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"Women's Literature From A Regional Perspective" records

Identifier: MS0043

Scope and Contents

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


  • 1977 - 1978


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

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.


1.75 Linear Feet


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.


The collection is arranged into three main series, with a few files that don't belong to any series. The three series are:

Modern Language Association, Class Material and Student Projects

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of class members, 1979.

Physical Description

1.75 linear feet (349 items, including 249 slides and 19 cassette tapes).

Legal Status

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.

Women's Literature From A Regional Perspective records
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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