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Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina

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Biographical/Historical note:

The Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina was an affiliate of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare (SCHW) housed at Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (WCUNC) in the 1940s.

SCHW, established in 1938, tried to bring New Deal-inspired reforms to the South, with particular emphasis on social justice, civil rights, and election reform. SCHW helped lay the groundwork for future civil rights activism before disbanding in 1948 amid charges of harboring Communist sympathies.

In 1946, the WCUNC chapter's officers included Devorah Poliakoff (president) and Lucy Rodgers (secretary-treasurer). That same year, the group produced a newsletter, W.C. Informer edited by Nancy Siff, Marjean Perry, Lyn Brown, Gracia Broadbooks, Edda Mae Trostler, Nina Van Dam. The newsletter touched on subjects including voter registration, race relations, nuclear weapons, academic freedom, and housing.

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Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 1
Date: March1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The first issue of W.C. Informer focuses on several postwar political issues, and criticizes a recent vote on extending the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 2
Date: March1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The second issue of W.C. Informer primarily discusses economic and political trends in in North Carolina, including voter registration and participation. Statistics a...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 3
Date: March1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The third issue of W.C. Informer criticizes policies of the Truman administration, particularly the nomination of Edwin Pauley as Undersecretary of the Navy, which re...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 4
Date: March 11, 1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The fourth issue of W.C. Informer discusses of nuclear weapons, federal labor policy (specifically a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would curtail unio...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 5
Date: March 17, 1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The fifth issue of W.C. Informer discusses an incident in Columbia, Tennessee, in which a black veteran and a white fought over an insult to the veteran's mother. Aft...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 6
Date: April 7, 1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The sixth issue of W.C. Informer is primarily a discussion of pending legislation concerning the railroad industry and an alleged conspiracy to thwart competition and...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 7
Date: April 14, 1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The seventh issue of W.C. Informer reports on the need for new housing units in the postwar years. Government housing policy was a major part of the federal urban ren...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 8
Date: April 21, 1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The eighth issue of W.C. Informer reports on the passage of the Patman Housing Act of 1946, a precursor to the federal urban renewal program that was envisioned as a ...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 9
Date: April 28, 1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The ninth issue of W.C. Informer notes that "infamous preacher of race hatred" Gerald Smith had called a "nationalist congress" for the following ...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 10
Date: May 6, 1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The tenth issue of W.C. Informer encourages students to assist in voter registration drives and to vote themselves when they become eligible. Voter registration drive...

Item thumbnail image W.C. Informer Number 11
Date: May 11, 1946
By: Woman's College Chapter of the Committee for North Carolina
From: University Archives Subject Files

The eleventh (and possibly final) issue of W.C. Informer presents a list of suggested summer readings on the themes of national and international affairs. The titles ...