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Creed Carter Black papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Organized into the following units: Appointment books, Chronological file, Congressional liaison reports, Emergency school aid, General organization and operation, Grants, HEW Annual report, HEW budget, Hearings and legislation, House and Senate hearings, Humor, Legislative briefing book, Miscellaneous correspondence, News items, Photographs, Policies, Political breakdown by offices, Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act, Reading files, Reports, Speeches, Student unrest, Testimony before House and Senate committees, Weekly memos to the White House, and White House memos. Arrangement is chronological, except for the miscellaneous correspondence files, which are arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
79M1: [identification of item], Creed Carter Black papers, 1967-1970, 1975, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
4.5 Cubic feet
Government official and newspaperman, Creed Carter Black, was a native of Harlan, Kentucky. He had a long journalism career with newspapers in Paducah, Kentucky; Chicago; Nashville; Savannah; and Wilmington, North Carolina before joining President Richard Nixon's administration in 1969. In the administration he served as Assistant Secretary for Legislation under Health, Education, and Welfare Secretaries Robert Finch and Elliott Richardson. He left the government in August 1970 to become editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1977, he became the chairman of the board and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The Creed Carter Black papers relate to Black's service as Assistant Secretary for Legislation in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare from 1969-1970. There are three major units of files in this collection: Chronological, Reading, and News Items. The News Items give a comprehensive account of the activities of the department as reported in the nation's leading newspapers. Other files include appointment books, a legislative briefing book prepared for Secretary Richardson, miscellaneous correspondence, photographs, policies, reports, speeches, and weekly memos to and from the White House. Among topics covered are emergency school aid, general organization and operation, grants, annual budget of HEW, hearings and legislation, House and Senate hearings, humor, political breakdown by offices, several files on student unrest, and testimony before House and Senate committees. Roughly three-fourths of these materials consist of correspondence and departmental policy papers.
These papers are of interest for the insight they give into the workings of the first Nixon administration, and the legislative relations of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in particular. They show the relationship of partisan political considerations and the development of public policy, particularly in regard to the Nixon administration's responses to student unrest in the late 1960s.
The Appointment book series contains Black's appointment records for meetings and hearings from 1969 to 1970.
The Chronological files series contains typescript drafts and official Department of Health, Education, and Welfare correspondence. The series is organized by month and year.
The Congressional liaison reports series contains weekly liaison intelligence reports for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
The Emergency school aid series contains a loose-leaf booklet concerning the Emergency School Aid Program and the Emergency School Aid Act of 1970.
The General organization and operation series contains memorandum and correspondence concerning the organization and operation of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
The Grants series contains memorandum, correspondence, and other documents concerning grants approved by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
The HEW annual report series contains a published copy of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Annual Report for 1969.
The HEW budget series contains a published copy of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's proposed budget for 1971.
The Hearings and legislation series contains two published books. The first is a Committee copy of the House bill for discussion on the Family Assistance Act of 1970. The second book records hearings held on the federal response to Hurricane Camille.
The House and Senate hearings series contains eight published books documenting hearings held in the House and Senate. The hearings dealt with the following topics: the Community Mental Health Centers Amendment of 1969 (2 copies); Independent Agency for Credit Unions (2 copies); the Comprehensive Narcotic Addiction and Drug Abuse Care and Control Act of 1969 (2 copies); the Community Mental Health Centers Act Extension; and Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities, 1969.
The Humor series consists of correspondence, notes, memos, articles, and other documents containing witty, humorous stories or jokes.
The Legislative briefing book series contains a report of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's legislative program and outlook for 1970. The book was prepared for Secretary Elliott Richardson.
The Miscellaneous correspondence series contains official Department of Health, Education, and Welfare correspondence arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
The News items series contains news stories, which give a comprehensive account of the activities of the department as reported in the nation's leading newspapers.
The Photograph series contains photographs of Creed Black and other officials.
The Policies series contains official Department of Health, Education, and Welfare memos on subjects including reports to Congress, a request for drafting assistance, and clearance procedures for Congressional Testimony.
The Political breakdown by offices series consists documents recording office structure based on political affiliation for 1969 and 1970.
The Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act series contains a book about the act.
The Reading files series contains typescript drafts of correspondence, reports, and memorandum for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
The Reports series contains Department of Health, Education, and Welfare memos documenting weekly activity for the department and other related actions.
The Speeches series contains drafts, edits, and final copies of speeches given by Creed Black.
The Student unrest series consists of material relating to student unrest from 1967 to 1969. These materials include reports, studies, legislative provisions, proposals, background material, and hearing reports.
The Testimony before House and Senate committees series contains twelve typescript statements which include speeches given by Creed Black at twelve different hearings before several House and Senate Committees.
The Weekly memos to the White House series consists of weekly Department of Health, Education, and Welfare memos sent to the White House in 1969 and 1970.
The White House series contains copies and official memos from the White House to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1969 and 1970.
The Personal notes series consists of Black's notes on his work with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1969 to 1970.
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