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John S. Phillips Papers



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Published columns and articles

Original stories/scripts/poems

Typescript of novel: George Sampson

Photographs and scrapbook


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John S. Phillips Papers, 1944-1966 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Extent: 11.0 MS boxes


The collection is arranged in series as follows:

Series 1: Published columns and articles             

Series 2: Original stories, scripts, and poems                    

Series 3: Typescript of novel, George Sampson

Series 4: Photographs and Scrapbook

Series 5: Artifacts

Subjects: Phillips, John S., Radio broadcasters -- West Virginia., Radio stations -- West Virginia -- History., West Virginia -- Social life and customs., West Virginia Broadcasters Association.

Languages: English


John Shem Phillips was born around 1900 at Hawk Run, PA, to Elizabeth Edwards and David Rocer Phillips, both of Welsh background. His father, David Phillips, and his maternal grandfather worked in the coal industry. After studying music and drama, Phillips joined a Charleston, WV, radio station in 1929 as a singer, but soon started writing, announcing, and producing shows.  He married Flora Poe of Elkton, WV.

Following service in WWII, Phillips chaired a local committee dedicated to improving understanding between military and civilian entities, which involved him in a trip to Alaska as part of an Air Force publicity effort. He helped found the West Virginia Broadcasters' Association (1946) and the Tristate Industrial Editors Association. For five years Phillips left radio to sell advertising for the Charleston Gazette, but then again joined a Charleston station, going rapidly from salesman to manager.  By 1953 he was general manager of the Greater Huntington Radio Corporation, operating WHTN, an independent radio and TV station. In 1958 he went south to work at WJBF television in Augusta, GA.  In 1961 he was back in Beckley, WV, writing a column for the Raleigh Register until 1966. Some of Phillips' stories and poetry were published; however, his novel, George Samson, remained unpublished.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of  writings and public photographs of John Shem Phillips, who spent many years in radio, TV, and newspaper work in West Virginia. Most of the photographs have to do with public occasions in broadcasting, with his organization of "Peace Week" in 1948, and with his participation in Operation Larkspur, an Air Force demonstration of long-range flight.

Subject/Index Terms

Phillips, John S.
Radio broadcasters -- West Virginia.
Radio stations -- West Virginia -- History.
West Virginia -- Social life and customs.
West Virginia Broadcasters Association.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no known restrictions other than federal copyright regulations. Please cite information.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], John S. Phillips Collection, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The finding aid was updated in November 2015 by Lori Myers-Steele, Collection Archivist.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0058 SAA 058

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Published columns and articles],
[Series 2: Original stories/scripts/poems],
[Series 3: Typescript of novel: George Sampson],
[Series 4: Photographs and scrapbook],
[Series 5: Artifacts],

Series 4: Photographs and scrapbookAdd to your cart.
This series contains photographs and a scrapbook of trip to Alaska.
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Folder 3: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.

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[Series 1: Published columns and articles],
[Series 2: Original stories/scripts/poems],
[Series 3: Typescript of novel: George Sampson],
[Series 4: Photographs and scrapbook],
[Series 5: Artifacts],

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