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|Abstract||Samuel James Ervin, Jr., was a Burke County, N.C., attorney, North Carolina legislator, judge, United States senator, and long-time champion of civil liberties. Ervin was first appointed to the North Carolina General Assembly in 1923, where he also served in 1925 and 1931. After the death of his brother Joseph W. Ervin (1901-1945), Ervin was appointed to the House of Representatives. In 1954, Ervin was appointed to the United States Senate, where he served on the Judiciary Committee, the Rackets Committee (Select Committee on Improper Activities in Labor Management), and the Watergate Committee (Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. The Private Papers Subgroup contains letters, subject files, financial material, and writings chiefly of Ervin and his wife Margaret. The bulk of the material is dated after his Senate appointment in 1954. Earlier items include letters from Ervin while he was stationed in France during World War I, 1917-1919; collegiate material from the University of North Carolina, 1913-1917, and Harvard University Law School, 1919-1922; and letters relating to Ervin's judicial appointments, 1930s-1954. Post-1954 items include letters from colleagues, family members, and others; subject files documenting his chief interests, including constitutional law, Watergate, the Equal Rights Amendment, and school desegregation; and speeches, articles, and books by and about Ervin. Also included are Ervin family history materials; biographical materials; items relating to the estates of Ervin family members; photographs of Ervin; films, videos, and audio tapes he recorded; and items relating to trips the Ervins made and to organizations in which they were active, especially the North Carolina Society of Washington, D.C.|
|Creator||Ervin, Sam J. (Samuel James), 1896-1985.|
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See biographical note in Sam J. Ervin Papers, Subgroup A: Senate Records (#3847A).Back to Top
Subgroup B contains the letters, subject files, financial material, and writings of Sam J. Ervin and his family. The bulk of the material dates after his Senate appointment in 1954.
Early items include letters from Ervin while he was stationed in France during World War I (1917-1919), collegiate material from the University of North Carolina (1913-1917) and Harvard University Law School (1919-1922), and letters relating to Ervin's judicial appointments (1930s-1954). The post-1954 items include letters, subject files, collected material, and writings. Files on Ervin's financial dealings with the William Morris Agency of New York City highlight his contracts with ABC News and American Express.
Writing show that Ervin was a prolific writer. He wrote numerous articles on the United States Constitution. He was the author of three books: The Whole Truth (a work on Watergate), Preserving the Constitution (autobiography); and Humor of a Country Lawyer. Ervin was also the subject of many books. The most acrimonious correspondence surrounds Richard L. Dabney's A Good Man: The Life of Sam J. Ervin (1975).
Ervin and his wife Margaret Bell Ervin maintained memberships in several historical and genealogical organizations, such as the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Sons of the Confederacy. There are also family histories and genealogical materials about the Ervin family.Back to Top
Letters, cards, and invitations relating to Sam Ervin and his wife, Margaret Bell Ervin. It is divided into four subseries. The general correspondence consists primarily of letters written to Ervin by his friends, political colleagues, and admirers across the country. The subjects covered by the letters changed as Ervin became more well known. Family correspondence includes letters written by Ervin's children, as well as more distantly related relatives and close friends. The third subseries contains greeting cards and notes from family members, friends, and political associates. The final subseries includes invitations, accepted and declined, for some of the political and private social functions the Ervins were asked to attend.
Arrangement: chronological and alphabetical by last name.
Letters written to Sam Ervin on various subjects and copies of his replies. Topics changed over time as Ervin moved from the local political scene to the national arena. The earliest letters discuss the Ervins' upcoming marriage. On 24 May 1924, Edwin Bridges wrote, "I congratulate you and extend to her my sympathy." As Ervin became more widely known in North Carolina as an able lawyer, the letters shifted from personal matters to political ones. On 10 November 1936, P. Cleveland Gardner wrote to Ervin that he would make a fine North Carolina Supreme Court justice: "[Y]our friends know and admit that your age, training, learning and all around qualifications point to you alone as the most logical man for an able judge--one that would be progressive, liberal minded, and a representative of our age and generation, and not a `moss back' type of the stone age."
The letters jump very quickly from discussions of North Carolina politics and Kiwanis Club activities to the post-Watergate era. After his retirement, Ervin received large amounts of mail. Because of the fame Ervin gained as a result of his Watergate hearing activities, the bulk of the letters in the 1970s are requests for assistance. Correspondents asked for Ervin's advice on their own legal problems, appointments to the service academies, and money. One letter, dated 5 February 1975, asked Ervin to help start a movement to pardon Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Some of the correspondents wrote Ervin just to tell him what a fine job he had done on the Watergate Committee and to wish him happy retirement. On 4 April 1975, the sixth grade class of Shiply Elementary School in Wilmington, Del., sent Ervin a copy of the class constitution. Ervin responded by telling the class, "This is a tremendous document and the writers are to be commended for the diligent efforts in behalf of the Sixth Grade." Ervin also received a few letters from people who were obviously emotionally and mentally troubled.
Ervin's fellow legislators in Congress frequently wrote to him. folder 19 contains copies of letters from President Gerald Ford thanking Ervin for his work on bills that passed after his retirement. Other letter writers were senators Thurmond, Kennedy, Baker, Dole, Inouye, and Helms. Ervin gave advice and, when asked, spoke for or against various pieces of legislation his former colleagues were working on.
By the early 1980s and until his death, Ervin's correspondence became more involved in subjects that interested him personally. He wrote many letters urging North Carolinians not to amend the state constitution to allow governors successive terms. He also wrote in favor of a balanced budget amendment to the United States constitution. Letters from admirers still arrived, but most of these writers asked for autographs (many filed as "Requests") rather than personal assistance. Despite the large volume of mail, Ervin answered every letter.
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Includes correspondence regarding bills and resolutions, support for judges, and ending the war in Vietnam.
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Includes correspondence with Lyndon B. Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Lady Bird Johnson, and Eleanor McGovern.
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Two letters from Gerald Ford to Sam Ervin regarding the signing of the Privacy Act of 1974 and H.R. 5463.
Letters, sympathy cards, wedding invitations, thank you letters, and vacation post cards documenting the Ervins' daily family life.
Letters dated through 1963 are primarily from close family members, including those from the Ervins' children Samuel J. Ervin III, Laura Powe Ervin, and Leslie Ervin at college. In 1948, Samuel J. Ervin III began his studies at Harvard Law School after being graduated from Davidson College. Samuel J. Ervin III letters from Harvard discuss how difficult his studies were, his lack of preparation, and bad weather. He also asked his parents to send money: "If you'd send me a check for $15.00 I'll stop bothering you" (6 April 1949).
Leslie Ervin attended Duke University for a while and then transferred to the University of North Carolina. Unhappy at Duke she wrote on September 1948, "[I]t took me the whole night to discover a North Carolinian. I didn't realize there were so many Yankees in spite of all the warnings." Laura Powe Ervin attended St. Mary's College in Raleigh and the Woman's College at Greensboro.
After the Ervins' children left college and started families of their own, correspondence is chiefly with friends and more distantly related relatives. Cousin Bertha, a patient at the State Hospital in Morganton, N.C., frequently wrote poignant letters, including one, dated 21 January 1956, in which she thanked the Ervins for their Christmas gift of The State magazine and remarked that "I was pretty well informed about dear old North Carolina ('before I went crazy' got 'dumped' in the 'bug house' You know why people gave it that name? So many roaches on these wards running everywhere)."
Letters in this series contain only occasional references to the political scene, chiefly in postscripts to letters that ask if "everything was okay in Washington" following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Even Ervin's work on the Watergate hearings did not elicit much commentary except for pride in his achievements.
Arrangement: by type.
A sample of greeting cards including birthday, Christmas, Easter, and get-well cards received by the Ervins. There are also cards, letters, and telegrams for the Ervins' 50th wedding anniversary and congratulatory letters concerning Ervin's appointment to and retirement from the Senate and his receiving the Congressional Distinguished Service Award in 1976 (see also series 24.4 for an audio tape from the award ceremony). Many of Ervin's congratulatory letters are alphabetized by correspondent and bound into books.
Invitations to speaking engagements and social functions, including symposia, installations, graduation ceremonies, and various club functions. The vast majority of these occasions occurred after Ervin's retirement from the Senate in 1974. From 1975 to 1985, files are split between engagements accepted and those declined.
Articles, books, and speeches written by Sam Ervin. Most writings are on political or constitutional topics, however, some early articles are on colonial North Carolina history. In many writings, Ervin displayed his love for the American Constitution and its unique nature. "The Constitution is the most precious instrument of government the earth has ever known," he wrote in a speech on the Supreme Court. Many speeches were later printed as articles, often in law reviews, although one of his articles on privacy was printed in Prism, a journal of the American Medical Association. Among his books are The Whole Truth, which is about Watergate; Preserving the Constitution, an autobiography; and Humor of a Country Lawyer.
Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.
Speeches and statements, the earliest of which is Ervin's address to his graduating class at the University of North Carolina in 1917. Most speeches are from his senatorial days.
Ervin often kept several copies of the same speech adapted for presentation to different groups. Only those that were changed significantly have been retained.
In addition to his speeches, Ervin also kept copies of his official press statements. Some of these statements were acknowledgements of deaths; the Condolences and Eulogies folder contain announcements of the deaths of Winston Churchill, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Kerr Scott.
In many speeches, Ervin cited the Constitution as the premier instruction manual for governing society, his narrow interpretation making him an opponent of civil rights legislation and the Equal Rights Amendment and an advocate of separation of church and state and the right to privacy.
The themes of many of Ervin's speeches overlap (e.g., his views on privacy can be found in the privacy folders, as well as folders on government spying, the computer and privacy).
Articles published in various journals, including the American Bar Association Journal , Vital Speeches, and Modern Age. Many of Ervin's speeches were later turned into articles. The earliest articles, written while studying at the University of North Carolina, are on colonial history. Both of these articles appeared in the James Sprunt Historical Collection series.
Also included is correspondence between Ervin and journal editors about editorial changes and offprint requests.
Arrangement: alphabetical by title.
Drafts, publicity, and correspondence relating to Humor of a Country Lawyer , Preserving the Constitution, "Freedom Against Tyranny," "Essentials of the Constitution," and The Whole Truth. Two books, "Essentials of the Constitution" and "Freedom Against Tyranny," were not published. "Essentials of the Constitution" was to be a guidebook to the Constitution, but the Ervin's duties kept this work from being finished. "Freedom Against Tyranny" was to be a collection of his articles and speeches, but Ervin was unable to find a publisher.
Correspondence is chiefly between Ervin and his publishers. There are also letters requesting autographed copies of books. Publicity files contain book reviews and advertisements.
Arrangement: alphabetical by topic; bound volume at end.
Notes probably relating to "Freedom from Tyranny." There is also a folder of miscellaneous notes on a variety of subjects and a notebook on partnership law from Ervin's Harvard Law School days.
Letters, articles, and other items relating to topics that were of special interest to Ervin, privately and professionally. Subseries 19.2 is devoted to Ervin's tenure as a North Carolina Superior and Supreme Court justice. Subseries 19.3 relates to the North Carolina Society of Washington, D.C., in which Ervin and his wife were active.
Professional and personal files, including some on his brother Congressman Joseph W. Ervin (1901-1945), who committed suicide on Chirstmas day 1945. Ervin took his brother's place in Congress as a compromise candidate. Ervin also kept files on his brother-in-law, James King Hall (1975-1948), psychiatrist and president of the American Psychiatric Association, 1941-1942.
Ervin's subject files show the wide range of his views. Some of the most interesting letters involve Ervin's fight against school prayer.
Arrangement: alphabetical by type of court.
Correspondence and clippings about Ervin's judicial appointments and elections. Ervin served as both a North Carolina Superior Court judge and a Supreme Court hustice. There are many letters of congratulations on both positions, as well as letters urging Ervin to consider running for governor.
Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.
Correspondence, membership information, account books, press releases, and scrap books for the North Carolina Society of Washington, D.C., founded on 1 February 1913. The Society was a social club, one of many state clubs in the District of Columbia. Its purpose was to bring together "men and women from the State of North Carolina; to foster acquaintance and friendship among its members through social entertainment; to stimulate and strengthen patriotism, pride of citizenship and loyalty to the Nation and the State of North Carolina, its traditions and institutions." The club offered a non-political social arena for North Carolinians working or living in the area. The Ervins were active members of the organization; Margaret Ervin served as the second vice-president and on the board of governors. Laura Powe Ervin was the 1957 Cherry Blossom Princess.
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Tax records, tax returns, banking transactions, insurance policies, automobile information, and information about income generated from stocks, bonds, property, speaking engagements, and advertising contracts. Included are notes documenting how much Ervin tipped bell-boys, taxi drivers, and maids on his 1977 European trip.
Also found here are papers from the estates of Ervin's mother Laura Powe Ervin and mother-in-law Margaret J. Bell.
Joint federal and state income tax returns filed by the Ervins. From 1975 until 1981, Ervin received honoraria from several states where he had lectured. When applicable, he paid state income tax in these states. Ervin also paid state taxes on income generated from his American Express commercials, television contracts, and insurance commercials. Along with the tax returns, there is some correspondence with tax officials about depreciations allowed for a law library, stock dividend information, and other states' tax laws.
Correspondence and other documents about Ervin's work in television, film, and records. After the Watergate hearings, Ervin became a celebrity, in high demand for graduation speeches and civic groups. He worked as a television commentator on the AM America show for ABC News, spokesman for American Express Cards and National Home Life Assurance Company, and recording artist. Ervin contracted his advertising and television appearances through the William Morris Agency of New York City. He also made a series of films for junior high school students with Alexsa Company on politics and the Constitution.
Ervin made television commercials. He is best known for his American Express Card commercials, but he also did advertisements for National Home Life Assurance Company. The correspondence and contracts surrounding the National Home Life Assurance Company make up the bulk of these materials. Some letters criticized these activities; Ervin also had problems with receiving regular payment from National Home Life.
Arrangement: by type of insurance.
Insurance policies and medical claims, most of them from when the Ervins were in poor health the last few years of their lives. Ervin had lymphoma and his wife suffered from glaucoma and heart disease.
Sample of check stubs from Ervin's bank accounts with First National Bank and Wachovia Bank in Morganton, N.C.
Letters, rent agreements, tax returns, tax receipts, and information about a addition to the Ervins' home and about a building Ervin and his siblings owned in Morganton.
Annual ledgers kept by the Ervins detailing their financial affairs. These ledgers include information about income and expenditures. Some ledgers also contain lists of guests, members of the "Sandwich Club," and Christmas card lists. During the 1968 campaign, Ervin kept a ledger on campaign contributions. In addition to the ledger, there is a photocopy of a list of 1968 campaign contributions from the North Carolina Department of Archives and History. Most volumes have indexes compiled by Ervin.
Chiefly court documents, correspondence, tax returns, and other documents relating to Ervin's serving as co-executor of his mother's estate. Laura Powe Ervin died on 14 June 1956. The earlier folders contain income tax returns and information about the estate of Ervin's father Samuel J. Ervin, Sr. In the 1954-1955 folder, there is a small calendar in which Laura Powe Ervin wrote out bequests before her death. Of her son, Samuel J. Ervin, Jr. she wrote, "Samuel never seemed to need help. ... He did much for us."
Chiefly papers from the estate of Margaret J. Bell for which Margaret Bell Ervin served as executor. Margaret J. Bell died 24 January 1943. Also included are letters regarding the estates of Margaret J. Bell's brother John C. Leslie and father William Bell.
Arrangement: by type.
Materials relating to the Ervins' various trips to Europe, Acapulco, and San Diego, especially their September 1977 trip to England, Scotland, Sweden, Austria, and Switzerland. The trip was organized around a speaking engagement at Uppsala University's quincentennial celebrations.
Membership renewals, correspondence, and other papers about the many professional and other organizations to which the Ervins belonged.
Correspondence about the Ervin's social security benefits and Medicare services.
Books, articles, news clippings, awards, engagement calendars, interviews, editorials, and items relating to Ervin's funeral. The series focuses on various aspects of Ervin's life through the print media, through his own records, and through awards given to him. His Watergate activities made him the topic of a few books. His judicial stance and knowledge of the Constitution gave him renown in legal circles. Ervin was honored by his home state, by the nation, and by other states throughout his life.
Arrangement: alphabetical by author's surname.
An unpublished manuscript, an imprint, and a finished manuscript on Ervin. The unpublished manuscript is a collection of Ervin's humorous stories and sayings. Author Bruce G. Tindall, son of George B. Tindall, a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, did not publish his work. Ervin's sister, Jean Conyers Ervin, published a pamphlet entitled The Sam Ervin I Know. This imprint is a series of remarks and reminiscences by Jean Conyers Ervin, Harry Gatton, Archie K. Davis, Dan K. Moore, and Albert Coates. The pamphlet is a part of the North Caroliniana Society's series of imprints and was issued as part of the awards ceremony given in Ervin's honor.
Most items relate to the writing of A Good Man: The Life of Sam J. Ervin by Richard L. Dabney. At first, Ervin was enthusiastic about the project, but he was later horrified at Dabney's portrait of him. In one letter, dated 17 November 1975, Ervin wrote, "The manuscript is not in any real sense a biography of me. It is in the main a fictitious story of a reprobate created in large measure by your imagination. ... The manuscript is as full of untrue and libellous statements as a mangy hound is of fleas." Dabney did very little to alter the book's content, but in a letter to Ervin dated 9 January 1976, he expressed remorse: "If I could have my wish, it would be that you had not seen my biography of you, because it has given you pain, and this has been a torturing experience for me."
Articles from publications such as the New Republic, Progressive, and Church & State . Topics include Ervin's strict constitutional interpretations as they pertained to various Senate bills and civil rights legislation.
Newspaper and magazine clippings about Ervin and his family, including wedding announcements for his daughters and daughter-in-law, obituaries of friends and family members, and articles about Watergate. The bulk of these clippings concern Ervin's role in Watergate. The clippings are from North Carolina, Washington, other newspapers around the United States, and from weekly news magazines such as Time and Newsweek.
Certificates and other honors granted Ervin, beginning with a commendation of Ervin's activities in France during World War I. Ervin was awarded a Purple Heart, the Silver Star, and the Distinguished Service Cross. Also included are certificates honorary degrees from Colgate, Drexel, UNC-Charlotte, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Fraternal orders such as the Knights of Pythias, Free Masons, and the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine also presented awards to Ervin. Ervin was accorded the title of Colonel by the Confederate States of America's "Air Force" and the Order of Kentucky Colonels. He was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Lubbock, Tex., and an honorary Texas citizen. Ervin was also acknowledged later in life by various veterans association.
Other organizations honoring Ervin included the National Wildlife Federation, the North Carolina Navy, First Presbyterian Church, and various North Carolina historical societies.
Engagement calendars of Ervin and Margaret Ervin, containing times and places for a variety of social engagements. Occasionally, Ervin would write his travel expenses in his appointment books. Also included is Ervin's 1969 Congressional Pictorial Directory .
Interviews from Liberty magazine, Yale Reports, and the newsletter of the American Waldensian Aid Society. The issues discussed are Ervin's constitutional views and the Waldensians' connection with Ervin.
Editorials primarily from North Carolina newspapers commenting on Ervin's public service.
Programs from various ceremonies at which Ervin was a speaker, including high school graduations, Democratic Party functions, and dedications. Also included is a transcript of Ervin's television appearance on Firing Line.
Sympathy cards, condolence letters, memorial gifts, and newspaper clippings relating to Ervin's death on 23 April 1985. The cards, letters, and gifts came from all over the country from friends, former political colleagues, and admirers. The memorial gifts were given mainly to the Burke County Historical Society.
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Biographical sketches of Ervin, some of which appeared in Current Biography , The Americana Annual, and The Celebrity Register. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader did an in-depth study of Ervin and his voting patterns, printed in 1972, highlighting not only Ervin's voting records and congressional work, but reviewing the North Carolina political scene in the early 1970s.
Term papers, poems, and pages from books on Watergate and North Carolina politics. The term papers examine Ervin's legislative record, the New York Times portrayal of Ervin, and Ervin and the Watergate tapes. The book pages are from David Halbersham's The Powers That Be, Neal R. Peirce's The Border South States, and two other books. Poems are from staff members and admirers.
Engagement calendars, financial records, personal correspondence, and other items of Margaret Bell Ervin. Many of the records in this series are concerned with her work with the alumnae association of Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., and her work with the Presbyterian Church.
Engagement calendars filled with church-related, Senate-related events, and notations about around-the-clock home nursing care.
Information primarily about the stocks owned by Margaret Bell Ervin, her monthly dividend received, and other interest-bearing accounts. The remainder of this series includes financial and medical documents from Ervin's death in 1985, her own death in August 1986, and repayment of a loan to her estate in 1990.
Letters, programs, invitations, and meeting minutes kept by Margaret Ervin. Files from the late 1940s to the early 1950s contain invitations, rosters, church programs and other church-related materials, newspaper clippings, corporate notices, and minutes of meetings from the Converse College Alumnae Association of which Margaret Ervin was a board member. From the 1950s through 1984, documents consist primarily of congressional invitations and itineraries, including notices from the Women's Democratic Club and the Ladies of the Senate. Also included are a number of carbon copies of invitations sent to Ervin and a compendium of history and anecdotes about the "Ladies of the Senate." An assortment of guest lists from parties and events organized by Margaret Ervin are also included.
An assortment of printed materials ranging from pamphlets on women's dresses and housewares, congressional banquet guides, theater programs, and various church-related materials.
Programs, yearbooks, directories, lists, and a constitution from the First Presbyterian Church in Morganton, N.C. There are also three copies of the newsletter Our Mountain Work, 1952-1953, detailing efforts of the Asheville Presbytery.
Materials relating to Alumnae Day and other Converse College matters.
Two funeral memorial books and an assortment of sympathy notes, telegrams, and contribution cards from the deaths of Ervin's mother in 1956 and Margaret Ervin in 1986.
Arrangement: by type.
Items collected by or for the Ervins, especially materials on Watergate. There is also material on Ervin family history, senatorial newsletters, and brochures the Ervins collected during their travels.
Newsletters sent out by Ervin and his staff while he served in the Senate, including a weekly newletter for North Carolinians called Sen. Sam Ervin Says , which discussed bills Ervin voted on and other political matters. These newsletters record the last three months of Ervin's senatorial career. On 19 December 1974, Ervin wrote, "As I contemplate retirement, I am grateful to the people of North Carolina for permitting me to serve them. ... I always demed [sic.] it comparatively easy to represent North Carolina in so far as my ideological views are concerned."
Social engagement programs, sightseeing brochures, religious tracts, and historical societies' membership lists, including the Mayflower Descendants Society and the Roanoke Island Historical Association. Included are programs from luncheons in honor of Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon, a program card for the University of North Carolina's Sophomore Dance of 1915, and a restaurant souvenir from Antoine's in New Orleans dated 1940.
Photocopies of newspaper articles about the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up, originally mounted in a notebook or scrapbook, compiled by Bob Smith (probably Robert Bland Smith, Ervin's chief counsel on the Senate Government Operations Committee). The majority of the articles are from either the Washington Post or the New York Times. There is also an appendix of excerpts from the Congressional Quarterly. Also included are a transcript from a "60 Minutes" interview with Donald Segretti, notes and transcripts from the Watergate hearings, and some handwritten questions asked during those hearings.
Material collected by Ruth Kramer and correspondence with her. Kramer started a scrapbook on Watergate and sent it to Ervin. Over the years, she continued to send articles and to correspond with Margaret Ervin. Her correspondence with the Ervins discusses political issues, her health, and how much she admired the Ervins.
Material Ervin compiled on his and his wife's families. Ervin was an enthusiastic genealogist and member of many historical organizations, such as the Sons of the Confederacy, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, and the Sons of the American Revolution. Included is an article by Anne King Gregorie on Ervin's grandfather John Witherspoon Ervin, South Carolina newspaper editor and fiction writer.
Pictures of Ervin, 1946-1970s, and miscellaneous photographs. Included are an assortment of photographs from Japan--shots from Tokyo, Asahigawa, and various military and diplomatic buildings--and a small satirical poster of Ervin as Uncle Sam, which was used as a publicity poster for the Sam Ervin Fan Club.
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A motion picture film shot during the 1956 primary campaign, a small reel containing what appears to be an American Express commercial with 30-second and 10-second spots, and a 60 minute television show produced by WSOC-TV featuring Sam Ervin.
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WSOC-TV Creative Planning, "Sam Ervin 60 minute tv show" #03847B, Subseries: "24.2. Film, 1956 and undated." F-03847B/3
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A VHS cassette of an Ervin program on public affairs at North Carolina State University.
Ervin program on public affairs at North Carolina State University #03847B, Subseries: "24.3. Videotape, 1982." VT-03847B/1
Taped copies of radio programs, interviews, and a speech. Two of the cassettes contain a 1983 radio interview of Ervin on the Larry King Show. There is also a cassette tape of a meeting of former members of Congress held in Williamsburg, Va., in 1976, and an unrehearsed interview conducted by William Cooper, Jr., with Ervin in his office in 1977, for the Earl C. Clements Oral History Project at the University of Kentucky. Also included is an open reel audiotape of a speech given by Ervin at Delaware University in 1973 called "Crisis in Confidence."
Williamsburg, Va., meeting, 12 November 1976 #03847B, Subseries: "24.4. Audiotape, 1973-1983." C-03847B/3
Interview with William Cooper, Jr., 1977 #03847B, Subseries: "24.4. Audiotape, 1973-1983." C-03847B/4
"Crisis in Confidence," University of Delaware, 13 September 1973 #03847B, Subseries: "24.4. Audiotape, 1973-1983." T-03847B/1
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Sam Ervin's Senate papers have been filed and described as Sam J. Ervin Papers, Subgroup A: Senate Records (#3847A).
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