Finding Aid for the Graham Jones Papers, 1959-1964, PC.1776


Finding Aid for the Graham Jones Papers, 1959-1964, PC.1776


These are the papers and files of Graham Eugene Jones (1927-1989), press secretary of Terry Sanford (1917-1998), Democrat and governor of North Carolina, 1960-1964. The papers consist primarily of press releases, press photographs, arranged chronologically. In addition to the press photographs, there are variety of undated (period of 1959-1964), and unidentified photographs. The majority of photographs include Sanford, Sanford with family, and with other individuals and groups during his tenure as governor. There is a smaller quantity of miscellaneous files, including campaign and inaugural material, and a folder on the topic of race relations in the state. Additionally, there are three sound recordings of Terry Sanford during his campaign and during office.

Descriptive Summary

Graham Jones Papers
Call Number
Jones, Graham
17.00 boxes, 11.00 cubic feet, 12.00 fibredex boxes, 6.00 half-size legal fibredex boxes
State Archives of North Carolina

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC. 1776, Graham Jones Papers, 1959-1964, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Arrangement Note

Chronological when the date is known, and alphabetically by subject when the date is unknown. The papers has been divided into the following five series: Press Releases, 1961-1964; Press and Undated Photographs, 1959-1964, and undated; Miscellaneous Files, 1959-1964; Sound Recordings, 1960 and undated; Oversized Photographs, Undated.

Biographical and Historical Note

Graham Eugene Jones (1927-1989)

Jones was born in Winston-Salem to William G. Jones and Margaret Painter Jones. After attending local schools he received a diploma from R. J. Reynolds High School. Jones was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in 1951 of the University of North Carolina with a degree in journalism. While a student, he was editor of the Daily Tar Heel and worked for the News of Orange County, 1949 and 1951. He also was a delegate to the National Young Democratic Club Conventions, 1949, a marshall at the Jefferson-Jackson Day Banquet (appointed by Terry Sanford), and president of the University Young Democratic Club, 1950.

Jones's military service began with the U.S. Merchant Marines, July 1944-January 1946, with service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific Theatres. It continued with the U.S. Army, February 1946 - August 1947. He would later re-enlist with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, June 1952-1954, and ended his service as a Sergeant First Class. Subsequently, Jones became a member of the North Carolina Civil Defense Advisory Council.

Once out of miliary service, Jones worked for the Kinston Daily Free Press, 1954; then the Durham Morning Herald, 1955-1960. He was a member of the North Carolina Press Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the N.C. News and Feature Writers Conference, 1958-1959. In 1960 Jones was publicity director of the N.C. Democratic Executive Committee. When Terry Sanford opened his campaign to run for governor, Jones was selected as the gubernatorial candididate's press aide.

Once elected as governor, Terry Sanford appointed Jones as press secretary, the first ever in the state's executive office. Sanford wanted a more active role with the media and therefore appointed Jones, who had worked for various North Carolina newspapers since 1949, and had key roles in the Young Democrat's organization and in the Democratic party.[Information for this biographical sketch found in , Issued by Thad Eure, Secretary of State, Raleigh. pg. 458.]

James Terry Sanford (1917-1998)

Terry Sanford, Democrat, and North Carolina governor, 1960-1964, was born in Laurinburg, Scotland County. He was a son of Cecil LeRoy Sanford, a merchant and realtor, and Elizabeth Martin Sanford, a public school teacher. He attended Presbyterian Junior College and later, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a student during the Great Depression, Sanford delivered newspapers, washed dishes, and performed other jobs. Following graduation and two years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he served in World War II as a member of the 517th Parachute Combat Team. During the period from 1942 to 1945, he took part in campaigns in Italy, Frances, Belgium, and Germany. Sanford returned to the University of North Carolina for his law degree and after two years as assistant director of the Institute of Government began practicing in Fayetteville in 1948. He married Margaret Rose Knight, a University student from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on July 4, 1942. They would become parents of a daughter and son, Elizabeth (Betsee) and Terry, Jr.

Sanford served as president of the North Carolina Young Democratic Clubs in 1949 and served as a state senator from 1953-1955. The following year he managed former Governor W. Kerr Scott's successful campaign for the United States Senate. Sanford served as a delegate to the National Democratic Conventions of 1956 and 1960, and seconded the nomination of John F. Kennedy for president at the latter convention. During that period, Sanford was supported by Scott's organization in his bid for governor, and on June 25, 1960, he was nominated as the Democratic candidate. He won the election and served as governor from 1961-1965. During his tenure, Sanford strongly supported education and championed community colleges, a school for the gifted, and a school of the arts. He also established a center to study mental retardation and the State Board of Science and Technology. He pushed for more teachers, increased teacher salaries, library expansions, and improved curriculum. Sanford established several committees to look into social issues facing the state in the 1960s, including the "Mayors' Cooperating Committee on Race Relations" and the "Governor's Commission on the Status of Women." On the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, he announced the formation of a "Good Neighbor Council" to encourage employment without regard to race.

In 1969, he was appointed president of Duke University and he remained in that position until his retirement in 1985. In 1986, he was elected as a United States Senator from North Carolina, serving until 1993, when he was defeated for reelection by Lauch Faircloth. He then returned to North Carolina to practice law and to promote the arts and education until his death in 1998. [Information for this biographical sketch was found in the Secretary of State publication, The North Carolina Manual, 1961; N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (Raleigh) publications: North Carolina Governors, 1585-1974: Brief Sketches (Division of Archives and History) by Beth G. Crabtree, Third Printing, Revised, 1974; and The Governors of North Carolina (Office of Archives and History), edited by Michael Hill, 2007. Also see a more detailed sketch of Sanford by Graham Jones in Messages, Addresses, and Public Papers of Terry Sanford, Governor of North Carolina, 1961-1965, edited by Memory F. Mitchell, Dept. of Archives and History, Raleigh, 1966.

Contents of the Collection

1. Press Releases, 1961-1964


The [Speeches, Statements, and Press Releases] concerning Governor Terry Sanford, 1961-1964 (Series 1) contains information utilized, received, or created by his press secretary, Graham Jones

, January - May, 1961
Box PC.1776.1
, June - October, 1961
Box PC.1776.2
, June - October, 1961 -1962
Box PC.1776.3
, May - October, 1962
Box PC.1776.4
, November - March, 1962-1963
Box PC.1776.5
, April - October (May is missing), 1962
Box PC.1776.6
, November - February, 1963-1964
Box PC.1776.7
, March - June, 1963-1964
Box PC.1776.8
, July - December, 1964
Box PC.1776.9

2. Photographs


The Photographs series, 1961-1964 and undated (Series 2) contains a subseries of press photographs organized by date; a subseries of undated photographs, further divided into groups consisting of photographs of Terry Sanford and family; and photographs organized alphabetically by subject and personal name; and unidentified photographs.

Press Photographs by Date
February, 1959 and January, 1960 - December, 1961
Box PC.1776.10
, January - April, 1962-1963
Box PC.1776.11
, May- December, 1963
Box PC.1776.12
, January - December, 1964
Box PC.1776.13
Governor Terry Sanford and Family Photographs
Terry Sanford Photographs
Box PC.1776.14.Folder 1
Terry Sanford with Margaret Rose Sanford
Folder 2
Terry Sanford with his wife, Margaret Rose Sanford and children, Elizabeth (Betsee) and Terry
Folder 3
Terry Sanford with his daughter, Elizabeth (Betsee)
Folder 4
Terry Sanford with his son, Terry
Folder 5
Terry Sanford with parents, Cecil and Elizabeth, and his sister, Mary Glenn Rose
Folder 6
Photographs Alphabetized by Name and Subject
Beaunit Mills, Hamilton, N.C.
Folder 7
Boren, W.C. (with Governor Sanford)
Folder 8
Bowles, Skipper [Hargrove], and Stallings, Robert (with Governor Sanford)
Folder 9
Brown, R. Eugene, Chrishan, Louis G., and Hartzog, Grace
Folder 10
Civil War Re-inactors with Governor and Mrs. Sanford
Folder 11
Grandfather Mountain
Folder 12
Johnson, Andrew - House
Folder 13
Johnson, Lyndon Baines with Governor Sanford
Folder 14
Kennedy, John F. with Governor Sanford
Folder 15
Kennedy, Robert F. with Governor Sanford
Folder 16
Legislative Building (Exterior)
Folder 17
Miss America Welcome Home Parade (Asheville?)
Folder 18
Parker, Horace (unknown child)
Folder 19
Scott, Robert W., and Mrs. Scott with Terry Sanford
Folder 20
Scott, W. Kerr, Senator, with Terry Sanford
Folder 21
Traffic Safety Council with Gov. Sanford
Folder 22
Tryon Palace
Folder 23
Tobacco Industry, World with a representive, Miss Emmalee Gaddy, Kingstree, S.C.
Folder 24
Whitaker, John A.: Plant of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Folder 25
Warren County School, A
Folder 26
Photographs of Unidentified People and Groups
Folder 227
Terry Sanford Photographs with Unidentified People
Box PC.1776.15.Folder 1
Unidentified Negatives
Folder 2

3. Miscellaneous Files, 1959-1964


The Miscellaneous Files series, 1959-1964, and undated (Series 3) contains Miscellaneous Files, 1959-1964

Campaign Booklets, 1959
Folder 3
Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1960-1964
Folder 4
Calendar (Weekly Schedule), Sept. - Dec., 1960
Folder 5
Calendar, Office [1964] and, 1964
Folder 6
Inaugural Material, 1960
Folder 7
News Clippings, 1960-1964
Folder 8
Race Relations, 1960-1964
Folder 9
Viewpoints on Terry Sanford as Governor, 1960-1964
Folder 10
Viewpoint: WRAL-TV, March -April, 1964
Folder 11

4. Sound Recordings, 1960 and undated


The Sound Recordings series, 1960 and undated (Series 4) includes three recordings, available to be heard via compact discs. There were originally three reel to reel, magnetic tapes, with two measuring seven inches and one measuring five inches. Only one is dated (June 27, 1960), and is titled Campaign Tape. The smaller of the three tapes, is labelled as Gov. Terry Sanford. These materials were reformatted as CDs during 2009.

Tape 1: Terry Sanford Campaign Tape, June 27, 1960
Box PC.1776.16.Folder 1
Tape 2: Governor Terry Sanford, undated
Folder 2
Tape 3 (smaller): Governor Terry Sanford, undated
Folder 3

5. Oversized Photographs, 1961, and undated


The Oversized Photographs Series, 1961 and undated (Series 5) contains a small quantity of photographs exceeding 8 1/2 x 10 inches. Subjects include the N.C. legislature at work; and Governor Sanford with the Council of State, January 20, 1961. There is a large version of the photograph of Sanford with John F. Kennedy (found in Series 2, Box PC.1776.13)

Box PC.1776.17

Subject Headings

  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
  • Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier, 1929-1994.
  • Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
  • Scott, Robert Walter, 1929-2009.
  • Scott, William Kerr, 1896-1958.
  • Sanford, Terry, 1917-1998.
  • Sanford family.
  • Graham Jones, 1927-1989
  • Electioneering
  • Governors
  • Politicians
  • Race relations--Political aspects.
  • Politicians
  • Governors
  • Press Releases
  • Public relations
  • News Photographs
  • Political campaigns
  • Raleigh (N.C.)
  • Magnetic tapes.
  • Negatives (photographic).
  • Publicizing.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Speeches.
  • Sanford, Margaret Rose (Knight), 1918-2006.
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift of Stuart Jones, brother of Graham Jones, February, 1990.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by George Stephenson and Fran Tracy-Walls; and finding aid prepared by Fran Tracy-Walls.
  • Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, October 2012 and updated June 2019.