Couch, William T. (William Terry), 1901-1988

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William Terry Couch was director of the University of North Carolina Press, 1932-1945; director of the University of Chicago Press, 1945-1950; editor-in-chief of Collier's Encyclopedia and Yearbooks, 1952-1959; editor of the American Oxford Encyclopedia, 1959-1963; and co-director of the Center for American Studies in Burlingame, Calif., 1963-1964.

From the description of William T. Couch papers, 1926-1988. (Oceanside Free Library). WorldCat record id: 27190223

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From the description of Reminiscences of William Terry Couch : oral history, 1970. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122684197

William Terry Couch

1901 Born 4 December in Pamplin, Va., son of a Baptist minister.

1917 Moved with family to farm between Chapel Hill and Durham. N.C.

1917-1918 Worked on farm and with Southern Power Company.

1920 Entered the University of North Carolina (January).

1920-1922 Served in the army; failed physical exam to enter West Point.

1922-1925 Returned to UNC. Worked as library assistant and as editor of Carolina Magazine .

1925 Married Elizabeth Calvert.

1925 Asked to direct the UNC Press by its director, Louis R. Wilson, while he took a leave of absence.

1926 Graduated with a B.A. degree from UNC.

1926 Appointed assistant director of the UNC Press.

1932 Appointed director of UNC Press when Dr. Wilson went to the University of Chicago.

1933 Edited and published Culture in the South .

1936 Appointed associate director of N.C. Writers Project. Supervised writing of North Carolina state guide.

1938-1941 Served as regional director of the Federal Writers Project.

1939 Edited and published These Are Our Lives .

1941-1943 Served as president of the American Association of University Presses.

1945 Resigned from UNC Press to accept offer from University of Chicago Press (August).

1945-1950 Served as director of University of Chicago Press.

1950 Fired from University of Chicago Press (November).

1951-1952 Moved to Medfield, Conn.; searched for a job and considered graduate work at Harvard or Yale.

1952 Hired by Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. Moved to New York (August).

1952-1959 Served as editor-in-chief of Collier's Encyclopedia and Year Books.

1959 Resigned from Crowell-Collier to accept job with J.J. Little and Ives Co. (July).

1959-1963 Served as editor of American Oxford Encyclopedia, published by Little and Ives.

1963 Resigned from Little and Ives to join the staff of the newly formed Center for American Studies in Burlingame, circa (March).

1963-1964 Served as co-director of Center for American Studies.

1965 His wife, Elizabeth Calvert, died (September).

1965 Returned to Chapel Hill.

1967-1968 Lived in New York while writing a book.

1967 Married Caro Mae Green, sister of Paul Green (March).

1968 Retired in Chapel Hill.

1970 Divorced from Caro Mae Green (October).

1972 Married Florence Stullman.

1988 Died on 10 December in Charlottesville, Va.

From the guide to the William T. Couch Papers, ., 1926-1988, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

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referencedIn Douty, Kenneth. Report and letters, 1956; 1971 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Lalley, J. M. (Joseph Michael), 1896-1980. J.M. Lalley papers 1895-1981. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Harris, Bernice Kelly, 1892-1973. Bernice Kelly Harris papers, 1913-1973, 1996-1997. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Roper, John Herbert, 1948-. John Herbert Roper papers, 1979-2003. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Federal Writers' Project. Federal Writers' Project papers, 1936-1940. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Farrell, Charles Anderson, 1894-1977. Charles Anderson Farrell papers, 1938-1977. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Couch, William T. (William Terry), 1901-1988. William T. Couch papers, 1926-1988. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Couch, William T. (William Terry), 1901-1988. Reminiscences of William Terry Couch : oral history, 1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Alexander W. McAlister Papers, 1886-1946 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn University of North Carolina Press. Records of the University of North Carolina Press, 1922-1997 (bulk 1930-1970) [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf University of North Carolina Press. Letters, 1940-1980, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Green, Paul, 1894-1981. Paul Green papers, 1880-1985. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Davidson, Donald, 1893-1968. Donald Davidson Correspondence 1917-1968. Vanderbilt University Library, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest. William Ernest Hocking Papers. 1860-1979. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf William T. Couch Papers, ., 1926-1988 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Bailey, J. O. (James Osler), 1903-1979. James Osler Bailey papers, 1924-1976. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Miller, Francis Pickens, 1895-1978. Papers of Francis Pickens Miller, 1915-1976. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Adams, F. Maynard. person
associatedWith Bailey, J. O. (James Osler), 1903-1979. person
associatedWith Brooks, Cleanth, 1906-1994. person
associatedWith Buckley, William F. (William Frank), 1925-2008. person
associatedWith Center for American Studies (Burlingame, Calif.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Daniels, Jonathan, 1902-1981. person
associatedWith Daniels, Josephus, 1862-1948. person
associatedWith Davidson, Donald, 1893-1968. person
associatedWith Douty, Kenneth. person
associatedWith Farrell, Charles Anderson, 1894-1977. person
associatedWith Federal Writers' Project. corporateBody
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associatedWith Feibleman, James Kern, 1904- person
associatedWith Green, Paul, 1894-1981. person
associatedWith Harris, Bernice Kelly, 1892-1973. person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Hodges, Luther Hartwell, 1898-1974. person
associatedWith Hoggan, David L. (David Leslie), 1923- person
associatedWith Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899-1977. person
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associatedWith Kirk, Russell. person
associatedWith Lalley, J. M. (Joseph Michael), 1896-1980. person
associatedWith McAlister, Alexander W., 1862-1946 person
associatedWith McPherson, Holt, 1906- person
associatedWith Miller, Francis Pickens, 1895-1978. person
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associatedWith Nutter, G. Warren. person
associatedWith Regnery, Henry, 1912-1996. person
associatedWith Roper, John Herbert, 1948- person
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associatedWith Singal, Daniel Joseph, 1944- person
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associatedWith University of North Carolina Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Vivas, Eliseo. person
associatedWith Wilson, Louis Round, 1876-1979. person
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Southern States
Southern States
United States
Illinois--Chicago
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Publishers and publishing--History--20th century
Academic freedom
Employees--Dismissal of
Liberalism--History--20th century
Conservatism--History--20th century
Publishers and publishing--Interviews
Farm tenancy
University presses
Segregation
New Deal, 1933-1939
Anti-communist movements
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Birth 1901-12-04

Death 1988-12-10

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