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Randy Pendleton papers

Identifier: MSS 16420

Scope and Contents Note

The Randy Pendleton papers (1967-2000; 0.04 cubic feet) documents Pendleton's work as a journalist. The collection contains three pieces of ephemera: a Klan business card handed to Pendleton, who was in Birmingham at a Klan convention as a representative of UPI, 1967 or 1968; a press releases handed out at the announcement of Norman Mailer's candidacy for Mayor of New York City dated May 1, 1969 with hand-edits by Pendleton based on Mailer’s speech; a “Sore Loserman” sign handed out outside the Florida Supreme Court during the 2000 vote recount.

The addition contains political ephemera gathered by Pendleton when he worked as a journalist in Central Virginia beginning in the 1960s including a playbill for The Inner Circle's "The Golden Touch" Fiftieth Anniversary performance at the New York Hilton on April 15, 1972, a flier created and distributed by the Gay Activists Alliance of New York City, a pamphlet titled "On the Other Side of the War" by Kate Webb, published in 1971 by United Press International and a picture of President John F. Kennedy made from various typeface characters and transmitted by W9HHX, a ham radio group at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The rest of the materials were part of a scrapbook and are encased in scrapbook pages. These items include a Western Union telegram dated November 27, 1963, which discusses a bomb report in Jacksonville, Florida. An open letter to citizens of Alabama by U.S. Senate Candidate James E. Folsom outlines his reaction to the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. A U.P.I. Alabama reporter article that outlines Pendleton as "the only wire serviceman on the scene" for a several-hour long fire in Montgomery. A transcript of a speech given by Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the University of Alabama on March 21, 1968. Adjacent to the date of the speech is a handwritten note "assassinated 2 1/2 months later". Remarks by New York City mayor John V. Lindsay outline his thoughts on the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the state of the nation following such a high-profile assassination.


  • Creation: 1967 - 2000

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical Note

Randy Pendleton was a journalist during at least the 1960s and late 1990s. His employers included United Press International during the 1960s.

Source: Materials within collection


0.43 Cubic Feet (1 o.s. folder and 1 letter size folder)

Randy Pendleton papers
Tanner Greene. Addition Ellen Welch
6 May 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States