The Resource Peter Mellette papers

Peter Mellette papers

Label
Peter Mellette papers, 1945-1993
Title
Peter Mellette papers
Inclusive dates
1945-1993
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Papers, 1945-1993, of Dr. Peter Mellette (1920-1993), longtime director of the Virginia region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ). Almost all of the papers in the collection relate to Mellette's work with the NCCJ, and include correspondence; general NCCJ files, such as administrative reports, committee and local chapter files, manuals, news releases, and newsletters; outreach and program files, including brochures, discussion guides, manuals, photographs, resource packets, scripts for radio and television spots and plays, sound recordings, syllabi, and other materials from programs such as Brotherhood Week, Rearing Children of Good Will, and Police-Community Relations, as well as various awards programs; subject files reflecting Mellette's interests in education, race relations, religion, school desegregation, social justice, and other topics; financial papers including budget projections, financial statements, and fundraising files; and an extensive collection of clippings
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
  • Peter Augustus Mellette was born in Latta, South Carolina, on 10 January 1920, to parents Frank Mellette (1892-1944) and Floy Bethea Mellette (d. 1953). He completed his undergraduate education at Furman University in 1940, then moved to Pennsylvania to attend Crozer Theological Seminary. It was in Pennsylvania that Mellette met Sue Jackson (1922-2000), whom he married on 16 June 1943. He later earned degrees from Case Western Reserve University (master's in history, 1949), and Columbia University (doctorate in education, 1951).
  • In 1952, Peter Mellette accepted a position as assistant director for the St. Louis area of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ). The next year, he moved to Richmond to become director of the organization's Virginia region. Here he spent the remainder of his career, taking on additional roles as field director for the Carolinas, Kentucky, and Tennessee in 1973 (later adding Ohio and Indiana); national vice president in 1975; and senior vice president in 1978. He entered partial retirement in 1981, stepping down from his Virginia directorship but continuing with his national-level responsibilities until retiring fully in 1982. Mellette died of a heart attack on 3 February 1993. He was survived by his wife, Susan, and their children, Susan and Peter.
Cataloging source
VIC
Label
Peter Mellette papers
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi00291.xml
Note
  • For a more detailed biographical note, series descriptions, and a container listing, please refer to the finding aid (avilable online and in the repository)
  • ACCESSIONS 39459 AND 40332 HAVE BEEN COMBINED AND ARE FILED JOINTLY HERE AS ACCESSION 39459
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
Extent
37.2
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Crown Collectibles
  • Wickham, Sommer
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Correspondence, 1945-1993; II. NCCJ general files, 1945-1986; III. NCCJ outreach and program files, 1946-1988; IV. Subject files, 1941-1993; V. NCCJ financial papers, 1945-1982; and VI. Clippings and magazines, 1945-1993.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001600477
Type of unit
cu. ft. (78 boxes)

Library Locations

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