Collection Number: 70000

Collection Title: William M. Adler Papers, 1977-1986

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 250 items)
Abstract William M. Adler, a white author and journalist, co-founded and published the community newspaper The People's Voice: The Newspaper for All the People of Halifax and Northampton Counties, 1982-1986. The People's Voice focused on worker rights, environmental issues, and small town politician malfeasance. The collection consists chiefly of organizational records and other miscellaneous materials relating to the business operations of the newspaper; documents relating to the North Carolina Community Owned Newspaper Network; and newspaper clippings about the newspaper. There are also materials relating to Adler's work in support of the Carolina Brown Lung Association.
Creator Adler, William M.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
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 William M. Adler Papers #70000, North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William M. Adler in January 2020 (Acc. 20200130.3).
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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William M. Adler provided the following biographical note in February 2020.

William M. Adler, a white author and journalist, has written for numerous publications, including Esquire, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Texas Monthly, and the Texas Observer, and is the author of three books of narrative nonfiction: Land of Opportunity, Mollie's Job, and The Man Who Never Died. In addition to co-founding The People's Voice, he co-founded Monteverde.fm, a community radio station in rural Monteverde, Costa Rica, and produced the documentary film Sweet Home Monteverde.

Adler was born in New York in 1957. He is a 1979 graduate of Duke University. He lives with his wife and son in Colorado.

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The William M. Adler Papers consist chiefly of organizational records for The People's Voice: The Newspaper for All the People of Halifax and Northampton Counties, a community newspaper focused on worker rights, environmental issues, and small town politician malfeasance. William M. Adler and others founded and published the newspaper from 1982 to 1986. Records include board minutes; by-laws; grant and other fundraising correspondence; documents relating to the North Carolina Community Owned Newspaper Network; newspaper clippings about the newspaper, and its coverage of a worker-owned credit union, police brutality, and other topics; and printed and other miscellaneous materials relating to the business operations of the newspaper. There are also materials relating to Adler's work in support of the Carolina Brown Lung Association.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, John Blythe, and Kate Trathen, February 2020

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, February 2020

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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