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|Size||3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 140 items)|
|Abstract||Audio tape recordings of interviews, some with typed transcripts, scattered correspondence, writings, and miscellaneous materials about Frank Porter Graham (1886-1972), president of the University of North Carolina, 1930-1949, and U.S. senator, 1949-1950, collected by G. Maurice Hill, businessman of Morganton, N.C., as he prepared to write a book about Graham. Interviewees include Archie Daniels, Mark Ethridge, Miguel Elias, Robert B. House, William C. Friday, Collier Cobb, and Lucy Morgan. In addition to Graham, topics discussed in interviews include other aspects of the University of North Carolina, North Carolina and national politics, and education in North Carolina.|
|Creator||Hill, G. Maurice, 1905-1975, collector.
House, R. B. (Robert Burton), 1892-
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G[eorge] Maurice Hill, the son of Lucy Callahan and Robert Martin Hill, was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina, in 1905, graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1925, and worked for the Utilities Division of the University from 1926 until 1934 when he became special assistant to University President Frank Porter Graham, a position he held until 1941 when he became associate director of the Institute of Government as well as a member of the Office of Price Administration. He worked for a year at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, North Carolina, and then in 1944 moved to Drexel Furniture Company where he was elected president in 1960. In 1965 he became president of the company's parent company Drexel Enterprises.
When he retired from Drexel Enterprises in 1970 he began work on a book about Frank Porter Graham under whom he had worked at the University. This collection, which he assembled for the book he was unable to complete before his death in 1975, includes scattered correspondence, 1962-1972, about his research; tapes and transcripts of interviews with Graham himself and with Graham's friends, colleagues and family; articles about Graham written by Hill for the Charlotte Observer; preliminary outlines for Hill's book and letters from the Charlotte Observer concerning the publishing and writing of the book; typed copies of selected articles from the Charlotte Observer, 1919-1921; and miscellaneous notes and materials including a proposal for an unrelated novel.Back to Top
Audio tape recordings of interviews, some with typed transcripts, scattered correspondence, writings, and miscellaneous materials about Frank Porter Graham (1886-1972), president of the University of North Carolina, 1930-1949, and U.S. senator, 1949-1950, collected by G. Maurice Hill, businessman of Morganton, N.C., as he prepared to write a book about Graham. Interviewees include Archie Daniels, Mark Ethridge, Miguel Elias, Robert B. House, William C. Friday, Collier Cobb, and Lucy Morgan. In addition to Graham, topics discussed in interviews include other aspects of the University of North Carolina, North Carolina and national politics, and education in North Carolina.Back to Top
Primarily letters (in part copies) between Hill in Morganton, N.C., and individuals he interviewed about Frank Porter Graham, especially Miguel "Mike" G. Elias of New York, N.Y. February 17, 1971, Frank Porter Graham, Chapel Hill, to G. Maurice Hill, illness of Hill's wife. Included as well is correspondence with the Charlotte Observer about writing and printing of the book. Scattered bills, receipts and business correspondence including a letter, March 3, 1972, to Hill from William E. Stevens, Jr., Lenoir, N.C., about the Southern Furniture Manufacturers' Association of which Hill had been president.
Interviews which Hill conducted with Graham himself, and his friends, colleagues, and family which focus on the career, philosophy and personality of Frank Porter Graham. These interviews often include discussion of past and present state and national politics; the development of higher education in North Carolina; individuals who played an important role in the University, especially Harry W. Chase, L. R. Wilson, William G. Carmichael, and Gordon Gray; and other topics unrelated to Graham.
Some interviews, especially those with Archie Daniels and Mark Ethridge, also include much information on the career of the interviewee and all interviews include frequent comment by Maurice Hill, his own recollections of the University and his work with Graham, and his views of contemporary politics.
Articles based on his research on Frank Porter Graham, especially the interviews, written by Maurice Hill for the Charlotte Observer, on "Frank Graham as University President," "Who Beat Frank Graham? [1950 Senate Election]," "Frank Graham, Five-foot Two Marine," "The Knapp Foundation and Its Support of Frank Graham," "Frank Graham as President of the Consolidated University," and "Frank Graham Offered Vice-Presidency by Franklin Roosevelt." Outlines and proposals for additional articles. Outline for a biography of Frank Porter Graham. Other writings about Graham.
Also included are articles about Frank Porter Graham and his involvement in Kashmir.
Typed copies of articles on education in North Carolina from the Charlotte Observer, October, 1919, to January, 1921. Miscellaneous notes, copies, maps and other materials. Proposal for a novel about the "Merger of two giant corporations" based on the merger of Champion Paper and U. S. Plywood.
The tapes include a number of interviews not transcribed and these interviews like those described above include discussion of past and present politics, the development of education in North Carolina, and other topics unrelated to Graham as well as much material about Graham and the University of North Carolina. The tapes are arranged in rough alphabetical order as follows.
Missing as of July 2016.
Processed by: Ellen Neal, 1976; Carolyn Roff, July 1986
Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008
Updated by Gergana Abernathy, July 2016Back to Top