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Virginia Terrell Lathrop Papers

Identifier: MSS 0045

Scope and Contents

The Virginia Terrell Lathrop Papers include correspondence, memos, notes, miscellaneous printed items relating to Mrs. Lathrop's tenure as Trustee of the University of North Carolina, various publications, speeches, and clippings written by Lathrop, and typescripts for Educate a Woman and Bricks and People.


  • 1949 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Virginia Terrell Lathrop (1900-1974) was born near Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) in 1923. She worked as a journalist for the Raleigh News and Observer, the Asheville Citizen, the New York Post, and in the London and Paris offices of the New York Herald Tribune. From 1937 to 1941 she headed the Woman's College News Bureau. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Consolidated University of North Carolina from 1949 until her death, was appointed to its Executive Committee in 1953, and in 1972 to the initial Board of Governors which was to oversee operation of all 16 public institutions of higher education in North Carolina. She received the Alumni Service Award of UNC Greensboro in June 1965, and an honorary degree in 1966. She and her husband Albert H. Lathrop had one son, George Terrell Lathrop. They lived in Asheville.


3.20 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials



Virginia Terrell Lathrop (1900-1974) was a 1923 alumna of the North Carolina College for Women (now UNCG) who worked as a journalist in North Carolina, New York, London and Paris.

The Virginia Tarrell Lathrop Papers contain correspondence and notes relating to Mrs. Lathrop's tenure as a Trustee of the University of North Carolina, and typescripts for Educate a Woman and Bricks and People.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in 3 series: Series 1: University of North Carolina Trustee files, general; Series 2: Western Carolina University controversy files; Series 3: Manuscripts and other materials

Method of Acquisition

Gift of George Terrell (Terry) Lathrop, June 1975. Manuscripts given by author, except for personal memoir of Frank Porter Graham, by Mrs. Lathrop, given by Emily Herring Wilson.

Accruals and Additions

Additional items accessioned from alumni records.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US