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|Size||22.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 11200 items)|
|Abstract||Correspondence, writings, notes, and other items of North Carolina journalist Reed Sarratt (1917-1986), whose career took him from editorial posts at the "Charlotte News" and the "Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel" to directorships of the Southern Education Reporting Service and the Southern Newspaper Publishers' Association. Sarratt's chief editorial interest was civil rights, and he was particulary involved in monitoring the desegregation of public schools.|
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Alexander Reed Sarratt, Jr., was born in Charlotte, N.C., in 1917. He was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1937 with a bachelor's degree in economics. During his senior year at UNC, he served as managing editor of the Daily Tar Heel. After graduation, he worked as a reporter and later city editor for the Charlotte News.
From 1946 to 1952, Sarratt was an editorial writer for the Baltimore Evening Sun. In 1952, he returned to North Carolina to begin an eight-year stint with the Winston-Salem Journal and Twin City Sentinel. At these papers, he served as editorial page editor, executive editor, and assistant to the publisher.
In 1960, Sarratt was appointed executive director of the Southern Education Reporting Service (SERS), a Ford Foundation- supported group that collected and published information on school desegregation throughout the South. From 1965 to 1968, he directed the journalism project of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in Atlanta. During this period, he published The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade (Harper & Row, 1966).
Sarratt became executive director of the 442-member Southern Newspaper Publishers' Association (SNPA) in 1973, after serving four years as the head of the Southern Newspaper Publishers' Association Foundation. It was at the 1986 mid-winter meeting of the Association board that Sarratt collapsed and died. Sarratt was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 1985.
Sarratt was married to Elva Ann Sarratt, also a Charlotte native. The Sarratts had three children: Alexander Reed III, John L., and Ann.
(Adapted from articles in The News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), 16 March 1986; the Charlotte Observer, 17 March 1986; and the UNC Journalist, April-May 1986.)Back to Top
This collection contains a mixture of professional and personal papers. It is difficult to separate materials generated by Sarratt in the course of his journalism career from those that deal with more private matters, although little of the latter is included. There is also little material relating to either the Southern Education Reporting Service or the Southern Newspaper Publishers' Association. Because these papers are not fully processed, researchers will discover that there is great overlap in subjects, date spans, etc., among these files. While these redundancies will be ameliorated when the papers are fully processed, researchers using them in their present state should search broadly rather than narrowly for papers relating to specific topics. Many original folders have been replaced because of mildew damage; the papers, however, are generally in good condition.Back to Top
An alphabetical run arranged by file folder names chiefly assigned by Sarratt. There is great overlap in subjects, date spans, etc., among these files, and researchers should search broadly rather than narrowly for papers relating to specific topics.
Materials relating to Sarratt's book The Ordeal of Desegregation: The First Decade (Harper & Row, 1966).
Books and journals, chiefly by others, collected by Sarratt and dealing with civil rights.
Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, April 1990; Revised by Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996
Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008
Not fully processed.Back to Top