Collection Number: 40348

Collection Title: Christopher C. Fordham III Papers, 1940s-2006

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4600 items)
Abstract Christopher C. Fordham III, a white medical doctor by training, served as the sixth chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Christopher C. Fordham III Papers consist of correspondence, reports, speeches, writings by and about Fordham, scrapbooks, photographs, videotapes, and other materials. Topics include Fordham's retirement; his activities, including commencements and other celebratory events as dean of The Medical College of Augusta, Ga., and as chancellor and chancellor emeritus of UNC Chapel Hill; a trust he established to promote diversity in health professions; increasing diversity in medical school enrollment; Fordham's response to an external review of UNC Chapel Hill; and reports to the Board of Trustees covering a CIA protest, 1980s highlights, public funding for medical education, and campus land use.
Creator Fordham, Christopher C., III (Christopher Columbus), 1926-2008.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of moving image materials may require production of viewing copies.
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No usage restrictions.
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 Christopher C. Fordham III Papers #40348, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received in June 2012 (RT 20120607.1) and from the daughters of Christopher and Barbara Fordham - Pamela Fordham Richey, Susan Fordham Crowell, and Betsy Fordham Templeton - in July 2018 (Acc. 20180702.1).
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Christopher C. Fordham III (d. August 14, 2008), a white medical doctor by training, served as the sixth chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1 March 1980 until 30 June 1988. He was also a professor in and Dean of the School of Medicine from 1971 to 1979.

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Christopher C. Fordham III (d. August 14, 2008), a white medical doctor by training, served as the sixth chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Christopher C. Fordham III Papers consist of correspondence, reports, speeches, writings by and about Fordham, scrapbooks, photographs, videotapes, and other materials. Topics include Fordham's retirement; his activities, including commencements and other celebratory events as dean of The Medical College of Augusta, Ga., and as chancellor and chancellor emeritus of UNC Chapel Hill; a trust he established to promote diversity in health professions; increasing diversity in medical school enrollment; Fordham's response to an external review of UNC Chapel Hill; and reports to the Board of Trustees covering a CIA protest, 1980s highlights, public funding for medical education, and campus land use.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1973-2006.

4400 items.

Correspondence, reports, speeches, writings by and about Fordham, scrapbooks, and other materials. Topics include Fordham's retirement; his activities as dean of The Medical College of Augusta, Ga., and chancellor emeritus of UNC Chapel Hill; a trust he established to promote diversity in health professions; increasing diversity in medical school enrollment; Fordham's response to an external review of UNC Chapel Hill; and reports to the Board of Trustees covering a CIA protest, 1980s highlights, public funding for medical education, and campus land use.

Box 1

Retirement notes, 1988 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 1

Retirement correspondence and speeches, 1988-2002 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 1

Correspondence, 1991 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 1

Box 2

Correspondence, 1992-1996 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 2

Correspondence, 2003-2005 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 2

Box 3

Correspondence, 2006 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 3

Correspondence, 2000s #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 3

Berryhill lecture, 1995 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 3

Report on Medical School deanship, undated #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 3

Biographical publications #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 3

Bibliography and C.V. #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 3

Carolina Connections #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 3

Harvard Medical School #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 3

Box 4

Harvard Medical School #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

Masters Degree program in geriatrics #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

Gift document #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

A trust established to promote diversity in health professions.

Other papers, 1973-1998 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

Project 3000 by 2000, 1994-1997 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

Program to increase diversity in medical school enrollment.

Reports, 1980s #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

CIA protest, 1980s highlights, Fordham Boulevard, public funding for medical education, campus land use, management audit, university-town committee.

Review of UNC Chapel Hill by James L. Fisher Ltd., with annotations by Christopher C. Fordham, 1987-1988 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

Speeches, 1995-1996 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

Travel diary, September 1978 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

London, England.

Writings #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 4

Box 5

Writings #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." Box 5

Oversize Volume SV-40348/1

Dr. Christopher C. Fordham III, Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine of The Medical College, Augusta, Ga., 1969-1971 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." SV-40348/1

Oversize Volume SV-40348/2

Christopher C. Fordham, M.D., Chancellor, University of North Carolina, 1980 #40348, Series: "1. Papers, 1973-2006." SV-40348/2

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200 items.

Chiefly portraits and snapshots of Fordham and others at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill events, including commencements, University Day, dedication of Fordham Boulevard, groundbreakings, and awards.

Image Box IB-40348/1

Portraits, 1940s-1950s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Christopher C. Fordham and Barbara Fordham, 1970s-1990s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Christopher C. Fordham as a student at University of North Carolina, circa 1940s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Christopher C. Fordham as dean of the Medical School, 1970s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Commencement, 1979-1990s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Christopher C. Fordham with President William C. Friday, 1970s-1990s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Christopher C. Fordham with University of North Carolina administrators and others, 1980s-1990s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Christopher C. Fordham with students, 1980s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Christopher C. Fordham luncheon, 1994 #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Dedications, groundbreakings, and awards, 1980s-1990s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

50th reunion of University of North Carolina School of Medicine Class of 1949, 1999 #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

University of North Carolina trip to Europe (?), 1990s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/1

Image Box IB-40348/2

Christopher C. Fordham at Harvard, 1950s #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." IB-40348/2

Image Box IB-40348/3

Photograph Album PA-40348/1

Commencement, 1984 #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." Imagebox IB-40348/3, Photoalbum PA-40348/1

Image Box IB-40348/3

Photograph Album PA-40348/2

Commencement, 1986 #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." Imagebox IB-40348/3, Photoalbum PA-40348/2

Image Box IB-40348/3

Photograph Album PA-40348/3

University Day, 1986 #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." Imagebox IB-40348/3, Photoalbum PA-40348/3

Image Box IB-40348/3

Photograph Album PA-40348/4

Commencement, 1987 #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." Imagebox IB-40348/3, Photoalbum PA-40348/4

Image Box IB-40348/3

Photograph Album PA-40348/5

Luncheon announcing the Massey-Weatherspoon Fund, 12 February 1988 #40348, Series: "2. Photographs, 1940s-1990s." Imagebox IB-40348/3, Photoalbum PA-40348/5

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11 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Videotapes consist mostly of television appearances by Christopher C. Fordham, as well as documentation of award ceremonies, speeches, and dedications related to Fordham and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill events. Also included are recordings related to sports at UNC and footage of Fordham's visit to Alaska and the Dominican Republic. Recordings are on VHS.

Videotape VT-40348/1

Alaska; Dominican Republic, 1980 #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/1

VHS

Christopher C. Fordham in Alaska and Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic.

Videotape VT-40348/2

CNN, "Take Two," 6 September 1983 #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/2

VHS

Christopher C. Fordham on CNN's Take Two

Videotape VT-40348/3

A Total Experience, UNC highlight film, 1985 #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/3

VHS

Videotape VT-40348/4

ACC Sports Center, UNC vs. Duke basketball game, Chapel Hill, N.C., 18 January 1986 #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/4

VHS

Videotape VT-40348/5

The Tradition Continues, UNC football, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1987 #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/5

VHS

Videotape VT-40348/6

Paul Hardin reunion presentation, Chapel Hill, N.C., 30 January 1989 #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/6

VHS

Paul Hardin video message for the Class of 1949's 1989 reunion.

Videotape VT-40348/7

The Peoples Channel, "In Praise of Age", Chapel Hill, N.C., 17 December 2003 #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/7

VHS

Christopher C. Fordham on "In Praise of Age", hosted by Florence Soltys and produced by the Orange County Department on Aging. The program aired on The Peoples Channel on 6 March 2004 and was recorded in-studio on 17 December 2003.

Videotape VT-40348/8

Walter Davis, UNC Light on the Hill Award, Chapel Hill, N.C., 22 May 2004 #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/8

VHS

Videotape VT-40348/9

AHEC halftime; Kuralt slide show, #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/9

VHS

Videotape VT-40348/10

Dedication of Smith Center; UNC v. Duke game, Chapel Hill, N.C. #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/10

VHS

Videotape VT-40348/11

Morehead Award #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." VT-40348/11

VHS

Digital Folder DF-40348/1

The Special Hour-Paul Hardin-Christopher Fordham-WCHL 1360, July 10, 2003 #40348, Series: "3. Video, 1980-2004 and undated." DF-40348/1

Immediate access to digital recordings is available for current University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill affiliates with an ONYEN. If you don’t have an ONYEN, contact wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss access options.

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Processed by: Nancy Kaiser and Patrick Cullom, August 2018

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, August 2018

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