New in NCpedia: North Carolina Women
Portrait of North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Susie Marshall Sharp. From the Waller Collection, PhC.14, collection of the State Archives of North Carolina. Used with permission.
Women’s history month is rushing by! Before it passes, NCpedia has new biographies to share on North Carolina women. These entries come us from our content partners at the University of North Carolina Libraries, the Research Branch of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, and the North Carolina Symphony.
If you’re in for a little browsing, visit this link to all NCpedia bios about women: http://www.ncpedia.org/biography/women
- Marie Watters Colton — first female speaker Pro Tempore of the NC House of Representatives.
- Elizabeth “Libba” Nevills Cotten — Carrboro native and key figure in the 1960s folk music revival.
- Mary Claire Engstrom — long-time Hillsborough resident and instrumental in founding the town’s Historical Society and chronicling the history of Orange County.
- Mary Nicholson — Early female commercial pilot from Greensboro, joined the British Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII.
- Anne Penland — from Asheville, Penland became a pionerring nurse anesthetist and was the first women to serve as an anesthetist on the European front in WWI, in a British base hospital.
- Susie Marshall Sharp — ground-breaking first female judge in the state’s history, first female member of the State Supreme Court and its first female Chief Justice.
- Maxine Swallin — along with her husband, Benjamin Swallin, she helped revive the floundering North Carolina Symphony in the 1930s.
–Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library
New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:
Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, by Amrita Myers. The author recounts and illuminates the struggles of African American women for rights, dignity, familial stability, and economic success and the tenuous security their lives and freedom in this process. How women used negotiation to gain freedom is highlighted.
Quaker Women of Carolina, by Seth Hinshaw and Mary Hinshaw. The authors present a survey of notable North Carolina Quaker women and a history of early women Quaker pioneers [Genealogy Collection].
Separated by Their Sex: Women in Public and Private in the Colonial Atlantic World, by Mary Norton. This book reveals how gender came to determine the right of access to the Anglo -American public sphere recounting the shift in attitudes towards women’s participation in public and political arenas and the men behind the changes.
General library materials will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. Genealogy titles are only available on-site at the Government and Heritage Library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.