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Walter Stovall Papers

Walter Stovall Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Walter Stovall Papers
Creator: Stovall, Walter L., 1938-
Inclusive Dates: 1961-1965
Language: English
Extent: 2 box(es) (0.75 linear feet), including 8 photographs
Collection Number: RBRL/205/WS
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Walter Stovall Papers primarily contains letters documenting the response of friends, family, and the general public to the marriage of Walter Stovall to Charlayne Hunter in 1963. Ms. Hunter became famous as one of the two African American students to integrate the University of Georgia. Stovall and Hunter met at the University of Georgia as journalism students. The papers include correspondence and printed materials (periodicals and clippings) directly related to the marriage as well as articles related to more general Civil Rights issues such as the Civil Rights Act, 1964. The papers also contain a small number of letters written by Charlayne Hunter Stovall and Walter Stovall to his parents detailing the birth of their daughter, Susan.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Walter L. Stovall, son of George and Martha Stovall, was born in Douglas, Georgia in 1938. Stovall studied journalism at the University of Georgia where he met Charlayne Hunter, one of the first African American students to be accepted to the University of Georgia. On June 8, 1963 Stovall and Hunter married in Cleveland, Ohio. In December 1963, their daughter, Suesan, was born. Stovall and Hunter divorced in 1971. Stovall was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press before publishing two novels, Presidential Emergency (1978) and The Minus Pool (1980). He died May 29, 2018.

Scope and Content

The collection documents chiefly the response of friends, family, and the general public to the marriage of Walter Stovall to Charlayne Hunter in 1963. Ms. Hunter became famous as one of the two African American students to integrate the University of Georgia. Stovall and Hunter met at the University of Georgia as journalism students. The papers include correspondence and printed matter (periodicals and newspaper clippings) directly related to the marriage as well as articles related to more general Civil Rights issues such as the Civil Rights Act, 1964. The papers also contain a small number of letters written by Charlayne Hunter Stovall and Walter Stovall to his parents detailing the birth of their daughter, Susan.

Organization and Arrangement

The Stovall family organized the materials first by format: correspondence, newspaper clippings and periodicals. The correspondence was further subdivided by correspondent into letter to Walter and letters to George, Martha, and Lynn (his parents and sister respectively). Finally the correspondence to George, Martha, and Lynn was divided into letters from family, friends, and the general public. This original order has been upheld. The collection is organized into two series: I. Correspondence, II. Printed Materials.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter Stovall Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2012.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

College integration -- Georgia -- Athens -- History.
Correspondence.
Georgia -- Race relations.
Hunter-Gault, Charlayne, 1942-
Interracial marriage -- United States -- History.
Interracial marriage -- United States.
Photographs.
United States -- Race relations.
University of Georgia -- Students -- History.

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault Papers

Stovall and McKay Families Papers

Related Collections in Other Repositories

University of Georgia Integration Material, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

Hamilton Holmes Papers, King Center


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

I. Correspondence

1 box(es)
(0.50 linear feet)
This series consists primarily of letters written to the Stovall family regarding the marriage of Walter Stovall to Charlayne Hunter. Other letters in this series includes letters written to George and Martha Stovall from Stovall and Hunter about the birth of their daughter, Susan; and correspondence between Walter Stovall, Lynn Stovall, and William Tate.
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11Letters to Walter Stovall on his marriage to Charlayne Hunter, 1963-1964
12Letters to George, Martha, and Lynn Stovall, 1963
13Letters to George, Martha, and Lynn Stovall from Walter Stovall and Charlayne Hunter, 1963-1964 (8 3x3" color/bw)
14-10Letters to George, Martha, and Lynn Stovall, 1963 September
111Correspondence between Walter Stovall, Lynn Stovall, and William Tate, 1963 July-August
112"The Soul of a Child" Handwritten Poem, "To My Mother" Drawing and Poem, undated
 

II. Printed Materials

1 box(es)
(0.25 linear feet)
This series contains clippings, periodicals, and reports about Civil Rights, integration, and the marriage of Walter Stovall and Charlayne Hunter. The periodicals include Newsweek and Time Magazine from 1963, including the September 13, 1963 issue of Time Magazine, which mentions the marriage of Stovall and Hunter.
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21Clippings, 1963-1964
22Periodicals with Articles Written About Walter Stovall and Charlayne Hunter, Civil Rights, Integration, 1963-1965
23Jet Magazine, Charlayne Hunter Article, 1963 September 19
24"Some Questions and Answers on the Civil Rights Bill", "Report of the Methodist Regional Conference for Georgia on the Quadrennial Program on Race Relations", "Four Ways of Viewing the Church-State Debate", 1961-1963