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|Size||8.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 15,762 items)|
|Abstract||Journalist, author, and professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina, 1946-1970. The personal correspondence deals with Morrison's work for Cantor Publishing Company, applications for research grants, teaching at the University of North Carolina, journal articles and other writings, and work with various writers' conferences. Included also is correspondence with friends and professional colleagues, particularly Harry Golden of Charlotte, N.C. The material related to his work on W. J. Cash, Josephus Daniels, and O. Max Gardner includes correspondence with people who might have known each subject; copies of articles and other printed material by or about each subject; and Morrison's research notes.|
|Creator||Morrison, Joseph L.|
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Joseph Lederman Morrison was born Joseph Lederman in New York City in 1918. After graduation from the University of North Carolina in 1940, he taught at the University for one year. After working for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot in 1941, he served as first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, 1942-1946, where he edited Armed Services publications. In 1946, he returned to teaching in the Department of Journalism at the University where he remained for the rest of his life.
In 1947, Morrison interned with the National Association of Broadcasters. Recipient of a CBS fellowship in 1957, he received his M.A. in American history from Columbia University in 1958 and his Ph.D. in American history from Duke University in 1961.
In addition to teaching journalism at UNC, Morrison worked with WRAL and WPTF radio in Raleigh, edited trade articles for Cantor Publishing Company in New York, wrote articles for Grolier Encyclopedia International, and played violin in the University Symphony.
Morrison's books include Opportunities in Business Papers (1955); Chapel Hill Guide (1955); Josephus Daniels Says (1962); Josephus Daniels, Small-d Democrat (1966); W. J. Cash, Southern Prophet (1967); and Governor O. Max Gardner (1971). He also wrote articles on W. J. Cash, H. L. Mencken, W. C. Brann, and Josephus Daniels for various scholarly journals.
In 1946, Morrison married Pearl Penner. They had two children, Lucy and Peter. Morrison died in 1970.Back to Top
Papers include general correspondence; materials on W. J. Cash, including one audiotape; material on Josephus Daniels; material on O. Max Gardener; and miscellaneous writings.
General correspondence deals with his work for Cantor Publishing Company, his applications for research grants, his articles for Grolier, his teaching at UNC, his journal articles, and his work with various writers conferences. Included also is correspondence with friends and professional colleagues, especially Harry Golden of Charlotte, N.C.
The material related to his work on W. J. Cash, Josephus Daniels, and O. Max Gardner includes correspondence with people who might have known each subject; copies of articles and other printed material about or by each subject; and typed 5" by 8" notecards used by Morrison in his research. Each card contains a quotation, precis, or statement of fact about the subject and shows the specific source of the text--newspaper, manuscript, article, pamphlet, etc.--with date and location of the source if applicable. Usually these cards are arranged in chronological order according to their content. Notecards relate to subjects discussed in Series 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Among the miscellaneous writings are seminar papers from Morrison's study at Duke and notes from other articles.Back to Top
Correspondence of Morrison arranged alphabetically by subject.
Material relating to W. J. Cash, a native of South Carolina, who grew up in Cleveland County, N.C., attended Wofford College and Wake Forest College, taught school in Kentucky and North Carolina, worked on newspapers in Chicago, Baltimore, and Shelby, N.C., and was associate editor of the Charlotte News and author of The Mind of the South and other works. See also notecards in Series 6.
Copies of Cash correspondence, especially letters from Blanche Knopf.
Audiotape and a transcript of the commencement address entitled "The South in a Changing World," delivered by W. J. Cash at the University of Texas, Austin, 2 June 1941.
Notes about and correspondence with people who knew Cash, especially his widow Mary Cash Maury, collected by Morrison while writing books and articles about Cash. Items are arranged alphabetically by the title of the book or article.
Chiefly newspaper clippings about Cash.
Correspondence, notes, and copies of manuscripts relating to "Josephus Daniels and the Bassett Academic Freedom Case"; "Josephus Daniels: Southern Philo-Semite"; "Josephus Daniels, Simpatico"; "Josephus Daniels as Secretary of the Navy"; "The 'Tar-Heel editor' in North Carolina's Crisis, 1929-1932"; Josephus Daniels Says; Josephus Daniels, Small-d Democrat; and an article on Daniels for the Encyclopedia Americana Daniels was owner and editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, and U.S. ambassador to Mexico. See also notecards in Series 6.
Correspondence with people who might have known Daniels, especially his son Jonathan Daniels. Items are arranged alphabetically.
Correspondence, notes, and copies of manuscripts of books and articles by Morrison about Daniels.
Material accumulated by Morrison while researching O. Max Gardner, governor and politician of North Carolina. See also notecards in Series 6.
Copies of Gardner's correspondence and one folder of his wife's correspondence from the period after his death.
Letters from Morrison to people who might have known Gardner, with correspondence about his book on Gardner grouped at the end.
Letters from people who knew Gardner, especially Faye Gardner, Ralph Webb Gardner, Edwin Gill, and Drew Pearson.
Notes on interviews about Gardner.
Miscellaneous research materials, including Edwin Gill's memoranda on Gardner.
Newspaper clippings relating to Gardner.
Typescripts of miscellaneous articles and seminar papers and pages 54-277 (chapters 4-15) of a work on Benedict Arnold. See also notecards in Series 6.
Primarily typed notecards containing quotations, precis, or other data from Morrison's research (see Series 2, 3, 4, and 5). Notecards relating to Series 5 include information on Joseph Pulitzer, E. L. Godkin, imperialism, and the Cliveden set.
Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, May 1996
Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008
This collection was processed with support, in part, from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.Back to Top