Collection Number: 40342

Collection Title: Program on Public Life of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1986-2010

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 11250 items)
Abstract The Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life was established at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997, largely through the efforts of Ferrel Guillory, who became its director. Its mission was "to serve the people of the state and region by informing the public agenda and nurturing leadership." The program operated out of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication but worked closely with the Center for the Study of the American South. In 2003, it became an administrative unit of the center. On 1 July 2006, its name changed to Program on Public Life. The program was discontinued effective 30 June 2010 because of budget cuts that followed the 2008 economic recession. Guillory, however, remained on the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he continued some of the activities of the former program. Records include correspondence, proposals, reports, publications, research data, and other materials related to the establishment, administration, and activities of the Program on Public Life. Program activities documented in the records include forums, roundtables, surveys, and studies on education, economic development, elections, the media and other public issues. Also included are materials related to the development of the Center for the Study of the American South, established at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992, and to its relationship with the Program on Public Life. Other topics include the work of research firm MDC, Inc.; efforts to revive the L.Q.C. Lamar Society; the mission of the North Carolina Progress Board; and planning for the Carolina Institute for Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Files are largely those of Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Public Life, 1997-2010.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Program on Public Life.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Program on Public Life of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40342, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Transferred from the Program on Public Life in September and December 2010 (Records transfers 20100910.1 and 20101217.1).
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The Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life was established at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. Its mission was "to serve the people of the state and region by informing the public agenda and nurturing leadership." As of 1 July 2006, its name became Program on Public Life. The program was discontinued effective 30 June 2010 because of budget cuts that followed the 2008 economic recession.

The Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life was the brainchild of Ferrel Guillory and Pope (Mac) McCorkle. McCorkle was a policy consultant to political candidates. Guillory was a reporter, covering state politics, for The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., from 1972 to 1997. Beginning in 1995, he was also a fellow at MDC, Inc., a research firm specializing in economic development and workforce issues in the South. Guillory was part of a team that produced MDC, Inc.'s first State of the South report in 1996.

Guillory and McCorkle envisioned a program that would assist the region in meeting its economic and social challenges by connecting legislators and policymakers with the products of research studies--a process they called "research brokerage"--and by providing venues in which issues could be explored in non-partisan ways. They considered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the ideal home for such a program because of its tradition of service to the state and region. In 1991, they first approached the university administration with a proposal. But, in 1992, the Center for the Study of the American South, which had been proposed earlier by a group of faculty associated with the Institute for Research in Social Science, was established on the Chapel Hill campus. University administrators were reluctant to commit to supporting two new programs, both focused on the South.

Guillory continued to refine his proposal and to explore ways of implementing it. Eventually, he found Provost Richard L. McCormick and Dean Richard Cole of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to be supportive. In May 1995, Provost McCormick appointed a Planning Committee on Politics and Public Life to explore the possibility of creating a program that would be affiliated with the Center for the Study of the American South. The plannning committee endorsed making the program part of the center and recommended that it have an academic component in addition to a focus on service. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication proposed a Program for the Study of Southern Politics and Mass Media, which would be more focused on electoral politics and the media. In 1996, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Center for the Study of the American South jointly submitted a proposal for a Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. The proposal, which largely reflected the school's original proposal, specified three principal objectives for the program: research brokerage; providing a site for study, debate, and reflection; and conducting seminars and other educational programs.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation awarded $50,000 to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation in December 1996 to plan and develop the program. Ferrel Guillory became director of the program on 1 March 1997; on 1 July 1997, he also became a lecturer in the school. The press release announcing the award described the program as "an arm of the Center for the Study of the American South and operated out of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication." However, the program was not an official, administrative part of the center until 2003. In addition to the Center for the Study of the American South, the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life partnered with numerous other university departments to carry out its initiatives, including the School of Government, the School of Education, the Office of Economic and Business Development, and the Program in the Humanities and Human Values. It also worked with non-university entities including the Alliance for Better Campaigns, the Center for American Progress, the North Carolina League of Women Voters, the State Board of Education, and the Office of the Governor. Guillory also continued as a senior fellow with MDC, Inc., and he was a frequent speaker at state and regional conferences.

In fall 1999, Thad Beyle, professor of political science, joined the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life as associate director but received no compensation. Also in 1999, the program received a second grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, for $150,000 over two years. Director Ferrel Guillory then began to explore ways to obtain state funding. The program received $50,000 in non-recurring state funding in 1999 and $225,000 in recurring funds in 2000, which allowed the program to add a paid staff position. That funding was rescinded due to budget shortfalls. But, in 2005, the General Assembly again appropriated $150,000 in recurring funds, which allowed the program to add a second paid staff position. The 2005 legislation specified that the program would provide the General Assembly with reports on demographic, social, economic, and environmental trends.

As of 2003, the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life became an administrative unit of the Center for the Study of the American South. Guillory continued to explore ways to increase the capacity of the program and to establish an initiative on southern leadership that would position UNC-Chapel Hill as the hub of a regional network linking civic leaders with university scholars. In 2005 and 2006, he worked increasingly with faculty in the Department of Public Policy on a proposal for an Institute for Policy Studies (later Carolina Institute for Public Policy), which potentially could house the leadership initiative. Effective 1 July 2006, Guillory became an adjunct instructor in the Department of Public Policy in addition to his faculty position in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Also on 1 July 2006, the name of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life changed to Program on Public Life. In 2009, following the economic recession of 2008 and subsequent state budget reversions, the UNC-Chapel Hill administration decided to eliminate state funding for the Program on Public Life. The program was discontinued effective 30 June 2010. Guillory, however, remained on the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he continued some of the activities of the former program.

Over its lifetime, the Program on Public Life pursued its mission by sponsoring issue-focused seminars, symposia, and roundtables and by conducting research and disseminating findings in publications, including Carolina Context, North Carolina DataNet, and South Now. Seminars and roundtables included the long-running Executive Seminar for Southern Legislators and Southern Journalists Roundtable along with numerous others focused on economic development, school improvement, elections, and other topics.

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Records include correspondence, proposals, reports, research data, publications, and other materials related to the establishment, administration, and activities of the Program on Public Life. Program activities documented in the records include forums, roundtables, surveys, and studies on education, economic development, elections, the media, and other public issues. Files are largely those of Ferrel Guillory, director of the program, 1997-2010. Included are numerous drafts, 1991-1996, of the original proposal for the program and drafts of subsequent proposals for initiatives such as a Southern Leadership Initiative and a Southern Studies Syndicate. Most of the correspondence is outgoing, from Guillory to university administrators, state officials, foundation executives, and others; and much of it is aimed at building support for the program.

Also included are correspondence, meeting agendas, notes, and other materials related to the development of the Center for the Study of the American South, established at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992, and to its relationship with the Program on Public Life. Especially numerous are materials related to planning for "Unfinished Business: Overcoming Racism, Poverty, and Inequality in the South," a series of 1997-1998 conferences initiated by the center under the directorship of David Moltke-Hansen. Later materials document the 2003 realignment of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to the Center for the Study of the American South and other activities of the center.

Other topics include the work of research firm MDC, Inc., particularly its State of the South reports; efforts to revive the L.Q.C. Lamar Society; the mission of the North Carolina Progress Board; and planning for the Carolina Institute for Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Additional materials include copies of newsletters published by the Program on Public Life; files related to seminars and roundtables sponsored by the program; research studies and surveys conducted by the program; agendas from various conferences and symposia at which Director Ferrel Guillory was a speaker or panelist; scattered newspaper commentaries by Guillory; and materials reflecting his consulting and other work and his memberships on several state and regional boards and task forces.

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About 3450 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Correspondence, proposals, reports, and other materials related to the establishment, administration, and activities of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, later the Program on Public Life. Files are largely those of Ferrel Guillory, director of the program, 1997-2010. Included are numerous drafts, 1991-1996, of the original proposal for the program and drafts of subsequent proposals for initiatives such as a Southern Leadership Initiative and a Southern Studies Syndicate. Most of the correspondence is outgoing, i.e., from Guillory to others, but there are also some letters to Guillory from people to whom he wrote. To gain support for and receive feedback on the program, he wrote to many individuals, within and outside the university. Among the university administrators to whom he wrote were Chancellors Paul Hardin, Michael Hooker, and James Moeser; Provosts Richard L. McCormick, Richard J. Richardson, and Robert Shelton; and Dean Richard Cole of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Guillory also wrote to Governors James B. Hunt and Michael Easley and several members of the General Assembly; political consultant Pope (Mac) McCorkle; Thomas W. Lambeth, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; George B. Autry and, later, David L. Dodson of MDC, Inc.; members of the L.Q.C. Lamar Society, including George B. Autry, former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter, and Alabama newspaper editor H. Brandt Ayers; and many others. Many of the materials are related to efforts to obtain grants and state funding for the program and its initiatives.

This series also includes correspondence, meeting agendas, notes, and other materials related to the development of the Center for the Study of the American South, established at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992, and to its relationship with the Program on Public Life. Especially numerous are materials related to planning for "Unfinished Business: Overcoming Racism, Poverty, and Inequality in the South," a series of 1997-1998 conferences initiated by the center under the directorship of David Moltke-Hansen. Later materials document the 2003 realignment of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to the Center for the Study of the American South and other activities of the center.

References to MDC, Inc., a research firm specializing in economic development and workforce issues in the South with which Guillory was affiliated, are scattered throughout the correspondence as are references to the L.Q.C. Lamar Society, a group of progressive southerners organized in 1970. Included in the correspondence, especially for 1996-1999, is discussion of reviving the L.Q.C. Lamar Society and transforming it into a new network of southerners concerned with education, the economy, and race relations that would be linked to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Lamar discussants included Ferrel Guillory; George B. Autry, president of MDC, Inc.; William F. Winter, former governor of Mississippi; H. Brandt Ayers, editor of the Anniston Star; and others. There are also numerous mentions, particularly in 2002 and 2006-2007, of the North Carolina Progress Board, a non-partisan state board established in 1995 to track trends and monitor progress in key areas.

Files for 2005-2006 include correspondence and draft proposals for an Institute for Policy Studies, which was subsequently established at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Carolina Institute for Public Policy. Ferrel Guillory worked with a group of Chapel Hill faculty to develop the proposal.

Other materials include scattered agendas and other items related to conferences and symposia at which Ferrel Guillory was a speaker or panelist; newspaper commentaries by Guillory; and clippings and printouts on topics of interest to him.

Note that many of the documents in Boxes 1-3 are also represented in the digital files in the Carolina Digital Repository. A link to the digital files will be found at the bottom of this series.

Box 1

Folder 1-6

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

1986-1994 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 1, Folder 1-6

Draft proposals, mission statements, and talking points; meeting notes; copies of letters sent and received by Ferrel Guillory; and other materials related to his efforts to establish a center or institute on southern politics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also materials related to the establishment of the Center for the Study of the American South.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; Chancellor Paul Hardin; Governor James B. Hunt; Thomas W. Lambeth, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; Provost Richard L. McCormick; and others.

Box 1

Folder 7-8

Folder 7

Folder 8

1995-1996 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 1, Folder 7-8

Additional correspondence and other materials related to efforts by Ferrel Guillory to establish a center or institute on southern politics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including a 1995 planning committee report and drafts of the 1996 proposal to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Also letters and memoranda related to efforts to revive the L.Q.C. Lamar Society, a group of progressive southerners organized in 1970; and materials related to plans for and programs of the Center for the Study of the American South, including planning for "Unfinished Business: Overcoming Racism, Poverty, and Inequality in the South," a series of conferences to take place in 1997-1998. Some letters also include references to Guillory's work for MDC, Inc.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; David Moltke-Hansen, director of the Center for the Study of the American South; Chancellor Michael Hooker; Richard Cole, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Thomas W. Lambeth, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; Thad Beyle, a faculty member in the Department of Political Science; and others.

Box 1

Folder 9-16

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

1997-1998 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 1, Folder 9-16

Letters, memoranda, emails, program descriptions, plans, progress reports, and lists of activities related to the newly established Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, including proposals for an initiative on southern leadership and a southern studies syndicate. Also extensive materials related to the planning and implementation of the "Unfinished Business: Overcoming Racism, Poverty, and Inequality in the South" conference series and other activities of the Center for the Study of the American South, including the resignation of David Moltke-Hansen as director. Also continued discussion of the L.Q.C. Lamar Society and how to transform it into a new network of southerners concerned with education, the economy, and race relations that would be linked to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Lamar discussants included Ferrel Guillory; George B. Autry, president of MDC, Inc.; William F. Winter, former governor of Mississippi; H. Brandt Ayers, editor of the Anniston Star; and others. See also Series 2, below, for subject files related to activities undertaken by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life in 1997 and 1998.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; David Moltke-Hansen, director of the Center for the Study of the American South; Richard Cole, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; George B. Autry, president of MDC, Inc.; H. Brandt Ayers, editor of the Anniston Star; Provost Richard J. Richardson, and many others within and outside of the university.

Box 1

Folder 17-20

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

1999-2000 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 1, Folder 17-20

Letters, memoranda, emails, program descriptions, budget proposals, progress reports, and lists of activities related to the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life. Materials document efforts to secure continued funding for the program through grants, including another from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and legislative appropriations; and increased efforts to secure support for a proposed initiative on southern leadership that would position UNC-Chapel Hill as the hub of a network linking civic leaders with university scholars. Also included are materials related to the interim administration of and plans for the Center for the Study of the American South; a number of press articles marking the death of George B. Autry, president of MDC, Inc., in April 1999; emails and press releases regarding political science professor Thad Beyle's becoming an associate director of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life in October 1999; and correspondence related to the hiring of an assistant director in late 2000. See also Series 2, below, for subject files related to activities undertaken by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life in 1999 and 2000, including its Executive Seminar for Southern Legislators.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; Richard Cole, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; H. Brandt Ayers, editor of the Anniston Star; Thomas W. Lambeth, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; political Science professor Thad Beyle; Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff for President Clinton; and others.

Box 2

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

2001 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 21-22

Letters, memoranda, emails, program descriptions, budget proposals, progress reports, and lists of activities related to the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life. Included are materials related the possible formation of a board of advisers for the program; the January 2001 final report to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation on its initial grant to the program; more versions of a proposal for a Southern Leadership Initiative and discussion of how to get support for it; a draft charter for a new Center for the South and related emails, including discussion of how the Center for the Study of the American South would be impacted; several commentaries by Ferrel Guillory reacting to the announcement of Jesse Helms's plan to retire from the United States Senate.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; Michael R. Smith, dean of the School of Government; Harry L. Watson, director of the Center for the Study of the American South; Chancellor James Moeser; and others.

Box 2

Folder 23-24

Folder 23

Folder 24

2002 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 23-24

Letters, memoranda, emails, program descriptions, budget proposals, progress reports, and lists of activities related to the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life. Included are the Five-Year Report of the program; materials related to the reconstitution and expansion of the Advisory Board for the Center for the Study of the American South, including a speech by William Winter at the first meeting of the new board, and to the possibility of making the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life part of the center. Also memoranda discussing the mission of the North Carolina Progress Board and the possibility of associating it with the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life.

Box 2

Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26

2003 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 25-26

Letters, memoranda, emails, program descriptions, budget proposals, progress reports, and lists of activities related to the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life. Included are materials related to the realignment of the program from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication to the Center for the Study of the American South, including budget and account information, and to the preparation of the center's Case Statement for its upcoming fund-raising campaign. The latter include a number of emails discussing Ferrel Guillory's desire to make the proposed Southern Leadership Initiative a central element in the Case Statement. Guillory was Acting Director of the Center for the Study of the American South from July through December 2003, while Harry Watson was on research leave. Other materials reflect ongoing efforts to gain support for the program's initiatives, especially in southern leadership.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; Harry L. Watson, director of the Center for the Study of the American South; William R. Ferris, associate director of the center; Chancellor James Moeser; Hodding Carter III, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and others.

Box 2

Folder 27-29

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

2004 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 27-29

Letters, memoranda, emails, program descriptions, budget proposals, progress reports, and lists of activities related to the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life. Included are materials reflecting ongoing efforts to secure foundation support and state funding for the program. Included are proposals to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for a collaborative project with MDC, Inc., and to Frank Daniels Jr., along with related correspondence; a proposal for the university to create a fellowship in public leadership for Hodding Carter III, then president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; several emails and memoranda concerning conversations with the Office of the Governor about possible state funding to provide additional capacity to the program; and the program's proposed state budget request. Also included are materials related to meetings of the UNC System Board of Governors Committee on Economic Development and the University; draft recommendations of the School of Government Public Policy Planning Committee, which recommended against locating the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life within the school; and a few items related to a conference at the University of Mississippi focused, in part, on the L.Q.C. Lamar Society.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; Provost Robert Shelton; Harry L. Watson, director of the Center for the Study of the American South; Frank Daniels Jr.; and others.

Box 2

Folder 30

2005 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 30

Letters, memoranda, emails, program descriptions, budget proposals, progress reports, and lists of activities related to the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life. Included are several items related to the proposed recruitment of Hodding Carter III to a faculty position in the Department of Public Policy and an affiliation with the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life; correspondence and draft proposals for an Institute for Policy Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences that would engage with the state and region; the draft interim report of the UNC System Board of Governors Committee on Economic Development and the University; drafts of a proposal to Frank Daniels Jr. for an endowed professorship and a scholarship fund, and related correspondence; and an application to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for another grant to the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; Michael A. Stegman, chair of the Department of Public Policy; Leslie Boney, a senior associate at MDC, Inc.; Harry L. Watson, director of the Center for the Study of the American South; and others.

Box 2

Folder 31-33

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

2006 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 31-33

Letters, memoranda, emails, program descriptions, budget proposals, progress reports, and lists of activities related to the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life. Included are several memoranda concerning the name of the program, which changed to Program on Public Life on 1 July 2006; memoranda, drafts of a concept paper, and other items concerning how to configure the proposed Institute for Policy Studies; items related to the formation of a Policy Advisory Council for the Program on Public Life; and emails and memoranda concerning the direction of the North Carolina Progress Board.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina System; Richard N. L. (Pete) Andrews, professor of public policy; Hodding Carter III, professor of leadership and public policy; political consultant Pope (Mac) McCorkle; and others.

Box 2

Folder 34-35

Folder 34

Folder 35

2007 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 34-35

Chiefly materials reflecting ongoing discussions of the direction of the North Carolina Progress Board and development of the Institute for Policy Studies, now referred to as the Carolina Institute for Public Policy, including discussion of how the Program on Public Life would relate to the institute. Also included are a report on the UNC-Chapel Hill-sponsored Conference on Engaged Scholarship; a proposal to establish a UNC System Center for Applied Public Policy Research; and several items related to a joint project of MDC, Inc. and the School of Law's Center for Civil Rights to disseminate information to school systems regarding recent Supreme Court decisions. Also included are a few items related to the activities of the Center for the Study of the American South.

Correspondents include Ferrel Guillory; Richard N. L. (Pete) Andrews, professor of public policy; Leslie Boney, now associate vice president for Economic Development and Engagement of the University of North Carolina System; and others.

Box 2

Folder 36-37

Folder 36

Folder 37

2008 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 36-37

Materials related to an essay on growth in North Carolina entitled "North Carolina, She Ain't What She Used to Be," written by Ferrel Guillory and Andrew Holton for inclusion in the annual report of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; included are outlines, copies of the essay, and emails and memoranda concerning it. There are also a number of memoranda, talking points, and other items concerning the budget needs of the Program on Public Life and efforts to increase its state appropriation, including a 19 June 2008 memorandum from Ferrel Guillory to Governor Michael Easley and a 10 November 2008 email exchange between Guillory and Harry Watson about a developing budget crisis. The 19 June 2008 memorandum also refers to a visit, facilitated by MDC, Inc., of representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Box 2

Folder 38-39

Folder 38

Folder 39

2009-2010 #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 38-39

Materials related to possible new initiatives of the Program on Public Life, including a memorandum from Ferrel Guillory to Governor Beverly Perdue suggesting that the Office of the Governor commission the program to convene forums to develop solutions to policy challenges facing the state; a response to a request from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for a proposal related to community economic development; and a proposal for UNC-Chapel Hill's C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities. There are also materials related to budget reversions and the decision of the UNC-Chapel Hill administration to eliminate state funding for the Program on Public Life, including a 21 August 2009 memorandum summarizing a meeting with Chancellor Holden Thorp and an 8 October 2009 memorandum further summarizing the situation.

Box 2

Folder 40

Miscellaneous, undated #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 40

Thank you notes, lists of participants for unknown events, and fragments.

Box 2

Folder 41

Notes, undated #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 2, Folder 41

Extensive notes in Ferrel Guillory's handwriting that seem to be from a trip through the South, perhaps related to Guillory's research for MDC, Inc.'s State of the South report.

Box 3

Folder 42

Notes, undated #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 3, Folder 42

Extensive notes in Ferrel Guillory's handwriting that seem to be from a trip through the South, perhaps related to Guillory's research for MDC, Inc.'s State of the South report.

Box 3

Folder 43

Notes, Miscellaneous, undated #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." Box 3, Folder 43

Miscellaneous handwritten notes by Ferrel Guillory.

Image Folder PF-40342/1

Photographs, 1999-2000 and undated #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." PF-40342/1

Several photographs of Ferrel Guillory and others. Two are from the 1999 UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Bus Tour; three include former Governor James B. Hunt.

Digital Folder DF-40342/1

Program Administration #40342, Series: "1. General Files, 1986-2010 and undated." DF-40342/1

Correspondence, proposals, reports, and other materials in digital format related to the establishment, administration, and activities of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, later the Program on Public Life, and to some of the related consulting work of Director Ferrel Guillory. Many of the digital documents are also represented in the analog files described above.

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About 5900 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Files mostly related to seminars, roundtables, and forums sponsored by the Program on Public Life. Also included are files related to studies and surveys conducted by the Program. There are also a few files related to consulting and other work of Director Ferrel Guillory. Note that many of the documents in Boxes 3-4 are also represented in the digital files in the Carolina Digital Repository. Links to the digital files will be found at the bottom of this series.

Box 3

Folder 44

Blue, Dan: Interview, 1997 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 44

Transcript and an edited version of an interview by Ferrel Guillory with state Representative Dan Blue concerning redistricting.

Box 3

Folder 45

Carolina Seminar on Coastalization, 2006-2009 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 45

Agendas, correspondence, presentation slides, and other items related to a series of seminars conducted by the Program on Public Life. Also includes materials related to discussions with state legislators concerning disaster preparedness and to studies of economic development in eastern North Carolina.

Box 3

Folder 46-47

Folder 46

Folder 47

Carolina Seminar on Economic Development: General, 2003-2005, 2009 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 46-47

Agendas, correspondence, presentation slides, and other items related to a series of seminars sponsored by the Program on Public Life and the Office of Economic and Business Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also includes the 2009 executive summary and draft report "After the Factories: What is the New Economic Model for North Carolina in the 21st Century?"

Audiocassette C-40342/1-2

C-40342/1

C-40342/2

Carolina Seminar on Economic Development: North Carolina's Changing Economy: Metro and Non-Metro Dimensions, 12 December 2003 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." C-40342/1-2

Second seminar, recording of proceedings.

Audiocassette C-40342/3

Carolina Seminar on Economic Development: Economic Development Policies and Programs: The Innovations Matrix, 23 January 2004 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." C-40342/3

Third seminar, recording of proceedings.

Audiocassette C-40342/4-5

C-40342/4

C-40342/5

Carolina Seminar on Economic Development: Deploying the Assets of Post-Secondary Education for the Economic Development of North Carolina, 5 March 2004 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." C-40342/4-5

Fourth seminar, recording of proceedings.

Audiocassette C-40342/6-7

C-40342/6

C-40342/7

Carolina Seminar on Economic Development: What Does a Public Policy Agenda for North Carolina Look Like? 2 April 2004 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." C-40342/6-7

Fifth (final) seminar, recording of proceedings.

Box 3

Folder 48

Carolina Seminar on School Improvement, 2005-2007 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 48

Agendas, correspondence, presentation slides, and other items related to a series of seminars co-hosted by the Program on Public Life and the School of Education in collaboration with the State Board of Education and the Office of the Governor.

Box 3

Folder 49

Education Reform and High School Athletics, 2001 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 49

Agenda, handouts, participant list, and summary of proceedings for a seminar co-sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life and the Principals' Executive Program.

Box 3

Folder 50

Election 2000 Project, 1999-2000 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 50

Correspondence, meeting notes, mailing lists, news clippings and other items related to efforts by the Alliance for Better Campaigns to encourage television broadcasters to expand and improve coverage of political campaigns. The Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life was the Alliance's state partner in North Carolina.

Box 3

Folder 51

Election 2002 Project, 2001-2002 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 51

Proposal, meeting notes, agendas, and a letter related to media coverage of the 2002 elections. Included are agendas for three workshops co-sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life and the North Carolina League of Women Voters and funded by the Alliance for Better Campaigns.

Box 3

Folder 52

Emerging Tar Heel Leaders, 2003-2005 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 52

Meeting agendas, project descriptions, and other items related to a project proposed by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life to bring together young leaders interested in North Carolina public affairs.

Box 3

Folder 53

Executive Seminar for Southern Legislators: Background, 1998 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 53

Proposals, memoranda, meeting notes, and other items related to planning for a seminar series co-sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life and the Program in the Humanities and Human Values.

Box 3

Folder 54-67

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Executive Seminar for Southern Legislators, 1999-2009 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 54-67

Materials related to the annual seminars for southern legislators co-sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life and the Program in the Humanities and Human Values. In 2006, the name changed to Leadership Seminar for Southern Legislators. Included are agendas, letters of invitation, participant lists, assigned readings, biographies of speakers, scattered speeches, seminar evaluations, and other items. Note that the 2005 seminar was for North Carolina legislators.

Box 3

Folder 68

Executive Seminar for Southern Legislators: Miscellaneous Readings, undated #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 68

Box 3

Folder 69

How Campaigns Spent their Money, 2001 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 69

Memoranda, talking points, and notes related to a seminar sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life that assessed the 2000 race for governor in North Carolina.

Box 3

Folder 70

Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Affairs, 2001-2002 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 3, Folder 70

Materials related to a collaborative project undertaken by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life; MDC, Inc.; and the University of Kentucky, aimed at establishing a regional institute that would work to strengthen local mass media in central Appalachia. Included are meeting agendas, agreements, project descriptions, demographic data, and other items.

Box 4

Folder 71-72

Folder 71

Folder 72

Journalism and American Federalism: Reporting on State and Local Governments (13-14 April 1998), 1997-1998 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 71-72

Materials related to the planning and hosting of the 8th Forum of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life. Included are memoranda, schedules of events, descriptions of sessions, invitations to participants, and other items. Also included are materials related to the annual Reed Sarratt Lecture, sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which took place in conjunction with the forum.

Box 4

Folder 73

Leading and Governing: Essentials of County Government for County Commissioners, 2003 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 73

Agendas and other materials related to a series of programs sponsored by the School of Government and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, was co-presenter for a session on "The State of North Carolina: Economic and Demographic Changes Affecting Counties, the State, and the South"; included are the presentation slides.

Audiocassette C-40342/8

The Linda Belans Show: Richard Vinroot, 27 April 1996 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." C-40342/8

Broadcast on WUNC Radio.

Box 4

Folder 74

Local Government Consolidation, 2009 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 74

Materials related to a study by Andrew Holton, associate director of the Program on Public Life, on "strategic cooperation in local government." Included are copies of published information and a lengthy memorandum from Holton to North Carolina Treasurer Janet Cowell enclosing an executive summary of his findings.

Box 4

Folder 75

Local Journalists Roundtables, 2001, 2007, 2009 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 75

Agendas for the Triangle Journalists Roundtable, 2001, sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the North Carolina Center for Voter Education; the North Carolina Editorial Writer Roundtable, 2007, sponsored by the Program on Public Life; and the North Carolina Editorial Writer Roundtable, 2009, sponsored by the Program on Public Life, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness. See also Southern Journalists Roundtable, below.

Box 4

Folder 76

New Strategies for Southern Progress (24-26 February 2005), 2004-2005 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 76

Materials related to the planning and hosting of a conference sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life and supported by a grant from the Center for American Progress. Included are letters from the Center for American Progress, draft agendas for the conference, the conference brochure and information packet, and other items.

Digital Video Disc DVD-40342/1

North Carolina People with William Friday: Ferrel Guillory, 28 November 2008 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." DVD-40342/1

William Friday interviewing Ferrel Guillory; UNC-TV Program Number 3821.

Box 4

Folder 77-78

Folder 77

Folder 78

North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, 1997-1999 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 77-78

Ferrel Guillory, Director of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, served as a consultant to the Rural Economic Development Center. Included are consulting agreements, memoranda, meeting agendas, materials for discussion, and other items.

Box 4

Folder 79

Policy Roundtable on Hog Issues: Where Do We Go from Here? 2006 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 79

Materials related to a roundtable sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life. Included are the agenda, copies of newspaper editorials on hog farming, and information on a proposed Early Adoption Program to help farmers move to cleaner waste systems.

Box 4

Folder 80

Policy Roundtable on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2006 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 80

Agenda, presentation slides, and draft report for a roundtable sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life.

Box 4

Folder 81

Program in the Humanities and Human Values: Executive Seminars Advisory Board, 1998-1999 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 81

Meeting agendas, minutes, and attachments. Ferrell Guillory was a board member. See also Executive Seminar for Southern Legislators, above.

Box 4

Folder 82

Roundtable on High Schools (6 January 2003), 2002-2003 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 82

Materials related to a roundtable sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, the North Carolina Institute for Educational Policymakers, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Included are the agenda, participant list, and draft minutes.

Box 4

Folder 83

Roundtable on North Carolina's Economic Recovery (19 June 2002), 2002 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 83

Materials related to a roundtable sponsored by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life and the Office of Economic Development. Included are the agenda, participant list, presentation slides, minutes, and notes.

Box 4

Folder 84

Seminar for Newly Elected North Carolina Legislators (16-17 January 2003), 2002-2003 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 84

Agenda, presentation slides, and other materials related to a seminar sponsored by the School of Government. Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, presented on the "State of the South."

Box 4

Folder 85

Slavery Resolution, 2007 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 85

Copy of a resolution passed by the Virginia General Assembly and copies of two articles on slavery in North Carolina.

Audiocassette C-40342/9

Soundings from the National Humanities Center: The House of Percy, 1995 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." C-40342/9

With Bertram Wyatt-Brown; episode number 760.

Box 4

Folder 86-89

Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder 88

Folder 89

Southern Journalists Roundtable, 1998-2006, 2010 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 86-89

Materials related to a series of roundtables inspired by the April 1998 forum on "Journalism and American Federalism" (see above). The series was an initiative of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life and involved various co-sponsors. Included are agendas, memoranda, letters of invitation, participant lists, presentation slides, and other items.

Audiocassette C-40342/10

The State of Things: Hidden Black Belt, 1998 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." C-40342/10

Episode number 107; broadcast on WUNC Radio, 30 January 1998 and 1 February 1998.

The State of Things: Voter Panel, 1998 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." C-40342/10

Episode number 118; broadcast on WUNC Radio, 1 May 1998 and 3 May 1998.

Box 4

Folder 90

Talk Radio Survey, 1997-1998 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 90

Letters, memoranda, and a copy of the May 1998 issue of North Carolina DataNet reporting the findings of an inventory of talk radio stations in North Carolina. The inventory was carried out by a team of journalism graduate students under the direction of Ferrel Guillory, a faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and director of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life.

Box 4

Folder 91-92

Folder 91

Folder 92

Triangle Gives Back, 2008-2009 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 91-92

Materials related to a demographic study of philanthropy in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina conducted by the Program on Public Life for the Triangle Community Foundation. Included are meeting agendas and minutes; demographic information; professional services agreement; drafts of the report; and a copy of the published report.

Box 4

Folder 93

Working Roundtable on Early Childhood, 2008 #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." Box 4, Folder 93

Agenda, letter of invitation, summary of proceedings, and other items related to a roundtable hosted by the Program on Public Life in collaboration with the State Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Digital Folder DF-40342/2

Convenings #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." DF-40342/2

Digital files related to many of the roundtables, forums, and seminars sponsored by the Program on Public Life.

Digital Folder DF-40342/3

Ferrell Guillory Research #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." DF-40342/3

A few statistics on newspapers and a list of North Carolina Pulitzer Prize recipients in digital format.

Digital Folder DF-40342/4

Andrew Holton Research #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." DF-40342/4

Extensive digital files related to research conducted by Andrew Holton, assistant director for research, and later sssociate director, of the Program on Public Life. Most of the research pertained to North Carolina. Subjects include coastal development, economic development, demography, education, elections, entrepreneurship, health care, the judiciary, and philanthropy. Included are articles and case studies; demographic and economic data and statistics; Powerpoint presentations; meeting notes; outlines, talking points, white papers, and other materials. Of particular interest are materials related to a large economic development study of eastern North Carolina that included interviews.

Digital Folder DF-40342/5

Jennifer Weaver Files #40342, Series: "2. Subject Files, 1997-2010." DF-40342/5

Digital files of Jennifer Weaver, assistant director for research of the Program on Public Life. Included are extensive materials related to a large economic development study of eastern North Carolina that included interviews. There are also some files related to the publications of the Program on Public Life.

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About 1900 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Copies of newsletters published by the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life, later the Program on Public Life, and materials related to their production. Note that many of the documents in Box 4 are also represented in the digital files in the Carolina Digital Repository. Links to the digital files will be found at the bottom of this series.

Box 4

Folder 94

Carolina Context, 2006-2010 #40342, Series: "3. Publications, 1992-2010." Box 4, Folder 94

Copies of a newsletter highlighting demographic and economic trends in North Carolina published by the Program on Public Life.

Box 4

Folder 95-96

Folder 95

Folder 96

North Carolina DataNet, 1992-2009 #40342, Series: "3. Publications, 1992-2010." Box 4, Folder 95-96

Copies of a quarterly newsletter of statewide data, focused largely on elections and legislation, published by the Institute for Research in Social Science from 1992 to June 2000 and by the Program on Politics, Media and Public Life beginning in November 2000.

Box 4

Folder 97

Scan of the South, 1997 #40342, Series: "3. Publications, 1992-2010." Box 4, Folder 97

Memoranda, notes, a mock-up, and a possible mailing list for a newsletter planned by the Program on Politics, Media and Public Life.

Box 4

Folder 98

South Now, 2001-2007 #40342, Series: "3. Publications, 1992-2010." Box 4, Folder 98

Copies of a semi-annual publication of the Program on Politics, Media and Public Life focused largely on southern politics and political trends data.

Videotape VT-40342/1-9

VT-40342/1

VT-40342/2

VT-40342/3

VT-40342/4

VT-40342/5

VT-40342/6

VT-40342/7

VT-40342/8

VT-40342/9

South Now, 2001-2009 #40342, Series: "3. Publications, 1992-2010." VT-40342/1-9

Mini digital videocassettes.

Box 4

Folder 99

South Now Blog, 2005, 2007 #40342, Series: "3. Publications, 1992-2010." Box 4, Folder 99

Includes a summary of blog content and a report on blog activities.

Digital Folder DF-40342/6

Publications #40342, Series: "3. Publications, 1992-2010." DF-40342/6

Digital copies of issues of Carolina Context, North Carolina DataNet, and South Now along with some supporting documents. There are also a few documents related to the South Now Blog.

Digital Folder DF-40342/7

Website #40342, Series: "3. Publications, 1992-2010." DF-40342/7

Bluehost FTP content of the Program on Public Life website. There are also copies of some of the documents that were on the site at various times, including numerous photographs.

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