James R. Hawkins papers, ca. 1961-1980 15 Linear Feet — 7800 Items
The subject files, correspondence, and published materials in the James R. Hawkins Papers span from ca.1961-1980, chiefly 1971-1975, and document Hawkins' role in civic life in Durham, North Carolina and provide evidence of the issues and concerns facing the citizens of Durham in the 1970s. The subject files retain Hawkins' original folder titles and alphabetical organization and provide an overview of the programs Hawkins was involved with as mayor as well as a view of the general issues Hawkins encountered while mayor of Durham. The correspondence series is arranged alphabetically and chiefly consists of letters to Hawkins from the citizens of Durham voicing their concerns over such civic issues as development, traffic safety, taxes, and various political issues. The correspondence also contains copies of Hawkins' responses to the letters he received from the citizens of Durham. This collection would be of value for scholars studying the recent history of the south or for those wishing to gain a clearer picture of the functioning of city government in the recent past. This collection is open to researchers and has received a minimal level of processing.