John Herbert Roper papers, 1979-2003.

Creator: Roper, John Herbert, 1948-
Collection number: 4235
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Abstract: John Herbert Roper is a professor of history with interests chiefly related to the history of the American South. Correspondence, interviews, writings, and other materials relating to historian John Herbert Roper’s work as professor of history at Emory and Henry College and on topics in southern history. Among these materials are transcripts of and notes on interviews done in 1978 and 1980 with William T. Couch, Manning J. Dauer, John Hope Franklin, Guy B. Johnson, Guion Johnson, LeRoy E. Loemker, J. Carlyle Sitterson, Carl D. Stewart, and Bennett H. Wall about historian C. Vann Woodward.Also included is a transcript of an interview with Woodward; correspondence with Woodward that includes letters from Woodward about Tom Watson; and a manuscript by Roper of “Progress and History: U. B. Phillips and C. Vann Woodward Create A Southern Dialectic on Race.”There is also correspondence about historian U. B. Phillips; materials relating to the Herbert Aptheker/Paul G. Partington controversy about publication of a bibliography of the works of W. E. B. DuBois; correspondence and other papers relating to Roper’s editing a collection of essays entitled “C. Vann Woodward: A Southern Historian and His Critics”; an interview with Ellis Merton Coulter about U. B. Phillips; and correspondence and other materials relating to other aspects of Roper’s writing and teaching.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Chiefly transcriptions of interviews by Roper, then at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina, relating to his biography of historian C. Vann Woodward. Included are materials concerning the Herbert Aptheker / Paul G. Partington controversy about publication of a bibliography of the works of W. E. B. Du Bois. (See Folder 48). Transcripts of interviews available on microfilm.

There is also correspondence from noted historian John Hope Franklin in Folder 26. Included is a photograph of John Hope Franklin and C. Vann Woodward. (See Folder P-4235/1)