W. Ralph Eubanks Collection

MUM00768

Summary Information

Repository
University of Mississippi Libraries
Title
W. Ralph Eubanks Collection
ID
MUM00768
Date
1990-2009
Extent
6.0 boxes 6 Boxes
Dimensions note
9 linear feet (3 boxes plus photographs)
Language of Materials
English
Abstract
The W. Ralph Eubanks Collection consists of materials related to the work and life of this noted author, editor, journalist, and professor.

Preferred Citation

Ralph Eubanks Collection (MUM00768), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

W. Ralph Eubanks was born in Mount Olive, Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1978 and earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1979. Eubanks then served as chief copy editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research in Washington, D.C. from 1979-1984 before working as a technical editing manager for the American Psychological Association until 1989. Eubanks returned to the American Psychological Association in 1990 as Director of APA Books after working for a year as managing editor for Hemisphere/Taylor & Francis. In 1995, Eubanks began working for the Library of Congress as Director of Publishing, where he remained until 2013. He then worked as editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review from 2013-2015 before serving as the Eudora Welty Visiting Scholar in Southern Studies at Millsaps College in Jackson beginning in 2016. Eubanks is the author of two books, Ever is a Long Time (2003) and  The House at the End of the Road (2009), and has also published numerous articles for The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Preservation, and other publications. Eubanks received a Guggenheim Fellowship from 2007-2008, was the Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellow at Washington College in 2007, and also served as the Bernard Schwartz Fellow at The New America Foundation from 2008-2009.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in several series: personal correspondence and materials; research materials for articles; Ever is a Long Time series of materials; The House at the End of the Road series of materials; and photographs

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 2017

Access Restrictions

The Ralph Eubanks Collection is open for research.

Access Restrictions

The W Ralph Eubanks The collection is arranged in several series: personal correspondence and materials; research materials for articles; Ever is a Long Time series of materials; The House at the End of the Road series of materials; and photographsCollection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Custodial History note

Donated by Raph Eubanks.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Photographs from this collection have been removed to cold storage for preservation. Please contact Special Collections two business days before arrival so the materials can be made available for use.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1 

Box 1 

Folder 1.1: Freshman essay contest, 1974 

Scope and Content

Photocopies of newspaper clippings announcing the winners of The University of Mississippi’s essay contest.

Folder 1.2: Framed Sigma Tau Delta certificate for Ralph Eubanks, 1 December 1976 

Folder 1.3: Acceptance to the University of Michigan M.A. program, 24 April 1978 

Folder 1.4: Draft of application for further graduate study, [post-2001] 

Folder 1.5: Folder entitled “Library of Congress,” 1999-2000; 2002-2003 

Scope and Content

Contains internal documents, including performance appraisals and catalogs “Celebrating Books: Selected Publications from the Library of Congress”

Folder 1.6: General correspondence 1987-2009 

Folder 1.7: Proposal to Steve Coll, president and CEO of The New America Foundation, from Ralph Eubanks, 3 December 2007 

Scope and Content

Relates to proposed op-ed pieces of interest, written while Eubanks was writing The House at the End of the Road.

Folder 1.8: Miscellaneous 

Folder 1.9: Ralph Eubanks interview, 13 March 2009 

Scope and Content

Interview questions

Folder 1.10: Promotional material relating to speaking engagements 

Folder 1.11: Drafts of speeches 

Folder 1.12: Outlook, September 1987 

Scope and Content

Article “Ole Miss is Still Torn 25 Years After Meredith,” The Washington Post, 27 September 1987

Folder 1.13: Correspondence, research, drafts, and published article “I Know What He Means” for The Washington Post, 15 December 2002 

Scope and Content

Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 1.14: “A Southern Awakening: An Old Injustice in Mississippi Yields New Awareness” Preservation, October 2003 

Folder 1.15: Research, draft, and final article “Before He Had His ‘Dream,’ King Wrote a Letter,” The Washington Post, 16 January 2005 

Scope and Content

Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 1.16: Copy of article “DNA is Only One Way to Spell Identity,” The Washington Post, 1 January 2006 

Scope and Content

Also contains emailed reaction to article

Folder 1.17: Draft “DNA, Race, and Identity,” editorial comments from Zofia Smardz, and research notes regarding DNA 

Scope and Content

Would eventually be published as “DNA is Only One Way to Spell Identity” in The Washington Post on 1 January 2006

Folder 1.18: Article “Still Learning From Dad: A Son Relishes Counsel That Comes in Dreams,” The Washington Post, 13 June 2006 

Folder 1.19: Correspondence, research, and draft of Eubanks’ essay “Affirmative Action and Its Legacy” for The American Scholar, June 2008 

Scope and Content

Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 1.20: Research notes and draft “Mississippi Haunting” 

Scope and Content

Regards the 1964 Neshoba County murders of Civil Rights workers James Earl Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman

Folder 1.21: Journal, c. 1998 

Scope and Content

Photocopy. Original journal removed and restricted to protect personal information.

Folder 1.22: Personal Journal / Notebook, c. 2003 

Scope and Content

Photocopy. Original journal removed and restricted to protect personal information.

Folder 1.23: Personal Journal / Notebook, c. 2004 

Scope and Content

Photocopy. Original journal removed and restricted to protect personal information.

Folder 1.24: Personal Journal / Notebook, c. 2006 

Scope and Content

Photocopy. Original journal removed and restricted to protect personal information.

Folder 1.25: Folder with paper copies of photographs of family, images from the civil rights era in Mississippi 

Scope and Content

Includes set of photocopies of photographs featuring Gov. William Winter

Folder 1.26: "Mississippi History and Its Interpretation" speech delivered at the University of Mississippi 21 June 2017 

Scope and Content

Speech delivered at the J.D. Williams Library as part of the state of Mississippi's bicentennial celebration. Includes handwritten edits.

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Series 2: Ever is a Long Time 

Box 2 

Folder 2.1: “Mississippi’s Secret Past: Race Speculation Kept Legally White Kids Out of School” Beverly Pettigrew, The Clarion-Ledger, 3 August 1998 

Folder 2.2: Articles relating to segregation in the South and various viewpoints 

Folder 2.3: Copy of article “Jazz Diva Follows Sound of the Roots” by John Leland for The New York Times online, 7 March 2002 

Folder 2.4: Copy of article “On Terror and Spying, Ashcroft Expands Reach” by Eric Licktblau and Adam Liptak for The New York Times, 15 March 2003 

Folder 2.5: Folder entitled “Almost Famous: The Rise of the Nobody Memoir” 

Scope and Content

Contains a copy of the April 2002 article “Almost Famous: The Rise of the ‘Nobody’ Memoir” by Lorraine Adams for Washington Monthly and a bibliography “References and General Reading”

Folder 2.6: From folder entitled “Miscellaneous Articles” 

Scope and Content

Includes articles about writing (esp. memoirs), articles about the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, articles about segregation, and William Faulkner

Folder 2.7: From folder entitled “Clarence Page Re: Sovereignty Commission” 

Scope and Content

Regards Clarence Page’s article “Fight over Judge Replays Our Bitter History” (13 February 2002, Chicago Tribune) about U.S. District Judge Charles W. Pickering Sr.

Folder 2.8: Copy of Peter Maass’s article “The Secrets of Mississippi” for The News Republic, 21 December 1998 

Scope and Content

Regards the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission files at MDAH

Folder 2.9: Folder entitled “Sovereignty Commission - Articles from March 1998 (reopening)” 

Scope and Content

Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.10: Folder entitled “State Secrets Calvin Trillin” 

Scope and Content

Contains several articles about the opening of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission files, including Trillin’s article for The New Yorker on 29 May 1995. Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.11: Folder entitled “Horace Harned” 

Scope and Content

Contains copy of oral history, research notes, interview transcript, correspondence, and other materials related to Harned

Folder 2.12: Folder entitled “Paul B. Johnson, Campaign Materials 1963” 

Folder 2.13: Folder entitled “Sovereignty Files” 

Scope and Content

Contains printouts from the collection, as well as articles about issues related to opening files related to the family of the late Aaron Henry

Folder 2.14: Folder entitled “Ole Miss / Sovereignty Commission” 

Scope and Content

Contains Eubanks’ notes about files, as well as copies of certain documents from the collection

Folder 2.15: Articles about James Meredith and the history of UM 

Folder 2.16: Folder entitled “Sovereignty Commission Reports to Governor” 

Scope and Content

Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.17: Folder entitled “Mount Olive History” 

Scope and Content

Research and background into Mr. Olive’s history

Folder 2.18: Copies of articles about the opening of the Sovereignty Commission files, particularly in regard to legal battles 

Folder 2.19: Folder entitled “Research” 

Scope and Content

Contains copies of documents from the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Files relating to events at The University of Mississippi.

Folder 2.20: Copies from the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission files 

Scope and Content

Regards Lucile Eubanks; list of Collins Attendance Center Faculty (1961-62); list of Collins Elementary Faculty (1961-62); list of Seminary Attendance Center Faculty (1961-62); list of Seminary Elementary Faculty (1961-62); list of Mount Olive Attendance Center Faculty (1961-62); list of Carver High School Faculty (1961-62); list of Carver Elementary Faculty (1961-62); list of Hopewell Attendance Center Faculty (1961-62); list of Lincoln Attendance Center Faculty (1961-62). Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.21: Folder entitled “Covington Co. Sheriff / Sovereignty Commission” 

Scope and Content

Sovereignty Commission files about Covington Co., Mississippi Sheriff and other officials

Folder 2.22: Folder entitled “Vernon Dahmer” 

Scope and Content

Copy of “From the Fires of Hate, and Ember of Hope” by Paul Hendrickson, 22 July 1998

Folder 2.23: Copies of articles from The News-Commercial [1969-1970] 

Scope and Content

Regards school integration, Collins, Mississippi, and surrounding areas

Folder 2.24: Folder entitled “Mississippi Flag Controversy” 

Scope and Content

Regards the 2001 Mississippi state flag vote. Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.25: Document copy “Questions Asked, and Answers Given, by Sovereignty Commission Volunteer Speakers” 

Folder 2.26: Folder entitled “Material from Ed King” 

Scope and Content

Regards the opening of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission files. Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.27: Articles about the opening of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission files 

Folder 2.28: Copy of Yasuhiro Katagiri’s article “Blurring the ‘Color-line’?: Reflection on Interracial and Multiracial America” 

Folder 2.29: Articles about The Clarion-Ledger newspaper 

Folder 2.30: Folder entitled “Main Street Mount Olive, MS” 

Scope and Content

Search for photographs of Mount Olive, MS, in 1949. Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.31: “Rebel Redemption Redux” / Joshua Michael Zeitz 

Folder 2.32: Folder entitled “Miss. Haunting” 

Scope and Content

Contains articles reflecting on race relations and racial violence in Mississippi

Folder 2.33: Mississippi: The Closed Society 

Scope and Content

Photocopies

Folder 2.34: Articles for research 

Folder 2.35: Notes from interviews and research 

Scope and Content

Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.36: J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award 

Scope and Content

Preparatory materials for submission. Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.37: Entry for J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award 

Scope and Content

For Ever is a Long Time. Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.38: Original Book Proposal. “Terror and Magnificence: Remembering Mississippi” 

Scope and Content

Early working title for Ever is a Long Time

Folder 2.39: Book Proposal “Terror and Magnificence: A Rediscovery of a Mississippi Childhood” 

Scope and Content

Early working title for Ever is a Long Time

Folder 2.40: Book Proposal “Terror and Magnificence: A Rediscovery of a Mississippi Childhood” 

Scope and Content

Edited by [Martha Kaplan]. Early working title for Ever is a Long Time.

Folder 2.41: Perseus Publishing - final contract 

Scope and Content

Early working title for Ever is a Long Time. Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.42: Perseus Publishing correspondence 

Scope and Content

Early working title for Ever is a Long Time. Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 2.43: Chapter One - Preface 

Scope and Content

From Ever is a Long Time

Folder 2.44: Sample chapters from Ever is a Long Time 

Folder 2.45: Draft of first eleven chapters of Terror and Magnificence with letter from Eubanks to Elizabeth Carduff (Folder 1 of 2) 

Scope and Content

Letter mentions effect of the opening on the life of Ed King, and an outline of the contents of the chapters. Terror and Magnificence was a working title for  Ever is a Long Time

Folder 2.46: Draft of first eleven chapters of Terror and Magnificence with letter from Eubanks to Elizabeth Carduff (Folder 2 of 2) 

Scope and Content

Letter mentions effect of the opening on the life of Ed King, and an outline of the contents of the chapters. Terror and Magnificence was a working title for  Ever is a Long Time

Folder 2.47: Folder Entitled “First Draft, chapters 1-6, May 2002” 

Scope and Content

Contains an annotated draft [likely by Elizabeth Carduff of Perseus Publishing] of the first five chapters of Ever is a Long Time. Also contains a letter from Elizabeth Carduff to Ralph about the manuscript, as well as a not from Ralph to Carduff.

Folder 2.48: Letter from Elizabeth [Carduff] of Perseus Publishing to Ralph Eubanks, along with edited draft of Terror and Magnificence (early title for  Ever is a Long Time), 25 September 2002 

Box 3 

Folder 3.1: Letter from Elizabeth [Carduff] to Ralph Eubanks along with an edited draft of Ever is a Long Time, 3 January 2003 

Folder 3.2: Manuscript for ‘Ever is a Long Time’ A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past, 20 January 2003 

Folder 3.3: Correspondence regarding final stages for the publication of Ever is a Long Time by Perseus Publishing, February - June 2003 

Folder 3.4: Corrected copy edited version of Ever is a Long Time, Corrected copy edited version of Ever is a Long Time 

Folder 3.5: Copy edited manuscript of Ever is a Long Time 

Folder 3.6: Page proofs for Ever is a Long Time, 7 May 2003 

Folder 3.7: Second set of page proofs for Ever is a Long Time, 18 June 2003 

Folder 3.8: Promotional materials for Ever is a Long Time 

Folder 3.9: Announcement of book acquisition by Perseus Publishing 

Folder 3.10: Press release and interviews for Ever is a Long Time 

Folder 3.11: Articles and reviews of Ever is a Long Time 

Folder 3.12: Promotional / media packed preparation for Ever is a Long Time release 

Scope and Content

Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 3.13: Correspondence related to the publication of Ever is a Long Time 

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Series 3: The House at the End of the Road 

Box 4 

Folder 4.1: Correspondence, documents and other materials related to Ralph Eubanks’ naming as a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 

Scope and Content

Fellowship to write what became The House at the End of the Road. Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 4.2: Folder entitled “Guggenheim Fellowship Letter” 

Scope and Content

Also contains Eubanks’ proposal

Folder 4.3: Book proposal draft for The House at the End of the Road 

Folder 4.4: Manuscript. Book proposal for The House at the End of the Road: A Story of Race, Reconciliation, and Identity 

Folder 4.5: Book proposal for The House at the End of the Road 

Folder 4.6: Copy of “The Middle-class Democracy Victorious: The Mitcham War of Clarke County, Alabama, 1893” by Harvey H. Jackson. The Journal of Southern History, August 1991 

Folder 4.7: Folder entitled “Illusions of Race - Anthony Appiah” 

Scope and Content

Research materials for The House at the End of the Road

Folder 4.8: Research materials for The House at the End of the Road 

Folder 4.9: 1930 census record page for Washington Co., Alabama 

Scope and Content

Entry for Jim Richardson starred and enlarged

Folder 4.10: Folder entitled “Delaney’s notes on Prestwick, June 2008” 

Scope and Content

Delaney Eubanks’ notes

Folder 4.11: Folder entitled “Interracial Marriage Trends 1850 - 2000” 

Scope and Content

Research likely for The House at the End of the Road

Folder 4.12: Folder entitled “Edna Howell - Follow Up” 

Scope and Content

Information given to Eubanks used for his research for The House at the End of the Road

Folder 4.13: Folder entitled “Jim Richardson - Follow Up” 

Scope and Content

Reactions to Eubanks’ 2006 article in The Mobile Register about his search for his ancestors. Research for  The House at the End of the Road

Folder 4.14: Folder entitled “Correspondence, Washington County” 

Scope and Content

Research, correspondence, and articles for The House at the End of the Road

Folder 4.15: FOIPA Request 

Scope and Content

Research for The House at the End of the Road

Folder 4.16: From folder entitled “USA Archives” 

Scope and Content

Research for The House at the End of the Road

Folder 4.17: Folder entitled “DNA Analysis” 

Scope and Content

Much of the folder relates to Penn State’s Race relations Project. Contains information on specific individuals’ DNA analyses. Part of this folder remains restricted due to personal information

Folder 4.18: Final contract for The House at the End of the Road with Harper Collins 

Scope and Content

Some original materials removed and restricted to protect personal information. Photocopies available in folder.

Folder 4.19: Edited Draft of Chapter 9 from The House at the End of the Road edits by Mark Shriver 

Folder 4.20: Annotated Draft of The House at the End of the Road, August 2008 

Folder 4.21: Draft of The House at the End of the Road, October 2008 

Folder 4.22: Copy of annotated draft of The House at the End of the Road, 4 October 2008 

Scope and Content

Sent from Kathryn Antony at Harper Collins

Folder 4.23: Copy edited manuscript of The House at the End of the Road 24 November [2008] 

Folder 4.24: First page proofs for The House at the End of the Road 7 January 2009 

Folder 4.25: Second page proofs for The House at the End of the Road 13 February 2009 

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Series 4: Catalogued items 

Uncorrected proof of The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission on Civil Rights and States’ Rights by Yasuhiro Katagiri 

Separated Materials

Removed and catalogued. Availabe in department's catalogued materials.

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Series 5: Photographs 

Separated Materials

Photographs removed and stored off-site with Collections Photographs.

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RESTRICTED 

Box 5: Original materials removed from Boxes 1 and 2 

Box 6: Original materials removed from Boxes 3 and 4 

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