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Steve Schewel papers

Identifier: NCC-0231

Scope and Contents

This collection contains news clippings, mailers and correspondence that document local and statewide political campaigns of progressive candidates, which Schewel often contributed to by assisting with copywriting and political analysis. This collection also includes political ephemera from local, state and national campaigns, as well as a handful of items that document Schewel's involvement with other community organizations and events.


  • 1978 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Steve Schewel is a longtime Durham resident, community activist, and local politician. He founded the North Carolina Independent (also known as the Independent, the Independent Weekly, and now IndyWeek) in 1983, running the free, alternative newspaper for 30 years before selling it in 2012. Schewel was a member of the Durham Public Schools' Board of Education from 2004 to 2008 and was elected to the Durham City Council in 2011 where he served until his successful bid for mayor in 2017. Schewel received his MA in English from Columbia University and his BA in English and PhD in Education from Duke University, where he served as student government president and has taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy since 2000.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)

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This collection is organized into the following three series: 1. Campaigns, 2. Community Organization and Events, and 3. Political Ephemera.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Steve Schewel

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Wib Gulley Papers (NCC.0232)

Finding Aid for the Steve Schewel Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States