John Egerton Papers, Addition

Identifier: MSS.0695

Scope and Content Note

Most of this addition to John Egerton Papers (MSS128) consists of freelance articles Egerton wrote between 1966 and 2006. There are also additional materials relating to his books: A Mind to Stay Here (1970); The Americanization of Dixie (1973); and Nashville: The Faces of Two Centuries (1979). Other materials include speeches, book reviews, and planning for Nashville’s first Southern Festival of Books.


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Biographical Sketch

John Edgerton was born in Atlanta, Georgia, June 14, 1935, the son of William G. Egerton, a traveling salesman, and his wife, Rebecca White Egerton. The family soon settled in Cadiz, Kentucky, where John Egerton remained until leaving to attend Western Kentucky University, 1953-1954. From 1954 until 1956, he served in the United States Army. He earned a B.A. at the University of Kentucky in 1958 and an M.A. in 1960. In 1957 he married Ann Elizabeth Bleidt, the couple have two sons.

Between 1958 and 1960, Egerton was with the Public Relations Department of the University of Kentucky, and from 1960 to 1965, he was the Director of Public Information for the University of South Florida. He was a staff writer for Southern Education Report, 1965-1969, and for Race Relations Reporter, 1969-1971.

In 1971, Egerton began his career as a free-lance reporter. He was a contributing editor for Saturday Review of Education (1972-1973), Race Relations Reporter (1973-1974), and Southern Voices (1974-1975). From 1973-1975, he was a writer for Atlanta’s Southern Regional Council. In 1977-1978, he was journalist-in-residence at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Egerton has written or edited eleven non-fiction books and contributed over two hundred articles to periodicals. He has also been a participant in and writer for many projects or conferences dealing with desegregation and civil rights.


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Jean and Alexander Heard Library
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Nashville TN 37203 United States


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