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|Size||About 40,800 items (118.5 linear feet)|
|Abstract||John Marsden Ehle Jr., author of novels and works of non-fiction, was born in Asheville, N.C., and has lived most of his adult life in Winston-Salem. He served as special assistant to North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford, 1963-1964, and has been instrumental in establishing and furthering many significant educational, desegregation, and anti-poverty projects. He is married to British actress Rosemary Harris. The collection includes materials documenting both the literary career and public service activities of John Ehle. Literary materials include correspondence, clippings, and financial items relating to Ehle's novels and other works, as well as notes, drafts, and galleys. Family items include correspondence of Ehle's parents and a few items relating to Rosemary Harris. Other materials relate to Ehle's work with various public and private institutions. These include files generated in the course of Ehle's work in the Governor's Office, especially his efforts on behalf of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. There are also files relating to the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Federation for the Arts and Humanities, Duke University, and the Penland School of Crafts. Photographs and audio-visual materials include family photographs and photographs by Ehle, Jim Wallace, and others of civil rights activists and protests in Chapel Hill, N.C., and other locations compiled for use in Ehle's book The Free Men; audiodisks of radio shows that Ehle wrote or acted in; tapes of interviews done for various books; and filmstrips, chiefly on North Carolina history, which Ehle produced, sometimes in collaboration with others. A few items relate to Rosemary Harris. The Addition of December 2010 is a journal with detailed entries, 1962-1964, about John Ehle's work as special assistant to North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford, his writing career, the foundations and projects he supported, and his personal life.|
|Creator||Ehle, John, 1925-|
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|1925||13 December, born in Asheville, N.C.|
|1949||Received B.A. in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures from the University of North Carolina.|
|1951-1963||Faculty member, Department of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.|
|1952||30 August, married Gail Oliver (divorced, 1967).|
|1953||Received M.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina.|
|1957||Move Over Mountain published.|
|1958||The Survivor published.|
|1958-1959||On faculty of New York University.|
|1959||Kingstree Island published.|
|1960||Shephard of the Streets published.|
|1961||Lion on the Hearth published.|
|1963-1964||Special assistant to North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford.|
|1964-1965||Program officer of the Ford Foundation.|
|1964-1966||Served on the White House Group for Domestic Affairs.|
|1965||The Land Breakers published.|
|1965||The Free Men published.|
|1965||Consultant to the Ford Foundation.|
|1965-1968||Member, United States National Committee for UNESCO.|
|1966-1970||Worked with National Council for Humanities.|
|1967||The Road published.|
|1967||22 October, married Rosemary Harris.|
|1970||Time of Drums published.|
|1970-1975||Worked with the North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation.|
|1971||Journey of August King published.|
|1972||Cheeses and Wines of England and France published.|
|1974||Changing of the Guard published.|
|1976-1980||Special Consultant, Duke University.|
|1982||Winter People published.|
|1984||Last One Home published.|
|1988||Trail of Tears published.|
|1989||Widow's Trial published.|
This collection documents both the literary career and public service activities of John Ehle. The general files comprising Series 1, arranged in chronological order by year, largely contain correspondence, clippings, and financial items relating to Ehle's novels and other works, and materials relating to Ehle's family. Additional material pertaining to Ehle's books can be found in Series 2, which includes mostly notes, drafts, galleys, and correspondence. Additional family items, including the correspondence of Ehle's parents and items related to John Ihli, Sr.'s business and civic activities in Asheville, N.C., appear in Series 12. Subsequent series contain material relevant to Ehle's work with various public and private institutions, though some of these papers can be found among the general files of Series 1 as well. The "Other Materials" series includes miscellaneous subject files, clippings, recipes, appointment and address books, and other personal items accumulated by Ehle. Photographs and audio-visual materials appear in Series 13 and 14, respectively, and include family photographs and photographs by Ehle, Jim Wallace, and others of civil rights activists and protests in Chapel Hill, N.C., and other locations compiled for use in Ehle's book The Free Men, audiodisks of radio shows written, narrated, or acted in by Ehle, reel-to-reel tapes of interviews done for The Free Men, cassette-tapes of interviews conducted for his book Dr. Frank, filmstrips (mostly on N.C. history) Ehle either wrote or collaborated on, and microfiche of one of Ehle's novels.
The Addition of December 2010 is a journal with detailed entries, 1962-1964, about John Ehle's work as special assistant to North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford, his writing career, the foundations and projects he supported, and his personal life.Back to Top
Personal and professional correspondence of John Ehle and clippings regarding his literary career, as well as various financial materials relating to the Ehle family (including bank statements, bills, etc.) and clippings, playbills and some correspondence regarding the career of Ehle's wife, actress Rosemary Harris. Also included are telephone logs and annual reports from the various institutions with which Ehle was associated. Items are arranged in chronological order by year. Correspondents of note include Paul Green, Terry Sanford, and various Ehle family members.
Drafts, galleys, notes, correspondence, and other material related to Ehle's published books, chiefly since 1965.
An Ehle family history written in 1984; "American Adventure" series scripts (1955-1956 and undated); a script for the Orange County Bicentennial Pageant (1953); Volumes 1 and 2 of the large-print edition of Pursuits, a collection in which Ehle's short story "Emergency Call" appears; catalogs and other items related to radio shows written, narrated, or acted in by Ehle for the "University Hour" series broadcast by the Communications Center at UNC; a script for Ehle's play "Mystery of Theodosia Burr; " and a story fragment entitled "An Empire of Hate."
Reports, minutes, agendas, and correspondence generated by various programs and institutions with which Ehle was involved during his tenure as special assistant to Terry Sanford, then governor of North Carolina. Materials remain arranged as received.
Includes reports, correspondence and clippings regarding the Institute for Outdoor Drama, and the North Carolina College for Negroes. A bound volume, "Ideas in Action in North Carolina," includes similar material regarding the North Carolina Film Board, the North Carolina Fund, the 1963 and 1964 Governor's Conference, the North Carolina Advancement School, and the Learning Institute of North Carolina. Also included is a speech outlining Ehle's role in the creation of the Governor's School, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the North Carolina Advancement School. #04555, Series: "4. Governor's Office, 1963-1964. " Box 59
Reports, correspondence and clippings regarding various other projects Ehle investigated while special assistant. Material includes reports on public and children's zoos and correspondence and reports regarding the possibility of bringing NASA to the Research Triangle. Also included is a filmstrip, "Variety Vacationland," and nine reels of microfilm regarding Ehle's term as special assistant. #04555, Series: "4. Governor's Office, 1963-1964. " Box 63
Correspondence, clippings, reports, and catalogs relating to the North Carolina School of the Arts.
6. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, 1977-1985. #04555, Series: "5. North Carolina School of the Arts, circa 1962-1989. " Box 65
About 1,500 items.
Includes correspondence, clippings, reports, and catalogs relating to the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
Contains proposals, reports, correspondence, and clippings regarding programs assisted by the Ford Foundation.
Includes minutes, agendas, reports, and correspondence relating to Ehle's work under the National Council for the Humanities. The series is largely comprised of binders containing the council records of grant applications, grant recommendations, reports, proposals, memos, and some correspondence.
Chiefly correspondence from Ehle's tenure as special consultant to Terry Sanford, then president of Duke University.
Correspondence, proposals, clippings, catalogs and brochures and financial reports.
Miscellaneous files labeled UNC; Salzburg; North Carolina Advancement School, Appalachian State University; Appalachian State Teachers College; CELO; Motion Picture Office; Kennedy Center; the Governor's School; Al Lowenstein; Terry Sanford; Paul Green. #04555, Series: "11. Other Materials, 1918-1989. " Box 77
Primarily the personal correspondence of John Ehle's parents, John and Gladys Ihli, Sr., and scattered items pertaining to the education and business and civic activities of John Ihli, Sr. One folder of advertising paraphenalia appears for the Imperial Life Insurance Company of Asheville, N.C. The company was started by John Ehle's maternal grandfather in 1904. A few items also appear for the Ehle Insurance Company of Asheville. Other miscellaneous items include World War II promotional materials, clippings, and genealogical records. While this series contains many of John Ehle's letters to his father, others appear in Series 1.
Black-and-white and color portraits and snapshots of Ehle family members, including John Ehle, Rosemary Harris Ehle, and their daughter Jennifer Ehle, and unidentified residences and mountain scenes. 22 items. 1971-1972, 1974-1978. #04555, Subseries: "13.1. Family Photographs, 1923-1989 and undated." Folder PF-4555/5
Black-and-white and color portraits of John Ehle, and color snapshots of family members (including Rosemary Harris Ehle and George and Oma Ehle) and of residences and mountain scenes. 19 items. 1980, 1982-1984, 1986-1989. #04555, Subseries: "13.1. Family Photographs, 1923-1989 and undated." Folder PF-4555/7
Black-and-white photographs of scenes from New York's Central Park and color and black-and-white photographs of an unidentified structure. folder in which these photos were found was labeled "Governor's Office." 14 items. Undated. #04555, Subseries: "13.1. Family Photographs, 1923-1989 and undated." Folder PF-4555/9
Photographs compiled for inclusion in John Ehle's book The Free Men. Photographs are of civil rights protests primarily in Chapel Hill, N.C., and in other locations, 1963-1965. Some depict civil rights activists Quintin Baker, Charliese Cotton, Pat Cusick, John Dunne, and others. Photographs were taken by John Ehle, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student and photographer Jim Wallace, and unidentifed photographers.
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Arrangement: by type.
Radio episodes and filmstrips written, produced, or narrated by John Ehle, audiotapes of interviews conducted for his books The Free Men and Dr. Frank, audiotapes of two talks given by Ehle, and microfiche of one of his novels.
Radio disks (33 1/3 rpm) of "University Hour" episodes which John Ehle either wrote, narrated, or appeared in. Produced by the UNC Communication Center. Additional recordings of "University Hour" episodes are included in the Department of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records (#40086).
Filmstrips wholly or partially written and/or directed by John Ehle. Hard-copy guide books appear for "North Carolina, Units I-XII."
Arrangement: by type.
Fifteen 7-inch and eleven 3 1/4-inch reel-to-reel tapes of interviews conducted in 1964 for Ehle's book The Free Men; 31 cassette tapes of interviews conducted in 1990-1991 for his book Dr. Frank; and one cassette tape containing two talks given by Ehle, one at Duke University in 1981 and the other at Salzburg in 1977. The reel-to-reel tapes include interviews with Charliese Cotton, John Foushee, Bob Brown, Woody Kline, John Dunne, Pat Cusick, Dave Ethridge, Thomas Cooper, Gary Blanchard, Harold Foster, [Quinton?] Baker, Lou Calhoun, Charles Jones, Herman Holman, and a Mrs. Bynum. Cassette tapes includes interviews with Bill and Ida Friday, Terry Sanford, Sophia Cody, Doug Hunt, Gladys Coates, Arnold King, and others.
John Ehle journal, 10 January 1962-29 July 1964 #04555, Series: "Addition of December 2010: John Ehle Journal, 10 January 1962-29 July 1964." Box 81
Contains detailed entries about John Ehle's work as special assistant to North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford, his writing career, the foundations and projects he supported, and his personal life. Topics include the University of North Carolina, desegregation efforts and civil rights protests in North Carolina, North Carolina politics, Ehle's work as advisor to Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House Group for Domestic Affaris, and the assasination of John F. Kennedy. The journal also contains John Ehle's reflections on William C. Friday, Vittorio Giannini, Frank Porter Graham, Paul Green, W. MacNeil Lowry, and Paul Ylvisaker.
The journal is mainly typescript, although some pages are handwritten. Many entries are on stationery belonging to the governor or the lieutenant governor of North Carolina.
Processed by: Marla Miller and Jill Snider, 1995.
Encoded by: Jackie Dean, June 1998.
Revsions: Finding aid updated in December 2012 by Danielle Fasig. Series 13.2 description updated in February 2013 by Jackie Dean.Back to Top