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|Size||4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1200 items)|
|Abstract||Chiefly correspondence and other material documenting the professional and community service activities of Margaret Taylor Harper, journalist and businesswoman of Southport, N.C. In 1968, Harper became the first woman in North Carolina to seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. She ran a strong second in that race, amassing 148,613 votes (22%) and carrying five counties. Included are materials relating to her service on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to her work with the North Carolina Council of Women's Organizations.|
|Creator||Harper, Margaret Taylor, 1917|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, February 1988 and December 1991
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Margaret Taylor Harper was born in Southport, N.C., 17 February 1917, the daughter of Charles Edward and Jessie Stevens Taylor. In 1937, she received her B.A. from Greensboro College and married James M. Harper, Jr., editor of the State Port Pilot. In addition to working for the Pilot, she operated the Stevens Insurance Agency, a business established in 1890 by her maternal grandfather.
Margaret Harper's interests have been diverse. She has worked in support of numerous community improvement measures, serving on many boards and chairing many committees. Among other activities, she has been secretary treasurer of the North Carolina Press Association and president of North Carolina Democratic Women, North Carolina Press Women, and the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations and institutions, including the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she headed several committees. She has received many service and honorary awards.
In 1968, Harper became the first woman in North Carolina to seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. She ran a strong second in that race, amassing 148,613 votes (22%) and carrying five counties.
Harper has two sons, James M. Harper III and Edward Taylor Harper, both of whom have been active in journalism.Back to Top
Material in this collection reflects Margaret Taylor Harper's diverse activities, both in the professional arena and in community service. The preliminary arrangement uses Harper's folder titles. Biographical information is scattered throughout, especially in folders relating to honors and awards. Folder numbers have not been assigned at this time.Back to Top
Materials relating to the North Carolina Council of Women's Organizations, 1955-1991.