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Rufus Edmisten Presents Watergate Papers Sept. 20

Chancellor Holden Thorp Interviews Rufus Edmisten
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m. Display viewing | Lobby
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

A piece of Watergate history will have a new home at UNC, thanks to a donation by Raleigh attorney Rufus Edmisten. It was Edmisten, Deputy Chief Counsel to the Watergate Committee, who served the subpoena to President Richard Nixon for the Watergate tapes on July 23, 1973.

That original subpoena, along with Edmisten’s personal archive, will now be part of the Southern Historical Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

To mark the donation of his papers, Edmisten will speak about his Watergate experience on Sept. 20 at Wilson Library. UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp will interview Edmisten and moderate questions from the audience. The free public program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Starting at 5 p.m., attendees can view selections from the Edmisten archive in the Wilson Library lobby.

Included will be the subpoena that Edmisten delivered, along with Nixon’s letter of refusal. Nixon’s response is part of the Sam Ervin papers, also in the Southern Historical Collection.

The Rufus Edmisten Papers document Edmisten’s role in the Watergate hearings and his thirty-year career of public service in Washington and in North Carolina. They arrive at UNC 40 years after the Watergate break-in whose discovery in 1972 launched the investigation that led to Nixon’s resignation.

After graduating from UNC in 1963, Edmisten attended law school at George Washington University. He served for 10 years on Ervin’s staff, eventually becoming Deputy Chief Counsel to the Watergate Committee.

The native of Boone, N.C., then returned to the Tar Heel state, where he served as Attorney General and Secretary of State. He is a partner in the law firm of Edmisten, Webb & Moore in Raleigh.

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