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Avery Hood papers

Identifier: MS0399

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, plans, and files related to the various urban redevelopment departments in Charlotte, NC during the 1960s and 1970s, including the neighborhood of Brooklyn. There is also correspondence and chapter information for the National Association of Social Workers and the North Carolina Caseworkers Association. There are printed materials and clippings related to various social and health issues during this time period including education, family planning, housing, and race relations. There is also a small selection of photographs of urban development sites. Also included is personal correspondence between family members and University of North Carolina at Greensboro Class of 1932 alumni event planning.


  • Creation: circa 1950-1990


Conditions Governing Access

Box 10 is RESTRICTED and contains some personally identifiable material of clients and employees. The remaining parts of the collection are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Avery Hood papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. 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

Avery McConnell Hood was born on December 2, 1911, to Dr. Daniel Edward McConnell and Pansy Avery Traywick McConnell in Gastonia, N.C. She graduated in 1932 with a sociology degree from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, now known as University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1933, she married Richard Lewis Dandridge "Dan" Hood. Hood finished her graduate work at Columbia University's New York School of Social Work and soon found a position with the Red Cross, working in Manhattan and the Bronx. She also took coursework at Hunter College in supervision, and at the New School for Social research in child development. In 1938, the Hoods moved to Mecklenburg County, N.C. and soon were able to find positions in social work with the Mecklenburg County Department of Welfare. Around 1945, Avery Hood went to work as child welfare supervisor, and later worked for the Alexander Children's Center as their first case-worker. The Hoods soon began taking foster children into their home, from the late 1940s through the mid 1950s, as an alternative to the juvenile jail. In 1962, Avery Hood accepted a position with the Redevelopment Commission of the City of Charlotte. Hood also spent many years as a Girl Scout leader and was active in several other organizations of various sorts in the Charlotte area. Avery Hood died on December 3, 1996, in Mecklenburg County, N.C.


13 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Avery Hood was the first professionally trained and licensed social worker in Charlotte, and her career spanned from the 1960s through the 1970s. This collection focuses mainly on her and her career in social work.


The collection is arranged into ten series, five of which (Personal and Family, Colleges and Universities, Career, Professional Associations and Subject Files) are further divided into subseries. The ten series are: Personal and Family, Colleges and Universities, Career, Professional Associations, Subject Files, Memorabila, Newspapers, Assorted, Pictures and Audio materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Eva Margaret Hood Barach, 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine Marolda , with the assistance of Marilyn Schuster, 2016.

Avery Hood papers
February 2012
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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 NC 28223 United States

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