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Guide to the Sydney Nathans Collection, 1975-2018

Summary

The papers in this collection include Duke history professor Sydney Nathans' documentation on the Richard Nixon Presidential Library debate, including his participation in Academic Council resolutions regarding the location of the library on Duke's campus; the Greensboro Massacre (1979), when the Ku Klux Klan murdered several people during a shoot-out at an Anti-KKK demonstration planned by the Communist Workers' Party; Nathans' copies of negatives and contact sheets from the Durham bicentennial photography project (1981 and undated); and materials used in the writing of his book A Mind to Stay, including original interviews, transcripts, and other research materials.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.29.02.0130
Title
Sydney Nathans collection
Date
1975-2018 and undated
Creator
Nathans, Sydney
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet, 5 boxes; 1 oversize folder
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The Nixon Library papers contain correspondence (including that of Terry Sanford, and of the creator of the collection, Sydney Nathans); newspaper and magazine clippings as well as scholarly articles; text from speeches; official statements from groups opposing the Nixon Library; and Sydney Nathan's handwritten notes from a variety of meetings. Documents also include Nathan's research on existing presidential libraries.

The Greensboro Massacre papers contain flyers and other mailings and newsletters from the Communist Workers Party and other socialist organizations; mailings from Greensboro Justice Fund and other sympathetic groups following the massacre; media and press coverage of the massacre and the subsequent trials; a police report from Greensboro's police chief; academic and other literature researching the history of violence between the Communist and Klan organizations; and other miscellaneous materials.

The Durham Bicenntenial photography project relates to a project now held in the Durham Arts Council and consists of negatives and contact sheets for a photographic history of Durham assembled in 1981.

The A Mind to Stay Interviews and Transcripts contain materials used by Sydney Nathans in writing his book A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland, on the descendants of enslaved families forced to migrate from North Carolina to plantations in Greensboro, Alabama, and Tunica, Mississippi, in 1844, and the communities those families formed in the following years. Materials include recordings of interviews with residents of the two towns, Nathans' transcripts and extensive notes of those interviews, photos of interviewees and local landmarks, background material and research, the text of speeches and eulogies, and Nathans' personal correspondence with historians, editors, and Greensboro, Alabama, residents.

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Use of audiotapes and videotapes from this collection requires the creation of reference copies. Reference copies for some materials may have been made, and if a reference copy exists, it is noted in this finding aid. To arrange for the creation of reference copies of other items, please contact University Archives staff. Although these recordings are now stored in a stable environment, their condition and playback quality is unknown.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Sydney Nathans Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

H.G. Jones: "Presidential Libraries"
Box 1
Nixon-University Committee for an Enormous Shrine (NUKES), undated
Box 1
Colleagues Against Any Backsliding at All (CAABALL), 1982
Box 1
National Archives and Record Services conversations, 1981-1982
Box 1
Francis Loewenheim Article
Box 1
Committee Against the Nixon-Duke Library (CANDL), 1981
Box 1
Trustee Correspondence, 1981
Box 1
Alumni/Alumnae Letter from Terry Sanford, 1981
Box 1
Presidential Libraries: Bibliographies, 1975-1980s
Box 1
Time Magazine Article on Nixon Library, 1981
Box 1
Nathans Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1981
Box 1
Select Committee Tasks, 1981
Box 1
Notes on Donald L. Horowitz Talk at Nixon Library Teach-In, 1981
Box 1
James David Barber: On Nixon, 1973
Box 1
Presidential Libraries: Correspondence and Conversation at Duke, 1981
Box 1
Trustee Resolution, 1981
Box 1
Nixon Library: Miscellaneous, 1981 and undated
Box 1
Ford Museum Article, 1981
Box 1
Faculty Letters, 1981
Box 1
Nixon Library News Stories, 1981-1982
Box 1
Presidential Library Expenses, 1980-1981
Box 1
Dellinger and Van Alstyne on Nixon Library, 1981
Box 1
Access to Nixon Papers, 1980-1981
Box 1
Hoover Library Grant-in-Aid Program, 1980
Box 1
Theodore Ropp, "Teaching Tainted History", 1981
Box 1
Faculty Correspondence from Nathans, 1981
Box 1
Notes of Meeting, Concerned Faculty, undated
Box 1
Letters from Faculty to Terry Sanford, 1981
Box 1
Watson-Sanford Correspondence, 1981
Box 1
Terry Sanford Communications, 1981
Box 1
Anne Scott: NY Times Article, 1981
Box 1
Articles on USC Role in Nixon Library Debate, 1975
Box 1
Misc Documents For and Against the Nixon Library, 1981
Box 1
Board of Trustees Materials, 1981
Box 1
Local News Articles, Nixon Library Debate, 1981
Box 1
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1981
Box 1
Articles on Accessibility and Ownership of Presidential Papers, 1970s-1981
Box 1
Nixon Library Summary, 1981 and undated
Box 1
Statement to the Academic Council (Sydney Nathans), 1981
Box 1
Administrative report of the Anti-KKK Rally, Greensboro, N.C., written by William Swing, Chief of Police, Greensboro, 1979 Nov. 19
Box 2
Greensboro Justice Fund, 1982 and undated

Newsletters, mailings

Box 2
Massacre coverage in the press, 1979-1980
(4 folders)

Newspaper clippings/excerpts from sources including Durham Sun, Coal Field Defender, Duke Chronicle, North Carolina Anvil, Greensboro Daily News

Box 2
Post-massacre, trial coverage in the press, 1979-1985
(2 folders)

Newspaper clippings from various sources, including: Daily Tar Heel, Greensboro Daily News, Durham Morning Herald, NC Independent

Box 2
Massacre coverage: note cards tracing news coverage
Box 3
Ku Klux Klan activities/press coverage, 1979-1980

Profiles in media outlets of Klan activities, including marches.

Box 2
Communist Workers Party newspapers, 1979-1980
Box 2
Communists/socialists/workers party newspapers, press, 1980

Assorted issues of various left-wing and radical newspapers covering labor and pro-Communist and Socialist activities and beliefs

Box 2
Greensboro-related flyers for assorted events, topics, 1980 and undated
Box 2
Greensboro Massacre book drafts, by Paul and Sandy Bermanzohn, 1980
Box 2
A Group of Concerned Triangle Area Citizens, 1980 and undated

Flyers, newsletters, and circulars

Box 2
Death to Klan flyers, undated

From the International Committee Against Racism of the Progressive Labor Party

Box 3
Communist-related flyers and mailings, 1980s and undated
Box 3
Academic papers re: communism in America (various students and authors), 1979 and undated
Box 3
Michael Nathan commemorative poster
Oversize-folder 1
Durham Bicentennial photographs project, 1981 and undated
(2 folders)

Reproduced negatives and contact sheets of historic Durham photographs, gathered for the Durham bicentennial in 1981. Index included.

Box 3

4. A Mind To Stay Interviews and Transcripts, 1965-2018

The A Mind to Stay Interviews and Transcripts series relates to Nathans' research on the descendants of families forced to migrate from North Carolina to plantations in Greensboro, Alabama, and Tunica, Mississippi, in 1844, and the communities those families formed in the following years, used to write his 2017 book, A Mind to Stay. The series contains: recordings of interviews with residents of the two towns, conducted between 1978 and 1988, primarily relating to family and local history with particular reference to the Emancipation and the Civil Rights Movement periods; Nathans' transcripts and extensive notes of those interviews; photos of interviewees and local landmarks; background material and research regarding the history of the Greensboro, Alabama, region, including 1964-1965 clippings from local paper the Greensboro Watchman and notes on Nathan Bedford Forrest, the plantations on which the families worked, and local political history; the text of speeches and eulogies related to this research; and Nathans' personal correspondence with historians, editors, and Greensboro, Alabama, residents.

Nathans arranged the majority of the transcripts and supplementary material alphabetically by person interviewed, including supplementary material pertaining to voting rights struggles and other materials. Audiocassette titles were transcribed as closely as possible and are integrated into alphabetical order as much as possible, but many tapes include interviews with more than one person.

Sydney Nathans' description of the materials and original inventory are included in Box 4 (Box 1 in Nathans' inventory).

Inventory and summary description by Sydney Nathans, 2018
Box 4
Banks: Angeline Banks Interviews, 1978-1986
Box 4
Banks: York Banks Interviews, 1980-1983
Box 4
Banks: York and Matilda Banks, undated
Box 4
Banks: York, Tilda, and Arie Banks Interviews, 1980-2010
Box 4
Angeline Banks, 1978 August 20
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0109
Elijah Banks, 1981 November 22
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0082
York Banks; Cassimore Service, 1983 July 1, 1983 July 3
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0120
Angeline Banks and Minnie Washington, 1983 June 24
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0083
Elijah Banks; Gates Rainer, 1983 June 24
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0086
Angeline Banks; Louis Rainey, 1983 June 26-27
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0085
Angeline Banks and Minnie Washington, 1986 December 21
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0081
Cassimore Service ; Angeline Banks; Louie Rainey, 1986 July 8
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0089
Lewis Black: Interviews, 1981
Box 4
Lewis Black: 1967, 1972 Interviews, 1967, 1972
Box 4
Lewis Black: Schematic Notes, 2010-2015
Box 4
Lewis Black: 2010 Interview Notes, 2009-2010
Box 4
Lewis Black: Chronology, 2011
Box 4
Lewis Black: Trial Report, 1965, 2011
Box 4
Lewis Black: 1930 Federal Census, 1930, 2011
Box 4
Lewis Black: Flyer, undated
Box 4
Lewis Black: Class Action, 1970-1972, 2011
Box 4
Lewis Black: Lewis and Mildred Election Results, 1974, 2011
Box 4
Post-Movement Around Greene, Lowndes, Turner, 1993, 2000, 2010
Box 4
Lewis Black, 1981 November 24
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0030
Lewis Black; Notes on Mary Ellen Hayes, 1981 November 24
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0065
Lewis Black, 1983 June 22
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0031
Martin Bond, 1981 May 15
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0157
Ernst Borinski, 1982 July
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0084
Burrell, Velva: Alabama Genealogy, 1983
Box 4
Cabbil: Lem Cabbil Interviews, 1983
Box 4
Cabbil: Aunt Mandy, 1988
Box 4
Cabbil: Robert Cabbil, 1979-1983
Box 4
Cabbil: Maggie Cabbil, 1979
Box 4
Cabbil: Mary Cabbil, 1980
Box 4
Cabbil Family Reunion, 1980
Box 4
Cabbil: Robert Cabbil Schematic Notes, 2010
Box 4
Lim Cabbil #3, 1983 June 29
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0087
Cannon: James Cannon, 1983-2013
Box 4
Cannon: Tom Cannon, 1980
Box 4
James and Lillie Mae Cannon; Dan Rainer; Lewis Black, 1983 June 21
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0032
Carrie Davis Interview, with Joel Wallace, 1983
Box 4
Carey Davis; Elmina Willis, 1981 November 23
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0038
Joel Wallace and Carrie Davis, 1983 June 22
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0088
Bob Davis, 1986 July 5
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0037
Rev. A. T. Days, 2011
Box 4
Isaac Field, 1981 April 17
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0145
Mirrie Hargrow; Isaac Field and Wife, 1981 April 17
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0156
Isaac Field and Wife Tunica, 1981 April 18
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0146
Isaac Field and Wife, 1981 November 4
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0092
Isaac Field and Wife, 1981 November 4
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0104
Flagg Family: Raleigh, 1988
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0022
James Flagg et al, 1981 May 1
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0147
James Flagg et al (Tape 1), 1981 May 1
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0149
Frank and Cecil Flagg, 1988 October 14
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0021
John Hope Franklin; Plessy vs. Ferguson, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0023
Cliff Granberry, 1981 April 23
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0154
Rev. Robert Grant, 1981 April 16
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0136
Rev. Robert Grant (Tape 1), 1981 April 16
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0153
Carroll Greenhill Tape, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0095
Alice Hargress Correspondence, 1978-1984
Box 4
Hargress Family Bible, undated
Box 4
Alice Hargress Interviews, 1978-1980
Box 4
Alice Hargress, 1983
Box 4
Alice Hargress, 1988
Box 4
Alice Hargress: Demonstration, 1965
Box 4
Alice Hargress: Notes and Interviews, 1978, 2011, 2015
Box 4
Alice Hargress: Correspondence, 2006-2009
Box 4
Cassimore Album, 2008
Box 4
Alice Hargress: 95th Birthday, 2009
Box 4
Alice Hargress: Death and Eulogy, 2014
Box 4
David Hargress, 2016
Box 4
Nathan Bedford Forrest: Descendents, undated
Box 4
Nathan Bedford Forrest: Ambrose Hargress, 1988
Box 4
Nathan Bedford Forrest: Richard Jones, 1986
Box 4
Ambrose Hargress: Affadavit, 1960
Box 4
Forrest Hargress, undated
Box 4
Richard Jones, 1986
Box 4
Nathan Bedford Forrest: Articles, 1908-1942
Box 4
Ambrose Hargress, 1988 July 5
Box 4
Earle Hargress, 1988 July 4
Box 4
Ned F. Hargress, 1980-1988
Box 4
Porch Interview: Hargress, Washington, et. al., 1978 August 18
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0002
Alice Hargress; Elijah Banks; B. Washington; M. Williams, 1978 August 19
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0008
Alice Hargress, 1978 August 20
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0010
Ned F. Hargress II, 1981 December 21
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0108
Alice Hargress; Louis Rainey, 1983 June 20
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0064
Alice Hargress and Cabbil, Tape 1, 1983 June 20
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0090
Alice Hargress and Angeline Banks, 1983 June 25-26
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0079
Ambrose Hargress, 1988 July 5
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0026
Alice Hargress, 1988 July 6
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0024
Mary Ellen Ruffin Hayes, 1981-1983
Box 4
Mary Ellen Ruffin and Carol Hayes: Interview, 1980
Box 4
Mary Ellen Ruffin and Carol Hayes: Notes and Correspondence, 1980-1981
Box 4
Betty Hayes, Beulah Suitt; Margaret Umstead, 1981
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0027
Carol and Maryellen Ruffin Hayes, 1981 May 22
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0029
Mary Ellen Ruffin Hayes, 1981 May 22
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0067
Mary Ellen Ruffin Hayes, 1981 May 22
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0068
Betty Hayes: Stagville Talk, 1982 June
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0028
Mary Ellen Hayes; Freetown; Lim Cabbil, 1983 June 30
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0073
Mary Ellen Hayes; Joseph Phillips, 1983 June 30-July 1
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0074
Johnny Brittain Henderson, 1981 November 14
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0137
Johnny Brittain Henderson; Sherman Huening, 1981 November 14
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0148
Andrew Fennell (Preacher); Johnny Britain Henderson, 1981 November 14
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0150
Sherman Heoing, 1981 November 14
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0133
Rev. Clemmie Humphries; Nell Johnson, 1981 November 12
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0140
Clemmie Humphries, 1981 November 13
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0138
Clemmie Humphries, 1981 November 13
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0139
Nellie Johnson Tape 1, 1981 April 29
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0141
Nellie Johnson Tape 2, 1981 April 29
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0142
Nell Johnson, 1981 November 12
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0143
Richard Jones, 1981 November 15
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0144
Stagville Program: Alice Jones, 1986 February 22
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0060
Otis Lumpkin and Frank Kittle, 1981 November 4
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0131
Frank Kittle, 1981 November 9
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0130
Robert Lloyd; Cleveland (Tunica), 1982 May
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0047
Robert Lloyd, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0048
Otis Lumpkin, 1981 November 9
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0135
Lyles: James and Eliza Interviews, 1979-1981
Box 4
Lyles: James and Eliza Notes, 1982-1983
Box 4
Lyles: Farmer's Club, undated
Box 4
Lyles: Civil Rights, 2015
Box 4
Lyles: James Interview Notes, 2009
Box 4
Lyles: Gene Interview, 2014 June
Box 4
Lyles: Eugene Interview Notes, 1979-2010
Box 4
Lyles: Rosie (Hale Ballot Changes), 2006-2010
Box 4
Lyles: Ala. Literacy Test, undated
Box 4
Lyles: Voter Dispite, 2011
Box 4
James and Eliza Lyles, 1983 June 21
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0069
Jessie Parker (1 of 3), 1981 April 27
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0011
Jessie Parker (2 of 3), 1981 April 27
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0012
Jessie Parker (3 of 3), 1981 April 27
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0013
Jesse Parker, 1981 November 2
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0105
Jesse Parker, 1981 November 2
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0106
Harold Parker Talk, Senior Honors Seminar, 1983 March 18
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0121
Harold Parker Senior Seminar, 1985 November 10
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0159
Joseph Phillips, 1983
Box 4
Jospeh Phillips, 1983 July 1
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0076
Joseph Prather, 1983
Box 4
Joseph Prather; Lim Cabbil, 1983 June 29
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0049
Joseph Prather, 1983 June 29
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0118
Louis Rainey: Funeral Service, undated
Box 4
Louis Rainey: Interviews (1 of 3), 1978-1986
Box 4
Louis Rainey: Interviews (2 of 3), 1978-1986
Box 4
Louis Rainey: Interviews (3 of 3), 1978-1986
Box 4
Louis Rainey Notes and Correspondence, 1979-1980
Box 4
Elmo Rainey: Louis Rainey Interviews, 1981-1983
Box 4
Elmo Rainey, undated
Box 4
L. Rainey, 1978 August 18
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0005
L. Rainey, 1978 August 18
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0006
Louis Rainey; Alice Hargress, 1978 August 19
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0007
Louis Rainey; Martin Bond, 1981 May 15, 1981 May 18
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0075
E. Rainey and Lilliemae Cannon Store; Howard Smith and Banks Home, 1981 November 2
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0107
L. Rainey (Tape 1), 1981 November 21
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0114
L. Rainey (Tape 2), 1981 November 21
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0115
L. Rainey and E. Banks, 1981 November 21-22
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0113
Elmira Willis; Louis Rainey, 1981 November 23
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0045
L. Rainey (Tape 3), 1981 November 23
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0116
Bessie Rainey Gay (Tape 1 of 2)), 1981 November 7
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0151
Bessie Rainey Gay (Tape 2 of 2), 1981 November 7
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0152
Louie Rainey, Miss Rosie Rainey, 1983 July
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0091
Louis Rainey Tape 2, 1983 June 20
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0066
Louis Rainey, 1983 June 22
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0078
Louis Rainey and Joel Wallace, 1983 June 22
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0080
Louis Rainey, 1983 June 22
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0093
Louis Rainey, 1983 June 22
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0094
Louis Rainey; Richard Jones; Reunion, 1986 June 3-4
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0070
Gates Rainier, 1981-1983
Box 4
Gates Rainier Jr., 1981 May 20
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0041
Katie and Nathaniel Richardson (1 of 3), 1981 April 21
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0014
Katie and Nathaniel Richardson (2 of 3), 1981 April 21
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0015
Katie and Nathaniel Richardson (3 of 3), 1981 April 21
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0016
Katie and Nathaniel Richardson, 1981 November 10
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0129
Hester Hall; Nat and Kate Richardson, 1981 November 10
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0155
Nat and Katie Mae Richardson, 1988 July 7
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0042
Nat and Katie Mae Richardson, 1988 July 7
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0043
Daughter: Nat and Katie Mae Richardson, 1988 July 7
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0046
Memphis and Richardson, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0098
Will Dunn; Nat and Katie Richardson
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0020
Janie Cameron Riley, 1982
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0052
Louvenia Robertson, 2011
Box 4
Henry and Louvenia Robertson, 1980
Box 4
Tom Ruffin Interview, undated
Box 4
Tom Ruffin: Bob Davis, 1986
Box 4
Tom Ruffin Material, undated
Box 4
Tom Ruffin: Alabama Source Material, 1957-1990
Box 4
Eugene Sawyer, undated
Box 4
Howard Smith (2 of 2); A. Banks; M. Williams, 1981 May 21
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0051
Sledge Family: Nate, 2010
Box 4
Sledge Family: Home, undated
Box 4
Sledge Family: Ernest and Mary-Francis, 1983 June 22
Box 4
Sledge Family: Genealogy, 1990
Box 4
Ernest and Mary Frances Sledge; Louis Rainey, 1983 June 22
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0077
Alice's Sister, Laura Sledge; Alice's Great Aunt Cabbil, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0025
Howard Smith (1 of 2), 1981 May 21
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0050
Mrs. Rose E. Taylor, 1981 November 15
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0132
C. Thigpen, Spot Williams, B. Murphy, 1979
Box 4
Charles Tisdale, 1978 November 18
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0018
Walter Francis: Gaillard, "Cradle of Freedom", undated
Box 4
Walter Francis: Reflection, undated
Box 4
Betty Washington: Bud Interviews, 1983 June
Box 4
Betty Washington: Leavie Sledge Address, undated
Box 4
Betty Washington: Helen Washington Sledge, 1982 February 12
Box 4
Betty Washington and Minnie Williams, undated
Box 4
Porch Interview: Williams/Washington Banks, 1978 August 17
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0003
Porch Interview: Washington, Williams, Banks, Davis, Hargress, 1978 August 18
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0004
B. Washington et. al., 1978 August 19
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0009
Addie Witted, 1989 November 15
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0123
Mrs. Henry Wolfe, 1981 November 3
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0019
Mrs. Henry Wolfe, 1981 November 3
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0134
Civil Rights Timeline, 2011
Box 4
Greensboro Watchmen, 1964-1965, 2012
Box 5
Greensboro Watchmen: Notes and Stories, 1965 August-1965 December
Box 5
Theresa Burroughs, 2011
Box 5
Civil Rights Movement: William Christian Interview, 1979 August 10
Box 5
King Center Collections List, 2011
Box 5
ASDAH Notes and Civil Rights Movement in Hale County, undated
Box 5
Mississippi Interviews: Will Dunn, 1986 July
Box 5
Mississippi Interviews: Katie and Nat Richardson, undated
Box 5
Mississippi Interviews: Joe Reidy, 1984 January 14
Box 5
Mississippi Interviews: Index of Tapes, 1981
Box 5
Mississippi Interviews: Plantation as Historical Laboratory, 1981
Box 5
Mississippi Interviews: Tunica, 1986
Box 5
Mississippi Interviews: Tunica Newsweek Article, 1991
Box 5
Articles, 1982, 1985
Box 5
Talk at Warren Center, 2009 April 5
Box 5
Talk at Wilson Library, 2011 October 30
Box 5
Developmental Editors: Shari Cauldron, 2013 March 21
Box 5
Developmental Editors: Madeleine Adams, 2015 July 6
Box 5
Harvard University Press: Proposal, undated
Box 5
Harvard University Press: 2017 Catalog, 2017
Box 5
Backstory, 2017
Box 5
Photo Album, circa 1980s

Photographs used as illustrations in A Mind to Stay, with a list of captions. 41 color prints.

Box 5
Hall County Background; Tunica, 1978
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0017
Leuchtenberg, January 21
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0044
Drive Into Cassimore, 1978 August 17
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0001
Cassimore Church Service: Carrie Davis, 1978 August 20
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0110
Cassimore Church Service, 1978 August 20
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0112
Cassimore Church Service, 1978 August 21
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0111
Horton Grove Interview: McDaniel, Haskins, 1980 June
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0053
Horton Grove Interview: McDaniel; Stagville Site Survey, 1980 June
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0054
Walter Jackson, 1981 May 2
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0162
Richardson Gospel Anniversary, 1981 May 3
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0102
Richardson Gospel Anniversary, 1981 May 3
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0103
Washboard Slim, 1981 November 5
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0128
SN Talk at Beaufort, NC Wesleyan Faculty, 1982 August 25
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0119
Bernice Reagon; George McDaniel; Columbus, 1982 May
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0055
Afro-American Local History Talk, 1982 May
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0117
Historical Society of N.C., 1983 April 22
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0167
Labor Leadership Seminar Tape 3: Paul Luebre, "Labor Power at City Hall", 1983 April 23
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0101
Questions re: Erasmus Talk, 1983 January 24
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0161
Campus Club Lecture; Thomas Huber Conversation, 1983 January 26-27
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0160
Cassimore Homecoming, 1983 July 3
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0071
Cassimore Homecoming, 1983 July 3
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0072
Cassimore Church Services Tape 1, 1983 June 19
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0062
Cassimore Church Services Tape 2, 1983 June 19
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0063
Darcey, 1984 July
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0122
Horton Grove Slave Quarters; Converastion with Addie Cameron and others, 1986 February 22
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0061
Cassimore Homecoming, 1986 July 6
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0034
Cassimore Service and Homecoming, 1986 July 6
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0035
Endesha Ida Mae Holland: Memories of Mississippi Delta, 1987 January 23
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0040
Endesha Ida Mae Holland: Memories of Mississippi Delta, 1987 January 24
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0039
Sounds of the South and Church Music, 1988 July 1
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0158
Cassimore Homecoming, 1988 July 3
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0036
Cameron Grove, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 6
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0033
Chapter 13: Chafe, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0056
Say Amen, Somebody (1 of 2), undated
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0057
Say Amen, Somebody (2 of 2), undated
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0058
untitled, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 7
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0059
Shoshana Bat Mitzah 1, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0096
Shoshana Bat Mitzah 2, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0097
Labor Leadership Seminar Tape 1: Sin and Jackie Hall, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0099
Labor Leadership Seminar Tape 2, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 8
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0100
Miss Tunica; Long? Richmond?, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0124
untitled, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0125
untitled, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0126
untitled, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 9
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0127
McDaniel, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0163
KOL and Son?, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0164
Folk Festival, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0165
Folk Festival, undated
(audiocassette)
Box 10
Audio-cassette UA29020130-CS-0166
 

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Sydney Nathans is a Professor Emeritus in the Duke University History Department. He has written several books on United States history and the lives of African Americans, including To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker and A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland. He is a fellow of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and was born in 1940.

Greensboro Massacre

A shoot-out between the Ku Klux Klan and the Communist Workers' Party during a Death to the Klan march on Nov. 3, 1979, led to the death of five anti-Klan demonstrators in Greensboro, N.C. Subsequent criminal trials led to the acquittals of several KKK and American Nazi Party members; a later civil suit found the Klan and the Greensboro Police Department liable for failing to prevent violence.

Nixon Presidential Library

In July 1981, Terry Sanford initiated negotiations with former U. S. President Richard Nixon (Duke Law '37) to locate the Nixon presidential library on the campus of Duke University, Nixon's alma mater. When this information was revealed to faculty members during the week of August 10, 1981, many opposed the proposition, citing Sanford's failure to consult the faculty prior to initiating negotiations.

Many who opposed the library had moral objections to memorializing a President whose behavior in office was reproachable, and they feared a negative effect on the university's reputation. Other concerns included the effects of increased tourist traffic on campus and the uncertain aesthetic nature of the proposed structure. However, supporters of the Nixon Library argued that the scholarly and academic benefits of locating the Nixon Presidential Materials collection on campus should and would outweigh other concerns. These supporters tended to denounce the actions of vocal dissenters as divisive and arrogant. To learn more about these and other issues concerning the potential impact on Duke of the proposed Nixon Library, Professor Sydney Nathans researched modern presidential libraries. His findings were presented to members of the Duke Academic Council as well as the Board of Trustees, and he based his own formal statement in August of 1981 to the Council on these findings.

Meetings of the Academic Council and Board of Trustees during September and October 1981 were dominated by the Nixon Library debate, and a group of faculty formed the Committee Against the Nixon-Duke Library (CANDL) to organize the efforts of faculty, students, alumni, and others opposed to the proposed library. Although the Academic Council voted not to pursue further negotiations with former president Nixon in a 35-34 decision at a September 3, 1981 meeting, the Board of Trustees later voted 9-2 to proceed. By April 1982, negotiations had stalled. One year later, Nixon's representatives announced that a site at Chapman College in San Clemente, California, had been chosen for the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library.

Related Material

  • Nixon Library Controversy collection. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Committee Against the Nixon-Duke Library (CANDL).(University Archives, Duke University.)


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Provenance

The Sydney Nathans Collection was received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1985. A Rubenstein Library-held portion of the papers was merged with the University Archives collection in 2017 to form one Sydney Nathans Papers. Another gift was received in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Mike Millner, September 2006

Encoded by Mike Millner, October 2006

Updated by Molly Bragg, July 2011

Merged with Sydney Nathans Papers in Sept. 2017.

Accession 85-30 is described in this finding aid.

Accession UA2018.0004 was processed by Benjamin Broman and Tracy M. Jackson, and this collection guide updated by Tracy M. Jackson, in August 2018.