodwill, WFTK radio, 1997
Box 1
CD-ROM: Trumpet of Conscience interviews; Sam Reed biography; Trumpet of Conscience overview; interview by Lois Deloatch, 2008 June

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Box 1
Awards and honorary plaques, 1986-2001
Box 2
Trumpet of Conscience banner
Box 2

Historical Note

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1906 Aug. 20Born Sam Pobiersky in a small Jewish village in the Ukraine
1923Emigrated to the United States with family and settled in Minnesota
1925Changed last name to Reed in honor of John Reed, author of Ten Days that Shook the World, a history of the Bolshevik Revolution
1973Moved to Durham, N.C.
1987Founded the Trumpet of Conscience newsletter and organization
1999Elected vice-president of the Durham chapter of the NAACP
1999 Aug. 3Passed away at the age of 93 in Durham, N.C.
2000Trumpet of Conscience organization disbanded

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Sam Reed and the Trumpet of Conscience (Duke University Libraries Digital Collections.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sam Reed Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Sam Reed Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Ted Holt, Jan. 2010

Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, Jan. 2010

Accession 2009-0270 and 2012-0244 are described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

Collection has been minimally processed and is in original order.