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Joseph C. Carter personal papers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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Joseph Carter (1909-1995) was a professor of journalism at Temple University. During his 30 year tenure, Carter was distinguished for his promotion of high school journalism through the Temple High School Press Tournament. In 1958, Carter began work on a biography of Temple founder Russell Conwell, which was published in 1981. Carter was the founder and director of Temple's William J. Blitman Reading Room, which later became the Blitman Library. Carter was the editor of Temple's "Faculty Record" from 1947 to 1960.

The papers of this Philadelphia university educator are dominated by his personal interest in the life of Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University. The collection includes research materials and correspondence with the relatives of Johnny Ring, Conwell's Civil War aide; including John Q. Ring and Mary Ault Ring. The collection also contains a 3 volume history of the Blitman Journalism Library at Temple, a bound copy of "Publicity for Young Actress Jayne Mansfield and the Philadelphia Film 'The Burglar'" compiled by Carter in 1976, and a bound copy of issues of the "Faculty Record", 1947-1960, with some correspondence pasted in. Some of the materials found in the collection relate to Carter's teaching career at Temple. The materials include artifacts, articles, copyright certificates, memorabilia, microfilms, negatives, notes, periodicals, photographs, and telegrams. There are typescripts of Carter's The Acres of Diamonds Man and Magnolia Journey. The collection also includes miscellaneous correspondence related to Carter's career and particular writings, with readers, colleagues, and institutions (1960s-1992).

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