Collection Number: 20452-z

Collection Title: Genie Wicker Letter, 1956

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Abstract The letter dated 22 June 1956 is a teenage girl's first-person narrative about attending an Elvis Presley concert in Atlanta, Ga., and meeting Elvis after the performance. Writing to her friends, Genie describes the crowd of mostly screaming young girls, the presence of police for crowd control, Elvis's stage performance including the songs he sang and his dancing, his attire, and even the smell of his hair and his appearance closeup when he gave her an autograph and a kiss. Genie did not faint. The letter and envelope with collage of Elvis image cut-outs were displayed in 2011 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Md., and featured in the journal that same year. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Wicker, Eugenia Dettelbach Edmondson, 1942-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Genie Wicker Letter #20452, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Genie Wicker in August 2010 (Acc. 101344)
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Eugenia "Genie" Wicker of Atlanta, Ga., graduated from the University of Georgia and taught Spanish.

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The letter dated 22 June 1956 is a teenage girl's first-person narrative about attending an Elvis Presley concert in Atlanta, Ga., and meeting Elvis after the performance. Writing to her friends, Genie describes the crowd of mostly screaming young girls, the presence of police for crowd control, Elvis's stage performance including the songs he sang and his dancing, his attire, and even the smell of his hair and his appearance closeup when he gave her an autograph and a kiss. Genie did not faint. The letter and envelope with collage of Elvis image cut-outs were displayed in 2011 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Md., and featured in the journal that same year.

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Processing Information

This summary description was created in June 2018 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Smith, June 2018

Updated by: Jodi Berkowitz, February 2019

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