Cyrus B. King Papers 1950-2012

Creator
King, Cyrus B. (Cyrus Baldwin), 1922-
Size
7.5 linear feet
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00173

The Cyrus B. King Papers contain correspondence, political campaign materials, newsletters from a variety of local and national organizations, flyers, clippings, membership rosters, fundraising information, invitations, precinct maps, journal articles, newspaper editorials, and reports and resolutions on political issues. The majority of the material was generated through Cyrus King's work to promote civil rights and racial justice and his work on political campaigns. There are also documents that relate to his time as a Librarian at North Carolina State University and a small amount of personal correspondence.

Cyrus Baldwin King, born in 1922, worked in the North Carolina State University Library for over twenty years and was active in a wide variety of efforts to promote civil rights and social justice. He was hired by N.C. State as an Acquisitions Librarian in 1963 and retired in 1984 as Assistant Director for Collection Management and Development. He was and remains very politically active, writing tirelessly in support of the causes that he has adopted, most notably racial justice, campaigns to promote peace and non-violence, and other civil rights causes.

Biographical/historical note

Cyrus Baldwin King, born 31 October 1922, worked in the North Carolina State University Library for over twenty years and was active in a wide variety of efforts to promote civil rights and social justice. He grew up in North Carolina in a pacifist Quaker family and served with the United States Army in Europe during World War II. His father, Edward Scull (E.S.) King, was also very active in the N.C. State University community, serving as the secretary of the campus chapter of the Young Men's Christian Association for over thirty years.

Cyrus King earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1947 and his Master's Degree in History from the University of Kentucky in 1949. He worked for several years at the Student Supply Stores at North Carolina State College before joining the North Carolina State Archives as the Assistant State Archivist in 1960. In 1963, he was hired by N.C. State as an Acquisitions Librarian and was head of the department for many years. He eventually became the Assistant Director for Collection Management and Development before retirng in 1984.

King was and remains very politically active, writing tirelessly in support of the causes that he has adopted. He has worked through his church, the Community United Church of Christ, the Democratic party, and many local and national organizations. He spoke out in favor of of desegregation and other civil rights issues in the 1950s and 1960s and has remained active in support of a wide variety of efforts to promote social justice and non-violence. He has worked in support of greater voting rights, environmental issues, the abolishment of the death penalty, workers' rights, improving education in North Carolina, and many other civil rights causes.

Scope/content

The Cyrus B. King Papers contain correspondence, political campaign materials, newsletters from a variety of local and national organizations, flyers, clippings, membership rosters, fundraising information, invitations, precinct maps, journal articles, newspaper editorials, and reports and resolutions on political issues. The majority of the material was generated through King's work to promote civil rights and racial justice and his work on political campaigns. Also included documents that relate to his time as a Librarian at North Carolina State University and a small amount of personal correspondence.

The correspondence series contains letters to and from a variety of local, state, and national political figures, including North Carolina governor Luther Hodges, North Carolina House of Representatives member Dan Blue, former mayor of Charlotte and Senatorial hopeful Harvey Gantt, U.S. Representative Fred Heineman, Congressman Brad Miller, journalist David Potorti, Senator Paul Simon, Janet Reno, David Price, Lauch Faircloth, W. W. Finlator, and more. The issues addressed in the political papers range from enviromentalism and gun control to international peace movements and campaign finance reform.

The material ranges in date from 1950 to 2011, although the majority of the material dates from after 1980.

Physical description

12 Boxes and 5 cartons

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series:

  • Series 1. Correspondence
  • Series 2. Political Papers
  • Series 3. Professional Papers
  • Series 4. Personal Papers

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cyrus B. King Papers, MC 00173, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Cyrus B. King, 1984 (Accn. no. 1984-0013), 1989 (Accn. no. 1989-0007), 1992 (Accn. no. 1992-0005), 1996 (Accn. no. 1996-0005), ca. 2004 (Accn. no. 2004-0014), 2008 (Accn. nos. 2008-0019 and 2008-0131), 2013 (Accn. nos. 2013.0039 and 2013.0224),

Processing information

Processed by Steven Mandeville-Gamble, 2006 February 23; Encoded by Steven Mandeville-Gamble, 2006 February 23; Finding aid updated by Todd Kosmerick, 2008 June ; Finding aid updated by Allyson Smally, 2011 September and Gwynn Thayer, 2013 October

Correspondence 1950-2009
Size: 1.75 linear feet

The correspondence contains copies of outgoing letters, incoming letters, printed copies of emails, and telegrams. It includes clippings and other enclosures that accompanied both the incoming and outgoing correspondence. The final two folders in the series contain letters addressed to Cyrus King's wife, Carolyn King. The material ranges in date from 1950 to 2009, but the majority dates from after 1985.

The vast majority of the correspondence was generated through Cyrus King's work to promote civil rights and his work on local, state, and national political campaigns for Democratic politicians. The chronologically arranged correspondence also contains some letters of a personal and professional nature, including some related to King's work at the North Carolina State University Library.

The correspondence is arranged chronologically and thereafter alphabetically by correspondent or by topic. There is a great deal of overlap between the two groupings - correspondence can be found from the same individuals in both the chronologically and the alphabetically arranged materials.

Box 12, Folder 5
Correspondence 1950-1959
Box 1, Folder 1
Correspondence 1960
Box 1, Folder 2
Correspondence 1961
Box 1, Folder 3
Correspondence 1962
Box 1, Folder 4
Correspondence 1963
Box 1, Folder 5
Correspondence 1964
Box 1, Folder 6
Correspondence 1967-1968
Box 1, Folder 7
Correspondence 1969-1970
Box 1, Folder 8
Correspondence 1971
Box 1, Folder 9
Correspondence 1972
Box 1, Folder 10
Correspondence 1973
Box 1, Folder 11
Correspondence 1974-1976
Box 1, Folder 12
Correspondence 1977-1980
Box 1, Folder 13
Correspondence 1981
Box 1, Folder 14
Correspondence 1982
Box 1, Folder 15
Correspondence 1983
Box 1, Folder 16
Correspondence 1984
Box 1, Folder 17
Correspondence 1985
Box 1, Folder 18
Correspondence 1986
Box 1, Folder 19
Correspondence 1987
Box 1, Folder 20
Correspondence 1988
Box 1, Folder 21
Correspondence 1989
Box 1, Folder 22
Correspondence 1990
Box 2, Folder 1
Correspondence 1991
Box 2, Folder 2
Correspondence 1992
Box 2, Folder 3
Correspondence 1993
Box 2, Folder 4
Correspondence 1994
Box 2, Folder 5
Correspondence 1995
Box 2, Folder 6
Correspondence 1996
Box 2, Folder 7
Correspondence 1997
Box 2, Folder 8
Correspondence 1998
Box 2, Folder 9
Correspondence 1999
Box 2, Folder 10
Correspondence 2000
Box 3, Folder 1
Correspondence 2001
Box 3, Folder 2
Correspondence 2004-2005
Box 9, Folder 1
Correspondence 2005-2006
Box 9, Folder 2
Correspondence (1 of 2) 2007-2008
Box 9, Folder 3
Correspondence (2 of 2) 2007-2008
Box 9, Folder 4
Correspondence 2008-2009
Box 9, Folder 5
Archives records 1996-2004
Box 3, Folder 3
Blue, Dan 1989-2003
Box 3, Folder 5
City of Raleigh 1993
Box 3, Folder 6
Coble, Ran 1998-2003
Box 3, Folder 7
Edwards, John 2005-2007
Box 9, Folder 6
Faircloth, Lauch 1995-1997
Box 3, Folder 8
Finlator, W.W. 1996-1997
Box 3, Folder 9
Goodman, Jim 2003-2004
Box 3, Folder 10
Heineman, Fred 1996
Box 3, Folder 11
Helms, Jesse 1996-1997
Box 3, Folder 12
Holt, Joe 2004
Box 3, Folder 13
Holt, Joe 2005-2006
Box 9, Folder 7
Hooker, Michael, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor 1995-1996
Box 3, Folder 14
Kerry-Edwards Campaign 2003-2004
Box 3, Folder 15
Miller, Brad (1 of 2) 2003-2004
Box 3, Folder 16
Miller, Brad (2 of 2) 2003
Box 3, Folder 17
Miller, Brad 2005-2008
Box 9, Folder 8
Neeley, Charles B., Jr. 1996-1997
Box 3, Folder 18
News and Observer editorial 2004
Box 3, Folder 19
North Carolina Humanities Center 1996
Box 3, Folder 20
North Carolina Legislature 2005-2007
Box 9, Folder 10
North Carolina State Government 2001-2004
Box 3, Folder 21
North Carolina Museum of History 2000-2001
Box 3, Folder 22
Perdue, Beverly 2003-2004
Box 3, Folder 23
Potorti, David 2003-2004
Box 3, Folder 24
President, United States 1993-2003
Box 3, Folder 25
Price, David 1989-1991
Box 3, Folder 26
Price, David 1992-1994
Box 4, Folder 1
Price, David 1996-1997
Box 4, Folder 2
Price, David 2005-2008
Box 9, Folder 9
Reno, Janet 1993
Box 4, Folder 3
United Nations Association 1990-1999
Box 4, Folder 4
United States House of Representatives 1993-2003
Box 4, Folder 5
United States Senate 1993-2004
Box 4, Folder 6
United States Senate 2005-2008
Box 10, Folder 1
Voss, Carl Hermann 1992
Box 4, Folder 7
Wicker, Tom [New York Times] 1991
Box 4, Folder 8
Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly 1997
Box 4, Folder 9
Correspondence to Carolyn King 1985-1991
Box 4, Folder 10
Correspondence to Carolyn King 1990-1991
Box 10, Folder 2
Correspondence 2003-2012
Box 12, Folder 4
Political Papers 1964-2004
Size: 1.5 linear feet

This series contains material generated from Cyrus King's involvement with political campaigns and his work on a wide variety of efforts to promote social justice and civil rights. The issues he worked for range from enviromentalism and gun control to international peace movements and campaign finance reform.

Included is a large amount of political campaign materials, newsletters from a variety of local and national organizations, flyers, clippings, membership rosters, fundraising information, invitations, precinct maps, reports and resolutions on political issues, and some correspondence. The materials range in date from 1964 to 2004, but the majority are from the 1980s and 1990s.

This series is arranged chronologically and thereafter alphabetically by subject. There is some overlap between the topics covered in the two sets of material.

Politics 1986-1987
Box 4, Folder 11
Politics (1 of 2) 1988
Box 4, Folder 12
Politics (2 of 2) 1988
Box 4, Folder 13
Politics 1989
Box 4, Folder 14
Politics 1990
Box 4, Folder 15
Politics 1991
Box 5, Folder 1
Politics (1 of 2) 1992
Box 5, Folder 2
Politics (2 of 2) 1992
Box 5, Folder 3
Politics (1 of 2) 1993
Box 5, Folder 4
Politics (2 of 2) 1993
Box 5, Folder 5
Politics (1 of 2) 1994
Box 5, Folder 6
Politics (2 of 2) 1994
Box 5, Folder 7
Politics 1996
Box 5, Folder 8
American Civil Liberties Union 1997-2002
Box 5, Folder 9
American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina 1985-2001
Box 10, Folder 4
American Civil Liberties Union - Wake County Chapter 1985-1998
Box 10, Folder 5
Anti-Ballistic Missle Treaty 2002-2003
Box 5, Folder 10
Anti-war rallies, vigils for gun violence victims 2000-2003
Box 10, Folder 3
Athletics and Claude Sitton 1989-1990
Box 5, Folder 11
Berrigan - Plowshares (1 of 2) 1993-1994
Box 5, Folder 12
Berrigan - Plowshares (2 of 2) 1993-1994
Box 5, Folder 13
Black Cultural Center 1993
Box 6, Folder 1
Britt Campaign 2002
Box 6, Folder 2
Brown for President 1992
Box 6, Folder 3
Campaign Finance Reform 1998
Box 6, Folder 4
Campaign Finance Reform/Tax Reform 1979-2001
Box 10, Folder 20
The Carolinian 15 September 1994
Box 11, Folder 10
The Carolinian 2008
Box 8, Folder 22
Certificates 1990-2002
Box 8, Folder 7
Clippings 1981-2001
Box 8, Folder 14
Crabtree Creek Greens 1990
Box 10, Folder 17
Death Penalty 1992-2004
Box 6, Folder 5
Democratic National Convention (1 of 2) 1972
Box 11, Folder 4
Democratic National Convention (2 of 2) 1972
Box 12, Folder 1
Democratic National Convention - clippings 1972
Box 11, Folder 11
Editorials by Cyrus King 1982?, 1995
Box 8, Folder 2
Environmental Federation of North Carolina 1994-1999
Box 11, Folder 2
Free Speech 2001
Box 6, Folder 6
Franklin, Anne 1993
Box 6, Folder 7
Gantt, Harvey 1991
Box 6, Folder 8
Gantt, Harvey 1996
Box 6, Folder 9
Gay and Lesbian issues 2003
Box 6, Folder 10
Governor's Criminal Justice Summit 1990
Box 10, Folder 6
Gun control 1984-1995
Box 6, Folder 11
Haiti 1995
Box 6, Folder 12
Hazardous Waste Reduction 1990
Box 10, Folder 15
Human Rights Planning Group 1989-1995
Box 6, Folder 13
Iraq 2003
Box 6, Folder 14
Israel 2000
Box 6, Folder 15
Junior ROTC 2002
Box 6, Folder 16
The Man From Hope : with a special personal message from Bill Clinton / prepared exclusively for Clinton Team Members and their guests [VHS] ca. 1991

1 videotape (VHS) : sd., col.

Box 8, Folder 15
Mt. Olive Pickle Company 1998-2002
Box 6, Folder 17
Mt. Olive Pickle Company 2003
Box 6, Folder 18
Mt. Olive Pickle Company 2004
Box 6, Folder 19
Mt. Olive Pickle Company - Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO 1999-2003
Box 6, Folder 20
Mt. Olive Pickle Company - letter from Cy and Carolyn King 1999
Box 6, Folder 21
Mt. Olive Pickle Company and Community United Church of Christ 1999-2003
Box 6, Folder 22
Mt. Olive Pickle Company - National Farm Worker Ministry 1998-2003
Box 6, Folder 23
Mt. Olive Pickle Company - Bill Bryan 2000-2004
Box 7, Folder 1
Mt. Olive Pickle Company - Triangle Friends Farm Workers 2000-2004
Box 7, Folder 2
Mt. Olive Pickle Company - Duke University 2002-2004
Box 7, Folder 3
National Rifle Association 2002
Box 7, Folder 4
Newsletters - Center for Reflection on the Second Law 1986-1998
Box 11, Folder 7
Newsletters - Church World Service/Crop 1986-1988
Box 11, Folder 6
Newsletters - Miscellaneous 1987-2002
Box 11, Folder 9
Newsletters - North Carolina Peace Network 1983-1986
Box 12, Folder 2
Newsletters - Notes from under the Fig Tree 1991-2002
Box 11, Folder 5
Newsletters - Wake County Peace and Justice Groups 1986-1998
Box 12, Folder 3
Newsletters - Sierra Club 1987-1993
Box 11, Folder 8
No Child Left Behind 2001
Box 7, Folder 5
North Carolina Alliance for Democracy / Wake County Deomcratic Party 1995-1999
Box 10, Folder 9
North Carolina Democratic Party Periodicals 1997-2002
Box 10, Folder 7
North Carolina General Assembly 1989
Box 10, Folder 13
North Carolina Lottery 2000-2001
Box 7, Folder 6
Northgreen Country Club 1983
Box 8, Folder 19
New Party 1995
Box 10, Folder 16
Paul, Mack 1995
Box 7, Folder 7
Peace Action Education Fund 2004
Box 7, Folder 8
Peace Action Education Fund Award dinner (1 of 2) 25 April 2002
Box 7, Folder 9
Peace Action Education Fund Award dinner (2 of 2) 25 April 2002
Box 7, Folder 10
Peace Campaigns/Abolition of Death Penalty 1983-2001
Box 10, Folder 19
Peace Guide 1991-1992
Box 11, Folder 1
Political Action Committees 1980-1987
Box 10, Folder 8
Political Campaigns 1964-1990
Box 10, Folder 12
Precinct 29 minutes 1985-1993
Box 7, Folder 11
Price, David - campaign material and reports 1986-2002
Box 10, Folder 11
Program named for Sam Ervin Jr. 1980-1982
Box 8, Folder 18
Racial justice (1 of 3) 1989-1994
Box 7, Folder 12
Racial justice (2 of 3) 1989-1994
Box 7, Folder 13
Racial justice (3 of 3) 1989-1994
Box 7, Folder 14
School prayer 1992-1993
Box 7, Folder 15
Smith, Dean - beer advertising ban 1993
Box 7, Folder 16
Tobacco Growers undated
Box 8, Folder 21
Tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1987-2001
Box 11, Folder 3
U.S.A. Patriot Act 2004
Box 7, Folder 17
Voter Guides 1990-2000
Box 10, Folder 14
Wake County Board of Education 1981
Box 8, Folder 11
Wake County Democratic Party 1986-2002
Box 10, Folder 10
Williams, Malcolm undated
Box 8, Folder 1
Women's Organizations 1981-1999
Box 10, Folder 18
Professional Papers 1960-2000
Size: 0.25 linear feet

This series contains material relating to King's professional activities, mostly from his time as a librarian at North Carolina State University. The material ranges in date from 1960 to 2000.

Articles by Cyrus King 1963,1978
Box 8, Folder 8
Certificates and Awards 1964-2000
Box 8, Folder 9
Correspondence, Memorandum, and Reports 1971-1984
Box 8, Folder 17
Race relations seminar 1979
Box 8, Folder 6
Retirement from NCSU Libraries 1984-1985
Box 8, Folder 15
State Department of Archives and History 1960-1963
Box 3, Folder 4
Student Supply Store and State Archives [articles] 1960
Box 8, Folder 3
Personal Papers 1957-2003

This series contains personal photographs and correspondence as well as material related to King's involvement with NC State's Libraries after his retirement. The material ranges in date from 1957 to 2003.

Clippings 1969-1984
Box 8, Folder 4
Correspondence 1975-1989
Box 8, Folder 23
Cyrus King Endowment to NCSU Libraries 2003
Box 8, Folder 10
Friends of the Library/Friends of the College 1983-1989
Box 8, Folder 5
Interview with Cyrus King 2000s
Box 8, Folder 12
Photographs 1957-1958, 1964, 1971, 1990s?
Box 8, Folder 13
Clippings, Awards 1984-2012
Size: 0 linear feet
Box 12, Folder 5
Correspondence 2008-2012
Box 12, Folder 6
Unprocessed Additions
Unprocessed materials circa 1963-2013
Carton 13
Unprocessed materials
Carton 14
Unprocessed materials
Carton 15
Unprocessed materials
Carton 16
Unprocessed materials
Carton 17

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cyrus B. King Papers, MC 00173, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.