The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
William Bradford Huie papers
Repository: Ohio State University. Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
Collection Description (Extant): Author, journalist and literary editor. Author of "The Americanization of Emily," "The Execution of Private Slovik," "The Klansmen" and many other popular fiction and non-fiction books on American social history, some of which were adapted for screenplays. Huie's books and writings often dealt with controversial racial, social and political issues. He was an outspoken opponent of racial injustice in his native Alabama and authored a series of books about violence in the South during the civil rights movement of the 1960's. Much of his research involved interviews with participants in actual events and documentation of courtroom proceedings.
Summary: The collection contains typescript manuscripts (original and corrected drafts); book galleys; scripts for plays and movies based on Huie's books (drafts with notes and final versions); research materials including correspondence, news clippings, photographs, transcripts of interviews, holograph notes, etc.; movie posters, awards, memorabilia and miscellaneous materials relating to published and unpublished writings by the author. Includes court documents, legal correspondence, interview transcripts, clippings and other materials on the Emmett Till murder case and events described in the novel Wolf whistle. Also contains notes, correspondence, legal documents and court transcripts relating to Huie's book about the murder trial of Ruby McCollum, including original, signed letters from Ruby McCollum and Zora Neale Hurston
Contains sound recordings of Huie's interviews with notable public figures for the CBS news television series Chronoscope, including interviews with John F. Kennedy, Estes Kefauver and Earl Warren discussing from the 1950's; also audiocassette tapes of Huie and other various topics. Includes financial records, correspondence, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks and miscellaneous materials pertaining to personal and family matters. The collection also contains 25 original, signed typescript letters from H.L. Mencken to various individuals concerning editorial matters and dating from 1928 to 1947.
Date(s): [ca. 1920]-1989
Existing IDs: SPEC.CMS.84; OCLC# 21952202
Extent: ca. 20 linear ft (tapes, photographs)
Finding Aid URL: http://library.osu.edu/finding-aids/rarebooks/huie.php
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Civil rights movements--Press coverage
Till, Emmett, 1941-1955