Blake F. McKelvey Research Collection On Joseph C. Wilson

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Blake F. McKelvey research collection on Joseph C. Wilson
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Call Number: D.552
Dates: 1936-1984
Physical Description: 2.6 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Bibliography
Sponsor
Content List
Haloid and Xerox publications, 1936-1983
Research folders, 1939-1984
Manuscript of biography, 1981
Collection Overview
Title: Blake F. McKelvey research collection on Joseph C. Wilson
Call Number: D.552
Dates: 1936-1984
Physical Description: 2.6 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Blake Faus McKelvey (June 10, 1903, Centralia, Pennsylvania – September 13, 2000, Rochester, New York) was Rochester's City Historian from 1948 to 1973 and author of Business as a Profession: The Career of Joseph C. Wilson (Rochester, NY: Office of the City Historian, 2003). He was also the author and editor of many books and volumes of Rochester history, as well as a participant in radio talks and even a documentary film. He received degrees from Syracuse University, Clark University, and Harvard University, earning a Ph.D. from the latter in 1933.

The Office of the City Historian was created in 1921 to maintain World War I service records. In 1936, McKelvey was hired to assist then-City Historian Dexter Perkins, who was also chair of the Department of History at the University of Rochester. Following Perkins's retirement in 1948, McKelvey took on the office's research and publication activities full time. In 1976, his documentary Blake McKelvey's Rochester won a Golden Eagle Award from the Council on International Nontheatrical Events. McKelvey's wife, Jean Trepp McKelvey (1908-1998), a noted labor relations expert and arbitrator, was appointed as the first faculty member of Cornell University's School of International and Labor Relations in 1946.

After his tenure as historian, McKelvey continued to publish about local history, including his biography of Joseph C. Wilson. McKelvey began his research for the biography in 1980, nearly a decade after Wilson's death. Although the manuscript was prepared by 1982, McKelvey was unable to find an academic or commercial publisher. The work was not finalized and published until 2000, with assistance from then-City Historian Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck.

McKelvey's sources included published company reports and newsletters, archival materials related to Wilson, and interviews and correspondence with childhood and personal friends and business colleagues of the Xerox CEO. McKelvey examined files from Wilson's office at Xerox Tower and from his home office on Clover Road. The material from Wilson's home is now held in the Joseph C. Wilson papers, D.273. McKelvey conducted interviews with and later gathered comments on his draft of the biography from Xerox executives such as Sol Linowitz and university officials such as President W. Allen Wallis.

McKelvey's biography of Wilson is organized chronologically. It includes topics such as Wilson's involvement in the 1941 Haloid executive board controversy, discovery and early development of xerography, management of Xerox's explosive growth, as well as his dedication to education and community.

Joseph C. "Joe" Wilson (December 19, 1909-November 22, 1971) was born and raised in Rochester and developed Xerox Corporation into a hugely successful international enterprise, the profitability of which transformed both the City of Rochester and the University of Rochester. Wilson graduated from West High School in 1927 and was a member of the University of Rochester's class of 1931, the first to graduate from the newly built River Campus. He then attended Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA in 1933 before returning to join the family business, Haloid Company, which manufactured photographic paper. By 1946, Wilson was president and general manager of Haloid, which would become the Xerox Corporation in 1960. Under his leadership, Haloid purchased the rights to the reprographic process invented by Chester Carlson known as xerography. It would take over a decade to develop it into the 914 photocopier which was launched in 1959. The product revolutionized the way business was done around the world.

Wilson believed in the interrelated nature of business and community. Thus, he was involved in many community, business, and charitable organizations. He became a trustee of the University of Rochester in 1949, eventually becoming chair of the Board of Trustees in 1959. He was also president of the Community Chest (now known as the United Way), a position which had also been held by Eastman Kodak founder George Eastman. Wilson died suddenly of a heart attack on November 22, 1971 while having lunch with New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

Joseph C. Wilson timeline:

1909 - Born in Rochester, NY to Joseph R. and Katherine Upton Wilson

1927 - Graduated West High School

1931 - Graduated University of Rochester

1933 - Graduated Harvard Business School; Assistant to Sales Manager, Haloid Company

1935 - Married to Marie C. "Peggy" Curran

1936 - Secretary of Haloid Company

1938 - Secretary-Treasurer of Haloid Company

1940 - Treasurer and board member of Haloid Company

1945 - Vice President of Haloid Company

1946 - President and General Manager of Haloid Company

1947 - Haloid Company acquires rights to xerography from Battelle Memorial Institute

1949 - Trustee of University of Rochester

1950 - Member of Community Chest of Rochester and Monroe County

1951 - General Chair of fundraising for United Negro College Fund

1952 - President of Rochester Chamber of Commerce

1954 - Chair of Corporate Relations Committee of University of Rochester

1956 - Formed Rank-Xerox; Chair of Trustee Steering Committee of University of Rochester

1958 - Chair of Executive Committee of University of Rochester

1959 - Chair of Board of Trustees of University of Rochester; 914 office copier introduced by Haloid-Xerox Company

1961- Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Corporation

1962 - Formed Fuji-Xerox

1963 - Established Katherine Upton Wilson Scholarships for the children of Xerox employees; established Haloid-Xerox Professorship in International Economics

1964 - Board member of Committee for Economic Development

1966 - Chair of Xerox Corporation; Chair of United Nations Association of United States

1967 - Honorary Chair of Board of Trustees of University of Rochester; President of Community Chest of Rochester and Monroe County; Chair of Metropolitan Housing Committee

1971 - Chair of President Richard M. Nixon's President's Committee on Health Education; died November 22 in New York City

Scope and Content
The Blake F. McKelvey research collection on Joseph C. Wilson consists of research notes, correspondence, documents, and printed materials accumulated by McKelvey while conducting research for his book Business as a Profession: The Career of Joseph C. Wilson (Rochester, New York: Office of City Historian, 2003). The collection, spanning the dates 1936-1984, documents Joseph Wilson's role in business, including Xerox, and community, including the University of Rochester and Metropolitan Housing Committee.

The collection was organized by McKelvey before its acquisition by University of Rochester's Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. This finding aid preserves the folder titles used by McKelvey. In some cases, informal titles such as "Joe Abroad" have been clarified while the original has been retained in parenthesis. The folders have been reordered alphabetically, but the contents remain in McKelvey's order.

McKelvey's collection includes published company materials such as annual reports to shareholders and employee newsletters. The bulk of the collection consists of McKelvey's research folders, which include "xerocopies" of business documents, McKelvey's correspondence with Wilson's friends and business colleagues, as well as McKelvey's handwritten notes, which include parenthetical references to specific pieces of correspondence. The collection also includes a typed manuscript draft of McKelvey's biography of Wilson.

Topics in the collection trace the activities of Wilson's career, including his involvement at Haloid and Xerox, his role as University of Rochester trustee, his other community responsibilities such as Community Chest, his speeches, and his personal and business travels, as well as discussion of Wilson's posthumous legacy in correspondence between McKelvey and Wilson's friends and associates.

Arrangement
The records have been arranged in three series.

Series 1: Haloid and Xerox publications, 1936-1983

Series 2: Research folders, 1939-1984

Series 3: Manuscript of biography, 1981

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Blake F. McKelvey, 1984.Access
The Blake F. McKelvey research collection on Joseph C. Wilson is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Blake F. McKelvey research collection on Joseph C. Wilson, D.552, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterBibliography
Brooks, John. The Autobiography of American Business. Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1974.

Brooks, John. Business Adventures. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1959.

Ellis, Charles D. Joe Wilson and the Creation of Xerox. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006.

McKelvey, Blake. Business As a Profession: The Career of Joseph C. Wilson Founder of Xerox. Rochester, NY: Office of the City Historian, 2003.

McKelvey, Blake. "A History of Historical Writing in the Rochester Area." Rochester History 6, no. 2 (April 1944): 1-24.

Stave, Bruce M. "A Conversation with Blake McKelvey." Journal of Urban History 2, no. 4 (August 1976): 459-486.


Sponsor
Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation
Administrative Information
Author: John M. Green
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Finding aid publication date: April 2019
Content List
Haloid and Xerox publications, 1936-1983
This series contains material created by the Haloid Company and Xerox Corporation. McKelvey used these items to gain a sense of each company's overall growth during Wilson's career. Included are annual reports to shareholders, newsletters to employees, and promotional pamphlets. The series also contains an unpublished book manuscript titled, "An Autobiography of the Xerox Machine," which includes detailed accounts of xerography's development by various insiders from engineers to executives.
This series is arranged alphabetically then chronologically.

Box 1, Folder 1"The American Times", 1983
Script for a proposed television program highlighting Joseph C. Wilson.

Box 1, Folder 2"An Autobiography of the Xerox Machine", undated
In-depth account by various Xerox employees from design, manufacturing, marketing, and sales.

Box 1, Folder 3Forbes Magazine, July 1, 1969
Includes "Xerox: The McColough Era," which highlights Xerox social programs such as FIGHTON.

Box 1, Folder 4Haloid Company reports and employee pamphlets, 1936-1951
Haloid Company annual report, 1936
Haloid Company annual report, 1937
Haloid Company annual report, 1943
Haloid Company annual report, 1945
Haloid Company annual report, 1946
Haloid Company annual report, 1947
Haloid Company annual report, 1949
Haloid Company annual report, 1951
Haloid Company employee insurance pamphlet, 1942
Haloid Company, employee profit-sharing retirement plan, circa 1947
Box 1, Folder 5Haloid and Xerox periodicals, 1951-1971
Sunbeams Pictorial Supplement, January 13, 1951
The Haloid-O-Scope, October 1955
The Haloid-O-Scope, April 1956
The Haloid Xerox Pioneer, October 1960
The Xerox World, January 26, 1966
The Xerox World, May 20, 1966
Manufacturing Digest, April 22, 1968
Manufacturing Digest, May 15, 1968
The Xerox World, November 24, 1971
Box 1, Folder 6Xerox promotional pamphlets and brochures, 1966-1983
"Kodak Milestones" timeline, circa 1982
Rank Xerox House, undated
"The Story of Xerography", circa 1978
"Xerox and Society", undated
"Xerox, Webster, and the American Dream", undated
Box 1, Folder 7-8Xerox annual reports, 1965-1982
Xerox Corporation annual meeting of shareholders, 1965
Xerox Corporation annual meeting of shareholders, 1966
Xerox Corporation annual report, 1979
Xerox Corporation third quarter report, 1979
Xerox Corporation annual meeting of shareholders, 1980
Xerox Corporation annual meeting of shareholders, 1980
Xerox Corporation first quarter report, 1980
Xerox Corporation second quarter report, 1980
Xerox Corporation annual report, 1981
Xerox Corporation annual report, 1982
Research folders, 1939-1984
This series contains folders McKelvey created while researching his biography on Wilson. The folders include xerocopies of business documents, McKelvey's correspondence with Wilson's friends and business colleagues, and McKelvey's handwritten notes. McKelvey collected these materials from two main sources: Wilson's office files at Xerox Tower and the Joseph C. Wilson Papers held at the University of Rochester (material collected from Wilson's Clover Road home office). He spent several years examining these documents while writing the manuscript of the biography.

McKelvey organized materials by topical association. His handwritten notes often included parenthetical references to specific documents within the same folder. These documents pertain to significant events in Wilson's career such as the 1941 Haloid executive board controversy and discussions with Battelle Memorial Institute regarding xerography. McKelvey also corresponded with associates of Wilson. He conducted interviews, usually by correspondence, to gain further perspective into each period of Wilson's life. Pieces of correspondence 1979-1984 include comments on drafts of the biography's chapters from figures such as Xerox chair Sol Linowitz and University of Rochester President W. Allen Wallis.
This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box 1, Folder 9Articles on Haloid and Xerox history, 1946-1966
Includes 1969 interview between Joseph Wilson and John Dessauer about Xerox history; 1946 and 1949 Democrat and Chronicle clippings; 1949 Fortune magazine feature on xerography, "The Story of Xerography" by Xerox; and file inventory of Wilson's files by Gloria Chapman.

Box 2, Folder 1Articles on Haloid and Xerox history, 1956-1965
Includes article on Haloid history commemorating fiftieth anniversary; October 15, 1965 Forbes magazine cover story on Wilson; history of Xerox Research and Engineering; "The Story of Xerography" by Arthur J. Zuckerman; July 1962 Fortune magazine; and 1959 report of Haloid-Xerox activities for Rank-Xerox.

Box 2, Folder 2Battelle Memorial Institute and Haloid Company, 1945-1961
Includes correspondence between Haloid and Battelle concerning licensing of patents for xerography.

Box 2, Folder 3Carlson, Chester F., 1953-1977
Includes correspondence regarding Carlson's consulting and compensation, correspondence with Battelle, and newspaper memorials.

Box 2, Folder 4Chronology of Wilson's life and career, undated
Includes timelines, resumes, and honors and awards.

Box 2, Folder 5-6Committee for Economic Development on Welfare, 1970
Includes Report from the Governor's Steering Committee on Social Problems on Health and Hospital Services and Costs; The President's Committee on Health Education; Remarks at Governor's Conference on Health and Hospital Services and Costs (New York Hilton, May 14-15, 1970); and report on "Improving the Public Welfare System."

Box 2, Folder 7Damon, E. Kent, 1979-1980
Kent Damon was vice president, secretary, and treasurer during his career at Haloid and Xerox. Includes correspondence between Damon and Xerox figures and photographs of McKelvey and Damon.

Box 2, Folder 8Executive compensation and stock options, 1955-1963
Topics include employee stock option plan, personnel, personnel relations compensation, executive compensation, profit sharing, speeches, and company policy.

Box 2, Folder 10Haloid Company, 1939-1945
Includes company materials such as reports, Haloid management controversy, Joseph R. Wilson "General Statement" regarding board controversy, minutes of 1941 stockholder meeting, "Special Meeting of Board of Directors Held May 2, 1941," "Special Meeting of Board of Directors Held May 16, 1941," "Diary of Recent Events in Case of the Haloid Company, Statement to Stockholders," and The Haloid Torch March 1945.

Box 2, Folder 11Haloid Company, 1945-1950
Topics include DuPont dye license, Eastman Kodak, Eastman Kodak dye, Gilbert Mosher, Remington Rand, materials concerning potential sale of Haloid to Remington Rand, Brown Paper Company, and early production of xerography.

Box 2, Folder 12Haloid Company, 1951-1954
Topics include planning conference, annual reports, patent department, wage and price freeze 1951, financing, civilian defense and US contracts, Huebner process and Standard Register, Dr. Carlyle Jacob, E.E. Randall, and economic study of xerography.

Box 2, Folder 13Haloid Company, 1955-1957
Topics include increasing business (record sales years), reports and minutes of meetings, definition of xerography, Walt Disney, and color xerography.

Box 3, Folder 1Haloid Company, government projects, 1948-1954
Topics include Signal Corps, Wright Field Air Force, and developing xerographic contracts with government institutions.

Box 3, Folder 2Haloid Company, labor union and pension plans, 1939-1955
Includes Haloid and Amalgamated Photographic Supply Workers' Union contract and various contracts between Haloid and workers' union.

Box 3, Folder 3Haloid Company, relationships with other companies, 1948-1954
Includes Radio Corporation of America (RCA), United States Navy, General Electric, Eastman Kodak, and Western Electric.

Box 3, Folder 4Haloid Company, relationships with other companies, 1955-1960
Includes RCA, Western Electric, General Electric, Eastman Kodak, Bell and Howell, and Stromberg Carlson.

Box 3, Folder 5Haloid Xerox, Inc., 1958-1960
Topics include Copyflo, DuPont, and Webster production facility.

Box 3, Folder 6Haloid Xerox, Inc., labor and personnel, 1958-1961
Box 3, Folder 7Hartnett, John B., 1945-1980
McKelvey interview with John B. Hartnett, who was honorary board chair of Xerox, and Xerox correspondence regarding Carlson, Battelle, and xerography patents.

Box 3, Folder 8International travels (Joe abroad), 1955-1960
Includes trip to Japan and 1960 trip to London.

Box 2, Folder 9International trips and licensing (other than Rank), 1960-1966
Includes Fuji-Xerox, Latin America, Australia, and 1961 trip to Switzerland and Italy.

Box 3, Folder 9-10Labor studies, 1964-1969
Includes August 23, 1979 issue of Xerox's The Digest; "Xerox Corporation—A Case Study in Retraining," by Felician F. Foltman, Management of Personnel Quarterly 1, no. 5 (1962): 8-21; various union agreements; and "The Special Relationship: A Case-Study of Plant Level Labor Relationships in Company A" by Janet Ross Abbott (1976), in which Company A represents Xerox and Springfield as Rochester.

Box 3, Folder 11Labor relations, 1964-1966
Includes Xerox "Step Up" program and discussions with union about manufacturing facilities.

Box 3, Folder 12Lanham, Charles T. "Buck", 1960-1970
Major General Charles T. Lanham was vice president of government relations at Xerox. Includes a brief biography from Xerox retirement and discussions of Xerox and matters such as Sol Linowitz's move into Washington politics and Chester Carlson's death.

Box 3, Folder 13Local and national civic interests, 1950-1968
Includes notes by McKelvey recounting anecdotes about Joseph C. and Joseph R. Wilson. Other topics include board memberships, company affairs, National Industrial Conference Board, Xerox Square, Harvard University and Harvard Business School, national boards, trusteeships, private activities, community activities, political interests, banking activities, board memberships, United Nations of America, fund drives, civic activities, Community Chest, and Arden House conference.

Box 3, Folder 14McKelvey appointment schedules, 1979
Includes letter from Marie C. "Peggy" Wilson suggesting potential interviewees for biography research.

Box 4, Folder 1McKelvey correspondence related to interviews and letters, 1979-1980
Correspondents includes Howard C. Hosmer, W. Allen Wallis, Robert Marshak, Edward Biden Whitney, Gilbert MacKay, A. Howard Smith, John S. Crout, Robert F. Asleson, Carl L. Mayle, John J. Wilson, Louise Hirst, George Jaffery, James J. O'Connell, Lincoln V. Burrows, Carleton Thayer, George Mayer, Frederick W. Conner, and Charles Pritchard.

Box 4, Folder 2McKelvey interviews about Haloid Company, 1977-1979
Includes John M. Curran, 1977 Wilson Day Remarks by W. Allen Wallis, and "The Haloid Company" by Ethel Serau (Joseph R. Wilson's secretary).

Box 4, Folder 3McKelvey interviews about Xerox Corporation, 1979-1980
Includes notes on "An Autobiography of the Xerox Machine" and letters from McKelvey to various figures at outset of biography project.

Box 4, Folder 4Memorials and obituaries, 1971-1978
Includes 1972 Wilson Day program and 1978 Wilson Day remarks.

Box 4, Folder 5Metropolitan Housing Committee, 1966-1970
Box 4, Folder 6Paviour, Ernest, 1976
Memoir of Paviour's life in Rochester; Wilson family mentioned on page 8.

Box 4, Folder 7Personal life (Joe personal), 1949-1955
Topics include University of Rochester trustees, newspaper mentions, welcome address for annual Conference on High Energy Physics, 1952 Rochester Chamber of Commerce editorial by Wilson, and 1952 City Club speech by Wilson.

Box 4, Folder 8Personal life and trips, 1958-1967
Topics include various non-Xerox board memberships, community service, "Statement of Joseph C. Wilson" in Application of Morgan New York State Corporation to Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, which describes banking needs of Xerox.

Box 4, Folder 9Personnel and labor, 1955-1964
Topics include hiring decisions, profit sharing, employee benefits, and break room at manufacturing facility.

Box 4, Folder 10Private business interests and civic activities, 1969-1971
Includes 1969-1971 calendars of Wilson's activities by McKelvey, trusteeships and directorships, and various fundraising activities such as Community Chest and Joslin Diabetes Foundation.

Box 4, Folder 11Public relations and personnel interests, 1964-1966
Topics include list of speeches, discussion between Wilson and McGraw-Hill about a book by the Wilson, April 1966 letter to Wilson from Shirlee Smith Haffar criticizing potentially anti-Arab stance of Xerox-sponsored TV program "Let My People Go," and press materials for Xerox 2400 demonstration.

Box 4, Folder 12Rank-Xerox, 1954-1960
Includes xerographic copy of invitation to cocktails invitation from Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson).

Box 4, Folder 13Rank-Xerox, 1960-1963
Includes Wilson and John Davis correspondence, foreign promotions, Wilson's European trips, and 1963 London planning conference.

Box 4, Folder 14Rank-Xerox, 1964-1966
Box 5, Folder 1Rank-Xerox, 1967-1971
Box 5, Folder 2Speeches, 1952-1959
Includes "Business in Education," 1956 Rochester Rotary Annual Award to Joseph C. Wilson; 1957 Grosvenor House Luncheon with Rank Organization; Rank Organization speech; 1957 Haloid speech, "Beauty in Management"; "An Image of Haloid Xerox"; "A Profile of Haloid Xerox, 1958" the Boston Security Analysts Society; speech before Management Group, 1959; and "Dedication of Research and Engineering Center," 1960.

Box 5, Folder 3Speeches, 1960-1963
Includes deposition of Wilson regarding potential patent infringement between Haloid Xerox and Radio Corporation of America (RCA).

Box 5, Folder 4Speeches, 1969-1971
Box 5, Folder 5-6Speeches, educational and civic, 1955-1968
Box 5, Folder 7Speech materials and quotations, 1940-1971
Includes quotations McKelvey used as epigraphs at the start of each chapter, notes regarding speeches and articles by Wilson, and Xerox list of speeches by Wilson.

Box 5, Folder 8Trips, itineraries, private affairs, clubs, 1955-1971
Topics include 1971 monthly expenses, foreign trips, schedule of trips abroad, New Yorker Club, 1967 monthly finances, 1968 itineraries, 1965 travel itineraries, entertainment expenses, Joseph and Marie Wilson travels, 1967 expenses and travel, estate, directorships, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Xerox awards, book on Xerox, and 1965 Saints and Sinners Award.

Box 5, Folder 9University of Rochester, 1959-1967
Includes letter from Wallis to McKelvey concerning Wilson's political views and stance on University of Rochester becoming a state university, letter from LaRoy Thompson questioning details from draft of biography (followed by McKelvey's reply), Office of Public Relations material, $38,000,000 Campaign, various activities as trustee, and gifts to the University.

Box 6, Folder 1University of Rochester, 1968-1971
Includes December 1971 investment report, trustee relations, and Harvard Business School Bulletin Profile of Achievement.

Box 6, Folder 2Xerox, 1962-1963
Topics include John Diebold, annual reports, public relations, planning, business practices, executive compensation, corporate image, and cash flow.

Box 6, Folder 3Xerox, 1964-1966
Topics include product planning, corporate headquarters, support of education, and relationships with other companies.

Box 6, Folder 4Xerox, 1967-1968
Topics include 1968 speeches and trips, corporate goals and objectives, employment curtailment, successful acquisitions, failed acquisitions, educational division, Wilson's friends, personnel, John Schlachtenhaufer, corporate planning, research, small copier, color copies, unions, Rochester Jobs Inc., FIGHT, profit sharing, public relations, contributions, Bell and Howell, and Smith Corona.

Box 6, Folder 5Xerox, 1969-1971
Topics include minority employment, reorganization, planning (discussion of headquarters relocated from Rochester to Connecticut, closer to New York City metro area), public relations, and 1968 Xerox annual report.

Box 6, Folder 6Xerox annual reports, annual meetings, and directors meetings, 1964-1966
Topics include board of directors, Xerox international business, reorganization, 1965 and 1966 Xerox annual meetings, corporate by-laws, corporate relations, 1964 Xerox annual report, 1964 Xerox annual meeting, Xerox memos regarding 1964 management restructuring, 1964 and 1965 Xerox Executive Committee, and 1965 Xerox annual report.

Box 6, Folder 7Xerox, licenses and acquisitions, 1960-1963
Topics include Electro-Optical Systems, competing office copiers, merger proposals and acquisitions, General Electric, University Microfilms, Eastman Kodak, and various other competitors.

Box 6, Folder 8Xerox, Wilson's associates, 1969-1981
Includes Sol Linowitz's comments on McKelvey's draft of biography of Joseph C. Wilson.

Box 7, Folder 1Youth, student, and family, 1952-1979
Includes notes from interviews with family members, "Recollections of Joseph C. Wilson" by Lincoln Burrows, "Notes on Joe Wilson" by Robert S. Moehlman, interview with Charles Pritchard, and Wilson's official Harvard Business School transcript.

Manuscript of biography, 1981
This series contains the manuscript of McKelvey's biography of Joseph C. Wilson. It is a typed draft that includes handwritten editorial markings. McKelvey wrote portions as he researched Wilson's life beginning in 1979 and likely completed the manuscript in 1981. In the following years, he contacted academic and commercial publishers regarding the book but was unable to secure a contract. The manuscript, along with its accompanying research material, was donated to Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation in 1987. In 2000, McKelvey and then-City Historian Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck revisited the manuscript to prepare it for publication through the Office of the City Historian. Naparsteck added a foreword describing some of this process, and the published biography differs little from the draft held in this collection.

Box 7, Folder 2-3Manuscript of biography, 1981
Box 8, Folder 1-2Manuscript of biography, 1981
Box 8, Folder 3Comments on manuscript, 1981-1984
Includes letter from McKelvey to John Matthews, the Joseph C. Wilson professor at Harvard Business School, describing the biography project; biography project description; 1984 correspondence with Sol Linowitz regarding attempts to publish; correspondence with Bill Swanberg (Swanberg wrote an unpublished biography of Chester Carlson) regarding Carlson and Wilson including the latter's views on the Vietnam War, letter from W. Allen Wallis regarding university affairs pertaining to biography, and letter and comments from John Dessauer.



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