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Material Information

Title:
John W. Egerton Papers
Physical Description:
1.67 : (4 boxes) ;
Language:
English
Creator:
John W. Egerton ( John Waldon Egerton )

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Civil rights -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Gay men -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Governmental investigations -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Homosexuality -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Homosexuality -- Laws and legislation   ( lcsh )
Genre:
ead   ( sobekcm )

Notes

Scope and Content:
This collection consists of materials relating to the 1962-1964 Johns Committee investigation of the University of South Florida. The collection includes correspondence, press statements, statements to the Florida legislature, editorials, various newsletters and newspaper clippings, as well as the typescript of "The Controversy" John Egerton’s unpublished 300-page study of the Johns Committee.
Preferred Citation:
John W. Egerton papers, Special Collections Department,  Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Acquisition:
John W. Egerton
Biographical:
John Waldon Egerton was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 14, 1935.  He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 1958 and a master of arts in 1960.  Between 1958 and 1960 he worked in the public relations department of the University of Kentucky.  He served from 1960 to 1965 as the University of South Florida’s Director of Public Information and head of the USF News Bureau. While the Florida Legislature’s Johns Committee investigated administrators, faculty, and students at USF seeking “un-American” activities, Egerton collected and preserved materials documenting the investigation. He donated these materials to the USF library in 1965.  After resigning from the University in 1965, Egerton became a staff writer for Southern Education Report (1965-1969) and for Race Relations Reporter (1969-1971). In 1971 he began a career as a free-lance writer and reporter.  He later became contributing editor for the Saturday Review of Education (1972-73), Race Relations Reporter (1973-1974), and Southern Voices (1974-l975).  Egerton has written over twenty non-fiction books and more than two hundred articles, primarily about the development and culture of the New South.  An authority on Southern foodways, Egerton is a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. The Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, also known as the Johns Committee, was created in 1956 by the legislature and headed by former governor and state senator Charley Johns.  The purpose of the committee was to seek out perceived subversive influences from Florida during the period of 1956-1965.  Initially, the Johns Committee attempted to destroy chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Later, during an anti-intellectual crusade, its members attacked Florida's public universities. From 1962-1964, the University of South Florida was part of a large controversy when its students and faculty became the subject of a Johns Committee investigation.  The state legislature refused to extend the Committee's mandate in 1965 after a controversial report entitled Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida was released.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
Resource Identifier:
usfldc doi - E02
usfldc handle - u29.83-e02-ead
System ID:
SFS0031901:00001


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John Waldon Egerton was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 14, 1935.  He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 1958 and a master of arts in 1960.  Between 1958 and 1960 he worked in the public relations department of the University of Kentucky.  He served from 1960 to 1965 as the University of South Floridas Director of Public Information and head of the USF News Bureau. While the Florida Legislatures Johns Committee investigated administrators, faculty, and students at USF seeking un-American activities, Egerton collected and preserved materials documenting the investigation. He donated these materials to the USF library in 1965.
After resigning from the University in 1965, Egerton became a staff writer for Southern Education Report (1965-1969) and for Race Relations Reporter (1969-1971). In 1971 he began a career as a free-lance writer and reporter.  He later became contributing editor for the Saturday Review of Education (1972-73), Race Relations Reporter (1973-1974), and Southern Voices (1974-l975).  Egerton has written over twenty non-fiction books and more than two hundred articles, primarily about the development and culture of the New South.  An authority on Southern foodways, Egerton is a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
The Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, also known as the Johns Committee, was created in 1956 by the legislature and headed by former governor and state senator Charley Johns.  The purpose of the committee was to seek out perceived subversive influences from Florida during the period of 1956-1965.  Initially, the Johns Committee attempted to destroy chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Later, during an anti-intellectual crusade, its members attacked Florida's public universities. From 1962-1964, the University of South Florida was part of a large controversy when its students and faculty became the subject of a Johns Committee investigation.  The state legislature refused to extend the Committee's mandate in 1965 after a controversial report entitled Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida was released.
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Gay men -- Florida
Governmental investigations -- Florida.
Homosexuality -- Florida
Homosexuality -- Laws and legislation
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Administrative Information
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Acquisition Information:
Donation.
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Conditions Governing Access:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
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Preferred Citation:
John W. Egerton papers, Special Collections Department,  Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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Arrangement of Materials:
Organized by Subject.
scopecontent
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of materials relating to the 1962-1964 Johns Committee investigation of the University of South Florida. The collection includes correspondence, press statements, statements to the Florida legislature, editorials, various newsletters and newspaper clippings, as well as the typescript of "The Controversy" John Egertons unpublished 300-page study of the Johns Committee.
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Folder 1
Collection Guide
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John Egerton Biographical Materials
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John Egerton Papers at Vanderbilt University
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The Stormy 1960s at the University of South Florida
Scope and Contents
[Address delivered by John
Egerton at the USF Tampa Library, September 17, 1996]
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Chronology of USF Johns Committee Investigation
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Johns Committee pt. 1
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Johns Committee pt. 2
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Johns Committee pt. 3
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Supporters of the Johns Committee
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10
State Governing Bodies (Excluding Johns Committee)
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11
USF Governance and Policy
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2
1
Academic Freedom pt. 1
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2
Academic Freedom pt. 2
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3
AAUP, AAU, and Student Organizations
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2
4
Thomas Wenner / Jerome Davis
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2
5
D. F. Fleming
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2
6
John Caldwell
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2
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Sheldon Grebstein pt. 1
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Sheldon Grebstein pt. 2
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Correspondence pt. 1
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Correspondence pt. 2
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Correspondence pt. 3
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12
Correspondence pt. 4
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Correspondence pt. 5
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14
Correspondence pt. 6
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15
Correspondence pt. 7
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Correspondence pt. 8
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Correspondence pt. 9
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Correspondence pt. 10
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Correspondence pt. 11
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Correspondence pt. 12
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Correspondence pt. 13
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Correspondence pt. 14
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2
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Correspondence pt. 15
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24
Transcript of Interview with Donald R. Harkness, March, 1962
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Lectures and Forums at USF
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3
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Newspaper Clippings, May1962 to June 1962
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Newspaper Clippings, August 1962 September 1962
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3
Newspaper Clippings, October 1962 to November 1962
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Newspaper Clippings, November 1962
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5
Newspaper Clippings, December 1962 to January 1963
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Newspaper Clippings, March 1963 to April 1963
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Newspaper Clippings, May 1963 to June 1964
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Newspaper Clippings, "The High Cost of Snooping" Series by Mabel Chesley
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Johns Committee Reports on U. of South Florida, Tampa Tribune, August 25, 1962
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The Controversy pt. 1
Scope and Contents
[photocopy of Egertons study of the Johns Committee]
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The Controversy pt. 2
Scope and Contents
[photocopy of Egertons study of the Johns Committee]
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The Controversy pt. 3
Scope and Contents
[photocopy of Egertons study of the Johns Committee]
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The Controversy original transcript
Scope and Contents
[original typescript of Egertons study of the Johns Committee]
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AAUP Bulletin, Spring Issue. Volume 50, number 3 (March, 1964)
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Confidential. Volume 12, number 2 (February, 1964)
Scope and Contents
[Contains article Perverts Under the Palms by Professor Anonymous about alleged homosexuality in Florida schools and the Johns Committee investigation, pp. 32-33, 47-48]
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Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 1
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Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 2
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5
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 3
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6
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 4
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Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 5
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Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 6
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9
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 7
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10
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 8
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11
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 9
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12
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 10
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4
13
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 11
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14
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 12
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15
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 13
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16
Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 14
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Newspaper clippings 1956 to 1963 pt. 15