Mrs. Jack Tapscott Collection, 1986-2005 -- Finding Aid

Physical Description: Three linear feet, consisting of newspaper articles, letters to the editor, correspondence, technical reports, maps, financial records, legal documents, printed material, and videorecordings.

Acquisition: July, 2001. Gift of Mrs. Jackie Tapscott McCracken, Springfield, Missouri.
                   April 2005. Addition of DVD, "Focal Point: Space Available." Gift of Ms. Kim Williams, WRAL-TV,
                   P.O. Box 12000, Raleigh, NC 27605

Access: No restrictions. Inquire at the North Carolina Collection service desk.

Copyright: Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Description: Mrs. Jack Tapscott (d. 2001), a resident of Kinston, North Carolina, was an outspoken opponent of the North Carolina Global Transpark (GTP), an air-cargo facility planned for the Kinston area beginning in the early 1990s. She collected newspaper and magazine articles, legal documents, technical reports, maps, publications, and other material pertaining to the GTP and wrote numerous letters to newspapers and public officials in opposition to the project. Correspondence includes letters from Vice President Al Gore, Senator Jesse Helms, Governor Jim Martin, and Governor Jim Hunt. The materials she collected provide a comprehensive picture of the conception and development of the GTP. Most of the collection consists of Mrs. Tapscott's chronological files, roughly sorted by year. Each year's files contain newspaper articles, letters to editors of newspapers, and a variety of other materials filed in no particular order. Subject files relate to various aspects of the project. Also in the collection are materials reflecting Mrs. Tapscott's concerns about local government in Kinston and Lenoir County and about the Korean War service of her husband, Jack Tapscott. A videorecording and DVD contain a GTP-sponsored production, "Into the 21st Century," (1994) and NBC Nightline News "Fleecing of America" feature on the Transpark. Also in the collection is a WRAL-TV documentary, "Focal Point" Space Available," which aired on April 21, 2005.

Container List:

Box 1: Chronological files, 1992-1993

Box 2: Chronological files, 1994-1995

Box 3: Chronological files, 1995

Box 4: Chronological files, 1995-1997

Box 5: Chronological files, 1997-1999

Box 6: Chronological files, 2000-2001

  • Correspondence, 1992-1996
  • Letters to the editor, 1992-1997, n.d., concerning the Global Transpark
  • Maps
  • Miscellaneous Maps, Reports, and Environmental Information
  • Financial Records

Box 7: "Questions and Answers about the Development of the North Carolina Global Transpark" (1992?)

  • GTP Plans and Studies, 1992-1994
  • Legal Documents
  • Global Transpark Development Commission
  • GTP Policies
  • Foreign Trade Zone Application
  • GTP Publications
  • Sutton Family
  • Letters to the Editor, Editorials, 1986-1998, n.d., Concerning Taxation, Public Officials in Kinston and Lenoir County
  • Employment Agreement for Vernon Rochelle, City Attorney, Kinston, 1997
  • Tapscott, Jack
  • All-America City Award, City of Kinston, 1997
  • Videorecording and DVD
--Finding aid completed by Maury York,
August 27, 2006

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Mrs. Jack Tapscott Collection, 1986-2005

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