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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

Title
Basil Lee Whitener papers 1889-1968
Creator
Whitener, Basil Lee, 1915-
Extent
150 linear feet, circa 297,300 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
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.

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Contents of the Collection

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 Folders 3-6
Congressional Campaign Correspondence, 1956, Apr. - Juneand undated
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence - BLW for Congress, 1956, Mar. - Juneand undated
Box 2 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 2-3
Congressional Campaign Bills, 1956, Mar. - Aug.and undated
Box 3 Folders 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

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 Folders 1-7
H - P
Box 5 Folders 1-8
R - S
Box 6 Folders 1-2
Speech at Dallas High School
Box 6 Folder 3
T - Z
Box 6 Folders 4-7
A - D
Box 7 Folders 1-6
E - L
Box 8 Folders 1-7
Mc - R
Box 9 Folders 1-6
S - Z
Box 10 Folders 1-6
A - D
Box 11 Folders 1-6
E - Mc
Box 12 Folders 1-8
M - V
Box 13 Folders 1-7
W - Z
Box 14 Folders 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 Folders 4-7
A - C
Box 15 Folders 1-6
D - H (1960, Jan. - June)
Box 16 Folders 1-8
H (1960, July- Dec.) - M
Box 17 Folders 1-7
N - S
Box 18 Folders 1-6
T - Z
Box 19 Folders 1-5
Primarily letters Whitener wrote from his district office in Gastonia, N. C.
Box 20 Folders 1-7
A - C
Box 21 Folders 1-6
D - H (1961, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 22 Folders 1-6
H (1961, May - Dec.)- L (1961, Jan. - May)
Box 23 Folders 1-7
L (1961, June - Dec.)- Q
Box 24 Folders 1-7
R - S
Box 25 Folders 1-4
Supreme Court (Admission of Attorneys, June 12, 1961)
Box 25 Folder 5
T
Box 25 Folders 6-7
U - Z
Box 26 Folders 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 Folders 5-9
A - C (1962, Jan. - Mar.)
Box 27 Folders 1-7
C (1962, Apr. - Dec.)- F
Box 28 Folders 1-7
G - J
Box 29 Folders 1-7
K - M (1962, Jan. - July)
Box 30 Folders 1-6
M (1962, Aug. - Dec.)- R
Box 31 Folders 1-8
S - Z
Box 32 Folders 1-7
A - C (1963, Jan. - June)
Box 33 Folders 1-7
C (1963, July - Dec.)- F
Box 34 Folders 1-7
G - K and Knight, Douglas (Dinner)
Box 35 Folders 1-8
L - N
Box 36 Folders 1-7
O - S (1963, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 37 Folders 1-8
S (1963, May- Dec.)
Box 38 Folders 1-2
Supreme Court - Admission of Attorneys
Box 38 Folder 3
T - V
Box 38 Folders 4-5
W - Z
Box 39 Folders 1-3
A - C (1964, Jan. - Sept.)
Box 40 Folders 1-7
C (1964, Oct. - Dec.)- G
Box 41 Folders 1-8
H - K
Box 42 Folders 1-7
L
Box 43 Folders 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 Folders 4-8
O - S (1964, Jan. - May)
Box 44 Folders 1-7
S (1964, June- Dec.) - Z
Box 45 Folders 1-8
A - B
Box 46 Folders 1-6
C - E
Box 47 Folders 1-5
F - H (1965, Jan. - May)
Box 48 Folders 1-6
H (1965, June- Dec.) - L
Box 49 Folders 1-7
Mc - Q
Box 50 Folders 1-7
R - T
Box 51 Folders 1-7
V - Z
Box 52 Folders 1-5
A - B
Box 53 Folders 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 Folders 1-6
D (1966, Sept. - Dec.)- G
Box 55 Folders 1-6
H - J
Box 56 Folders 1-7
K - M (1966, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 57 Folders 1-5
M (1966, May- Dec.) - P
Box 58 Folders 1-6
Q - S (1966, Jan. - Aug.)
Box 59 Folders 1-6
S (1966, Sept. - Dec.)- V
Box 60 Folders 1-5
W
Box 61 Folders 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 Folders 6-7
A - B (1967, Jan. - July)
Box 62 Folders 1-5
B (1967, Aug. - Dec.)- C
Box 63 Folders 1-6
D - G (1967, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 64 Folders 1-6
G (1967, May - Dec.)- H (1967, Jan. - Sept.)
Box 65 Folders 1-6
H (1967, Oct. - Dec.)- L
Box 66 Folders 1-6
Mc - N
Box 67 Folders 1-6
O - R
Box 68 Folders 1-7
S - T
Box 69 Folders 1-6
U - Z
Box 70 Folders 1-6
A - B
Box 71 Folders 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 Folders 5-6
C (1968, July- Dec.) - D
Box 72 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 2-3
H (1968, Jan. - Aug.)
Box 73 Folders 4-6
H (1968, Sept. - Oct.)- L
Box 74 Folders 1-7
Mc - O
Box 75 Folders 1-6
P - S (1968, Apr. - May)
Box 76 Folders 1-7
S (1968, June- Aug.) - T
Box 77 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 1-4

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 Folders 1-5
D - G
Box 80 Folders 1-4
GI Housing and Loan Funds (H.R. 9744)
Box 80 Folder 5
H - K
Box 80 Folders 6-10
L - R
Box 81 Folders 1-9
Radio, Daytime Broadcasting Stations; Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act; Republican County Organizations; Roxy Theatre
Box 82 Folders 1-5
S
Box 82 Folders 6-7
School Integration; Shelby Recruitment Program
Box 82 Folders 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 Folders 1-6
T
Box 83 Folder 7
Tariff; Television, Pay; Textile Imports (Wool)
Box 83 Folders 8-10
U - V
Box 83 Folders 11-12
W
Box 84 Folder 1
Patterson, Jessie L. McCourtie; Wilkins, W. Y., Jr.
Box 84 Folders 2-3
X - Z
Box 84 Folder 4
A - C
Box 85 Folders 1-5
Cotton
Box 85 Folder 6
D - F
Box 85 Folders 7-9
Foreign Aid-Rutherford County; Foreign Aid-Shelby, N.C.
Box 86 Folders 1-5
G
Box 86 Folder 6
H - L
Box 87 Folders 1-5
Labor Reform Legislation
Box 87 Folders 6-8
Labor Reform Legislation
Box 88 Folders 1-4
Mc, N - P
Box 88 Folders 5-8
R - S
Box 89 Folders 1-2
Senate Labor Bill (S. 1555)
Box 89 Folders 3-4
T. U. W - Z
Box 89 Folders 5-8
A
Box 90 Folder 1
Asheville Air Service
Box 90 Folder 2
B - C
Box 90 Folders 3-6
Catholic Dictionary; Civil War Centennial; Clarkson, Francis; Cotton
Box 90 Folders 7-10
D - E
Box 90 Folders 11-12
F - O
Box 91 Folders 1-11
P - Z
Box 92 Folders 1-10
A - F
Box 93 Folders 1-8
Far East Trip
Box 93 Folder 9
G
Box 93 Folder 10
H - M
Box 94 Folders 1-8
Minimum Wage
Box 94 Folder 9
N
Box 94 Folder 10
O - R
Box 95 Folders 1-4
Rules Committee
Box 95 Folders 5-6
S
Box 95 Folders 7-8
T
Box 96 Folder 1
Truck Tax
Box 96 Folders 2-4
U - Z
Box 96 Folders 5-9
A - C
Box 97 Folders 1-4
College Academic Facilities Act of1962(H.R. 8900)
Box 97 Folder 5
D - F
Box 97 Folders 6-8
Food and Agricultural Act of1962(H.R. 11222)
Box 98 Folder 1
G - Mc
Box 98 Folders 2-9
M
Box 99 Folders 1-2
Medical Care Legislation
Box 99 Folders 3-5
Minimum Freight Rate Bills
Box 100 Folder 1
N - R
Box 100 Folders 2-6
Revenue Act of1962(H.R. 10650)
Box 100 Folder 7
S - U
Box 101 Folders 1-4
Unemployment Compensation Amendments Bill (H.R. 7640)
Box 101 Folder 5
V - Z
Box 101 Folders 6-8
A - E
Box 102 Folders 1-7
F - O
Box 103 Folders 1-12
P - Z
Box 104 Folders 1-10
A - C
Box 105 Folders 1-5
Civil Rights Bill
Box 105 Folder 6
D - G
Box 105 Folders 7-10
H - O
Box 106 Folders 1-11
P
Box 107 Folder 1
Prayer
Box 107 Folders 2-6
Q - Z
Box 108 Folders 1-8
A - E
Box 109 Folders 1-7
Eldercare, Herlong-Curtis Bill (H.R. 3727)
Box 110 Folder 1
F - J
Box 110 Folders 2-7
K - N. P - R
Box 111 Folders 1-10
S - T
Box 112 Folders 1-3
Taft-Hartley Act (1965, Jan. 12 - June 7)
Box 112 Folders 4-6
Taft-Hartley Act (1965, June 8 - July 26)
Box 113 Folders 1-2
U - Z
Box 113 Folders 3-5
A - D
Box 114 Folders 1-6
E - J
Box 115 Folders 1-8
K - P
Box 116 Folders 1-8
Q - Z
Box 117 Folders 1-9
A - E
Box 118 Folders 1-7
F - J
Box 119 Folders 1-7
K - L
Box 120 Folders 1-3
Legislation,1967
Box 120 Folder 4
M - O
Box 120 Folders 5-9
P
Box 121 Folders 1-2
Powell, Adam Clayton
Box 121 Folder 3
Q - S (1967, Jan. - Apr.)
Box 121 Folders 4-7
S (1967, May- Dec.) - Z
Box 122 Folders 1-8
A - E
Box 123 Folders 1-7
F - J
Box 124 Folders 1-6
Johnson, Lyndon Baines (State of the Union Message)
Box 124 Folder 7
K - L
Box 124 Folders 8-9
Mc - R
Box 125 Folders 1-9
S - T
Box 126 Folders 1-4
Textiles and Apparel
Box 127 Folders 1-2
U - Z
Box 127 Folders 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 Folders 1

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.

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

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 Folders 18-20
District Committee, 1963-1965
Box 130 Folders 1-6
District Committee,1966and undated
Box 131 Folder 1
Special Subcommittee on Traffic, Streets, and Highways, 1962, May - Oct.and undated
Box 131 Folders 2-3
Subcommittee on Rapid Transit, 1963, June - Dec.and undated
Box 131 Folders 4-5
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 Folders 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 Folders 2-5
Rapid Transit, 1965, Julyand undated
Box 135 Folders 1-2
Transit Program for the National Capital Region (H.R. 8929), 1963and undated
Box 135 Folder 3
Miscellany, 1960-1965and undated
Box 135 Folders 4-5

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.

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

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.

Digitized documents are made available by Duke University Libraries for the purpose of research, teaching, and private study. For all other uses, such as commercial uses, researchers must contact the Rubenstein Library to request permission.

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

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.

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 Folders 2-9
H.R. 5505 - H.R. 6400 (1965, Mar.)
Box 145A Folder 1-2 and vol.
H.R. 6400 (1965, Apr. - Juneand undated)
Box 146 Folders 1-2
H.R. 2158
Box 146 Folders 3-6
H.R. 2160 - H.R. 2516
Box 147 Folders 1-3

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.

Digitized documents are made available by Duke University Libraries for the purpose of research, teaching, and private study. For all other uses, such as commercial uses, researchers must contact the Rubenstein Library to request permission.

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

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.

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 Folders 1-7
Speeches, 1963-1966
Box 152 Folders 1-6
Speeches, 1967-1968and undated
Box 153 Folders 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 Folders 1-8
89th Congress, 1st Session, 1965- 90th Congress, 2nd Session,1968
Box 155 Folders 1-5
Papers, 1960-1968
Box 156 Folders 1-2

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 Folders 3-4
Speech material, 1962-1968
Box 157 Folders 1-4

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 Folders 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
1962-1967
Box 159 Folders 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
Papers, 1961-1962
Box 162 Folder 8
Papers, 1963-1965and undated
Box 163 Folders 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 Folders 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

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 Folders 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
Papers, 1957-1958,Aug.
Box 169 Folders 1-5
Papers, 1958, Sept. - 1960
Box 170 Folders 1-6
Papers,1961
Box 171 Folders 1-2
Loose Ballots

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

Box 171 Folders 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

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.

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
H.R. 2000 To amend the Agricultural Act of1956,concerning two-price cotton.
Box 173 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 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
Papers, 1961-1963; 1966-1967,Sept.
Box 176 Folders 2-5
Papers, 1967, Oct. - 1968and undated
Box 177 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 1-6
Textiles and Cotton, 1957-1962and undated
Box 180 Folders 1-2
Miscellany, 1956-1965
Box 180 Folder 3

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.

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

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

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.

Papers, 1968, June
Box 184 Folders 1-4
Papers, 1968, July
Box 185 Folders 1-2
Papers, 1968, Apr.,June
Box 185 Folders 3-4
Papers, Julyand undated
Box 186 Folder 1
Papers, 1965-1968,June
Box 186 Folders 2-5
Papers, 1968, Julyand undated
Box 187 Folders 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

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.

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
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
Navy Department
Box 188 Folder 12
Prisoners of War Claims
Box 188 Folder 13
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
Air Force Department
Box 188 Folder 16
C
Box 188 Folder 17
Corps of Engineers
Box 188 Folder 18
C
Box 189 Folder 1
Air Force Academy Athletic Association
Box 189 Folder 2
C
Box 189 Folder 3
C
Box 189 Folder 4
Carlton, Russell R.
Box 189 Folder 5
Army
Box 189 Folder 6
C
Box 189 Folder 7
C
Box 189 Folder 8
Army and Navy Departments
Box 189 Folder 9
C
Box 189 Folders 10-11
Veterans, General
Box 189 Folder 12
Veterans Pension Legislation - Constituent mail in1962concerning this legislation.
Box 190 Folders 1-2
Allotments
Box 190 Folder 3
Air Force, Army, and Navy Departments
Box 190 Folder 4
C
Box 190 Folders 5-7
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
C
Box 191 Folders 2-4
Clary, Landrum, 1965-1967
Box 191 Folder 5
Navy Department
Box 191 Folder 6
C
Box 192 Folders 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 Folders 3-4
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 Folders 5-23
Veterans Legislation, 1958and undated

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

Box 193 Folder 24

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 Folders 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 Folders 1-5
Pictures,1967
Box 196 Folder 6

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 Folders 1-7
Papers, undated
Box 198 Folder 1
Printed Material
Box 198 Folders 2-3
Financial Papers
Box 198 Folder 4

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

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 Folders 6-7
Papers, 1965, Oct.-1966, Oct.
Box 199 Folders 1-5
Papers, undated
Box 200 Folders 1-4
Pictures
Box 200 Folder 5

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 Folders 6-7
Papers, 1966, July-Dec.and undated
Box 201 Folders 1-6

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 Folders 1-5
Pictures,1967and undated
Box 202 Folder 6

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 Folders 2-5
Taylorsville, 1966-1968
Box 203 Folder 6
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
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
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 Folders 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
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 Folders 3-4
Patterson Springs, 1958-1959
Box 207 Folder 5
Polkville, 1958-1966
Box 207 Folder 6
Shelby, 1951-1961
Box 207 Folders 7-8
Shelby, 1962-1968
Box 208 Folders 1-2
Waco, 1951-1952
Box 208 Folder 3
Alexis, 1955, 1966-1968
Box 208 Folder 4
Belmont, 1951-1968and undated
Box 208 Folders 5-6
Bessemer City, 1953-1966and undated
Box 208 Folder 7
Cherryville, 1951-1963and undated
Box 209 Folders 1-2
Cramerton, 1960, 1965-1968
Box 209 Folder 3
Dallas, 1951-1966and undated
Box 209 Folders 4-5
Gastonia, 1951-1963
Box 209 Folders 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
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
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 Folders 4-6
Nebo, 1955
Box 211 Folder 7
North Cove, 1952-1954
Box 211 Folder 8
Old Fort, 1952-1957
Box 211 Folder 9
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 Folders 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
Bakersville, 1962-1965
Box 212 Folder 10
Penland, 1963
Box 212 Folder 11
Spruce Pine, 1964-1966
Box 212 Folder 12
Columbus, 1951-1962
Box 213 Folders 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
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 Folders 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 Folders 2-3
Spindale, 1950-1967
Box 215 Folder 4
Union Mills, 1951-1953
Box 215 Folder 5
Wautauga County, 1968
Box 215 Folder 6
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

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 Folders 1-2

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

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.

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 Folders 2-4
87th Congress, 2nd Session, 1962
Box 239 Folders 5-18
88th Congress, 1st Session, 1963
Box 239 Folder 19
Agriculture Yearbooks,1957-1958
Box 239 Folders 20-21
Agriculture Yearbooks,1959-1961
Box 240 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 1-23

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

A-B
Box 241 Folders 24-25
C-Y
Box 242 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 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
Papers, 1961-1962
Box 246 Folders 6-9
Papers, 1962-1963,July
Box 247 Folders 1-5
Papers, 1963, Aug.-1964and undated
Box 248 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 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
Papers, 1962-1963,Aug.
Box 250 Folders 12-13
Papers, 1963, Sept.-1966, Sept.
Box 251 Folders 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

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.

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

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

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

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 Folders 3-8
Papers, 1966, June 23-1967, May
Box 260 Folders 1-7
Papers, 1967, June-1968, July 19and undated
Box 261 Folders 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 Folders 1-3
Home Rule Bills, 1959-1965and undated(primarily1965)
Box 262 Folders 4-5
Papers,1962,Dec; 1963, Mar.-May
Box 262 Folder 6
Papers, 1963, June-1965, Mar.and undated
Box 263 Folders 1-2
Metropolitan Police Department, 1963-1967
Box 263 Folders 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
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
Papers,1956, 1962-1966
Box 264 Folders 3-7
Papers,1967and undated
Box 265 Folders 1-2
Transportation, 1967and undated
Box 265 Folder 3
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact Amendment, 1966
Box 265 Folder 4

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

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.

Papers, 1964, Nov.-1965, Dec.
Box 265 Folder 10
Papers,1966
Box 266 Folders 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.

Box 266 Folders 5-6
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

Lists include name, address, and political party affiliation.

Bethware-Dover Mill Precincts
Box 267 Folders 6-12
Earl-West Kings Mountain Precincts
Box 268 Folders 1-20
Precincts No. 1-11
Box 269 Folders 1-11
Baker's-High Shoals Precincts
Box 270 Folders 1-13
Kisers-Union Precincts
Box 271 Folders 1-9

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.

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
Crooked Creek-Old Fort # 1 Precincts
Box 272 Folders 1-6
Alexander-Henrietta Precincts
Box 272 Folders 7-27
Logan's Store-Union Precincts
Box 273 Folders 1-14

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 Folders 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 Folders 2-4
Trade Mission, 1963-1965Mimeographed and printed material
Box 277 Folder 5

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.

The Coronet Rental,1957

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

Box 278 Folder 1

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 Folders 2-9
I-V
Box 279 Folders 1-15
W-Z
Box 280 Folders 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
Caribbean Trip, 1958
Box 280 Folder 12
The Coronet Rental, 1958
Box 280 Folder 13
A-C
Box 280 Folders 14-16
D-Z
Box 281 Folders 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 Folders 9-10
Recommendations,1958
Box 282 Folder 11
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
A-Q
Box 282 Folders 1-18
R-Z
Box 282 Folders 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
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
A
Box 284 Folder 20
B-Z
Box 285 Folders 1-24
Correspondence (Financial),1960
Box 285 Folder 25
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
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 Folders 9-10
Congressional Record Insertions,1961Copies of remarks by Whitener.
Box 286 Folder 11
A-G
Box 286 Folders 12-18
H-Z
Box 287 Folders 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
Congressional Record Insertions,1962
Box 288 Folder 3
Correspondence (Alphabetical),1962
Box 288 Folders 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
Congressional Record Insertions,1963
Box 289 Folder 9
A-G
Box 289 Folders 10-16
H-Z
Box 290 Folders 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
Congressional Record Insertions,1964
Box 291 Folder 7
A-N
Box 291 Folders 8-22
P-Z
Box 292 Folders 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
Bills introduced by Whitener, 1965
Box 293 Folder 1
Congressional Record Insertions,1965
Box 293 Folder 2
Correspondence (Alphabetical),1965
Box 293 Folders 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
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 Folders 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
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 Folders 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
Broyhill, James T., 1968
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 Folders 2-4
News Releases,1968and undatedIncluded also are some copies of Congressman Whitener Reports to You.
Box 297 Folders 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 Folders 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

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 Folders 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 Folders 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 Folders 6-8
Biographical and Genealogical Information,1937, 1956-1965and undated
Box 301 Folder 1

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

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 Folders 2-4
Papers,1965
Box 301 Folders 5-6
Papers, 1966-1967
Box 302 Folders 1-4

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

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 Folders 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 Folders 1-4
Papers, 1956-1962
Box 305 Folders 5-6
Papers, 1963-1968and undated
Box 306 Folders 1-2
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 Folders 6-7
Clippings
Box 307
Moore, Dan Killian
Box 307

Historical Note

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

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.

Processing Information

Processed by: Sharon E. Knapp

Completed December 22, 1983

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.