Mary Thomas Burke papers
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of surveys, reports, work plans, meeting minutes, correspondence, and other material related to various organizations, departments, and conferences that Sister Mary Thomas Burke was involved with such as Sisters of Mercy, the College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Belmont Abbey College Board of Trustees, Chi Sigma Iota, and Catherine’s House, Inc. These files can be found in the Professional series.
Also included is a Personal series containing biographical information and Sister Burke’s vita in addition to speeches, writings, interview transcriptions, newsclippings, and a photograph.
- Creation: 1980 - 2000
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This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by UNC Charlotte. 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.
Sister Mary Thomas Burke was born in Ireland in 1928 and came to the United States as a teenager. She became a nun in the 1950s and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in social science and mathematics from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina in 1958, her master’s degree in mathematics from John Carroll University in 1962, and another in history from Georgetown University in 1965. Her doctorate in counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was completed in 1968. Dr. Burke came to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1970 as Associate Professor of Human Development and Learning. Throughout the next three decades, she served as professor, chair of the Department of Human Services, founder of the counseling program, and coordinator of counselor education. Prior to her time at UNC Charlotte, Sister Burke was an elementary and junior high school teacher in North Carolina and New York, a teacher at Our Lady of Mercy and Charlotte Catholic High School, and an instructor, academic dean, and chair of the education department at Sacred Heart College in Belmont, North Carolina. Sister Burke died on November 22, 2002.
1.667 Linear Feet (2 boxes [1 record carton, 1 letter document case])
Language of Materials
Papers of Sister Mary Thomas Burke, long-time faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and founder of its Counseling Program. Includes surveys, reports, speeches, writings, biographical information, and other material related to Sister Burke's work and community involvement.
The collection is arranged into the following two series: Professional and Personal.
The collection was processed by Olivia Eanes in 2018.
- Mary Thomas Burke papers
- Olivia Eanes
- August 2018
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Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States