MC 00173 Guide to the Cyrus B. King Papers, 1950-2009

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[Box 12, Folder 5]
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 1, Folder 1] Correspondence, 1950-1959
[Box 1, Folder 2] Correspondence, 1960
[Box 1, Folder 3] Correspondence, 1961
[Box 1, Folder 4] Correspondence, 1962
[Box 1, Folder 5] Correspondence, 1963
[Box 1, Folder 6] Correspondence, 1964
[Box 1, Folder 7] Correspondence, 1967-1968
[Box 1, Folder 8] Correspondence, 1969-1970
[Box 1, Folder 9] Correspondence, 1971
[Box 1, Folder 10] Correspondence, 1972
[Box 1, Folder 11] Correspondence, 1973
[Box 1, Folder 12] Correspondence, 1974-1976
[Box 1, Folder 13] Correspondence, 1977-1980
[Box 1, Folder 14] Correspondence, 1981
[Box 1, Folder 15] Correspondence, 1982
[Box 1, Folder 16] Correspondence, 1983
[Box 1, Folder 17] Correspondence, 1984
[Box 1, Folder 18] Correspondence, 1985
[Box 1, Folder 19] Correspondence, 1986
[Box 1, Folder 20] Correspondence, 1987
[Box 1, Folder 21] Correspondence, 1988
[Box 1, Folder 22] Correspondence, 1989
[Box 2, Folder 1] Correspondence, 1990
[Box 2, Folder 2] Correspondence, 1991
[Box 2, Folder 3] Correspondence, 1992
[Box 2, Folder 4] Correspondence, 1993
[Box 2, Folder 5] Correspondence, 1994
[Box 2, Folder 6] Correspondence, 1995
[Box 2, Folder 7] Correspondence, 1996
[Box 2, Folder 8] Correspondence, 1997
[Box 2, Folder 9] Correspondence, 1998
[Box 2, Folder 10] Correspondence, 1999
[Box 3, Folder 1] Correspondence, 2000
[Box 3, Folder 2] Correspondence, 2001
[Box 9, Folder 1] Correspondence, 2004-2005
[Box 9, Folder 2] Correspondence, 2005-2006
[Box 9, Folder 3] Correspondence (1 of 2), 2007-2008
[Box 9, Folder 4] Correspondence (2 of 2), 2007-2008
[Box 9, Folder 5] Correspondence, 2008-2009
[Box 3, Folder 3] Archives records, 1996-2004
[Box 3, Folder 5] Blue, Dan, 1989-2003
[Box 3, Folder 6] City of Raleigh, 1993
[Box 3, Folder 7] Coble, Ran, 1998-2003
[Box 9, Folder 6] Edwards, John, 2005-2007
[Box 3, Folder 8] Faircloth, Lauch, 1995-1997
[Box 3, Folder 9] Finlator, W.W., 1996-1997
[Box 3, Folder 10] Goodman, Jim, 2003-2004
[Box 3, Folder 11] Heineman, Fred, 1996
[Box 3, Folder 12] Helms, Jesse, 1996-1997
[Box 3, Folder 13] Holt, Joe, 2004
[Box 9, Folder 7] Holt, Joe, 2005-2006
[Box 3, Folder 14] Hooker, Michael, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor, 1995-1996
[Box 3, Folder 15] Kerry-Edwards Campaign, 2003-2004
[Box 3, Folder 16] Miller, Brad (1 of 2), 2003-2004
[Box 3, Folder 17] Miller, Brad (2 of 2), 2003
[Box 9, Folder 8] Miller, Brad, 2005-2008
[Box 3, Folder 18] Neeley, Charles B., Jr., 1996-1997
[Box 3, Folder 19] News and Observer editorial, 2004
[Box 3, Folder 20] North Carolina Humanities Center, 1996
[Box 9, Folder 10] North Carolina Legislature, 2005-2007
[Box 3, Folder 21] North Carolina State Government, 2001-2004
[Box 3, Folder 22] North Carolina Museum of History, 2000-2001
[Box 3, Folder 23] Perdue, Beverly, 2003-2004
[Box 3, Folder 24] Potorti, David, 2003-2004
[Box 3, Folder 25] President, United States, 1993-2003
[Box 3, Folder 26] Price, David, 1989-1991
[Box 4, Folder 1] Price, David, 1992-1994
[Box 4, Folder 2] Price, David, 1996-1997
[Box 9, Folder 9] Price, David, 2005-2008
[Box 4, Folder 3] Reno, Janet, 1993
[Box 4, Folder 4] United Nations Association, 1990-1999
[Box 4, Folder 5] United States House of Representatives, 1993-2003
[Box 4, Folder 6] United States Senate, 1993-2004
[Box 10, Folder 1] United States Senate, 2005-2008
[Box 4, Folder 7] Voss, Carl Hermann, 1992
[Box 4, Folder 8] Wicker, Tom [New York Times], 1991
[Box 4, Folder 9] Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly, 1997
[Box 4, Folder 10] Correspondence to Carolyn King, 1985-1991
[Box 10, Folder 2] Correspondence to Carolyn King, 1990-1991
[Box 12, Folder 4] Correspondence, 2003-2012 (2013.0039)
This series is arranged chronologically and thereafter alphabetically by subject. There is some overlap between the topics covered in the two sets of material.
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.
[Box 4, Folder 11] Politics, 1986-1987
[Box 4, Folder 12] Politics (1 of 2), 1988
[Box 4, Folder 13] Politics (2 of 2), 1988
[Box 4, Folder 14] Politics, 1989
[Box 4, Folder 15] Politics, 1990
[Box 5, Folder 1] Politics, 1991
[Box 5, Folder 2] Politics (1 of 2), 1992
[Box 5, Folder 3] Politics (2 of 2), 1992
[Box 5, Folder 4] Politics (1 of 2), 1993
[Box 5, Folder 5] Politics (2 of 2), 1993
[Box 5, Folder 6] Politics (1 of 2), 1994
[Box 5, Folder 7] Politics (2 of 2), 1994
[Box 5, Folder 8] Politics, 1996
[Box 5, Folder 9] American Civil Liberties Union, 1997-2002
[Box 10, Folder 4] American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, 1985-2001
[Box 10, Folder 5] American Civil Liberties Union - Wake County Chapter, 1985-1998
[Box 5, Folder 10] Anti-Ballistic Missle Treaty, 2002-2003
[Box 10, Folder 3] Anti-war rallies, vigils for gun violence victims, 2000-2003
[Box 5, Folder 11] Athletics and Claude Sitton, 1989-1990
[Box 5, Folder 12] Berrigan - Plowshares (1 of 2), 1993-1994
[Box 5, Folder 13] Berrigan - Plowshares (2 of 2), 1993-1994
[Box 6, Folder 1] Black Cultural Center, 1993
[Box 6, Folder 2] Britt Campaign, 2002
[Box 6, Folder 3] Brown for President, 1992
[Box 6, Folder 4] Campaign Finance Reform, 1998
[Box 10, Folder 20] Campaign Finance Reform/Tax Reform, 1979-2001
[Box 11, Folder 10] The Carolinian, 15 September 1994
[Box 8, Folder 22] The Carolinian, 2008
[Box 8, Folder 7] Certificates, 1990-2002
[Box 8, Folder 14] Clippings, 1981-2001
[Box 10, Folder 17] Crabtree Creek Greens, 1990
[Box 6, Folder 5] Death Penalty, 1992-2004
[Box 11, Folder 4] Democratic National Convention (1 of 2), 1972
[Box 12, Folder 1] Democratic National Convention (2 of 2), 1972
[Box 11, Folder 11] Democratic National Convention - clippings, 1972
[Box 8, Folder 2] Editorials by Cyrus King, 1982?, 1995
[Box 11, Folder 2] Environmental Federation of North Carolina, 1994-1999
[Box 6, Folder 6] Free Speech, 2001
[Box 6, Folder 7] Franklin, Anne, 1993
[Box 6, Folder 8] Gantt, Harvey, 1991
[Box 6, Folder 9] Gantt, Harvey, 1996
[Box 6, Folder 10] Gay and Lesbian issues, 2003
[Box 10, Folder 6] Governor's Criminal Justice Summit, 1990
[Box 6, Folder 11] Gun control, 1984-1995
[Box 6, Folder 12] Haiti, 1995
[Box 10, Folder 15] Hazardous Waste Reduction, 1990
[Box 6, Folder 13] Human Rights Planning Group, 1989-1995
[Box 6, Folder 14] Iraq, 2003
[Box 6, Folder 15] Israel, 2000
[Box 6, Folder 16] Junior ROTC, 2002
[Box 8, Folder 15] The Man From Hope : with a special personal message from Bill Clinton / prepared exclusively for Clinton Team Members and their guests [VHS], ca. 1991 (Number 24371)
1 videotape (VHS) : sd., col.
[Box 6, Folder 17] Mt. Olive Pickle Company, 1998-2002
[Box 6, Folder 18] Mt. Olive Pickle Company, 2003
[Box 6, Folder 19] Mt. Olive Pickle Company, 2004
[Box 6, Folder 20] Mt. Olive Pickle Company - Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO, 1999-2003
[Box 6, Folder 21] Mt. Olive Pickle Company - letter from Cy and Carolyn King, 1999
[Box 6, Folder 22] Mt. Olive Pickle Company and Community United Church of Christ, 1999-2003
[Box 6, Folder 23] Mt. Olive Pickle Company - National Farm Worker Ministry, 1998-2003
[Box 7, Folder 1] Mt. Olive Pickle Company - Bill Bryan, 2000-2004
[Box 7, Folder 2] Mt. Olive Pickle Company - Triangle Friends Farm Workers, 2000-2004
[Box 7, Folder 3] Mt. Olive Pickle Company - Duke University, 2002-2004
[Box 7, Folder 4] National Rifle Association, 2002
[Box 11, Folder 7] Newsletters - Center for Reflection on the Second Law, 1986-1998
[Box 11, Folder 6] Newsletters - Church World Service/Crop, 1986-1988
[Box 11, Folder 9] Newsletters - Miscellaneous, 1987-2002
[Box 12, Folder 2] Newsletters - North Carolina Peace Network, 1983-1986
[Box 11, Folder 5] Newsletters - Notes from under the Fig Tree, 1991-2002
[Box 12, Folder 3] Newsletters - Wake County Peace and Justice Groups, 1986-1998
[Box 11, Folder 8] Newsletters - Sierra Club, 1987-1993
[Box 7, Folder 5] No Child Left Behind, 2001
[Box 10, Folder 9] North Carolina Alliance for Democracy / Wake County Deomcratic Party, 1995-1999
[Box 10, Folder 7] North Carolina Democratic Party Periodicals, 1997-2002
[Box 10, Folder 13] North Carolina General Assembly, 1989
[Box 7, Folder 6] North Carolina Lottery, 2000-2001
[Box 8, Folder 19] Northgreen Country Club, 1983
[Box 10, Folder 16] New Party, 1995
[Box 7, Folder 7] Paul, Mack, 1995
[Box 7, Folder 8] Peace Action Education Fund, 2004
[Box 7, Folder 9] Peace Action Education Fund Award dinner (1 of 2), 25 April 2002
[Box 7, Folder 10] Peace Action Education Fund Award dinner (2 of 2), 25 April 2002
[Box 10, Folder 19] Peace Campaigns/Abolition of Death Penalty, 1983-2001
[Box 11, Folder 1] Peace Guide, 1991-1992
[Box 10, Folder 8] Political Action Committees, 1980-1987
[Box 10, Folder 12] Political Campaigns, 1964-1990
[Box 7, Folder 11] Precinct 29 minutes, 1985-1993
[Box 10, Folder 11] Price, David - campaign material and reports, 1986-2002
[Box 8, Folder 18] Program named for Sam Ervin Jr., 1980-1982
[Box 7, Folder 12] Racial justice (1 of 3), 1989-1994
[Box 7, Folder 13] Racial justice (2 of 3), 1989-1994
[Box 7, Folder 14] Racial justice (3 of 3), 1989-1994
[Box 7, Folder 15] School prayer, 1992-1993
[Box 7, Folder 16] Smith, Dean - beer advertising ban, 1993
[Box 8, Folder 21] Tobacco Growers, undated
[Box 11, Folder 3] Tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1987-2001
[Box 7, Folder 17] U.S.A. Patriot Act, 2004
[Box 10, Folder 14] Voter Guides, 1990-2000
[Box 8, Folder 11] Wake County Board of Education, 1981
[Box 10, Folder 10] Wake County Democratic Party, 1986-2002
[Box 8, Folder 1] Williams, Malcolm, undated
[Box 10, Folder 18] Women's Organizations, 1981-1999
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.
[Box 8, Folder 8] Articles by Cyrus King, 1963,1978
[Box 8, Folder 9] Certificates and Awards, 1964-2000
[Box 8, Folder 17] Correspondence, Memorandum, and Reports, 1971-1984
[Box 8, Folder 6] Race relations seminar, 1979
[Box 8, Folder 15] Retirement from NCSU Libraries, 1984-1985
[Box 3, Folder 4] State Department of Archives and History, 1960-1963
[Box 8, Folder 3] Student Supply Store and State Archives [articles], 1960
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.
[Box 8, Folder 4] Clippings, 1969-1984
[Box 8, Folder 23] Correspondence, 1975-1989
[Box 8, Folder 10] Cyrus King Endowment to NCSU Libraries, 2003
[Box 8, Folder 5] Friends of the Library/Friends of the College, 1983-1989
[Box 8, Folder 12] Interview with Cyrus King, 2000s
[Box 8, Folder 13] Photographs, 1957-1958, 1964, 1971, 1990s?
[Box 12, Folder 5] Clippings, Awards, 1984-2012 (2013.0039)
[Box 12, Folder 6] Correspondence, 2008-2012 (2013.0039)

Creator

King, Cyrus B. (Cyrus Baldwin), 1922-

Quantity

7.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

12 Boxes and 1 Carton

Location

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Language

English

Acquisitions Information

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

Processed by: Steven Mandeville-Gamble; Machine-readable finding aid created by: Steven Mandeville-Gamble and Todd Kosmerick; Updated by Allyson Smally, September 2011; Updated by Gwynn Thayer, October 2013.

Revised

2013 October, Updated by Allyson Smally, September 2011 and Gwynn Thayer, October 2013

Scope and Content Note

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.

Biographical 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.

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