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Bernadette Hoyle Papers


Bernadette Woodlief Hoyle (1912-1989) was a central figure in the literary life of North Carolina during her career as a journalist and professional photographer.This collection of her papers constitutes only a portion of Mrs. Hoyle's writings and correspondence, and date for the most part from the first five years of her career. They include Mrs. Hoyle's writings (1945-1950), correspondence and research files for her book published in 1956,Tar Heel Writers I Know, and a series of file's relating to the North Carolina Writers' Conference (1952-1983).

Title

Bernadette Hoyle Papers

Collection Number

PC.1773

Date(s)

1945 - 1950; 1952 - 1983

Language

English

Physical Description
Linear feet
2.5
Archival boxes
8
Genre/Physical Characteristic

Letters and press cuttings, including ten scrapbooks mounted with newspaper feature articles written by Mrs. Hoyle between 1945 and 1950 and three mounted with clipped copies of her newspaper column entitled  "According to Hoyle", published during the years 1946-1950.

Physical Description
Archive Boxes
8.00
Abstract

Bernadette Woodlief Hoyle (1912-1989) was a central figure in the literary life of North Carolina during her career as a journalist and professional photographer.

This collection of her papers constitutes only a portion of Mrs. Hoyle's writings and correspondence, and date for the most part from the first five years of her career. They include Mrs. Hoyle's writings (1945-1950), correspondence and research files for her book published in 1956,  Tar Heel Writers I Know, and a series of file's relating to the North Carolina Writers' Conference (1952-1983).

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

Hoyle, Bernadette Woodlief.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


The materials in the eight boxes of Mrs. Hoyle's papers are arranged as follows:

  1. Personal Papers Carolinas Press Photographers' Association, 1950-1954 North Carolina Writers' Conference, 1950-1983  According to Hoyle, 1946-1950  Tar Heel Writers I Know Newspaper Feature Articles, 1945-1950 Miscellaneous

Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by George Stevenson, November 30, 1989

Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, July 19, 2002


The following issues of the  Henderson Daily Dispatch containing articles on the last days and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti have been transferred to the Newspaper Collection (NP.42): 1927 Aug 23 (2 copies), 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30.


Bernadette Woodlief Hoyle (1912-1989), journalist and professional photographer, was a central figure in the literary life of North Carolina during most of her career. Though these papers do not reflect it, Mrs. Hoyle was, on more than one occasion, winner of the literary award given by the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, founder and director of the  "Tar Heel Writers' Roundtable" (1965-1984), historian of Campbell University and biographer of James Archibald Campbell, author of several small publications in addition to her chef oeuvre,  Tar Heel-Writers I Know, director of publicity for first the State Board of Public Welfare then the North Carolina Council on Mental Retardation, and served as writer to the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee.


Bernadette Woodlief Hoyle (1912-1989), journalist and professional photographer, was a central figure in the literary life of North Carolina during most of her career. Though these papers do not reflect it, Mrs. Hoyle was, on more than one occasion, winner of the literary award given by the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, founder and director of the  "Tar Heel Writers' Roundtable" (1965-1984), historian of Campbell University and biographer of James Archibald Campbell, author of several small publications in addition to her chef oeuvre,  Tar Heel-Writers I Know, director of publicity for first the State Board of Public Welfare then the North Carolina Council on Mental Retardation, and served as writer to the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee.


[Identification of item], PC.1773, Bernadette Hoyle Papers, 1945-1950, 1952-1983, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Bequeathed to the State Archives of North Carolina by Mrs. Hoyle in her will dated June 6, 1988 (proved August 15, 1989).


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS) at  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us


This present collection of her papers constitutes only a portion of Mrs. Hoyle's writings and correspondence, and date for the most part from the first five years of her career. They fall into three categories: (1) Mrs. Hoyle's writings, 1945-1950 (approximately half the collection); (2) correspondence and research files for her book published in 1956,  Tar Heel Writers I Know (approximately 3/8 of the collection) ; and (3) a series of file's relating to the North Carolina Writers' Conference, 1952-1983 (approximately 1/8 of the collection). Apart from the Writer's I Conference, the collection includes nothing from the last thirty years of Mrs. Hoyle's professional life and shed no light on her role in creative writing in North Carolina.

The materials in the eight boxes of Mrs. Hoyle's papers are arranged as follows:

  1. Personal Papers Carolinas Press Photographers' Association, 1950-1954 North Carolina Writers' Conference, 1950-1983  According to Hoyle, 1946-1950  Tar Heel Writers I Know Newspaper Feature Articles, 1945-1950 Miscellaneous

This present collection of her papers constitutes only a portion of Mrs. Hoyle's writings and correspondence, and date for the most part from the first five years of her career. They fall into three categories: (1) Mrs. Hoyle's writings, 1945-1950 (approximately half the collection); (2) correspondence and research files for her book published in 1956,  Tar Heel Writers I Know (approximately 3/8 of the collection) ; and (3) a series of file's relating to the North Carolina Writers' Conference, 1952-1983 (approximately 1/8 of the collection). Apart from the Writer's I Conference, the collection includes nothing from the last thirty years of Mrs. Hoyle's professional life and shed no light on her role in creative writing in North Carolina.


  • Green, Paul, 1894-1981.
  • Straus, Gertrude, 1895-1977.
  • Carolinas Press Photographers' Association.
  • North Carolina Writers Conference.
  • Actors.
  • Aerialists.
  • Astrologers.
  • Authors.
  • Churches.
  • Clergy.
  • Mangold, Anne Gilbert.
  • Evarts, John, 1908-

Box: PC.1773.1  
Biographical data

17526
Correspondence re. Feature Articles

1946-1948
1946-1948
1954
1954

Includes a copy of the Association' s constitution and several issues of its newsletter.

Includes retrospective list of the meeting places and organizers of the annual conferences from 1950 through 1967. The folder for each meeting may contain programs, form letters, press cuttings, and brochures. The folder for the 1957 conference includes planning correspondence from, among others, Mebane H. Burgwyn, Ina Forbus, Lodwick Hartley, Richard Walser, Manly Wade Wellman, and Tom Wicker. Files of material are lacking for the conferences held in 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1961, and 1967

These three boxes contain correspondence and press cuttings used in, or relating to, preparation of the manuscript for the book. With the exceptions of Legette Blythe, Inglis Fletcher, and Kermit Hunter, there are files for the thirty-five North Carolina authors represented in  Tar Heel Writers I Know: Zoe Kincaid Brockman; Marion Brown; Mebane Holoman Burgwyn; Sam Byrd; Ruth and Latrobe Carroll; Jonathan Daniels; Burke Davis; Lambert Davis; Wilma Dykeman; Charlotte Hilton Green; Paul Green; Frank Borden Hanes; John Harden; Bernice Kelly Harris; Lodwick Hartley; Noel Houston; Hugh T. Lefler; Dave Morrah; Frances Gray Patton; James Larkin Pearson; Ovid Williams Pierce; William T. Polk; Fred Ross; Phillips Russell; Dr. Frank G. Slaughter; Walter Spearman; Thad Stem, Jr.; David Stick; James Street; Richard Walser; Manly Wade Wellman; and Tom Wicker.

Most of the folders include an autobiographical sketch prepared by each writer, some of them commenting on their individual techniques or philosophy. The autobiographical sketch of Bernice Kelly Harris includes remarks on her writing practices and development of characters in her novels. The material on Richard Walser includes his Sept. 24, 1960, stinging rebuttal,  "Un-Incidentally", of Nell Battle Lewis' ill-natured attacks on the  "Literary Map of North Carolina" prepared by  "Primrose" (Mrs. Joel Francis Paschal) and published under the auspices of the North Carolina English Teachers' Association. Although a special scrapbook relating to James Street kept by Mrs. Hoyle is not with the papers, a folder of duplicates of at least some of that material is in a folder in Box 8.

Box: PC.1773.2  
Brockman - Dykeman

Box: PC.1773.3  
Green - Polk

Box: PC.1773.4  
Ross - Wicker

Box: PC.1773.5  
1946-1950
1946-1950

Ten scrapbooks filled with articles written by Mrs. Hoyle for the  Smithfield Herald and mounted in rough chronological order. If the same article was published in other newspapers (usually the  Raleigh Times and  Greensboro Daily News) the later printings are filed with the original publication. A number of Smithfield and Johnston County natives and topics of purely local interest, such as the 4-H club, the public library and the volunteer firefighters, are represented- in the articles, but the majority of the topics, while local, have a greater than local interest. Examples are: the Nov. 25, 1945, and April 9, 1946, articles on moonshining; and the Oct. 20, 1946, article on World Federalists of North Carolina. Some topics recur year by year: school transportation (Sept. 26, 1946; Aug. 13, 1949); Farmers' Day (Aug. 15, 1946; Sept. 1947; Aug. 12-27, 1949); Ava Gardner's visits to her family at Smithfield (June 3-6, 1947; Jan. 9-14, 1949; and a premiere showing of one of her movies, Aug. 1, 1949); tobacco cultivation (Feb. 20, 1948; Aug. 1948; Jan. 14, 1949; May 10, 1949; May 14, 1949); tobacco marketing at Smithfield (Aug. 26, 1947; Aug. 19, 1949; April 7, 1950); cotton cultivation (Aug. 1945; Aug.-Sept. 1947; Oct. 1, 1948); taxidermy (Feb. 13, 1949; July 1950).

In addition to the articles on Ava Gardner several articles were devoted to outstanding persons and their work: Paul Byrd, the country and western singer (Aug. 1945) ; Dot and Ernie Lind, "The Shooting Linds" ((April 11, 1947) ; Edith Warren Huggins (March 14, 1946); Dr. W. G. Wilson, Jr. (Oct. 21, 1947) ; the astrologer Mohammed Ibrahim (Jan. 2, 1949) Lunette Barber (Nov. 18, 1947; Aug. 13, 1949) ; The Rev. Hiram K. King (Dec. 21, 1947) ; Hunter Johnson (Mar. 19, 1948; Sept. 8, 1949) ; Don Wharton (May 21, 1948); Dr. Levin Eli Kirkman (July 2, 1948); Lodwick Hartley (Aug. 1, 1948); James Street (Nov. 14, 1948; June 26, 1949); the Loughlin family of Henderson, N.C. (the  "Flying Costellos") (Oct. 3, 1948) ; Mrs. Kerr Scott (Apr. 9, 1949; Judge Susie Sharp (June 26, 1949; July 10, 1949; July 22, 1950); Barbara Bernard McGee (Aug. 7, 1949); and Nan Ogburn (June 10, 1950). Although her article on the World Federalists of North Carolina (Oct. 20, 1946) was not biographical in nature, Mrs. Hoyle included in it much information on R. Mayne Albright and Robert Lee Humber.

Mrs. Hoyle's interest in local institutions and their history is reflected in her Sept. 9-14, 1947, articles on the Pythian Home for Children at Clayton, N.C., and the Confederate monument at Smithfield (May 15, 1948) and especially her articles on Johnston County churches: Oakland Presbyterian Church (June 4, 1948); Vance Baptist Church (Sept. 25, 1948); Progressive Presbyterian Church at Princeton (Nov. 5, 1948); Mill Creek Christian Church (Feb. 18 and July 17, 1949); Elizabeth Methodist Church (Apr. 14, 1949); Liberty Christian Church (Apr. 24, 1949); and Forestville Baptist Church, Wake County (July 31, 1949).

Articles on the town of Four Oaks (Sept. 7 and 23, 1948) , the water mill owned by the Barber f amily (May 25, 1948), fish ponds in the county (Aug. 28, 1948), the Johnston County hospital (Aug. 27-Sept. 17, 1948); Blacksmiths (Nov. 25, 1947), German war brides (Dec. 14, 1947), mules (Aug. 17, 1948; May 23, 1949), the North Carolina State Forest Nursery (Sept. 13, 1948), the cultivation of cabbage plants for sale to farmers (Jan. 31, 1950); home nursing courses taught by the Red Cross (Feb. 21, 1950), candy making (Feb 15, 1949), centenarians (Oct. 8, 1947), circuses (Sept. 30, 1947), rural mail carriers (Dec. 13, 1947), school for tobacco calculators (Apr. 7, 1950), the breeding and sale of Shetland ponies (Aug. 12, 1949), and dog breeding (May 9, 1950) all reflect the scope of her articles and the reading interests of Mrs. Hoyle's audience. The murder trial of the locally prominent James Rufus Creech gave Mrs. Hoyle the opportunity to demonstrate her ability as a crime reporter and electrified her readers; this series of articles, written during July and August 1948, are in a special file in Box 8.

Articles of statewide interest published by Mrs. Hoyle include articles on the deleterious effect of comic books on children (July 23, 1948), the presidential visit to North Carolina of Harry S. Truman (Oct. 19-22, 1948), N.C. Federation of Womens' Clubs (Apr. 24, 1949); White Lake-, Bladen County (May 29, 1949); tornado at Newton Grove (May 27, 1949), the  "Little Symphony" of the North Carolina Symphony (Feb. 17, 1950), and the revived performance of the outdoor drama,  "The Lost Colony" (July 1-30, 1950).

Box: PC.1773.6  
1945-1948

Box: PC.1773.7  
1949-1950

Box: PC.1773.8  
NC Board of Public Welfare

Scope and Content

Articles and photographs by Mrs. Hoyle as public information officer for the department. Includes her annual report for the fiscal year 1964/5, a biographical sketch of Dr. Ellen Winston, a copy of the Congressional Record of Feb. 28, 1963 publishing, among other matter, Mrs. Hoyle's article on Dr. Winston upon her appointment as U.S. Commissioner of Welfare, and a tribute to Lucille B. (Mrs. W. B.) Aycock who retired from the N.C. Board of Public Welfare in April 1964.

17538
Book Reviews Published
1956-1957

17539
Magazine Photographs Published
1949-1969

17540
James Rufus Creech Murder Trial, Johnston Co.
1948

17541
Magazine Feature Articles Published
1946-1970

Scope and Content

Includes one published in  Field and Stream under the name of her husband, Macy Hoyle.

17542
Magazine Stories by James Street