Joseph Kopka, ATF Revenue Agent Collected Papers

1956-1989
Manuscript Collection #1379
Creator(s)
Kopka, Joseph
Physical description
3.0 Cubic Feet, 5 document cases and 1 oversized folder, consisting of reports, procedures, trial statements, commendations, certificates, photographs, negatives, scrapbook of clippings, brochures, posters, newspaper clippings, and binders.
Preferred Citation
Joseph Kopka, ATF Revenue Agent Collected Papers (#1379), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions.

Joseph Kopka is a retired ATF Revenue agent who spent twenty-six years (1960-1986) in pursuit of bootleggers in eastern North Carolina and in Savannah, Georgia. This collection (1956-1989) reflects his career and includes daily and monthly reports (1960-1971) and trial statements, Criminal Investigation Procedures and the Quizzers that went with them, an official report related to the incident where he was shot by a bootlegger (1963), certificates and commendations, a scrapbook of clippings concerning the notorious North Carolina bootlegger Percy Flowers, negatives, photographs of exhibits used in trials and agents breaking up stills, brochures, posters, newspaper clippings, and two binders of Garland Bunting (famous Halifax Co., NC, ABC officer) Screenplay Research.


Biographical/historical information

Joseph Kopka was born September 4, 1931, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to parents William and Anna Kopka who emigrated from Medzilaborce in Slovakia around 1930. Kopka received his BA from Duquesne University in 1953 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1955.

From January 1960 until his retirement in January 1986, he worked as a Special Investigator for ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and was stationed in Elizabeth City, Rocky Mount, and Cary in North Carolina, and in Savannah Georgia and Washington, D.C. After he retired, he worked as an investigator for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the staff of Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.

He married Alice Jean Yourick on May 25, 1957, and she died on August 22, 2020. They had children Sherrie Kopka-Kennedy and Ken Kopka.

Source:

Daughter Sherrie Kopka-Kennedy.


Administrative information
Custodial History

November 13, 2020, (unprocessed), 3.0 cubic feet; Joseph Kopka is a retired ATF Revenue agent who spent twenty-six years (1960-1986) in pursuit of bootleggers in eastern North Carolina and in Savannah, Georgia. This collection (1956-1989) reflects his career and includes daily and monthly reports (1960-1971) and trial statements, Criminal Investigation Procedures and the Quizzers that went with them, an official report related to the incident where he was shot by a bootlegger (1963), certificates and commendations, a scrapbook of clippings concerning the notorious North Carolina bootlegger Percy Flowers, negatives, photographs of exhibits used in trials and agents breaking up stills, brochures, posters, newspaper clippings, and two binders of Garland Bunting (famous Halifax Co., NC, ABC officer) Screenplay Research. Gift of Sherrie Kopka-Kennedy and Ken Kopka.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Sherrie Kopka-Kennedy

Gift of Ken Kopka

Copyright notice

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