Oral history interview with Thomas Jackson White Jr., March 14, 1986

Oral history interview with Thomas Jackson White Jr., March 14, 1986

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Creator:White, Thomas J. (Thomas Jackson), 1903-1991
Creator:Dean, Pamela
Title:Oral history interview with Thomas Jackson White Jr., March 14, 1986
Date:1986 Mar. 14
Description:

At the time of this interview, in 1986, Thomas Jackson White Jr. could look back on decades as a civil and criminal lawyer in eastern North Carolina, terms in both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly in the 1950s and 1960s, a stint as a lobbyist, positions on the governing bodies of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a long career of influence in state politics. In this interview, White describes some of his experiences as a leader in North Carolina. He speaks at length in the first half of the interview about his eighteen-year chairmanship of the State Art Museum Building Commission, time he says he spent navigating resistance from Raleigh residents, bureaucratic mazes, the press, and party politics. In the second half, White focuses on his career as a lobbyist for the tobacco industry, offering a behind-the-scenes look at how the legislature works. This interview offers not just a portrait of an influential North Carolinian, but also insight into the intricacies of state government. White died in 1991.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:White, Thomas J. (Thomas Jackson), 1903-1991 | North Carolina--Officials and employees | Lobbyists--North Carolina | North Carolina Museum of Art--Planning | Tobacco industry--Political aspects--North Carolina | North Carolina. General Assembly. | Art museums--Design and construction--Political aspects--North Carolina--Raleigh | Raleigh (N.C.) | Wake County (N.C.) | North Carolina
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Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2007
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on May 6, 2008).

Interview participants: Thomas Jackson White, Jr., interviewee; Pamela Dean, interviewer.

Duration: 02:43:34.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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