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Charles Orville Whitley Papers

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Charles Orville Whitley (1927-2002) was a Wake Forest alumnus, lawyer, Democrat, and N.C. Congressional representative from 1977-1986. This collection documents Whitley's work in Congress. Materials include agency files, consitutent correspondence, event invitations and appointment records, and subject files.

Biographical and Historical Note

Charles Orville Whitley was born on January 2, 1927, in Siler City, N.C. A graduate of Siler City High School (1943), he served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 before attending Wake Forest University. Whitley remained in the Army Reserve until 1952. At WFU, he earned Bachelor of Arts (1948) and Bachelor of Laws (1950) degrees; he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Whitley also holds a Master of Arts degree from George Washington University (1974).

In 1961, Whitley became the town lawyer for Mount Olive, N.C. After serving on the staff of fellow Democrat and then-Congressman David N. Henderson, Whitley ran for that seat in 1976 and was elected. He served in Congress from January 3, 1977 to December 31, 1986 and upon retiring from office became a political consultant.

On June 11, 1949, Whitley married Audrey Kornegay. Together they had three children: Charles Orville, Martha, and Sara. He died on October 27, 2002, in Durham, N.C., and is buried in Mount Olive, N.C.

Collection Overview

This collection documents Whitley's work in Congress. Materials are similar to those found in other congressional collections: agency files, possibly related to committee work as well as his district; constituent correspondence; event invitations and appointment records; subject files; etc. Constitutent correspondence may contain personal information related to the letter writer's individual circmstances or may be issue-based.

This collection has been minimally processed, meaning that archivists have done minimal description and arrangement work on the collection.

Collection Inventory

  • Agency files (1980-1981) Box 134
  • Agency files, A-D (1985) Box 69
  • Agency files, Ag - OMB (1986) Box 165
  • Agency files, G-W (1984) Box 155
  • Agency files, I-S (1985) Box 64
  • Agency files, OPM-White House Box 103
  • Agency files?, new member caucus - textiles (1978) Box 80
  • Agency files?, tobacco (1978) Box 84
  • Agency and county files (1985) Box 71
  • Agriculture, public works, and transportation files (1977) Box 76
  • Alpha files, A-C (1985) Box 68
  • Alpha files, A-Fn (1980) Box 127
  • Alpha files, A-K (1982) Box 123
  • Alpha files, A-M (1978) Box 84
  • Alpha files, A-M (1984) Box 141
  • Alpha files, A-R (1979) Box 129
  • Alpha files, A-S (1986) Box 103
  • Alpha files, A-St (1981) Box 125
  • Alpha files, A-W (1983) Box 121
  • Alpha files, A-Z (1984) Box 93
  • Alpha files, C-Z (1985) Box 67
  • Alpha files, Fo-Z (1980) Box 128
  • Alpha files, L-Z (1982) Box 124
  • Alpha files, M-Z (1984) Box 55
  • Alpha files, M-Z (1978) Box 85
  • Alpha files, Mc-Z (1983) Box 127
  • Alpha files, S-Z (1979) Box 132
  • Alpha files, Su-Z (1981) Box 62
  • Alpha files, T-Z (1986) Box 102
  • Appointment books (1977-1985) Box 60
  • Appointments notebook (1986) Box 164
  • Bills introduced and co-sponsored, 99th Congress Box 73
  • Clippings (1982) Box 107
  • Committee files (1977) Box 77
  • Committee files (1977) Box 81
  • Committee files (1977-1978) Box 80
  • Committee files, A (1978) Box 85
  • Committee files, A (1979) Box 55
  • Committee files, A-C (1981) Box 146
  • Committee files, A-J (1980) Box 38
  • Committee files, A-J (1982) Box 148
  • Committee files, A-S (1979) Box 82
  • Committee files, B-V (1978) Box 89
  • Committee files, C-W (1981) Box 147
  • Committee files, F-W (1983) Box 151
  • Committee files, J-Z (1980) Box 146
  • Committee files, P (1982) Box 149
  • Committee files, P (1986) Box 149
  • Committee files, R-W (1984) Box 147
  • Committee files, S-Z (1979) Box 83
  • Committee files, V-Z, misc (1978) Box 97
  • Committee files, W (1979) Box 38
  • Constituent correspondence: A and E Box 86
  • Constituent correspondence: agriculture-post office (1984) Box 152
  • Constituent correspondence: guns and public schools (1985) Box 57
  • Constituent correspondence: Budget Committee (1981) Box 155
  • Constituent correspondence (1985) Box 68
  • County files (1974-1980) Box 57
  • County files (1976-1978) Box 56
  • County files (1977) Box 54
  • County files (1978-1980) Box 158
  • County files (1984-1985) Box 69
  • County files (1985) Box 70
  • County files, B-J (1977-1987) Box 48
  • County files, O-W (1977-1978) Box 49
  • County files with constituent correspondence (1986) Box 99
  • Democratic Study Group voting records (1978-1985) Box 61
  • Department files (1980-1981) Box 133
  • Department files (1981-1982) Box 135
  • Department files (1981-1982) Box 138
  • Department files (1985) Box 74
  • Department files (1985) Box 77
  • Department files, A-F (1984) Box 154
  • Department files, A-Ir (1979) Box 131
  • Department files, A-V (1986) Box 101
  • Department files, A-Z (1977) Box 75
  • Department files, Ag and textile (1983) Box 75
  • Department files, Ag-Social Sec (1977-1983) Box 81
  • Department files, Ag-National Parks (1977) Box 74
  • Department files, I (1983) Box 141
  • Department files, L-I (1976-1977) Box 81
  • Department files, T-W (1979) Box 132
  • General Case files (1985) Box 66
  • General case files, A-Bragg Box 1
  • General case files, Brewer - Culbreath Box 96
  • General case files, Currie - Fornes Box 11
  • General case files, Foye - Harrell Box 14
  • General case files, Harrell - Johnson Box 16
  • General case files, Johnson - Martin Box 150
  • General case files, Mathis - Newton Box 19
  • General case files, Norris - Renfrow Box 27
  • General case files, Rich - Stukes Box 29
  • General case files, Spencer - Strickland Box 39
  • General case files, Sutherland - Wolfe Box 33
  • General case files, Womack - Yarnall Box 55
  • General case files (pending?) A-R (1986) Box 102
  • General case files (pending?), A-P (1984-1986) Box 107
  • Guest book (1980-1983) Box 60
  • House Committee constituent correspondence (1985) Box 61
  • House Committee constituent correspondence - budget to ways and means (1985) Box 63
  • House Ways and Means Committee constituent correspondence and related materials (1986) Box 108
  • Invitations (1979-1980, 1984) Box 95
  • Invitations (1980-1982) Box 97
  • Invitations Box 86
  • Invitations filled (1978-1979) Box 94
  • Invitations filled (1978-1985) Box 92
  • Invitations filled (1981-1982) Box 162
  • Invitations filled (1984) Box 109
  • Invitations filled (1986) Box 66
  • Legislation: co-sponsored (1977) Box 159
  • Legislation: co-sponsored (1979-1980) Box 162
  • Legislation: co-sponsored, 99th Congress (circa 1985-1987) Box 100
  • Legislative profiles of Whitley (1986) Box 164
  • Legislative reports Box 100
  • Member's voting record (1977-1986) Box 66
  • Newsletters (1978) Box 164
  • News clippings (1978-1979) Box 164
  • News clippings (January 1980-July 1982) Box 163
  • Office files (1981-1982) Box 102
  • Office files (1985-1986) Box 102
  • Office files, A-I (1980) Box 106
  • Office files, A-I (1981-1982) Box 109
  • Office files, A-S (1979) Box 111
  • Office files, A-S (1983) Box 117
  • Office files, C-H (1977) Box 78
  • Office files, L-T (1981) Box 106
  • Office files, M-W (1980) Box 112
  • Office files, T (1983) Box 121
  • Speeches and comments (1980) Box 108
  • Subject files, A-Z (1977) Box 78
  • Voting record (1977) Box 60
  • Ways and Means Committee constituent correspondence (1986) Box 99
  • Ways and Means Committee correspondence (1983) Box 152
  • Whitley (1981-1986) Box 61

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Charles Orville Whitley Papers
ID
MS354
Date [inclusive]
circa 1977-1986
Extent
117.0 linear feet  90 record cartons

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2018 April
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for researchers. 
Copyright Notice
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Preferred Citation
Charles Orville Whitley Papers (MS354), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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