William McWhorter Cochrane papers, 1862-2002.

Creator: Cochrane, William McWhorter, 1917-
Collection number: 5079
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Abstract: William McWhorter Cochrane (1917- ) of Newton and Chapel Hill, N.C., and Washington, D.C., worked for the United States Senate in various capacities for more than 40 years. Correspondence, reports, writings, clippings, pictures, awards and certificates, and other materials document Cochrane’s life and personal affairs, including his childhood in Newton, N.C.; his student years at the University of North Carolina, 1934-1942; his service in the United States Navy during World War II and in the United States Naval Reserve; and his family, including his wife, writer and teacher Shirley Graves Cochrane.Political materials detail Cochrane’s activities on Capitol Hill from the early 1950s to the mid-1990s and chiefly concern the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. These materials also document Cochrane’s work with presidential inauguration ceremonies; Senator W. Kerr Scott; Senator B. Everett Jordan; the Joint Congressional Committee on the Library; the Architect of the Capitol; and Terry Sanford, as well as Cochrane’s vast network of friends and colleagues in North Carolina and Washington, D.C.Correspondence, reports, clippings, lists, and other materials also relate to Cochrane’s interest and involvement in North Carolina state politics and affairs, the B. Everett Jordan Lake and Dam, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Institute of Government. Family history material, extensive clippings, and pictures are also included.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: There is a folder entitled “African American Leaders” (Folder 1438). Family scrapbooks (scrapbook¬†1 in Series 6 “Family History”) contain a record of “Our Colored Folk”. In series 8, there are numerous clippings related to civil rights, race, and gender.