Rufus L. Edmisten Collection

Title

Rufus L. Edmisten Collection

Description

The Rufus L. Edmisten Collection consists of numerous scrapbooks detailing the life of Rufus Edmisten, from birth to the present. From Boone, NC originally, Rufus Edmisten is likely known for his prolific political career that included delivering the subpoena to President Nixon during the Watergate Investigation. This extensive collection will be added gradually over several years, with a corresponding finding aid released as new items are uploaded.

Rufus Lige Edmisten, the namesake of this collection, was born in 1941 at Watauga Hospital, now Founders Hall on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Edmisten was the fifth of six children born to Walter Farthing and Nell Hollar Edmisten. He attended Appalachian High School and then the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, graduating in 1963. He was married to Jane Moretz the summer he graduated. (They remained married until 1981. He later married his current wife, Linda Harris.) Edmisten then moved to Washington DC where he worked with Senator Sam Ervin and his career began.

Parts of this collection were also given to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where they are being digitized. The Rufus Edmisten Papers, 1939-2009 can be viewed here: https://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/05528/

Series 1 is the first volume in this collection and titled "Birth-Appointment on Ervin's staff, Volume 1." The 265 items in this series begin with Edmisten as a young child and carry through his time on Sam J. Ervin's staff in the late 1960s. Many of these items were newspaper clippings from around North Carolina noting Edmisten's accomplishments.

Series 2 is 112 items from the scrapbook titled "High School (1955-1959)" detailing Edmisten's accomplishments at Appalachian High School in Boone, NC. Many of these items are letters from public figures such as Terry Sanford with the Wildlife Resources Commission and U. S. Representative Hugh Quincy Alexander. Notably in this series are the letters regarding Edmisten interviewing and being awarded the Morehead Scholarship.

Series 3 consists of 46 items, mainly letters to Rufus Edmisten from peers and mentors. Just a handful of photographs are part of this series. The scrapbook is labeled in gold marker on the front cover with the dates 1958-1959. A handwritten inscription inside cover reads, "Rufus Edmisten 1958-Senior Year, High School, 1959-Freshman Year, University."

Series 4 consists of 57 items detailing Rufus Edmisten’s college years. Of note are the newspaper clippings of student voting around segregation and the Vietnam War. This scrapbook is labeled "UNC-Chapel Hill 1960-1963 Rufus L. Edmisten."

Contributor

Rufus Edmisten

Rights

Rufus Edmisten has shared these items with Digital Watauga through a digital use rights deed of gift. Any reprinting, redistribution, or other use of these images and materials outside of Digital Watauga requires written permission from Rufus Edmisten. Additional copyright restrictions may also apply. Contact Digital Watauga for additional details.

Collection Items

Group of Lawyers, Rufus Edmisten Center
This item is a black and white photograph of a group of men and one woman at a table. Rufus Edmisten is standing at the center with a pipe in his mouth. What appear to be large cameras are to the left of the photograph behind the table. Although name…

"State Teen Dems Elect, Resolve, and Smoke," Journal and Sentinel, August 16, 1970
This item is a newspaper clipping detailing the Teen Democratic Convention in Winston Salem. Rufus Edmisten spoke to the group and highlights are included at the end of the article. This item is on the top right on page 68 in Rufus Edmisten's…

Rufus Edmisten at the Microphone
This item is a black and white photograph of Rufus Edmisten behind a microphone with a pipe in his mouth. A young woman is seated next to him, holding a young boy in her lap. This item is on the bottom left on page 68 in Rufus Edmisten's scrapbook…

"Teen Dems Will Choose Officers Here," Journal and Sentinel, August 15, 1970
This newspaper article details elections in the Teen Democratic Convention in Winston Salem. Rufus Edmisten is noted as a speaker for the event. This item is on the top left on page 68 in Rufus Edmisten's scrapbook labeled "Birth-Appointment on…

Overview of Page 68 in Rufus Edmisten's First Scrapbook
Overview of page 68 in Rufus Edmisten's scrapbook labeled "Birth-Appointment on Ervin's staff, Volume 1."

"Fifty-Seven Wagons," Unknown Publisher, Circa 1970
This item is a photograph of the Daniel Boone Wagon Train Parade making its way to downtown Boone, NC. The image was taken by George Flowers and features Dewitt Barnett is noted to be second from the left. It is possible they are stopped on Deerfield…

"In Wagon Train Parade," Possibly Watauga Democrat, Circa June 1970
This short newspaper clipping announces the leaders of an upcoming Boone Wagon Train Parade to come through downtown Boone, NC. Rufus Edmisten is noted as one of the leaders. This item is in the middle on the left of page 67 in Rufus Edmisten's…

"Another Successful Daniel Boone Wagon Train," Watauga Democrat, June 25, 1970
Featuring an image of the wagon train parade, the caption lists Rufus Edmisten as one of the leaders. He appears to be on horseback, third from the left. This item is on the top right of page 67 in Rufus Edmisten's scrapbook labeled…

Newspaper Comic About Rufus Edmisten
This item is a color comic that appears to have been printed in a newspaper. The text features a mention to "Rufus," presumably Rufus Edmisten. This item is on the top left of page 67 in Rufus Edmisten's scrapbook labeled "Birth-Appointment on…

Overview of Page 67 in Rufus Edmisten's First Scrapbook
Overview of page 67 in Rufus Edmisten's scrapbook labeled "Birth-Appointment on Ervin's staff, Volume 1."
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