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Catherine M. Reid papers

Identifier: MS0348

Scope and Contents

The collection concerns the issue of domestic violence, primarily in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. The materials in this collection were collected by Catherine M. Reid, who was active in raising public awareness of domestic violence.


  • Creation: 1977 - 2002


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 Note

Catherine Moose was born to Robert and Catherine Moose on July 25, 1937, in Greensboro, NC. She moved to Charlotte in 1968 at the age of 31. After a divorce in her mid-40s, she enrolled at Queen's College and earned a degree in sociology. She later remarried, to Hugh K. Reid in 1977. It was Catherine's daughter, Jamie, who convinced her to volunteer as a Girl Scout leader; and from that position, she was nominated to serve on the board of directors of Family and Children's Services. That is where she began her work on behalf of battered women. In the 1980s she was instrumental in establishing a shelter for battered women in Charlotte. Reid gained a reputation as a tenatious fighter in her lobbying efforts and desire to raise public awareness of the issue. She worked for the Mecklenburg Women's Commission and initiated the NOVA Program (New Options to Violent Actions) as an alternative for jail time for violent spouses.

Other than her career with the Mecklenburg Women's Commission, she had a number of other pursuits and interests. She remained active for many years with the Girl Scouts. She was an accomplished gourmet cook, an enthusiastic gardener, and she enjoyed snow skiing.

Reid died on February 15, 2004 from complications from pneumonia.


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The bulk of the Catherine M. Reid Papers focuses on Reid's work to promote public awareness of domestic violence and provide services to victims of domestic violence, primarily in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area from 1977 to 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Hugh K. Reid in August 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2012.

Catherine M. Reid papers
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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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