Collection Number: 40192

Collection Title: Selection Committee for the North Carolina Distinguished Service Award for Women Records, 1953-1995

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 600 items)
Abstract The North Carolina Distinguished Service Award for Women has been presented annually since 1950 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Epsilon Beta Chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity. The award recognizes a long and distinguished career or achievement by a North Carolina woman. The Selection Committee is made up of representatives of the university administration along with student and alumna members of the fraternity. The Original Accession of the committee records was largely generated under Chair Douglass Hunt, 1973-1995. It includes correspondence, 1975-1995; meeting minutes, 1971-1993; copies of award citations; and speeches delivered by award recipients. Most of the citations and speeches are post-1970. The Addition of March 2014 consists of records kept by Division of Student Affairs staff who provided administrative support to the committee, beginning with Dean of Women Katherine Kennedy Carmichael, who served as its secretary from the 1950s through 1977. These records are duplicative of some of the materials in the Original Accession, but they include the bulk of the materials related to the awards given prior to 1972. Included are files on awards given 1954-1992, which include committee minutes, lists of nominees, correspondence, and some citations and speeches.
Creator Selection Committee for the North Carolina Distinguished Service Award for Women (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Language English.
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[Identification of item], in the Selection Committee for the North Carolina Distinguished Service Award for Women Records #40192, University Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Transferred from the Office of the Special Assistant to the Chancellor (Douglass Hunt) in June 1996 (Records transfer 19960606.1). The Addition of March 2014 was transferred from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement in August 2013 (Records transfer 20130819.1).The Addition of December 2017 was transferred in December 2017 (RT 20171219.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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First conferred in 1950, the North Carolina Distinguished Service Award for Women recognizes a long and distinguished career or achievement by a North Carolina woman. Though the award is given by the Epsilon Beta Chapter of the Chi Omega Fraternity, its creation and evolution were heavily influenced by University of North Carolina Chancellor Robert B. House and Dean of Women Katherine Kennedy Carmichael.

The award is presented at the Eleusinian Banquet, the annual affair of Chi Omega, and the recipient gives an address. The speech is autobiographical in nature, detailing her work and achievements, and is meant to present a career worthy of emulation by the sisters. A manuscript of the address is then submitted to the University Library's North Carolina Collection for preservation.

The Selection Committee meets annually to choose the recipient. It has been customary for the chancellor of the university to serve as, or select, the chair. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has chosen the committee secretary from his or her staff, and the chair of Epsilon Beta's House Committee has chosen the remaining members from the university and Chapel Hill communities. In 1971, the women of Epsilon Beta began making award nominations to the Selection Committee, although the committee did send suggestions to the chapter.

Chancellor House chaired the committee in its early years, and Dean Carmichael served as secretary. Douglass Hunt, who was Vice Chancellor for Administration and later Special Assistant to the Chancellor, had the longest tenure as chair, from 1973 until his retirement in 1995.

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The Original Accession of the records of the Selection Committee for the North Carolina Distinguished Service Award for Women was largely generated under Chair Douglass Hunt, 1973-1995. It includes correspondence, 1975-1995; meeting minutes, 1971-1993; copies of award citations; and speeches delivered by award recipients. Most of the citations and speeches are post-1970. The Addition of March 2014 consists of records kept by Division of Student Affairs staff who provided administrative support to the committee, beginning with Dean of Women Katherine Kennedy Carmichael, who served as its secretary from the 1950s through 1977. These records are duplicative of some of the materials in the Original Accession, but they include the bulk of the materials related to the awards given prior to 1972. Included are files on awards given 1954-1992, which include committee minutes, lists of nominees, correspondence, and some citations and speeches. Files in the Addition tend to include more supplemental materials than the files in the Original Accession. Researchers should consult both the Original Accession and the Addition of March 2014 to be sure of finding all the items related to a particular award.

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Contents list

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About 300 items.

Records of the Selection Committee for the North Carolina Distinguished Service Award for Women, largely generated under Chair Douglass Hunt, 1973-1995. Included are correspondence, 1975-1995; meeting minutes, 1971-1993; copies of award citations; and speeches delivered by award recipients.

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Folder 1

Correspondence, 1975-1995 #40192, Series: "Original Accession, 1956-1995." Box 1, Folder 1

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Folder 2

Minutes, 1971-1993 #40192, Series: "Original Accession, 1956-1995." Box 1, Folder 2

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Folder 3-5

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Folder 4

Folder 5

Speeches and Citations, 1956-1995 #40192, Series: "Original Accession, 1956-1995." Box 1, Folder 3-5

Alphabetical by recipient; only scattered copies before 1970. Also included are copies of newspaper clippings and press releases.

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About 300 items.

Records kept by Division of Student Affairs staff who provided administrative support to the Selection Committee for the North Carolina Distinguished Service Award for Women, beginning with Dean of Women Katherine Kennedy Carmichael, who served as secretary to the committee from the 1950s through 1977. These records are duplicative of some of the materials in the Original Accession, but they include the bulk of the materials related to the awards given prior to 1972.

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Folder 6

Correspondence, General, 1955-1991 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 6

Mostly related to efforts, 1975-1976, to locate and compile the speeches of the award recipients.

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Folder 7

Lists of Award Recipients #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 7

Lists compiled 1984-1991 but including recipients 1950-1991.

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Folder 8

Procedures, 1976-1984 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 8

Oversize Paper OP-40192/1

1953 Award citation, 20 April 1953 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." OP-40192/1

Ruth Current, recipient.

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Folder 9

1954 Award file, 1954 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 9

Kate Burr Johnson, recipient.

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Folder 10

1955 Award file, 1955 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 10

Guion Griffis Johnson, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/2.

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Folder 11

1957 Award file, 1957 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 11

Harriet Susan Parrott, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/3.

Oversize Paper OP-40192/4

1957 Award citation, 25 March 1957 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." OP-40192/4

Robert Burton House, recipient.

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Folder 12

1958 Award file, 1957-1958 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 12

Alice Mary Baldwin, recipient.

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Folder 13

1959 Award file, 1958-1959 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 13

Susie Marshall Sharp, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/5.

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Folder 14

1960 Award file, 1959-1960 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 14

Katharine Jocher, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/6.

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Folder 15

1961 Award file, 1960-1961 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 15

Sadie McBrayer McCain, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/7.

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Folder 16

1962 Award file, 1961 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 16

Gladys Avery Tillett, recipient.

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Folder 17

1963 Award file, 1962-1963 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 17

Fay Webb Gardner, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/8.

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Folder 18

1964 Award file, 1963-1964 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 18

Bernice Kelly Harris, recipient.

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Folder 19

1965 Award file, 1964-1965 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 19

Mary Shotwell, recipient.

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Folder 20

1966 Award file, 1965-1966 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 20

Susan Grey Akers, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/9.

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Folder 21

1967 Award file, 1966-1967 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 21

Rachel Darden Davis, recipient.

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Folder 22

1968 Award file, 1967-1968 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 22

Bonnie Ethel Cone, recipient.

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Folder 23

1969 Award file, 1968-1969 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 23

Lois Virginia Edinger, recipient.

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Folder 24

1970 Award file, 1970 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 24

Ellen Black Winston, recipient.

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Folder 25

1971 Award file, 1970-1971 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 25

Elizabeth Duncan Koontz, recipient.

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Folder 26

1972 Award file, 1971-1972 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 26

Lucy Shields Morgan, recipient.

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Folder 27

1973 Award file, 1972-1973 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 27

May Belle Penn Jones, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/10.

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Folder 28

1974 Award file, 1973-1974 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 28

Gladys Hall Coates, recipient.

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Folder 29

1975 Award file, 1974-1975 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 29

Kathrine Robinson Everett, recipient.

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Folder 30

1976 Award file, 1975-1976 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 30

Emma Neal Morrison, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/11.

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Folder 31

1977 Award file, 1976-1977 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 31

Katherine Kennedy Carmichael, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/12.

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Folder 32

1978 Award file, 1977 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 32

Mary Claire Engstrom, recipient.

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Folder 33

1979 Award file, 1978 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 33

Margaret Taylor Harper, recipient.

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Folder 34

1980 Award file, 1979-1980 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 34

Adeline Denham McCall, recipient.

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Folder 35

1981 Award file, 1980-1981 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 35

Naomi Elizabeth Morris, recipient.

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Folder 36

1982 Award file, 1981 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 36

Doris Waugh Betts, recipient.

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Folder 37

1983 Award file, 1982-1983 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 37

Anne Firor Scott, recipient.

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Folder 38

1984 Award file, 1983 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 38

Ida Howell Friday, recipient.

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Folder 39

1985 Award file, 1984-1985 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 39

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, recipient.

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Folder 40

1986 Award file, 1985-1986 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 40

Jane DeHart-Mathews, recipient.

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Folder 41

1987 Award file, 1986-1987 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 41

Sarah Taylor Morrow, recipient.

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Folder 42

1988 Award file, 1987-1988 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 42

Jane Smith Patterson, recipient.

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Folder 43

1989 Award file, 1988-1989 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 43

Helen Grey Edmonds, recipient.

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Folder 44

1990 Award file, 1989-1990 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 44

Lee Smith, recipient.

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Folder 45

1991 Award file, 1990-1991 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 45

Jane Triplett Carswell, recipient.

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Folder 46

1992 Award file, 1992 #40192, Series: "Addition of March 2014, 1953-1992." Box 1, Folder 46

Maxine McMahon Swalin, recipient. Includes oversize award citation filed separately as OP-40192/13.

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