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New York Times Research Materials

New York Times Research Materials

Descriptive Summary

Title: New York Times Research Materials
Creator: New York Times Atlanta News Bureau
Inclusive Dates: circa 1960s-1990s
Language(s): English
Extent: 19 box(es) (9.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL164NYTR
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The New York Times Research Materials documents the political and social climate of Georgia, the South and, to a lesser extent, the nation as a whole from the early 1960s to the 1990s, with particular attention given to former President and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Founded in 1851 as The New-York Daily Times, The New York Times is one of the most influential newspapers in the world, with a circulation of well over one million and the recipient of over 80 Pulitzer Prizes. The New York Times Atlanta News Bureau is one of 11 national news bureaus.

Scope and Content

The New York Times Research Materials contain news clippings, press releases, campaign ephemera, speeches, photocopies of public records, and reporters' notes, drafts and correspondence that document the political and social climate of Georgia, the South and, to a lesser extent, the nation as a whole from the early 1960s to the 1990s, with particular attention given to the political career of former President and Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter. Coverage of Georgia elections, whether for the U.S. Congress or the Georgia General Assembly, are particularly well-represented, highlighting figures such as Wyche Fowler, Newt Gingrich, Herman Talmadge and Andrew Young. News clippings comprise the bulk of the collection and are taken primarily from The New York Times but also the Atlanta Journal, the Atlanta Constitution and other regional newspapers. As materials compiled by reporters at the Atlanta News Bureau of The New York Times, the files would have provided a valuable resource. With the inclusion of the reporters' notes, correspondence and drafts of articles later published in The New York Times, the collection documents, to some degree, the reporters' newsgathering process. The state of the collection prior to processing suggests that the files may have been extracted from a larger group of files or most likely cobbled together from the files of various reporters.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged by subject in three series: Series I. Politics; Series II. Carter; Series III. Courts. Within these series, the folders are arranged alphabetically. Items within folders are arranged, in most cases, in reverse chronological order.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

New York Times Research Materials, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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 permission. 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: 2008.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Arnall, Ellis Gibbs, 1907-1992.
Atlanta (Ga.) -- Politics and government.
Bell, Griffin Boyette, 1918-
Bumpers, Dale
Callaway, Howard H. (Howard Hollis), 1927-
Carswell, G. Harrold (George Harrold), 1919-
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Courts -- Southern States
Crime -- Georgia.
Elections -- Atlanta.
Elections -- Georgia.
Elections -- Southern States.
Faubus, Orval Eugene, 1910-
Fowler, Wyche, 1940-
Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905-
Georgia -- Politics and government.
Gore, Albert.
Governors -- Georgia.
Hartsfield, William Berry.
Holley, Eugene
Johnson, Leroy Reginald, 1928-
Krist, Gary Steven
Legislators -- United States.
Levitas, Elliott Harris, 1930-
Maddox, Lester G., 1915-2003.
Mattingly, Mack Francis, 1931-
Mayors -- Georgia -- Atlanta -- Election.
Plains (Ga.)
Presidential libraries United States.
Presidents -- Election
Rivers, Mendel
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971
Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-
Southern States -- Politics and government.
Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002
Tobacco Government policy United States.
Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005.
Vinson, Carl, 1883-1981.
Weltner, Charles Longstreet.
Young, Andrew, 1932-

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


I. Politics

9 box(es)
(4.5 linear feet)
This series focuses upon elections and political personalities, primarily in Georgia, tracing many political campaigns from the moment of inception through post-election coverage. The files capture many individuals' emergence on the political scene, such as Wyche Fowler's 1977 victory in Georgia's 5th Congressional District, Andrew Young's first run for U.S. Congress in 1970 and his subsequent victory in 1972, as well as Sam Nunn's election to the U.S. Senate in 1972 and Newt Gingrich's election to Congress in 1978 following several earlier attempts. Also documented are strongly contested races such as the 1986 U.S. Senate race between Mack Mattingly and Wyche Fowler. Election files also cover Georgia gubernatorial races during this period that put Lester Maddox, George Busbee and Joe Frank Harris in office. Besides clippings, of particular interest are many politicians' speeches and press releases as well as several brochures and campaign press kits that illustrate how candidates presented themselves to the media and their constituents. Atlanta politics are predictably well documented, especially the mayoral races of Ivan Allen, Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young. Files on individual Georgia politicians include: U.S. Senators David H. Gambrell, Richard B. Russell, Jr. and Herman Talmadge; U.S. Representatives Howard H. "Bo" Callaway, Elliott Levitas, Carl Vinson and Charles Weltner; Georgia Governors Ellis Arnall, Carl Sanders and Ernest Vandiver; Georgia State Senators Eugene Holley and Leroy Johnson; Sam Jones, a 1990 candidate for Georgia's 10th Congressional District; and Atlanta Mayor William B. Hartsfield. Other files focus on southern politicians outside of Georgia, such as Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas; Richmond Flowers, who served as Alabama's Attorney General from 1963-1967; Congressman Mendel Rivers of South Carolina; and Senator Albert Gore [Sr.] of Tennessee.
I.1 1Alabama-Brewer, Albert P.
I.1 2Alabama-Flowers, Richmond (folder 1 of 2)
I.1 3Alabama-Flowers, Richmond (folder 2 of 2)
I.1 4Arkansas-Bumpers, Dale
I.1 5Arkansas-Elections (folder 1 of 3), 1968
I.1 6Arkansas-Elections (folder 2 of 3), 1968
I.1 7Arkansas-Elections (folder 3 of 3), 1968
I.1 8Arkansas-Faubus, Orval (folder 1 of 2)
I.1 9Arkansas-Faubus, Orval (folder 2 of 2)
I.1 10Arkansas-Fulbright, J. William
I.2 1Democratic Party
I.2 2Georgia-5th Congressional District Race, 1977
I.2 3Georgia-7th Congressional District Race, 1983
I.2 4Georgia-Arnall, Ellis
I.2 5Georgia-Atlanta-Elections, 1969
I.2 6Georgia-Atlanta-Elections, 1980
I.2 7Georgia-Atlanta-General (Leaders, economy, etc.) (folder 1 of 2), 1978-1980
I.2 8Georgia-Atlanta-General (Leaders, economy, etc.) (folder 2 of 2), 1978-1980
I.2 9Georgia-Atlanta-Hartsfield, William B.
I.2 10Georgia-Atlanta-Mayor's Race, 1961
I.2 11Georgia-Atlanta-Mayor's Race, 1977
I.3 1Georgia-Atlanta-Mayor's Race (folder 1 of 3), 1981
I.3 2Georgia-Atlanta-Mayor's Race (folder 2 of 3), 1981
I.3 3Georgia-Atlanta-Mayor's Race (folder 3 of 3), 1981
I.3 4Georgia-Atlanta-Mayor's Race (folder 1 of 2), 1989
I.3 5Georgia-Atlanta-Mayor's Race (folder 2 of 2), 1989
I.3 6Georgia-Callaway, Bo
I.3 7Georgia-Elections (Includes results, all races) (folder 1 of 2), 1966
I.3 8Georgia-Elections (Includes results, all races) (folder 2 of 2), 1966
I.4 1Georgia-Elections (folder 1 of 2), 1968
I.4 2Georgia-Elections (folder 2 of 2), 1968
I.4 3Georgia-Elections (folder 1 of 3), 1970
I.4 4Georgia-Elections (folder 2 of 3), 1970
I.4 5Georgia-Elections (folder 3 of 3), 1970
I.4 6Georgia-Elections (folder 1 of 2), 1972
I.4 7Georgia-Elections (folder 2 of 2), 1972
I.5 1Georgia-Elections, 1974
I.5 2Georgia-Elections, 1976
I.5 3Georgia-Elections, 1978
I.5 4Georgia-Elections (folder 1 of 2), 1980
I.5 5Georgia-Elections (folder 2 of 2), 1980
I.5 6Georgia-Elections, 1982
I.5 7Georgia-Elections, 1986
I.5 8Georgia-Gambrell, David H.
I.5 9Georgia-General
I.5 10Georgia-Governor's Race (write-in), 1966
I.6 1Georgia-Governor's Race, 1983
I.6 2Georgia-Holley, Eugene
I.6 3Georgia-Johnson, Leroy
I.6 4Georgia-Jones, Sam
I.6 5Georgia-Levitas, Elliott
I.6 6Georgia-Russell, Richard (folder 1 of 2)
I.6 7Georgia-Russell, Richard (folder 2 of 2)
I.6 8Georgia-Sanders, Carl
I.7 1Georgia-Talmadge, Herman (folder 1 of 7)
I.7 2Georgia-Talmadge, Herman (folder 2 of 7)
I.7 3Georgia-Talmadge, Herman (folder 3 of 7)
I.7 4Georgia-Talmadge, Herman (folder 4 of 7)
I.7 5Georgia-Talmadge, Herman (folder 5 of 7)
I.7 6Georgia-Talmadge, Herman (folder 6 of 7)
I.7 7Georgia-Talmadge, Herman (folder 7 of 7)
I.7 8Georgia-Vandiver, Ernest
I.8 1Georgia-Vinson, Carl
I.8 2Georgia-Voting (Laws, etc.)
I.8 3Georgia-Weltner, Charles L.
I.8 4International-CIA & Nicaragua
I.8 5National-Congressional Race Wrap-Up, 1982
I.8 6National-Elections, 1976
I.8 7National-Elections, 1978
I.8 8National-Elections, 1980
I.8 9National-Rusk, Dean
I.8 10South-Elections, 1967
I.8 11South-Elections, 1986
I.9 1South-General (folder 1 of 2)
I.9 2South-General (folder 2 of 2)
I.9 3South Carolina-Rivers, Mendel
I.9 4Tennessee-Gore, Albert [Sr.]
I.9 5Tennessee-King, Martin Luther, Jr., & James Earl Ray
I.9 6Tobacco-General (folder 1 of 3)
I.9 7Tobacco-General (folder 2 of 3)
I.9 8Tobacco-General (folder 3 of 3)

II. Carter

9 box(es)
(4.25 linear feet)
This series contains news clippings and other material that survey most of Jimmy Carter's political career and public life as Georgia State Senator, Governor of Georgia and President of the United States. The bulk of the series documents various aspects of the Carter presidency, from his entry into the 1976 Presidential campaign, his defeat of President Gerald Ford, the subsequent transition period and his four years in office. Files document the selection of his staff, including Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan and Press Secretary Jody Powell; and appointees, such as Attorney General Griffin Bell, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, and the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Andrew Young. Extensive clippings files highlight his positions on numerous issues including foreign policy, women's rights, and his activities as President. The Governor of Georgia files contain clippings that follow his many attempts to re-organize Georgia government and his often tense relationship with Lester Maddox. Post-presidential files from the early 1980s detail the public protest over the then proposed Jimmy Carter Parkway in Atlanta and information regarding the Jimmy Carter Library and the Carter Center at Emory University. Carter's brother Billy is well documented, notably the controversy surrounding his associations with Libya. Files also contain information on other family members, such as his mother, Lillian, and his two sisters, Gloria Spann and Ruth Stapleton, and his hometown of Plains, Georgia.
II.1 1Appointments (as President) (folder 1 of 2)
II.1 2Appointments (as President) (folder 2 of 2)
II.1 3Bell, Griffin-King & Spalding (folder 1 of 2)
II.1 4Bell, Griffin-King & Spalding (folder 2 of 2)
II.1 5Blacks
II.1 6Campaigning-General (folder 1 of 3)
II.1 7Campaigning-General (folder 2 of 3)
II.1 8Campaigning-General (folder 3 of 3)
II.2 1Campaigning-Primaries (folder 1 of 3)
II.2 2Campaigning-Primaries (folder 2 of 3)
II.2 3Campaigning-Primaries (folder 3 of 3)
II.2 4Carter, Billy (brother)
II.2 5Carter Center (folder 1 of 4)
II.2 6Carter Center (folder 2 of 4)
II.3 1Carter Center (folder 3 of 4)
II.3 2Carter Center (folder 4 of 4)
II.3 3Carter Library (folder 1 of 2)
II.3 4Carter Library (folder 2 of 2)
II.3 5Carter Parkway (folder 1 of 5)
II.3 6Carter Parkway (folder 2 of 5)
II.4 1Carter Parkway (folder 3 of 5)
II.4 2Carter Parkway (folder 4 of 5)
II.4 3Carter Parkway (folder 5 of 5)
II.4 4Committee for Jimmy Audit Work Papers (folder 1 of 4)
II.4 5Committee for Jimmy Audit Work Papers (folder 2 of 4)
II.5 1Committee for Jimmy Audit Work Papers (folder 3 of 4)
II.5 2Committee for Jimmy Audit Work Papers (folder 4 of 4)
II.5 3Election and Post-Election, (1976)
II.5 4Florida Caucus, (1979)
II.5 5General (folder 1 of 5)
II.6 1General (folder 2 of 5)
II.6 2General (folder 3 of 5)
II.6 3General (folder 4 of 5)
II.6 3General (folder 5 of 5)
II.6 5Governor of Georgia (folder 1 of 2)
II.6 6Governor of Georgia (folder 2 of 2)
II.6 7Harden, Richard (aide)
II.6 8Plains (including Americus and Sumter City) (folder 1 of 3)
II.7 1Plains (including Americus and Sumter City) (folder 2 of 3)
II.7 2Plains (including Americus and Sumter City) (folder 3 of 3)
II.7 3Policies, Issues, Platform (folder 1 of 4)
II.7 4Policies, Issues, Platform (folder 2 of 4)
II.7 5Policies, Issues, Platform (folder 3 of 4)
II.7 6Policies, Issues, Platform (folder 4 of 4)
II.8 1President
II.8 2Religion and Church in Plains
II.8 3Staff (as President) (folder 1 of 3)
II.8 4Staff (as President) (folder 2 of 3)
II.8 5Staff (as President) (folder 3 of 3)
II.8 6Stapleton, Ruth (sister)
II.8 7Tobacco-Wilson, NC, Visit
II.9 1Warehouse at Plains (folder 1 of 3)
II.9 2Warehouse at Plains (folder 2 of 3)
II.9 3Warehouse at Plains (folder 3 of 3)

III. Courts

1 box(es)
(.5 linear feet)
This series is comprised of files on individuals involved in high-profile court cases throughout the South: Jerry Banks, a Georgia man released in 1980 after serving six years for a double homicide he did not commit; Judge G. Harrold Carswell, President Nixon's Supreme Court nominee defeated in 1970; Judge Harold Cox, a Federal District Judge from Jackson, Mississippi, known for his segregationist sympathies in the 1960s; Joseph Paul Franklin, a racially motivated serial killer/sniper from Georgia who went on a cross-country spree from 1977 to 1980; Gary Steven Krist, a man convicted of kidnapping a Florida heiress and burying her in a box in 1968 and later paroled; Earl D. Lee, Douglas County (Georgia) Sheriff accused of illegal eavesdropping and ticket fixing in the early 1990s and known also for his investigation of the Atlanta Child Murders case; and J. Harold Shepherd, head of a Georgia construction company fined $2 million in 1982 for rigging bids on state highway contracts.
III.1 1Banks, Jerry
III.1 2Carswell, G. Harrold (Judge)
III.1 3Cox, Harold (Judge) (folder 1 of 2)
III.1 4Cox, Harold (Judge) (folder 2 of 2)
III.1 5Franklin, Joseph Paul
III.1 6Krist, Gary Steven
III.1 7Lee, Earl D.
III.1 8Shepherd, J. Harold