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John Paul Carter Papers, 1965-1997, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Revised by: Mel Frizzell, May 2003

Collection Overview

Title: John Paul Carter Papers, 1965-1997, undated

ID: 00/MG 63

Primary Creator: Carter, John Paul (1923-1997)

Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into five series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Airlie Group; Series III: Henry Howell; Series IV: Politics; and Series V: News Clippings.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1999

Subjects: Airlie Foundation, Democratic Party (Va.), Episcopal Church--Clergy, Howell, Henry E. (Henry Evans), 1920-1997, Virginia--Politics and government.

Languages: English


Episcopal priest, active in Virginia Democratic Politics. Served on the Committee for Fair Redistricting, Airlie Foundation, and the Virginia Political Study Group. Was active in Henry Howell’s political campaigns. The collection includes papers on political issues in Virginia during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and other material related to the political involvement of John Paul Carter, an Episcopal priest. Some of the topics covered in the collection include Henry Howell's gubernatorial campaigns, redistricting in Virginia, and Carter's involvement with the Airlie Group, among others.

Collection Historical Note

John Paul Carter was born May 14, 1923 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He was the oldest child of the Rev. Josiah Tidbal Carter and Virginia Rutherford Nolting. He had two younger brothers, James and Josiah, and two sisters, Virginia and Louise. John was always known as "Jack", probably because his grandfather and uncle shared his name. Carter married in 1947. He and his wife, Joan, had six children together.

In his youth, Jack attended public schools in Clarksburg. He decided long before college that he wanted to be part of the ministry. He was accepted to both Harvard and William and Mary. Because of the financial assistance it offered, he chose to attend William and Mary. In college, Carter was involved in many extracurricular activities. He was President of the class of 1945, member and officer of the biology club, and choir member in the Bruton Parish Church. He was active in the Canterbury Club. He also started a football team. Carter graduated in June 2, 1944. After graduation, he went to the Virginia Theological Seminary.

In 1947, Carter was ordained in his father's church in Durham, North Carolina. He went on to become deacon-in-charge of St. James Kannapolis, St. Paul's, and St. Peter's Salisbury. Five years later, Carter accepted a job as the Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Texas. There he put his energy into church reform.

In 1964, Carter accepted a job with the Airlie Foundation in Warrenton, Virginia. The Airlie Foundation was a "think tank" organization. Airlie served as an innkeeper for a number of National and Washington organizations, and they generated meetings between people with similar liberal/populist ideas. There Carter met Henry Berne and Max Tuffs. They were all very active in opposition to Massive Resistance and in Community Action. Among other things, they "preached" and spoke politically at Black churches, wrote position papers, and campaigned for Henry Howell and for George Rowling. After a year, Carter left Airlee. He went back to working for the Episcopal Church. There he served as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Episcopal Schools.

In 1979, Carter received his Ph.D. After graduation, he became assistant to the President of Mary Baldwin College. He resigned this position after six weeks. Carter then moved to Maryland, and served at St. John's in Ellicoll City. Eventually, he became a rector there.

Retiring in 1987, Carter moved to Sewanee, Tennessee. In 1997, Carter died of pulmonary fibrosis.

Subject/Index Terms

Airlie Foundation
Democratic Party (Va.)
Episcopal Church--Clergy
Howell, Henry E. (Henry Evans), 1920-1997
Virginia--Politics and government.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Hollinger document case

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Unknown provenance

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Related Materials: Henry Howell Papers (MG 1).

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], John Paul Carter Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The finding aid was revised by Mel Frizzell, Special Collections Assistant, in May 2003.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1965-1996],
[Series 2: Airlie Group, 1965-1966],
[Series 3: Henry Howell, 1965-1973, undated],
[Series 4: Politics, 1965-1991, undated],
[Series 5: News Clippings, 1966-1997],

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, 1965-1996],
[Series 2: Airlie Group, 1965-1966],
[Series 3: Henry Howell, 1965-1973, undated],
[Series 4: Politics, 1965-1991, undated],
[Series 5: News Clippings, 1966-1997],

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