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"Women's Literature From A Regional Perspective" Collection

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Women's Literature From A Regional Perspective Collection

Inventory of the "Women's Literature From A Regional Perspective" collection
MS0043

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dept. of English.
Title
Collection of class papers from "Women's Literature From A Regional Perspective"
ID
MS0043
Date [inclusive]
1977-1978
Extent
1.75 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
1.75 linear feet (349 items, including 249 slides and 19 cassette tapes).
Language
English
Language of Materials note
English
Abstract
Material from a two-semester class taught in 1977-78 by Dr. Ann C. Carver of the UNC Charlotte English Department and funded through a grant from the Modern Languages Association. Contains reports, class planning materials and course evaluations, and student cultural autobiographies, research projects, and related course work materials. Includes studies of Gertrude Weil, Cherokee women, Nell Battle Lewis, Anna Burgwyn, evangelists the Reverend Preilo and Queen Estelle Thompson, Eunice Pace (female merchant in Saluda, N.C.), women in ECKANAR, and descendants of the Lefler and Alexander families in Cabarrus County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Preferred Citation note

Women's Literature From A Regional Perspective Collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Entitled "Women's Literature from a Regional Perspective," the course was offered as part of a three-year project developed by the Modern Language Association's Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession, and funded by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Secondary Education. The project, implemented in fifteen institutions throughout the country, was designed "to improve the teaching of literature by developing student-centered courses that focus on the history and experience of American women viewed in relation to regional cultures." Using a pedagogical approach based on "archival and historical materials, conventional literature, oral histories, journalism, and written life documents--diaries and letters," students were to gather, compile, and present their findings on women's literature of their regions. UNCC's involvement in the project was coordinated by Dr. Ann C. Carver of the English Department, who was also responsible for teaching the class.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection documents the activities of the class, including student research projects and related materials, course and project evaluations, and planning notes.

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Arrangement note

The Women's Literature from a Regional Perspective Collection is divided into four series: 1. Modern Language Association;.2: Class Material; 3. Student Projects; 4. Miscellany.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Legal Status note

Publication of material from interviews requires permission of interviewees. These items denoted by an asterisk (*). More information can be found on the deeds of gift in the collection file.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of class members, 1979.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dept. of English.

Personal Name(s)

  • Carver, Ann C.

Subject(s)

  • Education, Higher--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Literature--Study and teaching--North Carolina

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION

Scope and Contents note

This series documents the Modern Language Association (MLA) project.

Box Folder

EVALUATIONS

Scope and Contents note

includes MLA's evaluation of the project at UNC Charlotte, University of Alabama, and Jackson State University, and Ann Carver's evaluation of the course at UNCC, entitled "Applying Feminist Approaches to Learning and Research: A Practical Curriculum Model."

1 4

GRANT PROPOSAL

1 1

MONTHLY REPORTS

Scope and Contents note

Carver's monthly reports to MLA's project director describing the progress and activities of the class.

1 2

PUBLICATION PROSPECTUS

Scope and Contents note

MLA's prospectus for a publication based on the project.

1 5

REPORTS

Scope and Contents note

compilation of reports to the MLA from other participating institutions.

1 3

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Series 2: CLASS MATERIAL

Scope and Contents note

This series contains class material.

Box Folder

ASSORTED TRANSPARENCIES AND HANDOUTS

1 8

BOOKJACKETS

Scope and Contents note

from Unto the Hills and Our Heritage by western North Carolina historian Margaret Walker Freel.

1 11

COURSE RATIONALE AND CALENDAR

1 7

PLANNING NOTEBOOKS

1 6

SCRIPT FOR SLIDE-TAPE PRESENTATION

Scope and Contents note

entitled "North Carolina Women--A Personal Perspective."

1 10

STUDENTS' EVALUATIONS OF COURSE

1 9

SLIDES, CASSETTE TAPES

Scope and Contents note

180 slides, two carousel trays, a synchronized cassette tape, and set-up instructions for "North Carolina Women--A Personal Perspective." Also included in this series (Box 2) are 69 slides made by the class but not included in the slide-tape presentation; and four cassette recordings featuring a poetry reading by North Carolina poets Julia Fields, Barbara Lovell, Minnie Bruce Price, and Julie Suk; Carver's interviews with Margaret Walker Freel, North Carolina craftswoman Mary Cornwell, and North Carolina folklorists Linda Cathey and Aurelia Cathey; and the students' oral first semester progress reports.

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Series 3: STUDENT PROJECTS

Scope and Contents note

This series documents the research and related coursework of 9 of the 10 students in the class.

Box Folder

COWAN, NANCY M.

Scope and Contents note

"Gertrude Weil and Her Fight for the Nineteenth Amendment." Card bibliography and final paper.

1 12

DAVIS, NANCY L.

Scope and Contents note

"The Poetry of Cherokee Women: Their Search for Identity." First semester progress report and final paper.

1 13

FARR, PATRICIA T.

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"North Carolina Literature: Discovering the Past, Discovering Ourselves." Cultural autobiography, project proposal, card bibliography, and final paper, about News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) reporter Nell Battle Lewis.

1 14-15

FELTON, SUZANNE D.

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"Anna Burgwyn: Her Letters, Her World, Her Self." Cultural autobiography, project proposal, card bibliography, and final paper analyzing the letters of a northern woman who moved South with her family during the mid-1800s.

1 16-17

HAGGERTY, BEVERLY

Scope and Contents note

(incomplete) concerns women evangelists. Research project proposal and transcripts of interviews with evangelists Reverend Preilo and Queen Estelle Thompson.

1 18

HAIGHT, KATHY L.

Scope and Contents note

"North Carolina Women in ECKANKAR." Cultural autobiography, project proposal, first semester progress report, annotated and card bibliographies, and final paper. Includes transcripts and recordings* of Haight's interviews with five women involved in ECKANKAR.

1 19

MARRE, ANNA MARIE

Scope and Contents note

(incomplete). Contains only a card bibliography; topic undiscernible.

1 20

MOODY, PAIGE K.

Scope and Contents note

"A Woman and Saluda" (includes 3 cassette tapes)*. Cultural autobiography, project proposal, card and annotated bibliographies, and a final paper on Eunice Pace, owner of a grocery in the mountain town of Saluda, N.C. Includes transcripts and tapes* of Moody's interview with Eunice Pace and her family and other Saluda residents.

1 21-23

SIDES, MARGARET N.

Scope and Contents note

"The Heritage of Peggy Sides, 1735-1978. Research proposal and final paper tracing Sides's connection with the Lefler and Alexander families of Mecklenburg County and late 19th and early 20th century descendants of the family in Cabarrus County. Includes transcripts and tapes* of Sides's interviews with her relatives, two letters (1918) written by her family members, and two photographs of family members, one of which shows part of the Alexander family.

1 24-25

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Series 4: MISCELLANY

Scope and Contents note

This series contains items given to Carver after The Charlotte Observer advertised that her students were looking for original material. The first item, given by Dr. Louise Murdy of Winthrop College, is a 6-page photocopy of a letter (11-28-40) from Martha Mai Davidson Ramsey to her youngest sister Ona Davidson Gray, telling of their family life on a west Tennessee farm. Included with the letter is a brief sketch of the Davidson family. The other donation is a 7-page ballad (with a photocopy) by an unidentified author (6-11-02) and entitled "The Ride of Jennie McNeal."

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