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Norris, Hoke. Papers
0.2 linear feet (2 folders)
Special Collections Research Center
Hoke Norris, reporter, novelist, director of Public Affairs for the University of Chicago. The Hoke Norris Papers primarily consist of newspaper clippings of articles written by Norris. There are also six letters, including one from Bülent Ecevit, the prime minister of Turkey in 1974, 1977, 1978-1979, and 1999 to the present.
The collection is open for research.
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Hoke Marion Norris was born on October 8, 1913 in Holly Springs, North Carolina. He received an A.B. from Wake Forest College (now Wake Forest University) in 1934. His post-graduate work included time at the University of North Carolina (1946), Harvard University (1950-1951, as a Nieman Fellow), and the University of Chicago (1960-1961, on a Ford Foundation Grant).
Norris’ long career in journalism began in 1934 when he started working for the Daily Advance of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Work at other papers soon followed including the News and Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina, 1936-1937), the Associated Press (editor for Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina, 1937-1942, 1946), the Winston-Salem Journal-Sentinel (1946-1950, 1951-1955), the Chicago Sun-Times (reporter, 1958-1959; literary editor, 1959-1968), and the Chicago Daily News (editorial board member, 1968-1970).
In addition to his work in journalism, Norris served as public relations director for the Lost Colony summer theater of Manteo, North Carolina (1946-1947). He was also an instructor in creative writing at the University of Chicago, at the Y.M.C.A., and at the summer program of the University of Wisconsin. From 1971 to 1974 he served as the Director of Public Information for the Chicago Public Library. In 1974 Norris returned to the University of Chicago to serve as Assistant Vice-President for Public Affairs and Director of Public Information. Amidst these jobs Norris served as an intelligence officer in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946 in the Southwest Pacific Theater.
Norris’ publications extend from newspaper articles to non-fiction to novels. His work includes All the Kingdoms of the Earth (1956), We Dissent (1962), and It’s Not Far But I Don’t Know the Way (1968). He also had short storied published in Playboy, Redbook, Rogue, Cavalier, Gallery, Genesis, and other journals and anthologies.
In 1965 the Illinois Library Association presented Norris with the Intellectual Freedom Citation.
Norris married Edna Dees. The couple had one child, Marion Dees Norris.
Hoke Norris died on July 8, 1977 in Chicago. He was 63.
The Hoke Norris Papers primarily consist of newspaper clippings of articles written by Norris. There are also six letters, including one from Bülent Ecevit, the prime minister of Turkey in 1974, 1977, 1978-1979, and 1999 to the present.
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