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Guide to the Basil Lee Whitener Papers, 1889-1968

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Abstract

Basil Lee Whitener (1915-1989) was a U.S. Representative from Gastonia, N.C. Collection includes correspondence between Whitener and his constituents, other congressmen, and government officials, legislative materials, drafts of bills, financial papers, speeches, invitations, printed material, clippings, photographs, and other papers, chiefly from congressional files (1957-1968), relating to issues of national importance during the 1960s, including the Vietnam War, crime legislation, gun control, riots, civil rights legislation, foreign aid, social security, and the Taft-Hartley Act. Correspondents include Sam Ervin, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, and Strom Thurmond.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.01374
Title
Basil Lee Whitener papers
Date
1889-1968
Creator
Whitener, Basil Lee, 1915-
Extent
150 Linear Feet, circa 297,300 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Basil Lee Whitener Papers primarily contain the office files of Congressman Whitener when he was the U. S. Representative for the Eleventh District (85th - 87th Congresses) and Tenth District (88th -90th Congresses) of North Carolina. Although the papers span the years 1889-1968, the bulk of the papers covers Whitener's years in office, 1957-1968. Some of the early files from the 81st through the 84th Congresses, are the papers of Woodrow Wilson Jones, Whitener's predecessor in office.

luded in the papers are such Items as correspondence, printed material, invitations, speeches, clippings, financial papers, photographs, as well as legislative materials and drafts of bills. Much of this collection consists of correspondence between Whitener and his constituents, other Congressmen, and government officials.

The papers are divided into the following series:

  • Political
  • Correspondence (General)
  • Correspondence (Legislative)
  • District of Columbia
  • Judiciary
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Speeches
  • Subject
  • Case Files
  • Textile Imports
  • House of Representatives
  • Military and Veterans
  • Military Academy
  • Trips
  • Post Office
  • Grants
  • Invitations
  • General Information
  • Office Files
  • Office Information
  • Personal

By far the largest category is the Correspondence (General), even though it was weeded extensively. The Correspondence (Legislative) Series is also rather large. Both of these series contain extensive correspondence with constituents. Other large series are the Personal Series, which pertains more directly to Whitener's private and unofficial affairs, and the Office Files Series, containing files which seem to have been in active use by Whitener's office staff at the time he left office.

There are information and opinions in the collection on a variety of issues of national importance during the 1960s. Included are the Vietnam War, civil rights legislation, riots, crime legislation, gun control, foreign aid, Social Security, and the Taft-Hartley Act. Other subjects are the U. S. Congress and various bills and laws. There are a variety of letters from prominent persons, such as John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, Strom Thurmond, and Sam Ervin.

The views of Whitener on many national and state issues are revealed within the collection. He supported legislation to combat crime and civil disobedience, a strong national defense, and exerting every effort to bring the Vietnamese Conflict to a successful conclusion. The Congressman was opposed to civil rights legislation, deficit spending, foreign aid spending, and the proliferation of domestic and social programs. Concerning North Carolina issues, Whitener wanted restrictions on textile imports in order to protect jobs, and supported the concept of a balanced economy in the state. As a member of the Committee on the District of Columbia, he authored bills to curb the crime rate in the District of Columbia and a bill to establish a modern rail rapid transit system in the District. In general, Whitener seemed to exhibit the views of conservative Southern Democrats.

Specific subjects are noted in more detail in the inventory. There is some overlap of subjects among the series.

Arrangement

The arrangement of the Whitener Papers has followed the system originally used by the Congressman's office as much as possible. The series were grouped by placing the more significant and larger series in the beginning. The Personal Series was placed at the end. Although the collection was usually left in the structure it had when it came to the library, many of the folders within the series were in various states of disorder. Rearrangement of the order of these folders was often necessary in order to create a logical organization, whether it be chronological, subject, or some other arrangement. Folder titles remain intact whenever possible, except when clarification was necessary.

Although categories do indicate the contents, headings are not always inclusive. For example, there may be information on a Social Security bill in the Correspondence (Legislative) Series. However, information on the same bill may be located in other series, such as the House of Representatives or Judiciary. Such folders were retained in their original files.

Weeding out of certain material was a necessary part of the cataloging process for the collection. Two series were discarded. They were: the File Cards Series, containing only names and addresses with no other notations; and the Appalachian State Graduates Series, including names and addresses of graduates in the Tenth Congressional District. Routine Items were eliminated from the collection, especially in the Correspondence (General) Series, Subject Series, Case Files Series, and Personal Series. Examples of such Items are individual Social Security claims, visa applications, routine correspondence, and duplicates In the Military and Veterans Series only the files for the letter "C" were retained, as well as a few small subject folders. The majority of the folders in the Military Academy Series was discarded because they were individual application materials and academic records of Whitener's appointees. The same procedures as above were followed for the routine Military and Veterans, and Military Academy files contained in the Office Files Series. For more specific information, see the individual descriptions of series in the inventory.

Subject and autograph cards have been prepared for the card catalog, but they are very selective. Subject entries were made for series level topics, and for those of folder headings, if of sufficient importance. Whenever a subject entry was made, other references in other categories are possible because it was not feasible to specifically cite all references to a topic. Autograph cards were made only for outstanding correspondents, especially those in the Correspondence (General) Series.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Political Series, 1956-1966

This series primarily concerns Whitener's first bid for Congress in 1956. He decided to run for Congress in January of that year when Woodrow W. Jones declined to run for re-election as the representative of the Eleventh Congressional District. Included is information on the campaign and two primaries, as well as on the election. The primaries were held on May 26 (Whitener/Gardner/Wells) and June 23 (Whitener/Gardner). In addition to the 1956 campaign material, there are precinct committee lists for 1960 and 1962, and material pertaining to the 1966 campaign.

Congressional File, 1956, Jan. - Apr.

Concerns Whitener's candidacy for Congress and plans for the campaign

Box 1
Folder 3-6
Congressional Campaign Correspondence, 1956, Apr. - Juneand undated
Box 1
Folder 7
Correspondence - BLW for Congress, 1956, Mar. - Juneand undated
Box 2
Folder 1-3
Congressional Campaign - Post-Campaign Correspondence, 1956, May - Oct.

Includes congratulatory letter upon Whitener's election as well as thank you's for support in the campaign.

Box 2
Folder 4-5
Congressional Correspondence, 1956, Jan. - Nov.

Information in reference to Whitener's early duties as a Congressman and preparations for his new position.

Box 2
Folder 6
Congressional Correspondence, 1956, Dec.and undated

Same as above.

Box 3
Folder 1
Congressional Campaign Lists, 1956, Mar.- 1958, Oct.and undated

Also includes some correspondence.

Box 3
Folder 2-3
Congressional Campaign Bills, 1956, Mar. - Aug.and undated
Box 3
Folder 4-6
Precinct Committee Lists,1960and1962
Box 3
Folder 7
Smyre Letter,1966

Smyre was the Finance Chairman for the 1966 Whitener campaign for re-election.

Box 3
Folder 8

2. Correspondence (General) Series, 1956-1968

This series, the largest in the collection, runs from the 85th Congress, first session, 1957, through the 90th Congress, second session, 1968. Included is correspondence to and from Whitener's constituents. Some of the letters were written by his administrative assistant, Herbert M. Lineberger. The papers are organized by Congress and session, and then alphabetically within each session by name of correspondent. In some cases Whitener's office held material together about a certain person in the folder for the letter of the alphabet for his name, regardless of the correspondents involved. For example, there may be letters about Mr. Capps in the “C” folder, which were written by various persons. There are a few subject folders included in the alphabetical arrangement. Items within the folders are filed chronologically.

In addition to constituent mail, Whitener corresponded with prominent persons. Representative people are Sam Ervin, Thad Eure, Orville Freeman, Luther Hodges, J. Edgar Hoover, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, B. Everett Jordan, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Dan K. Moore, Admiral Hyman Rickover, Terry Sanford, Sargent Shriver, and Strom Thurmond. Several letters appear in this series for each of the above correspondents. Please consult the Autograph File of the card catalog for a detailed listing of these letters.

A variety of topics appear throughout the series. Particularly in the late 1960s the themes of the Vietnam War, civil rights legislation, riots, crime legislation, gun control, and foreign aid appear often in constituent's letters. In 1968 some constituents were urging Whitener to run for governor of North Carolina. The papers go primarily through October, 1968.

Extensive, although conservative, weeding was done in this series. The decision to weed was made because of the large proportion of routine material included. Approximately one-third of this series was discarded. The following is a list of the types of Items that were weeded out:

  • 1. Claims for individual Social Security benefits
  • 2. Passport and visa applications
  • 3. Individual immigration change of status requests
  • 4. Requests for prison paroles
  • 5. Routine congratulatory letters, except from prominent persons
  • 6. Routine job applications and resumes
  • 7. Correspondence concerning visits of school groups to Washington
  • 8. Expressions of sympathy
  • 9. Congratulations to new parents
  • 10. Welcome letters to new residents of Gastonia, N. C.
  • 11. Routine requests for government publications, flags, photographs, etc.
  • 12. Admissions of individual patients to hospitals and rehabilitation facilities
  • 13. Recalls and discharges from military service
  • 14. Individual income tax returns
  • 15. Tickets for athletic events
  • 16. Applications for individual Farmers Home Administration (FHA) loans
  • 17. Applications for enlistments and discharges from various branches of the military
  • 18. Duplicate copies of speeches, reports, memoranda, etc.

A - G
Box 4
Folder 1-7
H - P
Box 5
Folder 1-8
R - S
Box 6
Folder 1-2
Speech at Dallas High School
Box 6
Folder 3
T - Z
Box 6
Folder 4-7
A - D
Box 7
Folder 1-6
E - L
Box 8
Folder 1-7
Mc - R
Box 9
Folder 1-6
S - Z
Box 10
Folder 1-6
A - D
Box 11
Folder 1-6
E - Mc
Box 12
Folder 1-8
M - V
Box 13
Folder 1-7
W - Z
Box 14
Folder 1-3
Letters Whitener wrote from his district office in Gastonia, N. C., and letters his administrative assistant wrote from the Washington office in his absence.
Box 14
Folder 4-7
A - C
Box 15
Folder 1-6
D - H (1960, Jan. - June)
Box 16
Folder 1-8
H (1960, July- Dec.) - M
Box 17
Folder 1-7
N - S
Box 18
Folder 1-6
T - Z
Box 19
Folder 1-5
Primarily letters Whitener wrote from his district office in Gastonia, N. C.
Box 20
Folder 1-7
A - C
Box 21
Folder 1-6
D - H (1961, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 22
Folder 1-6
H (1961, May - Dec.)- L (1961, Jan. - May)
Box 23
Folder 1-7
L (1961, June - Dec.)- Q
Box 24
Folder 1-7
R - S
Box 25
Folder 1-4
Supreme Court (Admission of Attorneys, June 12, 1961)
Box 25
Folder 5
T
Box 25
Folder 6-7
U - Z
Box 26
Folder 1-4
Primarily letters Whitener wrote from his district office in Gastonia, N.C., and letters his administrative assistant wrote from the Washington office in his absence.
Box 26
Folder 5-9
A - C (1962, Jan. - Mar.)
Box 27
Folder 1-7
C (1962, Apr. - Dec.)- F
Box 28
Folder 1-7
G - J
Box 29
Folder 1-7
K - M (1962, Jan. - July)
Box 30
Folder 1-6
M (1962, Aug. - Dec.)- R
Box 31
Folder 1-8
S - Z
Box 32
Folder 1-7
A - C (1963, Jan. - June)
Box 33
Folder 1-7
C (1963, July - Dec.)- F
Box 34
Folder 1-7
G - K and Knight, Douglas (Dinner)
Box 35
Folder 1-8
L - N
Box 36
Folder 1-7
O - S (1963, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 37
Folder 1-8
S (1963, May- Dec.)
Box 38
Folder 1-2
Supreme Court - Admission of Attorneys
Box 38
Folder 3
T - V
Box 38
Folder 4-5
W - Z
Box 39
Folder 1-3
A - C (1964, Jan. - Sept.)
Box 40
Folder 1-7
C (1964, Oct. - Dec.)- G
Box 41
Folder 1-8
H - K
Box 42
Folder 1-7
L
Box 43
Folder 1-2
Lowell, N.C. (1964-1967)

Correspondence and other papers concerning the application by the town of Lowell, N.C., for a federal grant in the amount of $246,548 to be used in the construction of a waste treatment plant.

Box 43
Folder 3
Mc - N
Box 43
Folder 4-8
O - S (1964, Jan. - May)
Box 44
Folder 1-7
S (1964, June- Dec.) - Z
Box 45
Folder 1-8
A - B
Box 46
Folder 1-6
C - E
Box 47
Folder 1-5
F - H (1965, Jan. - May)
Box 48
Folder 1-6
H (1965, June- Dec.) - L
Box 49
Folder 1-7
Mc - Q
Box 50
Folder 1-7
R - T
Box 51
Folder 1-7
V - Z
Box 52
Folder 1-5
A - B
Box 53
Folder 1-5
Brown, Eugene R.: P.A.C.E., Inc. (Plan Assuring College Education in North Carolina)
Box 53
Folder 6
C - D (1966, Jan. - Aug.)
Box 54
Folder 1-6
D (1966, Sept. - Dec.)- G
Box 55
Folder 1-6
H - J
Box 56
Folder 1-7
K - M (1966, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 57
Folder 1-5
M (1966, May- Dec.) - P
Box 58
Folder 1-6
Q - S (1966, Jan. - Aug.)
Box 59
Folder 1-6
S (1966, Sept. - Dec.)- V
Box 60
Folder 1-5
W
Box 61
Folder 1-3
Wright, M. A.

Concerns an expression of interest in the improvement of Highway 105 in the Linville Falls area.

Box 61
Folder 4
X - Z
Box 61
Folder 5
Primarily copies of letters written by Whitener from his Gastonia office, Oct. - Dec.,1966
Box 61
Folder 6-7
A - B (1967, Jan. - July)
Box 62
Folder 1-5
B (1967, Aug. - Dec.)- C
Box 63
Folder 1-6
D - G (1967, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 64
Folder 1-6
G (1967, May - Dec.)- H (1967, Jan. - Sept.)
Box 65
Folder 1-6
H (1967, Oct. - Dec.)- L
Box 66
Folder 1-6
Mc - N
Box 67
Folder 1-6
O - R
Box 68
Folder 1-7
S - T
Box 69
Folder 1-6
U - Z
Box 70
Folder 1-6
A - B
Box 71
Folder 1-3
Boiling Springs, N.C.: Pollution Abatement Project (Folder includes supporting documents dating back to1961)
Box 71
Folder 4
C (1968, Jan. - June)
Box 71
Folder 5-6
C (1968, July- Dec.) - D
Box 72
Folder 1-4
Dixon, Jeane, Luncheon

Papers concerning a luncheon benefit for Holy Angels Nurseryin Gastonia, N.C. Mrs. Dixon was the honored guest at the affair on October 13,1968,and also spoke at a meeting that evening.

Box 72
Folder 5
E - F
Box 72
Folder 6-8
G
Box 73
Folder 1
Grants

Announcements and correspondence concerning federal grants to colleges, cities, and counties in Whitener's district for various projects.

Box 73
Folder 2-3
H (1968, Jan. - Aug.)
Box 73
Folder 4-6
H (1968, Sept. - Oct.)- L
Box 74
Folder 1-7
Mc - O
Box 75
Folder 1-6
P - S (1968, Apr. - May)
Box 76
Folder 1-7
S (1968, June- Aug.) - T
Box 77
Folder 1-4
Telegrams

Many of the telegrams relate to announcements of federal grants to various North Carolina cities and counties for such projects as water and sewer facilities, recreation, urban planning assistance, and college improvements. Whitener often mailed the telegram to the news media as well as to the party involved.

Box 77
Folder 5
U - Z
Box 78
Folder 1-6
Box 307 includes Items filed chronologically which have been pulled from throughout this category. A note has been made on each folder from which oversize Items were removed. Items such as printed material, newspaper clippings, a map, petition, and broadsides comprise this section (4 folders total).
Box 307
Folder 1-4

3. Correspondence (Legislative) Series, 1956-1968

Like the Correspondence (General) Series, this series begins with the 85th Congress, first Session, 1957, and ends with the 90th Congress, second Session, 1968. Included is correspondence to and from Whitener's constituents that centers on legislation being considered in the House of Representatives. Some of the letters were written by his administrative assistant, Herbert M. Lineberger. The papers are organized by Congress and session, and then alphabetically within each session by name of correspondent. Items within the folders are filed chronologically. There are a few subject folders included in the alphabetical arrangement on such topics as the Taft-Hartley Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Social Security, the Food and Agriculture Act of 1962, etc. A variety of topics appear throughout the series. Examples of topics that surface in constituent's letters are the Landrum-Griffin Act (labor reform bill), veterans' legislation, foreign aid bill, prayer in schools, etc.

A - C
Box 79
Folder 1-5
D - G
Box 80
Folder 1-4
GI Housing and Loan Funds (H.R. 9744)
Box 80
Folder 5
H - K
Box 80
Folder 6-10
L - R
Box 81
Folder 1-9
Radio, Daytime Broadcasting Stations; Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act; Republican County Organizations; Roxy Theatre
Box 82
Folder 1-5
S
Box 82
Folder 6-7
School Integration; Shelby Recruitment Program
Box 82
Folder 8-9
Smathers Bill (S. 3778); Social Security; Soil Bank Program; Strackbein, O. R. (The Nation-Wide Committee on Import-Export Policy); Stroupe, Mrs. C. B., Jr.
Box 83
Folder 1-6
T
Box 83
Folder 7
Tariff; Television, Pay; Textile Imports (Wool)
Box 83
Folder 8-10
U - V
Box 83
Folder 11-12
W
Box 84
Folder 1
Patterson, Jessie L. McCourtie; Wilkins, W. Y., Jr.
Box 84
Folder 2-3
X - Z
Box 84
Folder 4
A - C
Box 85
Folder 1-5
Cotton
Box 85
Folder 6
D - F
Box 85
Folder 7-9
Foreign Aid-Rutherford County; Foreign Aid-Shelby, N.C.
Box 86
Folder 1-5
G
Box 86
Folder 6
H - L
Box 87
Folder 1-5
Labor Reform Legislation
Box 87
Folder 6-8
Labor Reform Legislation
Box 88
Folder 1-4
Mc, N - P
Box 88
Folder 5-8
R - S
Box 89
Folder 1-2
Senate Labor Bill (S. 1555)
Box 89
Folder 3-4
T. U. W - Z
Box 89
Folder 5-8
A
Box 90
Folder 1
Asheville Air Service
Box 90
Folder 2
B - C
Box 90
Folder 3-6
Catholic Dictionary; Civil War Centennial; Clarkson, Francis; Cotton
Box 90
Folder 7-10
D - E
Box 90
Folder 11-12
F - O
Box 91
Folder 1-11
P - Z
Box 92
Folder 1-10
A - F
Box 93
Folder 1-8
Far East Trip
Box 93
Folder 9
G
Box 93
Folder 10
H - M
Box 94
Folder 1-8
Minimum Wage
Box 94
Folder 9
N
Box 94
Folder 10
O - R
Box 95
Folder 1-4
Rules Committee
Box 95
Folder 5-6
S
Box 95
Folder 7-8
T
Box 96
Folder 1
Truck Tax
Box 96
Folder 2-4
U - Z
Box 96
Folder 5-9
A - C
Box 97
Folder 1-4
College Academic Facilities Act of1962(H.R. 8900)
Box 97
Folder 5
D - F
Box 97
Folder 6-8
Food and Agricultural Act of1962(H.R. 11222)
Box 98
Folder 1
G - Mc
Box 98
Folder 2-9
M
Box 99
Folder 1-2
Medical Care Legislation
Box 99
Folder 3-5
Minimum Freight Rate Bills
Box 100
Folder 1
N - R
Box 100
Folder 2-6
Revenue Act of1962(H.R. 10650)
Box 100
Folder 7
S - U
Box 101
Folder 1-4
Unemployment Compensation Amendments Bill (H.R. 7640)
Box 101
Folder 5
V - Z
Box 101
Folder 6-8
A - E
Box 102
Folder 1-7
F - O
Box 103
Folder 1-12
P - Z
Box 104
Folder 1-10
A - C
Box 105
Folder 1-5
Civil Rights Bill
Box 105
Folder 6
D - G
Box 105
Folder 7-10
H - O
Box 106
Folder 1-11
P
Box 107
Folder 1
Prayer
Box 107
Folder 2-6
Q - Z
Box 108
Folder 1-8
A - E
Box 109
Folder 1-7
Eldercare, Herlong-Curtis Bill (H.R. 3727)
Box 110
Folder 1
F - J
Box 110
Folder 2-7
K - N. P - R
Box 111
Folder 1-10
S - T
Box 112
Folder 1-3
Taft-Hartley Act (1965, Jan. 12 - June 7)
Box 112
Folder 4-6
Taft-Hartley Act (1965, June 8 - July 26)
Box 113
Folder 1-2
U - Z
Box 113
Folder 3-5
A - D
Box 114
Folder 1-6
E - J
Box 115
Folder 1-8
K - P
Box 116
Folder 1-8
Q - Z
Box 117
Folder 1-9
A - E
Box 118
Folder 1-7
F - J
Box 119
Folder 1-7
K - L
Box 120
Folder 1-3
Legislation,1967
Box 120
Folder 4
M - O
Box 120
Folder 5-9
P
Box 121
Folder 1-2
Powell, Adam Clayton
Box 121
Folder 3
Q - S (1967, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 121
Folder 4-7
S (1967, May- Dec.) - Z
Box 122
Folder 1-8
A - E
Box 123
Folder 1-7
F - J
Box 124
Folder 1-6
Johnson, Lyndon Baines (State of the Union Message)
Box 124
Folder 7
K - L
Box 124
Folder 8-9
Mc - R
Box 125
Folder 1-9
S - T
Box 126
Folder 1-4
Textiles and Apparel
Box 127
Folder 1-2
U - Z
Box 127
Folder 3-7
Includes printed material, such as Status of Major Bills - First Session, Extension of Remarks of Whitener on October 13, 1966from the Congressional Record and information on appropriations bills. '
Box 307
Folder 1

4. District of Columbia Series, 1961-1968

Contains correspondence and other papers about matters in the District of Columbia. This important series reflects Whitener's work as a member of the House Committee on the District of Columbia, 1961-1968, as well as a member of certain subcommittees. See the page in this inventory which describes his committee assignments for further information concerning his specific subcommittee assignments. The two major files in this series are Legislative Bills and Subject Files for Legislation, etc.

Legislative Bills

Included are bills, primarily introduced by Whitener, which concern such issues in the District of Columbia as police, courts, crime, traffic, schools, etc. Sometimes only a draft or copy of the bill is enclosed, but other folders additionally contain reports and supplemental information. The papers, which are arranged by Congress and session, and by specific bill (H.R.) number, run from the 88th Congress, First Session, 1963, to the 90th Congress, Second Session, 1968. A comprehensive listing of the title and number of each bill in this category is filed in folder one of the first box of the Legislative Bills Files. Some subject entries have been made for important content, such as crime, but not for most bill names.

88th Congress, 1st Session, 1963
Box 128
Folder 2-11
88th Congress, 2nd Session, 1964
Box 128
Folder 12
89th Congress, 1st Session, 1965
Box 128
Folder 13-19
89th Congress, 2nd Session, 1966
Box 129
Folder 1-6
90th Congress, 1st Session, 1967
Box 129
Folder 7-13
90th Congress, 2nd Session, 1968
Box 129
Folder 14-17

Subject Files for Legislation, Etc.

There are three major areas covered in this file:

  • I. District Committee
  • II. District of Columbia. Including material about fiscal affairs, highways, home rule, housing, schools, etc. in the District of Columbia.
  • III. Rapid Transit

Concerns legislative proposals for a rapid transit system in Washington, D. C., and surrounding areas. Related folders included are the National Capital Transportation Act, Transit Program for the National Capital Region, and Japanese Railways. Whitener was chairman of Subcommittee VI on Rapid Transit.

District Committee, 1961-1962
Box 129
Folder 18-20
District Committee, 1963-1965
Box 130
Folder 1-6
District Committee,1966and undated
Box 131
Folder 1
District Committee:
Special Subcommittee on Traffic, Streets, and Highways, 1962, May - Oct.and undated
Box 131
Folder 2-3
Subcommittee on Rapid Transit, 1963, June - Dec.and undated
Box 131
Folder 4-5
District of Columbia:
Certified Public Accountants, 1963-1965
Box 132
Folder 1
Fiscal Affairs, 1962-1965and undated
Box 132
Folder 2
Highways, 1964-1965
Box 132
Folder 3
Home Rule, 1962-1965
Box 132
Folder 4
Housing, 1963-1965and undated
Box 132
Folder 5
Schools, 1963-1965and undated
Box 132
Folder 6
District Revenue Bill, 1963and undated
Box 133
Folder 1
Glover-Archbold Parkway Bill (S. 2436), 1962and undated
Box 133
Folder 2
Japanese National Railways, 1963-1964
Box 133
Folder 3-4
National Capital Transportation Act of1965(H.R. 4822), 1965, Jan. - June
Box 134
Folder 1
Rapid Transit, 1963-1965,June

Folders contain information relative to proposals for a rapid transit system in Washington, D. C., and surrounding areas.

Box 134
Folder 2-5
Rapid Transit, 1965, Julyand undated
Box 135
Folder 1-2
Transit Program for the National Capital Region (H.R. 8929), 1963and undated
Box 135
Folder 3
Miscellany, 1960-1965and undated
Box 135
Folder 4-5

5. Judiciary Series, 1950-1966,primarily 1957-1966

This series concerns legislation and other material loosely related to the work of the House Committee on the Judiciary. Whitener was a member of the Judiciary Committee from 1959 to 1968. See the page earlier in this inventory which describes his committee assignments for further information concerning his specific subcommittee assignments. The Judiciary Series and Judiciary Committee Series have been kept separate because they were organized this way in Whitener's office. The Judiciary Committee Series contains folders for the work of this committee and certain sub-committees. The Judiciary Series is larger and more general in nature. The two major files in this series are Legislative Bills, the largest section, and Subject Files for Legislation, etc.

Legislative Bills

In this section, which forms a major part of the Judiciary Series, are numerous folders for various House of Representatives bills, as well as for a few House Joint Resolutions, House Concurrent Resolutions, and Senate Bills. Whitener introduced about two-thirds of the bills represented in this section. The folders usually contain a copy of the bill, and often printed reports, correspondence, and other background information. There was no apparent order to the bills. Therefore, they were arranged by Congress and session, and by specific bill (H.R.) number, and run from the 85th Congress, 1st Session, 1957 to the 89th Congress, 2nd session, 1966. A comprehensive listing of the title and number of each bill in this category is filed in folder one of the first box of the Legislative Bills files. Some subject entries have been made for important content, such as civil rights, but not for most bill names.

85th Congress, 1st Session, 1957
Box 136
Folder 1A-8
85th Congress, 2nd Session, 1958
Box 136
Folder 9-14
86th Congress, 1st Session, 1959:
H.J. Res. 134 - H.R. 2238
Box 136
Folder 15-23
H.R. 2239 - H.R. 5921
Box 137
Folder 1-27
H.R. 6159 - H.R. 8715
Box 138
Folder 1-7
86th Congress, 2nd Session, 1960
Box 138
Folder 8-13
87th Congress, 1st Session, 1961:
H. Con. Res. 77 - H.R. 3692
Box 138
Folder 14-22
H.R. 4472 - S. 167
Box 139
Folder 1-8
87th Congress, 2nd Session, 1962
Box 139
Folder 9-14
88th Congress, 1st Session, 1963:
H.J. Res. 714
Box 139
Folder 15-16
H.R. 3439 - H.R. 7152
Box 140
Folder 1-11
88th Congress, 2nd Session, 1964:
H.R. 10380 - H.R. 11377
Box 140
Folder 12-15
H.R. 11809 - H.R. 11927
Box 141
Folder 1-2
89th Congress, 1st Session, 1965
Box 141
Folder 3
89th Congress, 2nd Session, 1966
Box 141
Folder 4-6
Bills introduced by Whitener during the 85th Congress, 1st Session, 1957,through the 87th Congress, 2nd Session, 1962
Box 141
Folder 7

Subject Files for Legislation, Etc.

Included are three boxes of material on such topics as civil rights, the courts, and the trial in 1964 of James R. Hoffa. The subjects are in an alphabetical arrangement.

Civil Rights, 1950-1956
Box 142
Folder 1
Civil Rights, 1957-1959
Box 142
Folder 2
Civil Rights, 1960-1963
Box 142
Folder 3
Civil Rights, undated
Box 142
Folder 4
Box 142
Folder 5
Courts, 1958, 1960
Box 142
Folder 6
Debate File, 1959-1960

Miscellaneous information gathered by Whitener concerning court cases, elections, voting, etc.

Box 143
Folder 1
Habeas Corpus, 1955-1959
Box 143
Folder 2
Hoffa, 1964, Feb.

Four folders concerning the U.S. vs. Hoffa trial in 1964 conducted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Southern Division, in Chattanooga. Included is some correspondence, and copies of letters to Emanuel Celler, Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary; many affidavits; and other material relating to the court case.

Box 143
Folder 3
Hoffa, 1964, Mar.
Box 143
Folder 4
Hoffa, 1964, Apr.-Aug.
Box 143
Folder 5
Hoffa, 1963-1964 and undated
Box 143
Folder 6
Interstate Commerce Taxation, 1959
Box 143
Folder 7
Judgeships, N.C., 1958, Feb. - 1961, Feb.
Box 143
Folder 8
Judgeships, N.C., 1961, Mar. - Aug. and undated
Box 144
Folder 1
National Service Life Insurance, 1961-1965
Box 144
Folder 2
Port of New York Authority, 1960
Box 144
Folder 3
Prayer in Public Schools, 1961-1962
Box 144
Folder 4
Reapportionment of State Legislatures, 1963-1964
Box 144
Folder 5
The Star-Spangled Banner, 1954-1961
Box 144
Folder 6
Yarmolinsky, Adam, 1963

Concerns charges against Yarmolinsky, special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. The basic charge was that he admitted to World War II Army security investigators that he had attended meetings of theYoung Communist League.

Box 144
Folder 7

6. Judiciary Committee Series, 1961-1968

In this series are papers which primarily concern Whitener's duties as a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary. He was a member of this committee from 1959 to 1968. See the page in this inventory which describes his committee assignments for further information concerning his specific subcommittee assignments. Some files relating specifically to the work of the Judiciary Committee, and the subcommittee on which he served, are contained in this series. The Judiciary Committee Series and Judiciary Series have been kept separate because they were organized this way in Whitener's office. The Judiciary Series is larger and more general in nature than this series. The two major files in this series are Legislative Bills and Subject Files for Legislation, Etc.

Legislative Bills

Folders for several House of Representatives bills as well as House Joint Resolution 714, to allow Bible reading and prayer in the public schools, are included in this section. Whitener sponsored many of these bills. The folders usually contain a copy of the bill, and often printed reports, correspondence, and other background information. There was no apparent order to the bills, which fall in the 88th Congress, 1st Session, 1963 ; 89th Congress, 1st Session, 1965 ; and 90th Congress, 1st Session, 1967. Therefore the bills were arranged by Congress and session and by specific bill (H.R.) number. A comprehensive listing of the title and number of each bill in this category is filed in folder one of the first box of the Legislative Bills files. Some Subject entries have been made for important content but not for most bill names.

88th Congress, 1st Session, 1963
Box 145
Folder 2-9
89th Congress, 1st Session, 1965:
H.R. 5505 - H.R. 6400 (1965, Mar.)
Box 145A
Folder 1-2 and vol.
H.R. 6400 (1965, Apr. - Juneand undated)
Box 146
Folder 1-2
90th Congress, 1st Session, 1967
H.R. 2158
Box 146
Folder 3-6
H.R. 2160 - H.R. 2516
Box 147
Folder 1-3

Subject Files for Legislation, Etc.

This section contains folders for the Judiciary Committee and Whitener's subcommittee assignments, especially for the Special Subcommittee on State Taxation of Interstate Commerce which covers several folders. A small amount of material pertains to Subcommittee IV. Other important topics are civil rights, East-West trade, and textiles. The subjects are in an alphabetical arrangement.

Becker Amendment, 1964
Box 147
Folder 4
Civil Rights, 1966, July
Box 147
Folder 5
Civil Rights, 1966., Jul.-1967 and undated
Box 147
Folder 6
East-West Trade, 1961, 1965-1966
Box 147
Folder 7
East-West Trade, 1967, Jan.- June
Box 148
Folder 1
East-West Trade, 1967, July -Sept.
Box 148
Folder 2
East-West Trade, 1967, Oct.-1968, Mar.
Box 148
Folder 3
East-West Trade, undated
Box 148
Folder 4
Integration of Mississippi Schools, 1967 and undated
Box 148
Folder 5
Judiciary Committee, 1961-1965
Box 149
Folder 1
Judiciary Committee, 1967, Mar.-1968, Apr.
Box 149
Folder 2
Judiciary Committee, 1968, May-July and undated
Box 149
Folder 3
Judiciary Committee, Special Subcommittee on State Taxation of Interstate Commerce, 1961
Box 149
Folder 4
Judiciary Committee, Special Subcommittee on State Taxation of Interstate Commerce, 1962, Jan.-June
Box 149
Folder 5
Judiciary Committee, Special Subcommittee on State Taxation of Interstate Commerce, 1962, July-1963, July
Box 150
Folder 1
Judiciary Committee, Special Subcommittee on State Taxation of Interstate Commerce, 1964-1965
Box 150
Folder 2
Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee 4, 1962-1965
Box 150
Folder 3
Jury Selection, 1966

Primarily copies of letters of Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., who was Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, concerning jury selection procedures.

Box 150
Folder 4
Textiles, 1966, Aug.-1967, May

Concerns U.S. textile imports and trade.

Box 150
Folder 5
Textiles, 1967, June-Sept. and undated

Concerns U.S. textile imports and trade.

Box 150
Folder 6

7. Speeches Series, 1954-1968,primarily 1957-1968

Includes, in addition to the text of many of Whitener's speeches, remarks of Whitener in Congress, as printed in the Congressional Record. Other unorganized material has been divided into two additional categories: Correspondence; and speech material, printed material, and miscellany.

Speeches

Contains the text of Whitener's speeches, usually in a typed format, but there are some rough drafts and outlines of talks. Whitener delivered these speeches at such functions as post office dedications, meetings of organizations such as the North Carolina Association of Letter Carriers, family reunions, and church services and meetings. Many duplicates were discarded from this section.

Speeches, 1955-1962
Box 151
Folder 1-7
Speeches, 1963-1966
Box 152
Folder 1-6
Speeches, 1967-1968and undated
Box 153
Folder 1-6
Remarks of Whitener in Congress

Primarily clippings from the Congressional Record - House of remarks by Whitener. The folders are organized by Congress and session.

Box 153
85th Congress, 1st Session, 1957- 88th Congress, 2nd Session,1964
Box 154
Folder 1-8
89th Congress, 1st Session, 1965- 90th Congress, 2nd Session,1968
Box 155
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1960-1968
Box 156
Folder 1-2

Speech Material, Printed Material, and Miscellany

Includes a wide variety of typed, mimeographed, and printed material, such as newsletters and other publications, reports by various private organizations and state and federal agencies, newspaper clippings, news releases, editorial reprints, and campaign material. There are some remarks in the Congressional Record by persons other than Whitener. Much of this section seems to consist of background material for Whitener's speeches.

Speech material, 1954-1961
Box 156
Folder 3-4
Speech material, 1962-1968
Box 157
Folder 1-4

8. Subject Series, 1953-1968,primarily 1961-1968

These files were in rough alphabetical order so this arrangement was retained with some minor refinements of folder titles and order. Some Items such as routine individual social security claims, visa applications, routine correspondence, and duplicates were discarded.

Agriculture Census, 1964
Box 158
Folder 1
Agriculture Department Trip, 1963and undated
Box 158
Folder 2
American Corn Millers Federation, 1965-1966and undated
Box 158
Folder 3
Appalachian Corridor Highway, 1965and undated
Box 158
Folder 4
Avery County Airport, 1961-1964and undated
Box 158
Folder 5
Ball, George, 1963
Box 158
Folder 6
Beech Mountain Development Corporation, 1963and undated
Box 158
Folder 7
Belmont Abbey College, 1953-1965and undated
Box 158
Folder 8-9
Blue Ridge Parkway Fees, 1963-1968and undated
Box 158
Folder 10
Broad River, 1964
Box 158
Folder 11
Calendars, 1968
Box 159
Folder 1
Celatron, Inc., 1963
Box 159
Folder 2
Census, 1965-1966and undated
Box 159
Folder 3
Census. Gaston County, 1965-1966and undated
Box 159
Folder 4
Cherry Blossom Festival, 1965
Box 159
Folder 5
Civil Rights, 1965-1966
Box 159
Folder 6
Copper, 1959; 1966
Box 159
Folder 7
Democratic Committee Material
1962-1967
Box 159
Folder 8-10
1968 and undated
Box 160
Folder 1
Democratic Executive Committee (N.C.), 1963-1967and undated
Box 160
Folder 2
Democratic National Convention, 1964
Box 160
Folder 3
Duke Power Company, 1962-1968and undated
Box 160
Folder 4
Economic Opportunity, 1964and undated
Box 160
Folder 5
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 1967and undated
Box 160
Folder 6
Federal City Council, 1965
Box 160
Folder 7
Federal Communications Commission, 1964and undated
Box 160
Folder 8
Foreign Aid, 1963-1964
Box 160
Folder 9
Gardner-Webb College, 1964-1965and undated
Box 161
Folder 1
Gaston Electrical Contractors, 1964-1965and undated
Box 161
Folder 2
Gelormini, Yvette Dosia Angele, 1961-1963and undated
Box 161
Folder 3
Guillermo, 1963-1965and undated
Box 161
Folder 4
Hickory, North Carolina, 1966-1967
Box 161
Folder 5
Housing and Home Finance Agency, 1961-1964and undated
Box 161
Folder 6
Immigration, 1965-1966
Box 161
Folder 7
Johnson, Lyndon B., Messages, 1965-1966
Box 161
Folder 8
Johnson, Lyndon B., Correspondence,1964Concerning Photographs of Johnson
Box 161
Folder 9
Kennedy, John F., Photograph, undated
Box 161
Folder 10
Rings Mountain 185th Anniversary,1965
Box 161
Folder 11
Labor Department, 1962-1963and undated
Box 161
Folder 12
Medicare, 1965-1966
Box 161
Folder 13
Middle East, 1967
Box 161
Folder 14
Morrison, Ethel Hudson, 1961-1965
Box 161
Folder 15
National Guard (Spindale and Forest City Consolidation),1959
Box 162
Folder 1
Office of Economic Opportunity, 1966and undated
Box 162
Folder 2
Oteen Veterans Administration Hospital, 1967and undated
Box 162
Folder 3
Pfeiffer College, 1966and undated
Box 162
Folder 4
Poverty Bills, 1964-1965and undated
Box 162
Folder 5
Public Works and Economic Development Act, 1966
Box 162
Folder 6
Rhododendron Festival, 1963
Box 162
Folder 7
Small Business Administration
Papers, 1961-1962
Box 162
Folder 8
Papers, 1963-1965and undated
Box 163
Folder 1-2
Smith, Young, Jr., 1965
Box 163
Folder 3
Social Security, 1965-1966
Box 163
Folder 4
Southern Railway, 1966and undated
Box 163
Folder 5
Spruce Pine, North Carolina, 1963-1966and undated
Box 163
Folder 6
State Department. General Information, 1962-1966and undated
Box 163
Folder 7
State Department. Passport Office, 1963-1964
Box 163
Folder 8
Talon, Inc., 1964-1965
Box 164
Folder 1
Tax Information, 1963-1964Primarily concerns reduction of federal taxes.
Box 164
Folder 2
Tobacco, 1961-1967and undated
Box 164
Folder 3-4
U.S. Cabinet Officers, 1963
Box 164
Folder 5
Veterans, 1963
Box 164
Folder 6
Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act, 1966
Box 164
Folder 7
WAMY Community Action, Inc., 1967and undated
Box 165
Folder 1
Walnut Exports, 1961-1965
Box 165
Folder 2
Ward, Truman, 1963-1966and undated
Box 165
Folder 3
Wong Wa Ngen, 1961-1966
Box 165
Folder 4

9. Case File Series, 1950-1962,primarily 1957-1960

Although this series is very similar to the Subject Series in that it contains folders on miscellaneous topics, the two series were evidently separate in Whitener's office. There was no consistent order to the folders, so they have been arranged alphabetically, similarly to the Subject Series. Some folder title revisions were necessary. A particularly large section of this series is the three boxes of material from the National Federation of Independent Business containing ballots by businessmen on various issues. Some routine Items such as individual Veterans Administration and social security claims, as well as passport applications were discarded.

Agricultural Act (of1958), 1958
Box 166
Folder 1
Agriculture, 1956-1958
Box 166
Folder 2
Air Force Facility in Melvin Hill, N.C., 1958
Box 166
Folder 3
Area Redevelopment Act (S. 3683), 1958
Box 166
Folder 4
Belmont Abbey College, 1956-1960
Box 166
Folder 5
Blue Ridge Parkway, 1958
Box 166
Folder 6
Celo, N.C., 1957
Box 166
Folder 7
Census of1960, 1958-1960
Box 166
Folder 8
Cherry, Robert Gregg, 1957

Clippings concerning the death of Cherry, a former Governor of North Carolina.

Box 166
Folder 9
Cleveland County, N.C., Election,1958
Box 166
Folder 10
Corps of Engineers, 1957
Box 166
Folder 11
Cotton (Long Staple), 1958-1959
Box 166
Folder 12-13
Cotton Acreage and Transfer Bill (H.R. 7740), 1959
Box 167
Folder 1
Cotton Acreage in Cleveland County, N.C., 1956-1957
Box 167
Folder 2
Cotton Acreage in Rutherford County, N.C., 1957
Box 167
Folder 3
Dalton, Arnold K., 1958-1959
Box 167
Folder 4
Democratic Congressional Dinner,1960
Box 167
Folder 5
Democratic County Organizations,1958
Box 167
Folder 6
Dorn Bill (H.R. 11250), 1958
Box 167
Folder 7
Duke Power Company, 1958-1960
Box 167
Folder 8
Duke University Ambassadors, 1958
Box 167
Folder 9
Elections,1958Consists of clippings.
Box 167
Folder 10
Ervin, Ray E., 1960
Box 167
Folder 11
Excise Tax on Telephone Services, 1959
Box 167
Folder 12
Fair Trade Bill (H.R. 1253), 1959
Box 167
Folder 13
Federal Aid Highway Act of1959(H.R. 8678)1959
Box 167
Folder 14
Federal Crop Insurance, 1953-1959
Box 168
Folder 1
Federal Housing Administration, 1957-1958
Box 168
Folder 2
Fiber Industries, Inc., 1959
Box 168
Folder 3
Fish and Wildlife Service, 1957
Box 168
Folder 4
Foreign Aid, 1960-1962
Box 168
Folder 5
Caston County, N.C. Election,1958
Box 168
Folder 6
Hannah Harrison School, 1959
Box 168
Folder 7
Housing and Home Finance Agency, 1957-1958
Box 168
Folder 8
Immigration, 1952-1957
Box 168
Folder 9
Jontza, Guido, 1956-1959
Box 168
Folder 10
Kissing Incident, 1959
Box 168
Folder 11
Loyalty Oath (National Defense Education Act), 1960
Box 168
Folder 12
Luncheon in Forest City, N.C., 1959
Box 168
Folder 13
McDowell County, N.C. Election,1958
Box 168
Folder 14
Madison County, N.C. Election,1958
Box 168
Folder 15
Maleic Hydrazide (MH-30), 1960-1961
Box 168
Folder 16
Medical Society of the State of North Carolina, 1959
Box 168
Folder 17
Mica, 1958
Box 168
Folder 18
Minimum Wage, 1959
Box 168
Folder 19
Municipal Elections, 1959

Copies of congratulatory letters from Whitener to North Carolina mayors, city council members, and other elected officials.

Box 168
Folder 20
National Debt, 1957-1958
Box 168
Folder 21
National Federation of Independent Business
Papers, 1957-1958,Aug.
Box 169
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1958, Sept. - 1960
Box 170
Folder 1-6
Papers,1961
Box 171
Folder 1-2
Loose Ballots

Ballots by businessmen on various issues, such as the closed shops, government loans, and social security.

Box 171
Folder 3-4
National Park Service, 1959
Box 171
Folder 5
National Rivers and Harbors Congress, 1957
Box 171
Folder 6
News Releases and Congressional Record Insertions, 1957-1961and undated
Box 171
Folder 7
North Carolina Oil Jobbers Association, 1959
Box 172
Folder 1
Polk County, N.C. Election,1958
Box 172
Folder 2
Post Office Department Complaints, 1958-1959
Box 172
Folder 3
Pre-fabricated House, 1958
Box 172
Folder 4
Pyramid Electric Company, 1957-1958
Box 172
Folder 5
Reciprocal Trade, 1960
Box 172
Folder 6
Rutherford County, N.C. Election,1958
Box 172
Folder 7
Sampson Master Switch Company, 1959
Box 172
Folder 8
Small Business Financing, 1958-1960
Box 172
Folder 9
Teener Baseball Team, 1960
Box 172
Folder 10
Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, 1958-1960
Box 172
Folder 11
Tobacco (Burley), 1958-1960
Box 172
Folder 12
Tobacco Warehouse, Burnsville, N.C., 1959
Box 172
Folder 13
U.S. Congress, 1950-1957
Box 172
Folder 14
Veterans Administration Office in Gastonia, N.C., 1957
Box 172
Folder 15
Veterans Pension Bills (H.R. 1181 and H.R. 6432), 1959
Box 172
Folder 16
Wage and Hour Law, 1957-1959
Box 172
Folder 17
Watershed Protection Project in McDowell County, N,C., 1958-1959
Box 172
Folder 18
Yancey County, N.C. Election,1958
Box 172
Folder 19

10. Textile Imports Series, 1955-1968

This series reflects the serious concern of Whitener and his constituents relating to textile imports and related issues such as foreign imports, cotton, the health of the textile industry, and tariffs. There is some material pertaining to legislation, especially for H.R. 6196, a bill designed to boost the cotton industry. There is some overlapping of similar topics among the various folders. The two major files in this series are Legislative Bills and Subject Files.

85th Congress, 1st Session, 1957
H.R. 5691 To regulate the foreign commerce of the United States by establishing import quotas under specified conditions, and for other purposes.
Box 173
Folder 1
88th Congress, 1st Session, 1963
H.R. 2000 To amend the Agricultural Act of1956,concerning two-price cotton.
Box 173
Folder 2-5
H.R. 6196 To encourage increased consumption of cotton, to maintain the income of cotton producers, to provide a special research program designed to lower costs of production, and for other purposes.
Box 174
Folder 1-4
Cotton, 1956-1965and undated

Miscellaneous papers concerning one-price and two-price cotton, etc. Included is alarge volume, dated September, 1962, which is a report to the President by the U.S. Tariff Commission on the topic of cotton products.

Box 175
Folder 1-4
Cotton Equalization Case, 1961-1962and undated

Pertains to an investigation and hearing before the U.S. Tariff Commission in late 1961 and 1962.

Box 175
Folder 5-6
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)

Conference, 1959-1960 and undated Concerns a proposed concurrent resolution on tariffs.

Box 175
Folder 7
Glove Imports, 1966
Box 176
Folder 1
Imports
Papers, 1961-1963; 1966-1967,Sept.
Box 176
Folder 2-5
Papers, 1967, Oct. - 1968and undated
Box 177
Folder 1-4
Japan, 1955-1960

Concerns Japanese textiles, imports, and tariffs.

Box 177
Folder 5
Speech Material, 1961-1962and undated

Includes textile imports information.

Box 177A
Folder 1-2
Tariff Commission Hearing,1960

Material pertaining to Investigation No. 22-22 under Section 22 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, as amended, concerning articles containing cotton.

Box 177A
Folder 3
Textile Imports, 1961-1963and undated
Box 178
Folder 1-4
Textile List,1962

Lists of textile companies, addresses, officers, and employees in North Carolina.

Box 178
Folder 5
Textiles, 1956-1962, 1967and undated
Box 179
Folder 1-6
Textiles and Cotton, 1957-1962and undated
Box 180
Folder 1-2
Miscellany, 1956-1965
Box 180
Folder 3

11. House of Representatives Series, 1963-1968and undated,primarily 1965-1968

In this series is information concerning miscellaneous pieces of legislation generally not related to Whitener's Judiciary Committee and District of Columbia Committee work. Most of these bills were introduced by Whitener. There was little apparent order to the folders, so they were organized into two major files: Legislative Bills and Subject Files for Legislation, etc.

Legislative Bills

In this section are folders for various House of Representatives Bills, as well as for a few resolutions, and a Senate bill. This bill (S. 2658) related to vehicle weight and width limitations on the Interstate system. There are several folders pertaining to this bill, which are primarily constituent letters from May to July, 1968. Folders usually contain a copy of the bill, and often printed reports, correspondence, and other background information. Arrangement of the folders is by Congress and session, and by specific bill (H.R.) number; they run from the 89th Congress, 1st Session, 1965 to the 90th Congress, 2nd Session, 1968. A comprehensive listing of the title and number off each bill in this category is filed in folder one of the first box of the Legislative Bills files.

89th Congress, 1st Session, 1965
Box 181
Folder 2-17
89th Congress, 2nd Session, 1966
Box 181
Folder 18-22
90th Congress, 1st Session, 1967
Box 182
Folder 1-8
90th Congress, 2nd Session 1968
H. Res. 1200 - S. 2658 (1968, Apr. - May)
Box 182
Folder 9-14
S. 2658 (1968, June- July)
Box 183
Folder 1-4
Bills introduced by Whitener during the 88th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1963-l964.
Box 183
Folder 5

Subject Files for Legislation, Etc.

Included is a major section entitled, Gun Control Legislation, which comprises approximately one-half of this series.

Gun Control Legislation, 1966-1968 (mostly 1968, June)

The Majority of the material in the Gun Control Legislation section consists of letters from Whitener's constituents and from other persons interested in this legislation. Most of the North Carolina correspondence seems to be in opposition to such gun control bills as S.3604, S. 3605, and H.R. 17735, although the responses from non-North Carolina residents contained more mixed attitudes. Additionally there are letters from some government officials as well as printed material.

Tenth Congressional District
Papers, 1968, June
Box 184
Folder 1-4
Papers, 1968, July
Box 185
Folder 1-2
North Carolina, Outside Tenth Congressional District
Papers, 1968, Apr.,June
Box 185
Folder 3-4
Papers, Julyand undated
Box 186
Folder 1
Outside North Carolina
Papers, 1965-1968,June
Box 186
Folder 2-5
Papers, 1968, Julyand undated
Box 187
Folder 1-2
Miscellany, 1966-1968
Box 187
Folder 3
Social Security Bill, 1968
Box 187
Folder 4
Miscellany, 1963-1968and undated
Box 187
Folder 5

12. Military and Veterans Series, 1945-1968

There are two major categories included in this series: the Military and Veterans Files, and Subject Files. The Military and Veterans Files span the 81st Congress, 2nd Session, 1950, through the 90th Congress, 2nd Session, 1968. Please note that in the Congressional office the military files and veterans files were kept separate through the 86th Congress, but that beginning with the 87th Congress, these files were combined. This arrangement has been retained. Also note that the early files, the 81st through the 84th Congresses, are the papers of Woodrow Wilson Jones, Whitener's predecessor in office. Congressman Jones was elected to the 81st Congress to fill a vacancy and was reelected to the 82nd, 83rd and 84th Congresses, thus serving from Nov. 7, 1950, to Jan. 3, 1957.

The Military and Veterans Files primarily consist of correspondence between Jones or Whitener and their constituents. Generally, all correspondence for persons whose last name begins with the same letter of the alphabet has been kept together under that letter. Occasional folders appear for single individuals. These files originally formed a large part of the office files of Jones and Whitener. The military records, for persons still on active duty or in the reserves, pertain to such matters as requests for transfers, reassignments, allotments, hardship discharges, deferments, and dependents to go overseas. Constituents also wrote concerning courts-martial, Officer Candidate School applications, AWOL soldiers, and efforts to locate a soldier. The veterans records include letters concerning dependency allowances, widow pension benefits, hospitalization benefits, insurance, disability claims, and appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals. Since these papers are very routine, concerning individual benefits and requests, rather than being topical in nature, only a representative sample has been retained. The letter “C,” a large letter which includes a wide range of ethnic groups, was chosen for retention, as well as a few small subject folders.

Military: 81st Congress, 2nd Session, 1950and 82nd Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1951-1952
Air Force ROTC
Box 188
Folder 1
Bridgeman, Edgar R.
Box 188
Folder 2
C
Box 188
Folder 3
311th Station Hospital
Box 188
Folder 4
Veterans: 81st Congress, 2nd Session, 1950and 82nd Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1951-1952
C
Box 188
Folder 5
Carpenter, Eugene
Box 188
Folder 6
Carver, William M.
Box 188
Folder 7
Champion, Flay O.
Box 188
Folder 8
Crosby, Floyd L.
Box 188
Folder 9
G. I. Loans
Box 188
Folder 10
Military: 83rd Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1953-1954
Navy Department
Box 188
Folder 12
Prisoners of War Claims
Box 188
Folder 13
Veterans: 83rd Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1953-1954
C
Box 188
Folder 14
Veterans, Korean

Mimeographed letters from veterans, “urging [whitener] to use his influence in an effort to keep the subsistence pay of the Korean veterans, taking training under public law 550, the same throughout the training period.”

Box 188
Folder 15
Military: 84th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1955-1956
Air Force Department
Box 188
Folder 16
C
Box 188
Folder 17
Corps of Engineers
Box 188
Folder 18
Veterans: 84th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1955-1956
C
Box 189
Folder 1
Military: 85th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1957-1958
Air Force Academy Athletic Association
Box 189
Folder 2
C
Box 189
Folder 3
Veterans: 85th Congress, 1st and 2nd Session, 1957-1958
C
Box 189
Folder 4
Carlton, Russell R.
Box 189
Folder 5
Military: 86th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1959-1960
Army
Box 189
Folder 6
C
Box 189
Folder 7
Veterans: 86th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1959-1960
C
Box 189
Folder 8
Military and Veterans: 87th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1961-1962
Army and Navy Departments
Box 189
Folder 9
C
Box 189
Folder 10-11
Veterans, General
Box 189
Folder 12
Veterans Pension Legislation - Constituent mail in1962concerning this legislation.
Box 190
Folder 1-2
Military and Veterans: 88th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1963-1964
Allotments
Box 190
Folder 3
Air Force, Army, and Navy Departments
Box 190
Folder 4
C
Box 190
Folder 5-7
Military and Veterans: 89th Congress, 1st and 2nd Sessions, 1965-1966
See Office Files Series: Military and Veterans for the C file.
Box 190
Military, General - Memoranda, policies and procedures, and forms.
Box 191
Folder 1
Military and Veterans: 90th Congress, 1st Session, 1967
C
Box 191
Folder 2-4
Clary, Landrum, 1965-1967
Box 191
Folder 5
Navy Department
Box 191
Folder 6
Military and Veterans: 90th Congress, 2nd Session, 1968
C
Box 192
Folder 1-5
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives, 1957

Printed letters to Congressman Olin E. Teague, Chairman of the committee, from various government officials, such as Joseph Campbell, Comptroller General of the United States. Included are several House bills.

Box 193
Folder 1
Insurance, Reinstatement of, 1957-1958
Box 193
Folder 2
Veterans Administration, 1945-1959and undated

Primarily mimeographed information about the Veterans Administration and VA hospitals, as well as; VA Information Service press releases, application forms, etc.

Box 193
Folder 3-4
Veterans Affairs, 1952, 1956-1957
General Correspondence, A-Z

Concerns such matters as the interest rate for VA loans, site for a VA hospital, VA home mortgages, and Committee on Veterans' Affairs information. The “H” file contains Treasury and Post Office appropriation information.

Box 193
Folder 5-23
Veterans Legislation, 1958and undated

Constituent mail supporting various veterans bills being considered by the House of Representatives.

Box 193
Folder 24

13. Military Academy Series, 1958-1968

In this series is general information about the U. S. military academies: the Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Military Academy at West Point, and Naval Academy. Included are materials such as pamphlets describing the academies, guidelines for Congressmen in appointing candidates to vacancies, and information concerning entrance examinations. The majority of this series has been discarded because it consisted of individual application materials and academic records of Whitener's appointees. Representative items were grade transcripts, letters of recommendation, biographical data, medical records, and academy entrance examination results. The Buckley Amendment of 1967 to the Privacy Act prohibits the use of such materials without the individual's written consent.

U.S. Air Force Academy, 1962-1968
Box 194
Folder 1
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1958-1968
Box 194
Folder 2-3
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 1959-1968
Box 194
Folder 4
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 1962-1968
Box 194
Folder 5
U.S. Naval Academy, 1961-1968
Box 194
Folder 6
Miscellany, 1963-1968
Box 194
Folder 7

14. Trips Series, 1944-1968,primarily 1959-1968

Information pertaining to a sequence of journeys that Whitener took, primarily in his official capacity as a congressman, comprises this series. The trips, from 1959 to 1968, included travels within the United States, as well as to Europe, the Far East, and South Vietnam. Included are correspondence; fact sheets, illustrated brochures, and other information concerning countries visited; press kits; speeches Whitener made; briefing material; Whitener's personal notes; and printed material. There are a number of pictures taken on the Far East Trip, Captive Nations Week trip, and Vietnam trips.

Air Force Trip, 1963

A delegation of North Carolina businessmen, accompanied by Whitener and his Administrative Assistant, Herbert M. Lineberger, attended a commando demonstration et the Special Air Warfare Center (SAWC) at Eglin Air Force Base on October 8, 1963.

Papers, 1963, July-Oct.
Box 195
Folder 1

Air Force Trip, 1964

Tour of North Carolina business executives in June, 1964,to visit headquarters of SAC in Omaha, Nebraska; NORAD in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Papers, 1964, Mar.-July
Box 195
Folder 2
Personal Histories of Businessmen, undated
Box 195
Folder 3

Air Force Trip, 1965

Proposed Air Force Systems Command tour by a party of North Carolina businessmen inOct., 1965.

Papers, 1965, Jan.-July
Box 195
Folder 4

Air Force Trip, 1968

Whitener escorted a group of about twenty-five young North Carolina businessmen on a visit to the Special Air Warfare Center (SAWC) at Eglin Air Force Base, to witness a demonstration of air power at MacDill Air Force Base, and to tour Cape Kennedy, on January 18-19, 1968.

Papers, 1967, Nov.-1968, Mar.
Box 195
Folder 5

Captive Nations Week Trip, 1967

Concerns a week of speeches and meetings sponsored by the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League, during July 16-22, 1967. The activities, which took place in Taipei, Taiwan, included the annual plenary meeting on July 20 of the China Chapter of the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League, at which Whitener delivered a lecture. Whitener was also the featured speaker at a mass rally on July 22. Included in the folders are such items as press releases, newspaper stories, correspondence, and pictures.

Papers, 1967, Feb.-Oct.and undated
Box 196
Folder 1-5
Pictures,1967
Box 196
Folder 6

European Trip, 1959

Whitener travelled to Europe, February 4-16, 1959, as a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary to investigate matters within the jurisdiction of the committee. His itinerary included stops in London, the Hague, Paris, and Berlin. Included are maps, itineraries, passport and travel information, and other tourist information concerning Europe. There is printed information about Parliament, a County Court Handbook (1959, London), and material relating to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). Also, Whitener wrote personal reports and memoranda concerning the trip.

Papers, 1944-1960and undated
Box 197
Folder 1-7
Papers, undated
Box 198
Folder 1
Printed Material
Box 198
Folder 2-3
Financial Papers
Box 198
Folder 4

Far East Trip, 1961

Whitener evidently made this visit in March and April, 1961, as a member of the Immigration Subcommittee, Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives. The other members of the delegation were Arch A. Moore, Jr., Chairman and Representative from West Virginia, and William Crabtree, Committee Staff member. They made stops in Honolulu, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Papers, 1961, Mar.-Juneand undated
Box 198
Folder 5

Far East Trip, 1965

This journey was officially named the North Carolina Business Executives Trade Study Mission. The trip was from October 24 to November 8, 1965, and the itinerary included stops in Honolulu, Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bankok, and Manila. Included are printed brochures and other information about the countries the group visited, such as briefing material, and press and visitors kits.

Papers, 1962, Nov.-1965, Sept.
Box 198
Folder 6-7
Papers, 1965, Oct.-1966, Oct.
Box 199
Folder 1-5
Papers, undated
Box 200
Folder 1-4
Pictures
Box 200
Folder 5

Vietnam Trip, 1966

Whitener took an inspection trip to South-Vietnam and Southeast Asia, July, 1966. Stops were scheduled in Hawaii, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Taiwan. Included is much background material for the trip, such as fact sheets concerning Vietnamese commercial imports, economic assistance, and people. The Agency for International Development produced other briefing material on such topics as education, public safety, refugees, and agriculture. In addition, there is mimeographed information from the Library of Congress Legislative Reference Service on the Vietnamese War, the Soviet Union, and the Korean Conflict. Included are itineraries, maps, instructions, sightseeing information, and pamphlets concerning locations Whitener visited. There are some personal notes that he made while on the trip, as well as a copy of remarks he made in the House of Representatives on July 13, 1966, upon his return.

Papers, 1965, May-1966, June
Box 200
Folder 6-7
Papers, 1966, July-Dec.and undated
Box 201
Folder 1-6

Vietnam Trip, 1967

Whitener and Congressmen Charles E. Wiggins and James C. Corman, all went on this trip in their capacities as members of the House Committee on the Judiciary. The trip was from March 25 to April 2, 1967. Included in the folders are correspondence; material relating to the Uniform Code of Military Justice for Vietnam; as well as Whitener's personal notes, memoranda, and recommendations

Papers, 1967, Jan.-1968, Feb.and undated
Box 202
Folder 1-5
Pictures,1967and undated
Box 202
Folder 6

15. Post Office Series, 1944-1968,primarily 1950-1968

The contents concern matters relating to local post offices in Whitener's district, such as the location, construction, and dedication of new post office buildings; renting of post office quarters; improving and enlarging postal facilities; and the closing of postal stations. Other issues discussed include personnel matters, such as filling job vacancies and requests for transfers; changes and extensions of routes; a postal pay increase bill; the Civil Service retirement law; and requests for investigations of problems at post offices. The majority of the material, which consists of correspondence, printed material, and forms, is arranged by county and then subdivided by towns. The files before Whitener took office in January, 1957, are those of Woodrow Wilson Jones, Whitener's predecessor in office.

City, rural, and lock boxes, 1960-1967
Box 203
Folder 1
General, 1944-1968and undated
Box 203
Folder 2-5
Alexander County
Taylorsville, 1966-1968
Box 203
Folder 6
Avery County
Banner Elk, 1962-1969
Box 203
Folder 7
Crossnore, 1962-1968
Box 203
Folder 8
Elk Park, 1963-1964
Box 203
Folder 9
Linville, 1963-1967
Box 203
Folder 10
Montezuma, 1963
Box 203
Folder 11
Newland, 1962-1966
Box 204
Folder 1
Pineola, 1963
Box 204
Folder 2
Plumtree, 1963-1965
Box 204
Folder 3
Burke County
Connellys Springs, 1964-1966
Box 204
Folder 4
Drexel, 1964-1966
Box 204
Folder 5
Glen Alpine, 1967
Box 204
Folder 6
Hildebran, 1964-1968
Box 204
Folder 7
Icard, 1966-1968
Box 204
Folder 8
Jonas Ridge, 1966-1968
Box 204
Folder 9
Morganton, 1963-1968
Box 204
Folder 10
Rhodhiss, 1966
Box 204
Folder 11
Rutherford College, 1966-1968
Box 204
Folder 12
Valdese, 1962-1966
Box 204
Folder 13
Caldwell County, 1967-1968
Box 205
Folder 1
Catawba County
Claremont, 1962-1968
Box 205
Folder 2
Conover, 1962-1968
Box 205
Folder 3
Catawba, 1963-1968
Box 205
Folder 4
Hickory, 1962-1967and undated
Box 205
Folder 5-7
Longisland, 1964
Box 206
Folder 1
Maiden, 1962
Box 206
Folder 2
Newton, 1963-1965
Box 206
Folder 3
Sherrills Ford, 1964-1968
Box 206
Folder 4
Terrell, 1964
Box 206
Folder 5
Cleveland County
Belwood, 1951-1954
Box 206
Folder 6
Boiling Springs, 1961-1965
Box 206
Folder 7
Casar, 1950-1963
Box 206
Folder 8
Earl, 1952-1953, 1966-1968
Box 206
Folder 9
Fallston, 1951, 1959-1961
Box 206
Folder 10
Grover, 1954-1967
Box 206
Folder 11
Kings Mountain, 1952-1967
Box 206
Folder 12
Lattimore, 1952-1963
Box 207
Folder 1
Lawndale, 1951-1965
Box 207
Folder 2
Mooresboro, 1952-1965
Box 207
Folder 3-4
Patterson Springs, 1958-1959
Box 207
Folder 5
Polkville, 1958-1966
Box 207
Folder 6
Shelby, 1951-1961
Box 207
Folder 7-8
Shelby, 1962-1968
Box 208
Folder 1-2
Waco, 1951-1952
Box 208
Folder 3
Gaston County
Alexis, 1955, 1966-1968
Box 208
Folder 4
Belmont, 1951-1968and undated
Box 208
Folder 5-6
Bessemer City, 1953-1966and undated
Box 208
Folder 7
Cherryville, 1951-1963and undated
Box 209
Folder 1-2
Cramerton, 1960, 1965-1968
Box 209
Folder 3
Dallas, 1951-1966and undated
Box 209
Folder 4-5
Gastonia, 1951-1963
Box 209
Folder 6-7
Gastonia, 1964-1968and undated
Box 210
Folder 1
High Shoals, 1959, 1965-1968
Box 210
Folder 2
Lowell, 1955-1968
Box 210
Folder 3
McAdenville, 1959-1965
Box 210
Folder 4
Mount Holly, 1951-1965and undated
Box 210
Folder 5
Stanley, 1950-1967and undated
Box 210
Folder 6
Iredell County
Barium Springs, 1967-1968
Box 210
Folder 7
Mooresville, 1966-1968
Box 210
Folder 8
Statesville, 1966-1968
Box 210
Folder 9
Troutmans, 1967
Box 210
Folder 10
Turnersburg, 1968
Box 210
Folder 11
Union Grove, 1966-1968
Box 210
Folder 12
McDowell County
Ashford, 1954
Box 211
Folder 1
Glenwood, 1951-1953
Box 211
Folder 2
Little Switzerland, 1961
Box 211
Folder 3
Marion, 1951-1962and undated
Box 211
Folder 4-6
Nebo, 1955
Box 211
Folder 7
North Cove, 1952-1954
Box 211
Folder 8
Old Fort, 1952-1957
Box 211
Folder 9
Madison County
Barnard, 1954
Box 211
Folder 10
Big Pine, 1951
Box 211
Folder 11
Bluff, 1952-1953
Box 211
Folder 12
English, 1952
Box 211
Folder 13
Hot Springs, 1951-1962and undated
Box 211
Folder 14
Ivey, 1951
Box 211
Folder 15
Joe, 1950-1952
Box 211
Folder 16
Luck, 1952
Box 211
Folder 17
Mars Hill, 1950-1959
Box 212
Folder 1
Marshall, 1952-1962and undated
Box 212
Folder 2-4
Paint Rock, 1954-1962
Box 212
Folder 5
Spring Creek, 1955
Box 212
Folder 6
Trust, 1952
Box 212
Folder 7
Walnut, undated
Box 212
Folder 8
Worley, 1951
Box 212
Folder 9
Mitchell County
Bakersville, 1962-1965
Box 212
Folder 10
Penland, 1963
Box 212
Folder 11
Spruce Pine, 1964-1966
Box 212
Folder 12
Polk County
Columbus, 1951-1962
Box 213
Folder 1-2
Lynn, 1951, 1957
Box 213
Folder 3
Melvin Hill, 1955
Box 213
Folder 4
Mill Spring, 1951-1962
Box 213
Folder 5
Saluda, 1951-1952, 1961
Box 213
Folder 6
Tryon, 1953-1961
Box 213
Folder 7
Rutherford County
Alexander Mills, 1951, 1955
Box 213
Folder 8
Avondale, 1962-1965
Box 213
Folder 9
Bostic, 1960-1963
Box 213
Folder 10
Caroleen, 1953, 1962-1963
Box 213
Folder 11
Chimney Rock, 1951-1957, 1965
Box 213
Folder 12
Cliffside, 1952-1964
Box 213
Folder 13
Ellenboro, 1955-1965
Box 214
Folder 1
Forest City, 1951-1965and undated
Box 214
Folder 2-3
Gilkey, 1958
Box 214
Folder 4
Harris, 1951-1966
Box 214
Folder 5
Henrietta, 1951-1965
Box 214
Folder 6
Hollis, 1953
Box 214
Folder 7
Lake Lure, 1952-1965and undated
Box 214
Folder 8
Ruth, 1956-1958
Box 215
Folder 1
Rutherfordton, 1950-1966
Box 215
Folder 2-3
Spindale, 1950-1967
Box 215
Folder 4
Union Mills, 1951-1953
Box 215
Folder 5
Wautauga County, 1968
Box 215
Folder 6
Yancey County
Bald Creek, 1952-1961
Box 216
Folder 1
Bee Log, 1951-1962
Box 216
Folder 2
Burnsville, 1952-1961
Box 216
Folder 3
Cane River, 1956-1961
Box 216
Folder 4
Celo, 1957-1958
Box 216
Folder 5
Day Book,1951, 1955
Box 216
Folder 6
Green Mountain, 1951-1962
Box 216
Folder 7
Hamrick, 1951, 1957
Box 216
Folder 8
Higgins, 1952-1954
Box 216
Folder 9
Micaville, undated
Box 216
Folder 10
Newdale, 1956-1959
Box 216
Folder 11
Paint Gap, 1950-1953and undated
Box 216
Folder 12
Pensacola, 1961-1962
Box 216
Folder 13
Ramsaytown, 1952-1955
Box 216
Folder 14
Relief, 1955-1956
Box 216
Folder 15
Sioux, 1950-1955
Box 216
Folder 16
Swiss, 1954-1956
Box 216
Folder 17
Toledo, 1951-1952
Box 216
Folder 18
Vixen, 1952-1953
Box 216
Folder 19
Windom, 1952-1954
Box 216
Folder 20

16. Grants Series, 1966-1968

A small series containing information about government grants, primarily federal, to North Carolina programs mostly in 1967. Included are press releases, correspondence, and telegrams Whitener sent announcing grants that had been approved.

Papers, 1966, July-1968, Jan.and undated
Box 217
Folder 1-2

17. Invitations Series, 1956-1968

In this series are invitations for such functions as conventions, meetings, festivals and celebrations, graduations, receptions,-dedications and openings, “special day” events, Democratic rallies, anniversary events, dinners, and dances. There also are some invitations for speaking engagements. With an invitation is often a reply or a note as to whether Whitener will accept or decline the invitation. The series illustrates many of the activities of a Congressman's life. The papers are organized in a strictly chronological arrangement.

Papers, 1956, Sept.
Box 218
Folder 1
Papers, 1957, Jan.-Dec.
Box 218
Folder 2-6
Papers, 1958, Jan.-Feb.
Box 218
Folder 7
Papers, 1958, Mar.-Dec.
Box 219
Folder 1-3
Papers, 1959, Jan.-Apr.
Box 219
Folder 4-6
Papers, 1959, May-Dec.
Box 220
Folder 1-3
Papers, 1960, Jan.-Feb.
Box 220
Folder 4-5
Papers, 1960, Mar.-Dec.
Box 221
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1961, Jan.-Sept.
Box 222
Folder 1-6
Papers, 1961, Oct.-Dec.
Box 223
Folder 1-2
Papers, 1962, Jan.-Apr.
Box 223
Folder 3-6
Papers, 1962, May-Dec.
Box 224
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1963, Jan.-Apr.
Box 225
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1963, May-Sept.
Box 226
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1963, Oct.-Dec.and undated
Box 227
Folder 1-3
Papers, 1964, Jan.-Mar.
Box 227
Folder 4-6
Papers, 1964, Apr.-Sept.
Box 228
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1964, Oct.-Dec.
Box 229
Folder 1-2
Papers, 1965, Jan.-Aug.
Box 229
Folder 3-5
Papers, 1965, Sept.-Dec.
Box 230
Folder 1-3
Papers, 1965, Feb.-Apr.
Box 230
Folder 4-6
Papers, 1965, May-Dec.
Box 231
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1966, Jan.-Aug.
Box 232
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1966, Sept.-Dec.
Box 233
Folder 1-3
Papers, 1966, Jan.-June
Box 233
Folder 4-6
Papers, 1966, July-Oct.
Box 234
Folder 1-3
Papers, 1967, Jan.-Feb.
Box 234
Folder 4-6
Papers, 1967, Mar.-May
Box 235
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1967, June-Oct.
Box 236
Folder 1-7
Papers, 1967, Nov.-Dec.
Box 237
Folder 1-2
Papers, 1968, Jan.-Mar.
Box 237
Folder 3-5
Papers, 1968, Apr.-Sept.
Box 238
Folder 1-6

18. General Information Series, 1950-1964and undated

This series contains information on a variety of topics. The subjects have been organized in alphabetical order with a small folder of miscellany at the end. A group of advertisements for office equipment was transferred to the Advertising Collection in the Rubenstein Library. The series contains two major files: Legislative Bills and Subject Files.

Legislative Bills

In the Legislative Bills section there are folders for various House of Representatives Bills, as well as for a Senate bill. Whitener introduced about one half of the House bills represented here. Folders usually contain a copy of the bill, and sometimes printed reports, correspondence, and other background information. Arrangement of the folders is by Congress and session, and by specific bill (H.R.) number. A comprehensive listing of the title and number of each bill in this category is filed in folder one of the first box of the Legislative Bills files.

87th Congress, 1st Session, 1961
Box 239
Folder 2-4
87th Congress, 2nd Session, 1962
Box 239
Folder 5-18
88th Congress, 1st Session, 1963
Box 239
Folder 19
Agriculture Yearbooks,1957-1958
Box 239
Folder 20-21
Agriculture Yearbooks,1959-1961
Box 240
Folder 1-3
Akers Meeting, 1958-1960

Papers pertaining to an annual stag party given by Whitener, John Akers, and Robert Wren, which was attended by U. S. Congressmen, Senators, and others.

Box 240
Folder 4-6
Alphabetical Files,1957

The folders are organized alphabetically by name of correspondent during the 85th Congress, 1st Session. This correspondence with constituents is general in nature concerning such topics as paroles, social security applications, invitations, meetings, foreign aid, bills in Congress, veterans pensions, and the farm program.

Box 241
Folder 1-23
Alphabetical Files,1958

Folders of general correspondence, similar to that above, for the 85th Congress, 2nd Session.

A-B
Box 241
Folder 24-25
C-Y
Box 242
Folder 1-21
Annual Assay Commission, 1961
Box 242
Folder 22
Capitol Photographs, undated
Box 242
Folder 23
Census, 1950-1960
Box 242
Folder 24
Census, 1961
Box 243
Folder 1
Citizens, Naturalized, 1961-1962Pertains to the Eleventh District.
Box 243
Folder 2
Clerk's Office, 1951-1961and undated
Box 243
Folder 3
Clerks-Employment, 1960-1961
Box 243
Folder 4
Coble Construction Company, 1959
Box 243
Folder 5
Committee on the District of Columbia: Monuments Subcommittee, 1961
Box 243
Folder 6
Committee on Un-American Activities, 1953
Box 243
Folder 7
Congressional Directory, 1957-1961
Box 243
Folder 8
Congressional Record, 1957-1962and undated- Consists of correspondence and mailing lists.
Box 243
Folder 9
Correspondence (Duplicates),1957For the recess of the 85th Congress, 1st Session, 1957.
Box 243
Folder 10
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1957-1959
Box 243
Folder 11
Duke University, 1961
Box 244
Folder 1
Farmers, 1957
Box 244
Folder 2
Farmers' Bulletins, 1957-1962
Box 244
Folder 3-4
Fish Applications, 1957-1961- Requests to the Fish and Wildlife Service for allotments of fish.
Box 244
Folder 5
Foreign Aid Responses, 1960-1962- Constituent reactions by letter to Whitener's speech in Congress on Aug. 17,1961,concerning hisopposition to foreign aid expenditures.
Box 244
Folder 6
Geological Survey, 1950-1957Topographic maps.
Box 244
Folder 7
Gestetner (Duplication), 1959-1962
Box 244
Folder 8
Health Insurance, 1954-1955
Box 244
Folder 9
High School Graduates, 1959-1960Lists of names and addresses.
Box 244
Folder 10
High School Groups, 1959-1960- Concerns school classes visiting Washington, D. C.
Box 244
Folder 11
High Schools, 1961- Lists of Seniors
Box 245
Folder 1
Inaugural Parade Tickets, 1960-1961
Box 245
Folder 2
Inauguration, 1960-1961
Box 245
Folder 3-4
International Court of Justice and International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL),1959
Box 245
Folder 5
Kennedy, 1960
Box 245
Folder 6
Kennedy Birthday Celebration, 1961- On Saturday, May 27, 1961, the Democratic National Committee had a fund-raising dinner honoring the President on his birthday.
Box 245
Folder 7
Kennedy Speeches,1962
Box 245
Folder 8
Legislative Correspondence,1959
Box 246
Folder 1
Memoranda,1959
Box 246
Folder 2
Mental Health, 1957
Box 246
Folder 3
Methodist Missionaries, 1961-1962- Concerns the arrest and detention of four Methodist Missionaries in Angola, Portuguese West African province.
Box 246
Folder 4
Minimum Wage, 1961
Box 246
Folder 5
National Federation of Independent Business Ballots, 1961-1964- Ballots from polls on various issues, such as imports, income tax, current bills in Congress, labor unions, etc.
Papers, 1961-1962
Box 246
Folder 6-9
Papers, 1962-1963,July
Box 247
Folder 1-5
Papers, 1963, Aug.-1964and undated
Box 248
Folder 1-7
National Historical Wax Museum, 1958-1961
Box 249
Folder 1
National Symphony Orchestra, 1962
Box 249
Folder 2
Newcomers, 1958-1961- Lists of newcomers to Gastonia and Gaston County, and letters to them.
Box 249
Folder 3-4
News Releases and Congressional Record Insertions, 1958-1959
Box 249
Folder 5
Newsletters,1957
Box 249
Folder 6
Newton, Clint, 1962
Box 249
Folder 7
North Carolina Congressional Delegation, 1961
Box 249
Folder 8
North Carolina Tercentenary Commission, 1962-1964and undated
Box 249
Folder 9-10
Passport Forms,1962
Box 249
Folder 11
Peace Corps, 1961
Box 249
Folder 12
Photographs, Presidential,1961
Box 249
Folder 13
The President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, 1961
Box 250
Folder 1
Reapportionment,1961
Box 250
Folder 2-3
Recall Orders, undated
Box 250
Folder 4
Redistricting, 1961
Box 250
Folder 5
Reese, Thomas, 1962
Box 250
Folder 6
Robotyped Letters,1950, 1953, 1957-1962and undated
Box 250
Folder 7
Seib, Roswitha, 1962
Box 250
Folder 8
Space Communications Systems, 1961
Box 250
Folder 9
Swannanoa Veterans Administration Hospital, 1960
Box 250
Folder 10
Teen Dem Clubs, 1960-1961
Box 250
Folder 11
Telegrams, 1962-1966- Copies of telegrams Whitener sent out.
Papers, 1962-1963,Aug.
Box 250
Folder 12-13
Papers, 1963, Sept.-1966, Sept.
Box 251
Folder 1-6
Telegraph Account, 1957-1962
Box 252
Folder 1
Thank you Letters, 1961-1962
Box 252
Folder 2
Trade Missions, 1961-1962
Box 252
Folder 3
Upton, Jess, 1962
Box 252
Folder 4
Veterans, 1957-1959
Box 252
Folder 5
Visa Application Forms, undated
Box 252
Folder 6
Visually Handicapped, 1961
Box 252
Folder 7
Yancey County Rural Telephone Committee, 1959-1960
Box 252
Folder 8
Miscellany, 1957-1964Press releases, clipping, etc.
Box 252
Folder 9

19. Office Files Series, 1951-1968,primarily 1962-1968

Papers which seem to have been in active use by Whitener's office staff at the time he left office, such as his 1968 correspondence with constituents. In this series are some files that overlap with material in other series, including the Military Academy files and the Military and Veterans files. Three major categories in this series are the District of Columbia, the largest; the the Alphabetical files; and the Voter lists.

Alphabetical Files: 90th Congress, 2nd Session, 1968

General correspondence on such topics as passport applications, legislation, Social Security disability claims, military and veterans concerns, etc.

A-F
Box 253
Folder 1-6
Form Letters-L
Box 254
Folder 1-9
Mc-S (1968, Oct.)
Box 255
Folder 1-8
S (1968, Nov.-Dec.and undated)-Z
Box 256
Folder 1-6

District of Columbia: Committee on the District of Columbia

Correspondence concerning meetings, hearings on various bills, and referral of bills to Subcommittee No. 4; printed and mimeographed material; and copies of House bills. Letters also refer to bills relative to optometry, bail bond law, establishment of a medical examiner, transportation, and minimum wage.

Papers, 1964, Oct.-1965, May
Box 256
Folder 7-9
Papers, 1965, June-1967, Mar.
Box 257
Folder 1-6
Papers, 1967, Apr.-1968, Aug.
Box 258
Folder 1-7
Papers, 1968, Sept.-Oct.and undated
Box 259
Folder 1-2

District of Columbia: General

Correspondence, telegrams, and printed material, such as clippings and copies of House bills. The papers primarily relate to legislation for the District, relating to such matters as pay for teachers, police, and firemen; gifts to minors; crime and criminal procedure; reorganization of the local government; and a proposed Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Compact.

Papers, 1965-1966,June 22
Box 259
Folder 3-8
Papers, 1966, June 23-1967, May
Box 260
Folder 1-7
Papers, 1967, June-1968, July 19and undated
Box 261
Folder 1-7
Crime Bills, 1965-1967

In 1965 Whitener introduced H.R. 5688, the Omnibus Crime Bill, and in 1967 he introduced H.R. 1436. Both of these bills related to crime and criminal procedure in the District of Columbia.

Box 262
Folder 1-3
Home Rule Bills, 1959-1965and undated (primarily1965)
Box 262
Folder 4-5
Housing Bill
Papers,1962,Dec; 1963, Mar.-May
Box 262
Folder 6
Papers, 1963, June-1965, Mar.and undated
Box 263
Folder 1-2
Metropolitan Police Department, 1963-1967
Box 263
Folder 3-5
Omnibus Crime Bill, 1966and undated- Whitener was the author of this bill, H.R. 5688, which President Johnson vetoed.
Box 263
Folder 6
Optometry Act
Papers, 1967, Jan. 10-Aug. 14
Box 263
Folder 7
Papers, 1967, Aug. 14
Box 264
Folder 1
School Fares, 1957, 1966-1968and undated
Box 264
Folder 2
Transit System
Papers,1956, 1962-1966
Box 264
Folder 3-7
Papers,1967and undated
Box 265
Folder 1-2
Transportation, 1967and undated
Box 265
Folder 3
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact Amendment, 1966
Box 265
Folder 4

Military Academies

This section contains general information about the U.S. military academies. Much material was discarded because it consisted of individual application materials and academic records of the appointees of Whitener and his predecessor, Woodrow W. Jones. These items included correspondence, recommendations, medical records, grade transcripts, biographical data, and academy entrance examination results. The Buckley Amendment of1967to the Privacy Act prohibits the use of such materials without the individual's written consent.

Air Force Academy, 1956-1957
Box 265
Folder 5
Coast Guard Academy, 1951, 1957
Box 265
Folder 6
Merchant Marine Academy, 1953-1957
Box 265
Folder 7
Military Academy at West Point, 1965
Box 265
Folder 8
Naval Academy, 1957
Box 265
Folder 9

Military and Veterans

This file generally consists of correspondence between Whitener and his constituents concerning such matters as requests for transfers and reassignments, allotments, hardship discharges, efforts to locate a soldier, hospitalization benefits, disability claims, and appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals. Usually, all correspondence for persons whose last name begins with the same letter of the alphabet has been kept together under that letter. Since these papers are very routine, concerning individual benefits and requests, rather than being topical in nature, only a representative sample has been retained. The letter “C,” a large letter which includes a wide range of ethnic groups, was chosen for retention.

C File:
Papers, 1964, Nov.-1965, Dec.
Box 265
Folder 10
Papers,1966
Box 266
Folder 1-2
Military, General, 1965-1966

This folder primarily concerns the U.S. Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.

Box 266
Folder 3
Veterans, General,1965
Box 266
Folder 4

School Letters,1968

Lists of names and addresses of members of the1968graduating classes for various North Carolina high schools which Whitener requested by letter.

Civil Rights, 1963-1964
Box 266
Folder 7
Government of the District of Columbia: A Long Term Financial Program for D. C., 1963
Box 266
Folder 8
Poor Folks at Home, 1966
Box 267
Folder 1
Proposal for a Demonstration Model of a Controlled High-Speed Superail Transit System for Mass Transportation: Washington, D. C. to Dulles International Airport, 1962
Box 267
Folder 2
Rail Rapid Transit for the Nation's Capital, 1965
Box 267
Folder 3
Report of City Council Public Hearings on the Rebuilding and Recovery of Washington, D. C. from the Civil Disturbances of April, 1968, 1968
Box 267
Folder 4
Report on Civil Disturbances in Washington, D. C., 1968
Box 267
Folder 5

Voter Lists,1957

Lists include name, address, and political party affiliation.

Cleveland County:
Bethware-Dover Mill Precincts
Box 267
Folder 6-12
Earl-West Kings Mountain Precincts
Box 268
Folder 1-20
Gaston County:
Precincts No. 1-11
Box 269
Folder 1-11
Baker's-High Shoals Precincts
Box 270
Folder 1-13
Kisers-Union Precincts
Box 271
Folder 1-9
Gaston County Precincts, undated

Four computer-produced lists of names of voters in Gaston County, including their addresses and political party affiliations. The names are grouped by precinct numbers (1-44), which are keyed to a list of precincts at the front of each folder. This list also includes the names of the townships in which the precincts are located.

Precinct Numbers:
1-9 (City Hall-Grier Precincts)
Box 271
Folder 10
10-22 (Central-Belmont # 3 Precincts)
Box 271
Folder 11
23-33 (Catawba Heights-Cherryville # 2 Precincts)
Box 271
Folder 12
34-44 (Cherryville # 3-Stanley Precincts)
Box 271
Folder 13
McDowell County
Crooked Creek-Old Fort # 1 Precincts
Box 272
Folder 1-6
Rutherford County:
Alexander-Henrietta Precincts
Box 272
Folder 7-27
Logan's Store-Union Precincts
Box 273
Folder 1-14

20. Office Information Series, 1956-1968

Information on various topics that seems to have been needed for frequent use by Whitener's office staff. The following groups of material were discarded: lists of names and addresses to which autographed photographs of Whitener were mailed, samples of printed Christmas cards and calendars, information concerning office equipment such as typewriters, and receipts for purchases of office supplies.

Agriculture, 1963-1967
Box 274
Folder 1
Agriculture Yearbook, 1962-1967
Box 274
Folder 2
Catawba Valley Hosiery Club, 1965Concerning a speech Whitener made.
Box 274
Folder 3
Census, 1966-1967Printed and mimeographed material published by the U.S. department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.
Box 274
Folder 4
Citizens, Naturalized, 1962-1963
Box 274
Folder 5
Civil Service, 1965-1967
Box 274
Folder 6
Congressional Record, 1963-1968
Box 274
Folder 7
Economic Development Act, 1965-1966Printed material produced by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.
Box 274
Folder 8
Federal Employment Applications, 1968
Box 274
Folder 9
Lists, 1956-1967and undated

This is the largest section of the series and contains various lists, rosters, and directories, which note the names and addresses of such North Carolina organizations as the Licensed General Contractors, members of the Young Democratic Clubs and the Medical Society of the State of North Carolina, etc. There is some correspondence, consisting mostly of requests for lists.

Box 275
Folder 1-8
National Defense Education Act, 1958-1966and undatedPrinted and mimeographed information concerning student loans, graduate fellowships, teacher exchange opportunities, etc.
Box 276
Folder 1
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, 1965-1966
Box 276
Folder 2
National Park Service, 1964-1967Printed material of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Box 276
Folder 3
Newcomers,1968 Letters Whitener wrote to new residents in his district.
Box 276
Folder 4
Political, 1959-1967Campaign material for various candidates. Oversize in Box 307.
Box 276
Folder 5
Political, Broyhill, 1966-1968- James Broyhill was the Congressional Representative for the 9th District, North Carolina. The folder consists of Broyhill campaign material and a few other campaign letterheads.
Box 276
Folder 6
Political Fund Raising, 1965and undated
Box 276
Folder 7
Press Releases,1963, 1967and undated
Box 276
Folder 8
Questionnaire,1963
Box 276
Folder 9
Questionnaire,1965
Box 276
Folder 10
Questionnaire,1968
Box 276
Folder 11
Selective Service,1967
Box 276
Folder 12
TACT Committee of Shelby (N.C.), 1962-1964and undated
Box 277
Folder 1
Telephone Account, 1957-1968Long distance service records giving calls placed, by whom, to whom, date, etc.
Box 277
Folder 2-4
Trade Mission, 1963-1965Mimeographed and printed material
Box 277
Folder 5

21. Personal Series, 1889-1968and undated,primarily 1957-1968

Included are papers relating more directly to Whitener's private and unofficial affairs. The matters contained here range from such things as Whitener's admission to the District of Columbia Bar and his weekly radio program, to Whitener's apartment rental, bills and receipts, and family reunions.

These files were in disarray, and therefore have been organized into three major categories: Congresses, Subject Files, and General Files. In the first subdivision, Congresses, the papers are grouped by Congress, session, and then alphabetically within each session of Congress. This information was evidently kept together in this manner by Whitener's office. There is repetition in some categories in various Congresses, such as Correspondence (Alphabetical). The explanatory notes for such categories have been included in the inventory only with the earliest Congress in which the category appears. The category, Congresses, forms the bulk of the Personal Series.

In the Subject Files are topics such as the National Federation of Independent Business, which span several years. The General Files contain biographical information, financial papers, miscellany, clippings, printed material, and pictures.

The following types of items were discarded from the Personal Series:

  • 1. Routine bills, receipts, and statements pertaining to the ordering of office supplies from the U.S. House of Representatives Stationery Room.
  • 2. Many bills, receipts, and other personal financial papers.
  • 3. Routine items from the voluminous "General" files. The remaining items were filed among various appropriate categories, such as correspondence, printed material, and finanical papers.
  • 4. Certain medical records.

Congresses
85th Congress, 1st Session, 1957
The Coronet Rental,1957

Concerns the rental arrangements for Whitener's Washington, D. C, apartment.

Box 278
Folder 1
Correspondence (Alphabetical), 1956-1957

Letters are arranged alphabetically by the last name of correspondents. This file is representive of the Correspondence (Alphabetical) categories that are listed for subsequent congresses. Typical items are congratulations on various honors, expressions of sympathy upon deaths of family members, thank you letters, and invitations. Some of the correspondence is signed by Herbert Lineberger, secretary and later administrative assistant to Congressman Whitener. The1956letters that occur in this section were invitations, written in December, to a reception Whitener held in January,1957.

A-H
Box 278
Folder 2-9
I-V
Box 279
Folder 1-15
W-Z
Box 280
Folder 1-2
Correspondence (Financial),1957

Letters pertaining to requests for contributions to charitable and political organizations, dues, life insurance premiums, etc. This file is representive of the items found in Correspondence (Financial) categories that are listed for subsequent congresses.

Box 280
Folder 3
Correspondence (General), 1956-1957

Consists of letters culled from a file entitled “General Papers,” and contains items similiar in nature to the Correspondence (Alphabetical). Whitener's office kept this general material in strict chronological order, rather than in alphabetical order by last name of correspondent. This file is typical in nature of the Correspondence (General) categories that are listed for subsequent congresses, and contains congratulations, references to Whitener's social security standing and military duty, mention of the inauguration, etc.

Box 280
Folder 4
Financial Papers, 1956-1957

A large percentage of these items were discarded because they consisted of routine, personal bills and receipts.

Box 280
Folder 5
Inauguration of North Carolina Governor,1957
Box 280
Folder 6
Judiciary Committee, 1957

Correspondence between Whitener and various members of Congress in which Whitener requested support in being appointed to the Judiciary Committee. Earl Chudoff won an election as judge in Pennsylvania; his departure from Congress left a vacancy on the Judiciary Committee.

Box 280
Folder 7
Radio: House Recording Studios,1957 statements, receipts, and invoices.
Box 280
Folder 8
Radio and Television, 1957

Concerns Whitener's weekly radio broadcasts, including correspondence, news releases, memoranda, and a list of radio tapes made.

Box 280
Folder 9
Recommendations,1957
Box 280
Folder 10
Retirement, 1957
Box 280
Folder 11
85th Congress, 2nd Session, 1958
Caribbean Trip, 1958
Box 280
Folder 12
The Coronet Rental, 1958
Box 280
Folder 13
Correspondence (Alphabetical),1958
A-C
Box 280
Folder 14-16
D-Z
Box 281
Folder 1-16
Correspondence (Financial),1958
Box 282
Folder 1
Correspondence (General),1958and undated
Box 282
Folder 2
Eleventh Congressional District of North Carolina Democratic Rally, 1958
Box 282
Folder 3
Financial Papers,1958
Box 282
Folder 4
Judiciary Committee, 1958Concerns Whitener's election to this Committee on Jan. 16, 1958.
Box 282
Folder 5
Memoranda,1958

Numbered memoranda, dated Aug.-Dec., to Whitener from Herbert Lineberger at the Washington office detailing activities at the office.

Box 282
Folder 6
Political,1958

Material relating to Whitener's notice of candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the1958primary for the office of Representative in Congress from the 11th Congressional District.

Box 282
Folder 7
Radio: House Recording Studios, 1958
Box 282
Folder 8
Radio and Television, 1958and undated

Contains such items as press releases concerning the topics of Whitener's weekly radio programs, schedules of when programs were to be aired, and some information about pay TV.

Box 282
Folder 9-10
Recommendations,1958
Box 282
Folder 11
86th Congress, 1st Session, 1959
Apartment Rental, 1959
Box 282
Folder 12
Circuit Court, 1959

Pertains to Whitener's admission to the bar of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Box 282
Folder 13
Congressional Record Insertions,1959
Box 282
Folder 14
Correspondence (Alphabetical),1959
A-Q
Box 282
Folder 283
Folder 1-18
R-Z
Box 282
Folder 284
Folder 1-7
Correspondence (Financial),1959
Box 282
Folder 8
Correspondence (General),1959and undated
Box 282
Folder 9
District of Columbia Bar, 1959Concerns Whitener's admission to the bar.
Box 282
Folder 10
Financial Papers,1959
Box 282
Folder 11
News Releases, 1959
Box 282
Folder 12
Paroles, 1959
Box 282
Folder 13
Radio Stations, 1959and undatedPrimarily information concerning Whitener's weekly Washington Report program on radio.
Box 282
Folder 14
Radio: House Recording Studios, 1959
Box 282
Folder 15
Recommendation,1959
Box 282
Folder 16
Television, 1959
Box 282
Folder 17
86th Congress, 2nd Session, 1960
Cherryville High School Band, 1959-1960

Contains letters in reference to the appearance of the band at the Cherry Blossom Festival in1960.

Box 282
Folder 18
Congressional Record Insertions,1960
Box 284
Folder 19
Correspondence (Alphabetical),1960
A
Box 284
Folder 20
B-Z
Box 285
Folder 1-24
Correspondence (Financial),1960
Box 285
Folder 25
Correspondence (General),
Papers, 1960, Jan.-July
Box 285
Folder 26
Papers, 1960, Aug.-Dec.
Box 286
Folder 1
Financial Papers,1960
Box 286
Folder 2
Inauguration of North Carolina Governor (1961),1960
Box 286
Folder 3
News Releases,1960
Box 286
Folder 4
Paroles, 1960
Box 286
Folder 5
Radio: House Recording Studios, 1960
Box 286
Folder 6
Radio Station, 1960and undated
Box 286
Folder 7
Recommendations,1960
Box 286
Folder 8
87th Congress, 1st Session, 1961
Akers Meeting,1961

This meeting was an annual stag dinner given by John Akers, Robert Wren, and Whitener, which various Congressmen, state representatives, and businessmen attended.

Box 286
Folder 9-10
Congressional Record Insertions,1961Copies of remarks by Whitener.
Box 286
Folder 11
Correspondence (Alphabetical),1961
A-G
Box 286
Folder 12-18
H-Z
Box 287
Folder 1-18
Correspondence (Financial),1961
Box 287
Folder 19
Correspondence (General),1961
Box 287
Folder 20
European Trip (1961), 1961-1962
Box 287
Folder 21
Financial Papers,1961
Box 287
Folder 22
News Releases,1961Includes some telegrams.
Box 287
Folder 23
Radio: Home Recording Studios, 1961
Box 288
Folder 1
Radio Stations,1961
Box 288
Folder 2
87th Congress, 2nd Session, 1962
Congressional Record Insertions,1962
Box 288
Folder 3
Correspondence (Alphabetical),1962
Box 288
Folder 4-26
Correspondence (Financial),1962
Box 288
Folder 27
Correspondence (General),1962
Box 289
Folder 1
Democratic Registration,1962
Box 289
Folder 2
Financial Papers,1962
Box 289
Folder 3
News Releases,1962and undated
Box 289
Folder 4
Political,1962and undated
Box 289
Folder 5
Radio: House Recording Studios,1962
Box 289
Folder 6
Radio Program,1962
Box 289
Folder 7
Re-election, 1962

Included are candidacy forms to file for re-election, notice of candidacy, and certificate of nomination.

Box 289
Folder 8
88th Congress, 1st Session,1963
Congressional Record Insertions,1963
Box 289
Folder 9
Correspondence (Alphabetical)
A-G
Box 289
Folder 10-16
H-Z
Box 290
Folder 1-16
Correspondence (Financial),1963
Box 290
Folder 17
Correspondence (General),1963
Box 290
Folder 18
Financial Papers,1963
Box 290
Folder 19
News Releases,1963
Box 290
Folder 20
Radio: House Recording Studios,1963
Box 291
Folder 1
Radio Stations,1963and undated
Box 291
Folder 2
Textile Exposition (1963), 1961-1963The exposition was evidently held in Bremen, Germany, during the week of September 22, 1963.
Box 291
Folder 3
Travel, 1963
Box 291
Folder 4
Twenty-fifth International Space and Air Show, 1963This exhibition occurred in Paris from June 7-16, 1963.
Box 291
Folder 5
Virginia Episcopal School Visit,1963
Box 291
Folder 6
88th Congress, 2nd Session, 1964
Congressional Record Insertions,1964
Box 291
Folder 7
Correspondence (Alphabetical),1964
A-N
Box 291
Folder 8-22
P-Z
Box 292
Folder 1-7
Correspondence (Financial),1964
Box 292
Folder 8
Correspondence (General),1964
Box 292
Folder 9
Election Returns (1964), 1963-1964
Box 292
Folder 10
Far East Trip (1964), 1964-1965
Box 292
Folder 11
Financial Papers,1964
Box 292
Folder 12
News Releases,1964
Box 292
Folder 13
Radio: House Recording Studios,1964
Box 292
Folder 14
Radio Program,1964
Box 292
Folder 15
Stock Certificates for Harriet Whitener, 1964
Box 292
Folder 16
Sugg, Woodrow, 1964

Concerns an educational seminar for representatives of colleges in western North Carolina and public school officials from several counties.

Box 292
Folder 17
89th Congress, 1st Session, 1965
Bills introduced by Whitener, 1965
Box 293
Folder 1
Congressional Record Insertions,1965
Box 293
Folder 2
Correspondence (Alphabetical),1965
Box 293
Folder 3-17
Correspondence (Financial),1965
Box 293
Folder 18
Correspondence (General),1965
Box 293
Folder 19
Financial Papers,1965
Box 293
Folder 20
Inauguration of North Carolina Governor (1965), 1964-1965
Box 293
Folder 21
Inauguration of the President (1965), 1964-1965
Box 293
Folder 22
Meeting of Members of the North Carolina Business Executives Trade Study Mission, 1965

Concerns a reception and dinner, given by Whitener and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wren for the members of the North Carolina Business Excutives Trade Study Mission and their wives.

Box 293
Folder 23
News Releases,1965
Box 293
Folder 24
Radio: House Recording Studios,1965
Box 294
Folder 1
Radio Program,1965
Box 294
Folder 2
89th Congress, 2nd Session, 1966
Campaign,1966North Carolina Congressional Campaign material.
Box 294
Folder 3
Congressional Record Insertions,1966
Box 294
Folder 4
Correspondence (Financial),1966
Box 294
Folder 5
Correspondence (General),1966and undated
Box 294
Folder 6-7
Financial Papers,1966
Box 294
Folder 8
Letters from Congressmen,1966

Correspondence to John O. Brock in Shelby, N.C., written on behalf of Whitener and containing impressions of his service in Congress.

Box 294
Folder 9
Letters of Appreciation,1966

Primarily copies of letters of appreciation to Whitener from various persons. Both of the above folders of letters relate to a newspaper, Sentinel, that Brock planned to publish about Whitener's life.

Box 294
Folder 10
News Releases,1966and undated
Box 294
Folder 11
Political,1966

Primarily clippings concerning the North Carolina campaign for the Representative to Congress from the 10th District, including primary vote returns.

Box 295
Folder 1
Radio: House Recording Studios,1966
Box 295
Folder 2
Radio Program,1966
Box 295
Folder 3
Tenth Congressional District Democratic Rally,1966It was held in Hickory, N.C., on October 31, 1966.
Box 295
Folder 4
90th Congress, 1st Session, 1967
Broyhill, James T., 1967

Included are remarks by Broyhill in the Congressional Record and copies of his Washington Report.

Box 295
Folder 5
Congressional Record Insertions,1967
Box 295
Folder 6
Correspondence (Financial),1967
Box 295
Folder 7
Correspondence (General),1967
Box 295
Folder 8-9
Dominican Republic Trip (1967), 1966-1967
Box 295
Folder 10
Financial Papers,1967
Box 295
Folder 11
News Releases,1967
Box 296
Folder 1
Radio: House Recording Studios,1967
Box 296
Folder 2
Radio Program,1967Includes news releases.
Box 296
Folder 3
90th Congress, 2nd Session, 1968
Broyhill, James T., 1968

Included are remarks by Broyhill in the Congressional Record and copies of his Washington Report.

Box 296
Folder 4
Campaign,1968Pertains to the North Carolina Congressional campaign.
Box 296
Folder 5
Campaign Advertising, 1968
Box 296
Folder 6
Congressional Record Insertions,1968
Box 296
Folder 7
Correspondence (Financial),1968
Box 296
Folder 8
Correspondence (General),1968
Box 296
Folder 9
Financial Papers,1968
Box 297
Folder 1
Invitations,1968
Box 297
Folder 2-4
News Releases,1968and undatedIncluded also are some copies of Congressman Whitener Reports to You.
Box 297
Folder 5-6
Radio: House Recording Studios,1968
Box 297
Folder 7
Radio Program,1968

Included are draft questions for an interview and background information on the Tenth Congressional District of North Carolina.

Box 297
Folder 8
Resume of 90th Congress, 2nd Session, 1968
Box 297
Folder 9
Speech to the North Carolina State Democratic Convention, 1968
Box 297
Folder 10
Address Labels, undated
Box 298
Folder 1
Air Force Reserve, 1957-1965and undated

Primarily contains papers relating to Whitener's status as a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and to his two-week Active Duty for training tours, such as the one in 1964 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Box 298
Folder 2-7
Moore, Dan Killian, 1956and1964

Included are clippings concerning elections and primaries. Oversize items have been placed in Box 307.

Box 298
Folder 8
National Federation of Independent Business, 1962-1966

Survey of attitudes toward various topics, such as the national debt, the Common Market, labor unions, etc.

Correspondence, 1962-1966
Box 298
Folder 9
Ballots, Nos. 341-309
Box 299
Folder 1-3
Office Rent in Gastonia, 1957-1968
Box 299
Folder 4
Paroles, 1960-1965
Box 299
Folder 5
Political: Names and Addresses, undatedNames and addresses of companies and individuals.
Box 299
Folder 6
Political: Precinct returns, undated
Box 299
Folder 7
Reunions, 1957-1963Material for the Barrett and Whitener families. Laura Lee Barrett was Basil Whitener's mother.
Box 300
Folder 1
Speech Material,1889, 1949-1960and undated

Included are such items as clippings and excerpts from the Congressional Record. The 1889 items are Xerox copies of material pertaining to Rutherford College in Burke County, North Carolina.

Box 300
Folder 2-4
United Nations, 1951-1956
Box 300
Folder 5
Whitener, John Morgan, 1960-1966

Morgan Whitener is the oldest son of the Congressman. These papers relate to such matters as Morgan's attendance at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg and Duke University, and an automobile accident of the son in August, 1964, in Colorado.

Box 300
Folder 6-8
Biographical and Genealogical Information,1937, 1956-1965and undated
Box 301
Folder 1
Financial Papers, 1958-1968

These papers primarily concern Whitener's personal and family finances.

Bank Statements, 1965-1967

All of the bank statements that came with this collection were retained as a sample of Whitener's activities and expenditures.

1. Citizens National Bank, Gastonia, N.C. In1967,there is a brief bank statement for Basil Whitener for Congress.
Box 301
Folder 2-4
2. House of Representatives, U.S. Office of the Sergeant at Arms, Washington, D. C.
Papers,1965
Box 301
Folder 5-6
Papers, 1966-1967
Box 302
Folder 1-4
Checkbook Stubs, 1963-1967

These are unidentified as to bank, but are probably for Whitener's personal account at Citizens National Bank in Gastonia.

1. Nos. 1-301, 1963, Dec. 20-1964, Sept. 22
Box 303
Folder 1
2. Nos. 302-596, 1964, Oct. 13-1965, Aug.5
Box 303
Folder 2
3. Nos. 597-885, 1965, June 29-1966, Mar. 17
Box 303
Folder 3
4. Nos. 886-1185, 1966, Mar. 22-Oct. 5
Box 303
Folder 4
5. Nos. 1186-1482, 1966, Oct. 6-1967, Aug.7
Box 303
Folder 5
Income Tax, 1956-1968and undated

Included are copies of Whitener's tax returns and other supporting documents relating to such matters as airline travel. The majority of the items are from 1963 to 1967.

Papers, 1956-1963
Box 303
Folder 6
Papers, 1964-1968and undated
Box 304
Folder 1-5
Telephone Expenses, 1967-1968

These are vouchers of the House of Representatives for “reimbursement for official telephone service outside the District of Columbia . . . ,” and are for Whitener's district office in Gastonia.

Box 304
Folder 6
Miscellany, 1954-1968and undated
Box 304
Folder 7
Clippings, 1953-1968Oversize items have been placed in the Picture Cabinet.
Box 305
Folder 1-4
Printed Material, 1956-1968and undated
Papers, 1956-1962
Box 305
Folder 5-6
Papers, 1963-1968and undated
Box 306
Folder 1-2
Pictures, 1960-1967Entries were made for the Picture File for many of these photographs.
Pictures: Prominent Persons
Box 306
Folder 3
Pictures: Vietnam Trips, 1966-1967
Box 306
Folder 4
Pictures: Whitener
Box 306
Folder 5
Pictures: Whitener with various groups
Box 306
Folder 6-7
Oversize Folders:
Box 307
Clippings
Box 307
Moore, Dan Killian
Box 307

Historical Note

Chronology

Date Event(s)
May 14, 1915 Born in York County, South Carolina.
1931 Graduated from Lowell High School.
1933 Graduated from Rutherford Junior College.
1933 - 1935 Student at University of South Carolina.
1937 Received LL. B. degree from Duke University.
Aug., 1937 Admitted to the North Carolina Bar and entered general practice in Gastonia, North Carolina.
1938 Organizer and first President, Gastonia Junior Chamber of Commerce.
1938 - 1940 Instructor of business law at Belmont Abbey College.
1940 - 1941 Vice President, North Carolina Junior Chamber of Commerce.
1941 Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Re-nominated in 1942, but resigned to enter the U. S. Navy.
1941 - 1942 President, North Carolina Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Sept. 26, 1942 Married Harriet Priscilla Morgan. Their children are John Morgan (1945), Laura Lee (1950), Basil Lee, Jr. (1952), and Barrett Simpson (1960).
Oct. 5, 1942 - Nov. 6, 1945 Served as gunnery officer in U. S. Navy during World War II, and was separated from service with the rank of Lieutenant USNR.
1946 Member, North Carolina General Statutes Commission.
1946 - 1956 Solicitor of the 14th Solicitorial District.
1946 - 1947 President, Young Democratic Clubs of North Carolina.
1947 - 1949 Member of Commission to Study Improvement of Administration of Justice.
1948 Delegate, Democratic National Convention.
1948 - 1949 Chairman, Speakers' Bureau, Young Democratic Clubs of America.
Nov., 1949 Permanent Chairman, Young Democratic National Convention.
1949 - 1951 Chairman of Advisory Committee of Young Democratic Clubs of America.
1950 President of Gaston County Bar Association.
1951 Chairman of the Board of Regional Directors of the Young Democratic Clubs of America.
1957 - 1968 Elected to the 85th - 87th Congresses as Representative for the Eleventh District of North Carolina, and to the 88th - 90th Congresses as Representative for the Tenth District of North Carolina.
June 4, 1959 Admitted to District of Columbia Bar.
1960 Honorary LL. D. degree from Belmont Abbey College.
Delegate, Democratic National Convention.
1965 Honorary LL. D. degree from Pfeiffer College.
1968 Returned to the practice of law in Gastonia, North Carolina.
Committee Assignments

Commmittee on Veteran's Affairs (Jan. 3, 1957 - Jan. 16, 1958)

Committee on the District of Columbia (87th Congress, 1st Session, 1961 - 90th Congress, 2nd Session, 1968)

Special Subcommittee on Metropolitan Police Department, Chairman

Special Subcommittee to Study Revenue Procedures in the District of Columbia, Chairman

Special Subcommittee on Traffic, Streets, and Highways, Chairman

Committee on the Judiciary (86th Congress, 1st Session, 1959 - 90th Congress, 2nd Session, 1968)

Special Subcommittee on State Taxation of Interstate Commerce, Appointed in 1961

In addition, Whitener served on several special committees investigating such matters as interstate taxation, the Chinese refugee problem, the International Police organization, and the International Court of Justice.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Basil Lee Whitener Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Whitener Papers were transferred from Belmont Abbey College in 1978.

Sponsor

Portions of this collection have been digitized as part of "Content, Context, and Capacity: A Collaborative Large-Scale Digitization Project on the Long Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina." The project was made possible by funding from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Processing Information

Processed by: Sharon E. Knapp

Completed December 22, 1983

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller