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James H. Latimer papers

James H. Latimer papers, 1864-2000
James H. Latimer papers
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  • Papers, 1864-2000, of James Howe Latimer (1913-2000) of Richmond, Virginia, and Tennessee, including annual reports, articles, book reviews, broadsides, bumper stickers, cartoons, clippings, correspondence, editorials, election results, greeting cards, magazines, maps, memoirs, memorandums, newsletters, newspapers, notes, obituaries, photographs, press releases, programs, program scripts, rough drafts, scrapbooks, and speeches primarily relating to Virginia and national politics, national, state, and local elections, journalism, and Virginia history
  • SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE, 1864-2000 (bulk 1935-2000). Includes correspondence to and from family and friends, general correspondence involving Latimer's professional life, and greeting cards. The family correspondence consists of letters to and from his wife, Anna Latimer, 1935-1937, 1959-1984, his sister, Dorothy Latimer, 1935-1984, and his son, James D. Latimer, 1966-1991. The family correspondence also includes letters written by family members during the Civil War and World War I. The friends correspondence consists of letters from Jerome Alper, 1934-1937, Madison Bratton, 1934-1935, 1953, 1962, Howard Nelson, 1934-1935, and H. Leonard, 1951-1952. Jerome Alper's and Howard Nelson's letters describe their experiences in school in Chicago, Illinois, while Madison Bratton's letters describe his experiences in school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The general correspondence, 1935-2000, primarily relates to Latimer's professional life, but does include letters of a personal nature. Includes correspondence concerning Latimer's career, Virginia politics, participation in panel discussions, seminars, and workshops, and politicians. Also includes congratulatory letters received on articles well written, congratulatory letters sent, memorandums about the Richmond Times-Dispatch's political news coverage, and invitations. Attached to some of the letters are notes and rough drafts of articles, and book excerpts from authors and publishers requesting a critique from Latimer. The greeting cards include Birthday, Father's Day, Mother's Day, and Get Well cards
  • SERIES II: LIVING HISTORY MAKERS, 1975-1988. Includes material relating to "The Living History Makers," a series of programs produced by Central Virginia Educational Television and the Richmond Times-Dispatch in which Virginia's former governors and other politicians were interviewed about Virginia's post-World War II political history. Of note are photographs for the Darden-Tuck series, program scripts, transcripts of interviews with Linwood Holton, John Dalton, Albertis Harrison, and Mills Godwin. The programs included: Colgate Darden and William Tuck, 1975-1976; J. Lindsay Almond, 1979-1980; Albertis Harrison and Mills Godwin, 1981-1982; Linwood Holton and John Dalton, 1986-1987; and Harry F. Byrd, Jr. and Henry Howell, 1987-1988. Also includes material for a series with Harry F. Byrd, Jr. and Linwood Holton that was never produced
  • SERIES III: SUBJECT FILES. Arranged alphabetically, this series consists of files for persons, events, elections, gubernatorial addresses, political conventions, seminars, subjects, and form of material, primarily relating to Virginia politics and history. Of note are the files on David Mays, Harry F. Byrd Jr. and Sr., Mills Godwin, Ellen Glasgow, prohibition in Virginia, William M. Tuck, the 200th bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, the Virginia General Assembly, and a copy of an address by Lyndon Baines Johnson on which Latimer made notes of Harry F. Byrd, Sr.'s reaction after almost every major point LBJ touched upon (filed under press releases). This series also includes files of a personal nature including genealogical information on the Howe, Latimer and McCrary families, material from the Baylor School, schoolwork as a student at the University of Chattanooga, material concerning the death of James Howard Latimer, travel information, the memorial program from the funeral of Anna McCrary Latimer, and an account book of Ollie Mai Howe Latimer for the Circle #4 Auxiliary
  • SERIES IV: PUBLICATIONS. Includes histories of various Virginia counties, employee newsletters of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Media General, Inc., issues of the Commonwealth, Life, Look, New Yorker, Time, Today in Virginia, University of Virginia Newsletter, Virginia Cavalcade, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Virginia Record, and Washington Post Magazine, and publications relating to the Civil War, Davy Crockett, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Joseph McCarthy, the Republican Party, George Wythe, Richmond's newspapers, and Richmond's architecture. Also includes various Virginia newspapers and several from out of state (FOR A COMPLETE LISTING SEE THE ON-LINE GUIDE). Some of these publications are located in oversize. Also, due to the poor condition of some of the newspapers researchers should use the microfilm
  • SERIES V: WRITINGS, 1937-1994. Consists of articles and Sunday columns Latimer wrote during his long career, including many rough drafts. Also includes two scrapbooks of Latimer articles, and a copy of the widely quoted, "Virginia Politics, 1950-1960" written in 1961
  • SERIES VI: PHOTOGRAPHS. Includes photographs of Latimer accepting the George Mason Award, being inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, and at work in the newsroom, on the campaign trail, at press conferences, in the State Capital, and during sessions of the General Assembly. Also includes photographs of national and Virginia politicians, Virginia General Assembly sessions (1972, 1973, 1975, 1979), the National Tobacco Festival (1957), the Reynolds Metal Company Headquarters Building (1958), Virginia Supreme Court (1974), members of Virginia's 1901-1902 Constitutional Convention, and the Conference of Chief Justices (1950). Of note is a panoramic photograph of an unidentified group or company
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  • James Howe Latimer was born in Nashville, Tennessee on 17 June 1913 to Hugh Darington and Ollie Mai Howe Latimer. His grandfather was James Howard Latimer (1843-1934), who served with Company I of the 49th Georgia Infantry during the Civil War. Latimer attended the Baylor School, a military preparatory school, in Chattanooga, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Chattanooga in 1935. From 1934 to 1937, Latimer worked as a reporter and copy editor for the Chattanooga Times. In 1937, he was hired as a reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He served two years in the United States Army during World War II and after the war resumed working at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where his principal assignment involved covering Virginia politics, state government, the governor's office, legislative sessions, and state and national political conventions.
  • Latimer also served as the principal Virginia correspondent for Time, Life, and Fortune magazines and contributed articles to a variety of other publications such as the New York Herald Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Sports Illustrated, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the University of Virginia News Letter, and the Commonwealth Magazine. From the mid-1970's to the late 1980's, Latimer wrote and hosted "The Living History Makers," a series of programs aired on Central Virginia Educational Television in which former governors and other politicians of Virginia reminisced about Virginia politics. In 1979, Latimer received the George Mason Award from the Richmond chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism, and was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 1987. After his retirement in 1981, Latimer continued writing articles and columns on Virginia politics for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Latimer married Anna Mary McCrary (1915-1993) in 1938 and had one son, James Darington Latimer, born in 1941. He died 7 April 2000 after a brief illness.
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James H. Latimer papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Serve microfilm of newspapers rather than originals
Immediate source of acquisition
Latimer, James D.
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Correspondence. II. Living History Makers. III. Subject Files. IV. Publications. V. Writings. VI. Photographs.
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