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Finding Aid for the Virginia Terrell Lathrop Papers, 1949-1974

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Abstract

Virginia Terrell Lathrop (1900-1974) was a 1923 alumna of the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) who worked as a journalist in North Carolina, New York, London and Paris. The Virginia Tarrell Lathrop Papers contain correspondence and notes relating to Mrs. Lathrop's tenure as a Trustee of the University of North Carolina, and typescripts for Educate a Woman and Bricks and People.

Administrative Information

Collection Number

MSS 045

Extent

8 boxes

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Virginia Terrell Lathrop Papers (MSS 045), University Archives and Manuscripts, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Acquisitions Information

Gift of George Terrell (Terry) Lathrop, June 1975. Manuscripts given by author, except for personal memoir of Frank Porter Graham, by Mrs. Lathrop, given by Emily Herring Wilson.

Biographical Note

Virginia Terrell Lathrop (1900-1974) was born near Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) in 1923. She worked as a journalist for the Raleigh News and Observer, the Asheville Citizen, the New York Post, and in the London and Paris offices of the New York Herald Tribune. From 1937 to 1941 she headed the Woman's College News Bureau. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Consolidated University of North Carolina from 1949 until her death, was appointed to its Executive Committee in 1953, and in 1972 to the initial Board of Governors which was to oversee operation of all 16 public institutions of higher education in North Carolina. She received the Alumni Service Award of UNC Greensboro in June 1965, and an honorary degree in 1966. She and her husband Albert H. Lathrop had one son, George Terrell Lathrop. They lived in Asheville.

Description of Collection

The Virginia Tarrell Lathrop Papers contain seven archival boxes of correspondence, memos, notes, miscellaneous printed items relating to Mrs. Lathrop's tenure as Trustee of the University of North Carolina, and one gray archival box of typescripts for Educate a Woman and Bricks and People.

The collection contains material related to the academic, administrative, business, and student affairs on the sixteen campuses and is arranged alphabetically by subject. Boxes 6 and 7 deal specifically with the controversy surrounding Dr. Jack Carlton's administration of Western Carolina University. (Note: Papers concerning this controversy were given in 1975 with the restriction that they not be opened for 15 years. As of 1990, these papers are unrestricted.)

Box 8 contains the original typescript with handwritten corrections and notations [146 leaves] for Educate a Woman (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1942), a pictorial history of Woman's College from its beginning in 1891 up to World War II; the typescript and a photocopy with handwritten corrections [64 leaves] for Bricks and People : A Walking Guide to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1973), co-authored with Marguerite Schumann; and "February 18, 1891," an historical sketch presented at the seventy-fifth anniversary convocation, February 18, 1966 in Aycock Auditorium. (For additional biographical information see Alumni News, Winter 1975, p. 19).

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