Collection Number: 40468

Collection Title: William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941

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Size 2 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 40 items)
Abstract William "Bill" Stauber was editor of the Carolina Buccaneer, a humor magazine published by University of North Carolina students. The magazine, published from 1924 to 1940, was known for its slightly risque content and in 1939, was at the center of a censorship controversy. Its November 1939 issue, "The Sex Issue," was considered so offensive that the Student Council called for all 3,000 copies of the issue to be destroyed. A revised edition was published a few days later with part of the provocative cover illustration covered with a white box. The collection contains the November 1939 issue of the Carolina Buccaneer, also known as "The Sex Issue"; three versions of the controversial cover; a scrapbook compiled by William Stauber about the controversy and his time at UNC; other issues of the Carolina Buccaneer; and other items.
Creator Stauber, William Erwin.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 William Stauber Papers #40468, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Donated by William Stauber, son of William "Bill" Stauber (RT 20160413.1)
Sensitive Materials Statement
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William "Bill" Stauber was editor of the Carolina Buccaneer, a humor magazine published by University of North Carolina students. The magazine, which was published from 1924 to 1940 was known for its slightly risque content and in 1939, was at the center of a censorship controversy. Its November 1939 issue, "The Sex Issue," was considered so offensive that the Student Council called for all 3,000 copies of the issue to be destroyed. A revised edition was published a few days later with part of the provocative cover illustration covered with a white box.

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The collection contains materials related to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student publication The Buccaneer, of which William "Bill" Stauber was editor. Includes issues of the Buccaneer; an issue of another campus humor magazine, Tar an' Feathers; and a scrapbook relating to Stauber's involvement in campus activities and the Buccaneer controversy. There are also three versions of the controversial November 1939 "Sex Issue" cover-the original (ordered destroyed by Student Council), the censored edition, and an edition with a blank white cover. Also included is a mockup of the February 1940 issue.

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Contents list

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40 items.

Box 1

The Buccaneer, November 1938 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

The Buccaneer, December 1938 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

The Buccaneer, May 1939 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

The Buccaneer, October 1939 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

The Buccaneer, November 1939 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

Includes three versions of the controversial November 1939 "Sex Issue" cover: the original (ordered destroyed by Student Council), the censored edition, and an edition with a blank white cover.

The Buccaneer, December 1939 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

The Buccaneer, January 1940 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

The Buccaneer, February 1940 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

Mockup of issue and final published issue.

The Buccaneer, March 1940 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

The Buccaneer, April 1940 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

Two copies.

The Buccaneer, May 1940 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

Tar an' Feathers, February 1941 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." Box 1

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-40468/1

Scrapbook and clipppings, 1938-1940 #40468, Series: "William Stauber Papers, 1937-1941." OPF-40468/1

Scrapbook pages containing photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and clippings related to Stauber's time at UNC, 1938-1940. Includes clippings of articles from the Daily Tar Heel and The Buccaneer either written by Bill Stauber or about Stauber and the Buccaneer; correspondence related to the Buccaneer "Sex Issue" controversy; a letter from Bill Stauber to Jesse Helms; the original uncensored cover of the November 1939 "Sex Issue" of the Buccaneer; photographs of campus events and groups; Buccaneer stationary; and ephemera related to campus events. Includes a photograph by Hugh Morton for the Yakety Yack of Bill Stauber with the uncensored cover of the November 1938 Buccaneer.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Coggins and Alex Japha, April 2016

Encoded by: Gergana Abernathy, April 2016

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