Atkins Library Installs Permanent Exhibit: "The World of Harry Golden"

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The J. Murrey Atkins Library has installed the permanent exhibit “The World of Harry Golden" based on the library’s extensive collection of Golden’s papers. The publisher of the Carolina Israelite, Golden wrote more than 20 books, including “Only in America” and “For 2C Plain,” which were on the bestseller list simultaneously in 1959.

Golden (1903-1981) used humor to attack what he described as “the inherent absurdity of segregation in the South.” His reputation as a civil rights advocate was such that Martin Luther King Jr. asked him to write a testimonial for his first book in 1958. In his famous “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” King also recognized Golden as one of a small group of Southern journalists who “had written about our struggle in eloquent and prophetic terms.”

The Harry Golden Papers contain approximately 300,000 items and constitute one of the library’s most noteworthy research collections. According to library officials, its value comes not only because the papers were produced by a person who was important in his own right but because of the many different perspectives they offer on of U. S. history during the mid-20th century.

The exhibit, located on the library’s first floor, is possible through the generosity of Anita Stewart Brown, a devoted friend of Golden who endowed the Harry Golden Fund. Studio Displays Inc. designed and fabricated the exhibit, and Robert Weis and Robin Brabham served as curators.

For more information, contact Atkins Library Special Collections at 704.687.2449 or

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