Friday, May 14, 2010

Betty Carter, University Archivist

On Friday, May 7 2010, the University celebrated Betty Carter's contributions to preserving and promoting the history of the institution. From her first day on February 1, 1974 through April 30, 2010, Betty processed, organized, and promoted the records of the presidents/chancellors from Charles Duncan McIver to Patricia Sullivan. Now, she was not at UNCG for the entire time but she was the archivist for most of that time.

Over a hundred people attended the event and all had an opportunity to say words of appreciation to Betty. Those who shared their comments with all were: Rosann Bazirjian, Bill Finley, Barry Miller, Grace Alexander, Lee Evans, Linda Jones, and Linda Burr. Betty, we all value your contributions and look forward to seeing you!

Betty Carter with her sons, Jonathan and Christopher

Betty with Ella Ross, Class of 1965

Betty with former Library Director, Doris Hulbert

Tom Martin, Class of 1970

Betty with Barbara Tookey

What a crowd!

Grace Alexander, WAVES 1951-1953 and MEd 1980, gave remarks about Betty's importance for Women Veterans.

Lee Mahan Evans (Class of 1950) and her husband, Bill Evans, with Betty. Lee spoke about the Class of 1950's gift to University Archives and the genesis of the Women Veterans Collection.

Betty flanked by Linda Jones and Linda Burr.

Betty and Linda Burr

Betty receiving a photo montage from Rosann Bazirjian, Dean of University Libraries.

Emmy Mills, former Special Collections Librarian, talking shop with current Special Collections Librarian, Bill Finley.

Tom Martin and Hermann Trojanowski, Assistant University Archivist, share a laugh.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Cherry Ames Nurse Stories

The popular "Cherry Ames" series created in 1943, in the midst of World War II, and was one of several patriotic series among girls' books. While the early titles centered on the war efforts of nurse Cherry and her colleagues, the series lasted through twenty-six titles until 1968, the post-war volumes showing "Nurse Cherry" in a variety of civilian nursing roles ("Dude Ranch Nurse," "Department Store Nurse," "Jungle Nurse," etc.). Although not the first "nursing" series, "Cherry Ames" is unique in having so many volumes devoted to a single occupation. Clearly the publishers believed in the enduring nature of their publicity claim for the series,
"It is every girl's ambition at one time or another to wear the crisp uniform of a nurse. The many opportunities for service, for adventure, for romance, make a nurse's career a glamorous one."

-Dr. William K. Finley

An Exhibit
Hodges Reading Room
February 15 - May 15, 2010