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Bynum Shaw was a Wake Forest professor of journalism and an alumnus of the institution. Before becoming a professor, he was a journalist for The Baltimore Sun and worked in Germany, reporting on life in Soviet Russia. This collection includes drafts and final copies of many of his articles, books, and screenplays, as well as some of his personal and professional correspondence.

Biographical and Historical Note

Bynum Shaw, a North Carolina native, was an alumnus of Wake Forest College (class of 1948). He began school in 1940, but left during World War II to enlist in the Merchant Marine.

Upon graduation, he began his career as a journalist at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA, where he remained until 1951, at which point he moved to Maryland and began a 15 year long career at  The Baltimore Sun. While his early reporting at the Sun primarily covered domestic political issues, he later served as a foreign correspondent at the paper's bureau in Bonn, Germany in the early 1960s, frequently crossing into Eastern Europe and providing some of the earliest reports on life in the Soviet Union.

In 1965, Shaw returned to Wake Forest as a lecturer in journalism and later became a professor. While at Wake Forest, he continued his work as a journalist, publishing editorials in The Baltimore Sun and longer articles in publications such as  Esquire.

Over the course of his life, Shaw also authored eight books. Two of his novels, The Sound of Small Hammers (1962) and  The Nazi Hunter (1968), were set in Germany and were strongly influenced by his time spent abroad. His third novel,  Days of Power, Nights of Fear (1980), set in McCarthy-era D.C. was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Shaw also wrote two other novels,  O, Promised Land (1992) and  The Junkman Cometh (1995).

In addition to his work as a novelist, Shaw also published three historical works, including the fourth volume of The History of Wake Forest College, 1943-1967 (1988) and  Divided We Stand: The Baptists in American Life (1974). He also co-authored  W.W. Holden: a Political Biography (1982) with E.E. Folk, his mentor and his predecessor as the head of Wake Forest's journalism program.

Sources: Ancestry.com board. "Bynum Gillette Shaw." 2001 August 30, https://www.ancestry.com/boards/localities.northam.usa.states.northcarolina.counties.forsyth/1691/mb.ashx.

Haner, Jim. "Bynum G. Shaw, 78, writer, newsman and professor." The Baltimore Sun 2001 2 September. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2001-09-02/news/0109020029_1_shaw-sun-forest-university

Meyer, Martin. "Cold War Germany in Bynum Shaw's Novels." Explorations and Extrapolations: Applying English and American Studies. Ed. Uwe Küchler. Berlin: LIT Verlag Münster, 2011. 137-156.

Collection Overview

This collection primarily consists of various drafts and final copies of Shaw's writings, including newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, novels, and screenplays, as well as some personal and professional correspondence. The collection also includes reports on the history of different departments and offices at Wake Forest, written by professors from that department or persons serving in that office, which Shaw compiled and edited for the fourth volume of The History of Wake Forest College (1943-1967), which he published in 1988.

This collection has been minimally arranged and described.

Collection Inventory

  • Tribble, Harold W., interview transcript and audio cassette tapes (1976 August 27) Box 1 Folder 1
  • Publisher's correspondence (1960-1962) Box 1 Folder 2
  • Publisher's correspondence (1961-1982) Box 1 Folder 3
  • "The Hillsville Massacre" screenplay (undated) Box 1 Folder 4
  • Personal correspondence (1990-1993) Box 1 Folder 5
  • Seliger material, notes and suggestions (1951-1953) Box 1 Folder 6
  • Madalyn Murray article (1964) Box 2 Folder 1
  • Sesquicentennial Commission correspondence (1982-1984) Box 2 Folder 2
  • Correspondence about job and work at WFU (1965-1982) Box 2 Folder 3
  • Days of Power Nights of Fear, correspondence (1979-1980) Box 2 Folder 4
  • The Nazi Hunter, reviews and advertisements (1968) Box 2 Folder 5
  • Friends of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Committee correspondence (1988-1989) Box 2 Folder 6
  • Roanoke Times writing competition, judging materials (1999) Box 2 Folder 7
  • "The Hillsville Massacre" screenplay, first draft (circa 1970) Box 2 Folder 8
  • "The Hillsville Massacre" screenplay, second draft (circa 1970) Box 2 Folder 9
  • Scott Meredith Literary Agency correspondence (1952-1981) Box 2 Folder 10
  • "What Now, Dr. Gatch?" article (1968-1969) Box 2 Folder 11
  • "Who Killed Martin Luther King?" article (1971) Box 2 Folder 12
  • "A Report on Twenty Years of Funding" for the Winston-Salem Foundation (1979) Box 3 Folder 1
  • WFU Past-Time Club correspondence (1994) Box 3 Folder 2
  • Baltimore Sun front pages (1982 July-October) Box 3 Folder 3
  • The Sound of Small Hammers, reviews, notices, and advertisements (1962) Box 3 Folder 4
  • W.W. Holden: a Political Biography, materials (1977-1987) Box 3 Folder 5 Box 3 Folder 6
  • Correspondence (1962-1964) Box 3 Folder 7
  • Correspondence (1970-1993) Box 4 Folder 1
  • Retirement materials (1993-1995) Box 4 Folder 2
  • Writings (1992) Box 4 Folder 3
  • "What are the Protestants up to?" article (circa 1966-1975) Box 4 Folder 4
  • Correspondence (1958-1967) Box 4 Folder 5
  • The Kingdom of Love, partial manuscript (1970) Box 4 Folder 6
  • John T. Scopes article (1970) Box 4 Folder 7
  • Kappa Alpha Order faculty member of the month award (1988 March 31) Box 4 Folder 8
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones screenplay, materials and correspondence (1969-1971) Box 4 Folder 9
  • Days of Power, Nights of Fear reviews and advertisements (1980-1982) Box 5 Folder 1
  • Emily Crandall Shaw scholarship, materials (1991-2000) Box 5 Folder 2
  • Correspondence (1978-1981) Box 5 Folder 3
  • Short stories, essays, articles, transcripts, and clippings (undated) Box 5 Folder 4 Box 5 Folder 5
  • Book reviews (1975-1976) Box 5 Folder 6
  • Worrell House materials (1985 Spring) Box 5 Folder 7
  • E.E. Folk Journalism Workshop materials (1985) Box 5 Folder 8
  • The Nazi Hunter, awards, clippings, and correspondence (1969) Box 5 Folder 9
  • Julian Bond article (1967) Box 6 Folder 1
  • Divided We Stand, correspondence (1970-1975) Box 6 Folder 2
  • Lexington Dispatch editorials (1977-1984) Box 6 Folder 3
  • Byrd vs. Twentieth Century Fox lawsuit (1977-1978) Box 6 Folder 4
  • Buck Duke biography, correspondence (1972-1973) Box 6 Folder 5
  • The Honorable Frank Malloy partial manuscript (undated) Box 6 Folder 6
  • Speeches (1968-1973) Box 6 Folder 7
  • Worrell House diary (1985 Spring) Box 6 Folder 8
  • Worrell House articles and materials (1985 Spring) Box 7 Folder 1
  • Correspondence regarding Baltimore Sun's German Bureau (1958-1961) Box 7 Folder 2 Box 7 Folder 3
  • "Travels with Eva Marie," PBS project proposal, correspondence (1975-1977) Box 7 Folder 4
  • A Watch at Nightfall manuscript (undated) Box 7 Folder 5
  • Biography of WFU Presidents (undated) Box 7 Folder 6
  • Articles, editorials, and correspondence (1991-1997) Box 7 Folder 7
  • "Reprisal" screenplay, second draft (undated) Box 7 Folder 8
  • "The Long Hunt" screenplay, first draft (undated) Box 8 Folder 1
  • "Reprisal" screenplay, final revisions (undated) Box 8 Folder 2
  • Baltimore Sun articles (1961 September) Box 8 Folder 3
  • Baltimore Sun articles (1961 August) Box 8 Folder 4
  • Newcomer's Dinner speech, WFU (1978 September 22) Box 8 Folder 5
  • "A Hundred Fires" by Bob Gillette, edits (1975 January) Box 8 Folder 6
  • Berlin Wall articles and materials (circa 1961-1989) Box 8 Folder 7
  • Oh, Promised Land! manuscript (undated) Box 8 Folder 8
  • "Reprisal" screenplay (undated) Box 9 Folder 1
  • A Synopsis of the Minutes of the Wake Forest College / University Board of Trustees, March, 24 1943 to March 10, 1978 (circa 1980) Box 9 Folder 2
  • Samuel Wait speech, draft and materials (1983) Box 9 Folder 3
  • History of the WFU Department of Chemistry, by John W. Nowell Jr. (1983 January) Box 9 Folder 4
  • History of the WFU Artists Series, by Carlton P. West (1983 January) Box 9 Folder 5
  • "Youssef" short story manuscript (undated) Box 9 Folder 6
  • History of the WFU Department of Classical Languages, by Robert W. Ulery, Jr. (1983) Box 9 Folder 7
  • History of the WFU Department of Asian Studies, by B.G. Gokhale (circa 1983) Box 9 Folder 8
  • "Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones" screenplay, final draft (undated) Box 9 Folder 9
  • Meeting and forum programs (1963-1971) Box 9 Folder 10
  • History of the WFU Department of Romance Languages (circa 1983) Box 9 Folder 11
  • History of the WFU Graduate School, by Henry S. Stroupe (circa 1983) Box 9 Folder 12
  • Speeches (1969-1972) Box 9 Folder 13
  • The Junkman Cometh manuscript (undated) Box 10 Folder 1
  • "The Sign of the Hawk," article and related correspondence (1971) Box 10 Folder 2
  • Certificate of Appreciation from WFU (1993 May 17) Box 10 Folder 3
  • Retirement gala materials and correspondence (1993 March-April) Box 10 Folder 4
  • "What are the Protestants Up to?" article and related correspondence (1968) Box 10 Folder 5
  • "Up from Klansville" article (undated) Box 10 Folder 6
  • Evidence gathered by the Special Committee to Investigate the Welfare of WFU (1955 November 16) Box 10 Folder 7
  • Assorted pictures at WFU (circa 1965 to 1995) Box 11 Folder 1
  • Correspondence (1968 November - 1970 July) Box 11 Folder 2
  • "Let Us Now Praise Dr. Gatch," article and related correspondence (1967-1968) Box 11 Folder 3
  • The Sixth Column partial manuscript (undated) Box 11 Folder 4
  • Poetry and short stories (circa 1950-1959) Box 11 Folder 5
  • The Long Hunt screenplay, correspondence and articles (1969) Box 11 Folder 6
  • Essays written in college (circa 1944-1958) Box 11 Folder 7
  • Teaching materials (undated) Box 11 Folder 8
  • Short stories written for English 46 college course (1947 Spring) Box 11 Folder 9
  • Formal invitations (1959 Spring) Box 11 Folder 10
  • Birth announcement for Bonnie Louise Shaw and related correspondence (1953 June-July) Box 11 Folder 11
  • History of the WFU School of Business and Accountancy (1983) Box 12 Folder 1
  • History of the WFU Department of Physics, by George P. Williams, Jr. (1983) Box 12 Folder 2
  • History of the WFU Phi Beta Kappa chapter, by Marcellus E. Waddill (1983) Box 12 Folder 3
  • History of the WFU Physical Education program, by William Hottinger (1983) Box 12 Folder 4
  • History of the WFU Office for Records and Institutional Research, by Ben M. Seelbinder (1983) Box 12 Folder 5
  • History of the WFU Registrar's Office, by Margaret Ruthven Perry (1983) Box 12 Folder 6
  • History of the WFU German Department, by W.D. Sanders (1983) Box 12 Folder 7
  • History of the WFU Library, by Merrill G. Berthrong (1983) Box 12 Folder 8
  • History of the WFU Department of Art, by Margaret Supplee Smith (1983) Box 12 Folder 9
  • History of the WFU Birthplace Society Inc. (1983) Box 12 Folder 10
  • History of the WFU Bowman School of Medicine Office of Information and Publications (1983) Box 12 Folder 11
  • History of the WFU Summer Session (1983) Box 12 Folder 12
  • History of the WFU Department of Psychology, by John E. Williams (1983) Box 12 Folder 13
  • History of the WFU Department of Anthropology, by E. Pendleton Banks (1983) Box 12 Folder 14
  • History of the WFU Department of Sociology, by Clarence H. Patrick and John R. Earle (1983) Box 12 Folder 15
  • History of the WFU Department of Mathematics, by Richard D. Carmichael, Ivey C. Gentry, John W. Sawyer, and Marcellus E. Waddill (1983) Box 12 Folder 16
  • History of the WFU Department of Music (1983) Box 12 Folder 17
  • History of the WFU chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, by Mark Reece (1983) Box 12 Folder 18
  • History of the WFU Mortar Board chapter (1983) Box 12 Folder 19
  • History of the WFU ROTC program, by Captain David Walters and Captain Curtis Shelton (1983) Box 12 Folder 20
  • History of the WFU Athletics program (1983) Box 12 Folder 21
  • History of the WFU Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (1983) Box 12 Folder 22
  • History of the WFU Department of Politics (1983) Box 12 Folder 23
  • History of WFU book, Appendix A (1983) Box 13 Folder 1
  • History of WFU book, Appendix B (1983) Box 13 Folder 2
  • History of WFU book, Appendix C (1983) Box 13 Folder 3
  • History of WFU book, Appendix E (1983) Box 13 Folder 4
  • History of WFU book, Appendix F (1983) Box 13 Folder 5
  • History of WFU book, Appendix G (1983) Box 13 Folder 6
  • History of WFU book, Appendix H (1983) Box 13 Folder 7
  • History of WFU book, Appendix I (1983) Box 13 Folder 8
  • History of WFU Book, Chapter XII, "Things Academic: Mathematics to Romance Languages" (circa 1980-1983) Box 13 Folder 9
  • Christopher Crittenden Award nomination (1983 November) Box 13 Folder 10
  • History of the WFU Babcock School of Management, by Robert Shively (1985) Box 13 Folder 11
  • History of the WFU Curriculum (1983) Box 13 Folder 12
  • Obituaries (2001 November) Box 13 Folder 13
  • History of the WFU Department of Economics, by John C. Moorhouse (1983) Box 13 Folder 14
  • History of the WFU Office for Educational Planning and Placement, by Toby A. Hale (1983) Box 13 Folder 15
  • History of WFU book, correspondence (1983) Box 13 Folder 16
  • "How We Got the Merry-Go-Round" article (undated) Box 13 Folder 17
  • "The History of Wake Forest College," Volume IV, 1943-1967, edits (circa 1983-1988) Box 13 Folder 18
  • "The History of Wake Forest College," Appendix A-C, edits (circa 1983-1988) Box 13 Folder 19
  • "The History of Wake Forest College," Ch. XIV--Student Life, edits (circa 1983-1988) Box 13 Folder 20
  • "The History of Wake Forest College," Ch. XV--The Athletic Program, edits (circa 1983-1988) Box 13 Folder 21
  • "The History of Wake Forest College," Ch. XVI--The Retirement of Dr. Tribble, edits (circa 1983-1988) Box 13 Folder 22
  • "The History of Wake Forest College," Ch.1, edits (circa 1983-1988) Box 13 Folder 23
  • Divided We Stand: The Baptists in American Life  (undated) Box 14 Folder 1
  • Divided We Stand: The Baptists in American Life, first draft (undated) Box 14 Folder 2
  • Exiles, first draft (undated) Box 14 Folder 3
  • Days of Power, Nights of Fear, drafts and edits (circa 1975-1980) Box 15 Folder 1
  • The Nazi Hunter, draft (1968) Box 15 Folder 2
  • The Sixth Column, draft (later retitled  The Nazi Hunter) (1967) Box 15 Folder 3
  • The Sixth Column, draft (later retitled  The Nazi Hunter) (circa 1966-1968) Box 15 Folder 4
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones, manuscript (circa 1970) Box 16 Folder 1
  • W.W. Holden: A Political Biography, draft and edits (circa 1980-1982) Box 16 Folder 2
  • The Exiles, draft and edits (undated) Box 16 Folder 3
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones, draft and edits (circa 1970) Box 16 Folder 4
  • Days of Power, Nights of Fear, draft and edits (1980) Box 17 Folder 2
  • W.W. Holden: A Political Biography, draft and edits (1982) Box 17 Folder 1
  • All Hail the Power, draft and edits (retitled  Days of Power, Nights of Fear) (circa 1978-1980) Box 17 Folder 3
  • The Sound of Small Hammers, draft (circa 1961) Box 18 Folder 4 Box 18 Folder 2 Box 18 Folder 3 Box 18 Folder 1
  • The Sound of Small Hammers: A Novel of Divided Germany, notes (1961) Box 18 Folder 5
  • Greek organization membership certificates (1947-1948) Box 18 Folder 6
  • Wake Forest landmark prints from Tom Olive (undated) Box 18 Folder 7
  • Magazine articles (circa 1970-1979) Box 18 Folder 8
  • Correspondence (October 1964-May 1965) Box 18 Folder 9
  • Correspondence related to a book about Harry Avery (1971) Box 18 Folder 10
  • Articles and related correspondence (1972) Box 18 Folder 11
  • Unpublished material (undated) Box 19 Folder 1
  • A Watch at Nightfall, second draft (circa 1951-1958) Box 19 Folder 2
  • A Watch at Nightfall, first draft (1950) Box 19 Folder 3
  • Articles (circa 1950-1955) Box 19 Folder 4
  • Tobacco novel, proposal and correspondence (1977) Box 19 Folder 5
  • Correspondence (1951-1954) Box 19 Folder 6
  • Published articles (undated) Box 19 Folder 7
  • Wake Forest, NC, writings Box 19 Folder 8
  • Tribble, Harold W., interview transcript (1976 August 27) Box 19 Folder 9
  • Photographs (undated) Box 19 Folder 10
  • Oh, Promised Land!, manuscript draft (circa 1990-1992) Box 20 Folder 1
  • Baptist convention newspaper articles (1977) Box 20 Folder 2
  • WFU Board of Trustees and Board of Visitors materials (1967-1978) Box 20 Folder 3
  • Wake Forest Anthology: A Sampling of Spirit and Tradition (1985) Box 20 Folder 4
  • Janet Jeffery Carlile Harris Carillion information packet (1978) Box 20 Folder 5
  • The Sesquicentennial Campaign information packet (1984) Box 20 Folder 6
  • A History of the Presidency of Wake Forest University, draft (undated) Box 20 Folder 7
  • A History of the Presidency of Wake Forest University, draft (undated) Box 20 Folder 8
  • A History of the Presidency of Wake Forest University, Thurman Delta Kitchin draft entries (undated) Box 20 Folder 9
  • A History of the Presidency at Wake Forest University, Harold W. Tribble draft entries (undated) Box 20 Folder 10
  • WFU presidents research materials (1952-1976) Box 20 Folder 12 Box 20 Folder 11
  • A History of the Presidency at Wake Forest University, assorted entries (undated) Box 20 Folder 13
  • Book draft (undated) Box 21 Folder 1
  • A Watch at Nightfall, draft (undated) Box 21 Folder 2
  • Never Let Me Go /  The East River /   The Iron Cross, draft (undated) Box 21 Folder 3
  • Oh, Promised Land!, draft (undated) Box 21 Folder 4
  • Research notecards (undated) Box 22
  • History of Sociology and Anthropology at WFU, by Clarence H. Patrick (1980) Box 23 Folder 1
  • History of Wake Forest College, Volume 4, 1943-1967 (1988) Box 23 Folder 2
  • Never Let Me Go, draft (undated) Box 23 Folder 3
  • The Hanoverian, New Hanover High School yearbook (1940) Box 24 Folder 1
  • Baltimore Sun article clippings scrapbook (circa 1951-1965) Box 24 Volume 3 Box 24 Volume 2
  • Awards and diplomas (1940-1960) Box 24 Folder 4
  • MLK research articles (1978 December 10) Box 24 Folder 5
  • The Junkman Cometh, draft (undated) Box 25 Folder 1
  • History of the WFU Department of Biology, by Ralph D. Amen, James C. McDonald, and Gerald W. Esch (circa 1983) Box 25 Folder 2
  • History of WFU Admissions and Financial Aid, by William G. Starling (circa 1983) Box 25 Folder 3
  • History of the WFU Department of Education and the Educational Media Center, by Herman J. Preseren (circa 1983) Box 25 Folder 4
  • President search committee correspondence (1949 May 17) Box 25 Folder 5
  • Edgar Estes Folk tribute (1961) Box 25 Folder 6
  • Berlin Wall article, Greensboro News Record  (undated) Box 25 Folder 7
  • "A Christmas Carol from the North Carolina Mountains" (undated) Box 25 Folder 8
  • Faculty talent show script (undated) Box 25 Folder 9
  • "Hostages All," article (undated) Box 25 Folder 10
  • "A Salute to Margaret Ruthven Perry" (undated) Box 25 Folder 11
  • Important dates in WFU history (circa 1972-1975) Box 25 Folder 12
  • Jokes (undated) Box 25 Folder 13
  • Shaw, Bynum, biographical clippings (1978) Box 25 Folder 14
  • Tribble, Harold W., memorial service materials (1986 June 19) Box 25 Folder 15

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Bynum Shaw Papers
ID
MS397
Date [inclusive]
1944-2000, undated
Extent
12.08 linear feet  23 document boxes, 1 pamphlet box, 1 oversize box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2018 January
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for researchers. 
Copyright Notice
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Preferred Citation
Bynum Shaw Papers (MS397), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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