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Clara Booth Byrd Papers

Identifier: MSS 0020

Scope and Contents

The Clara Booth Byrd Papers contain correspondence, drawings, photographs, blueprints, construction contracts and specifications, speeches, and talks. Also included are copies of by-laws, committee minutes, and reports of the Alumnae Association that never made their way to the official university records.

Before donating these papers to the University Archives, Byrd made handwritten notations identifying correspondents, giving dates and clarifying particular matters. She also rearranged some of the papers; therefore original order could not be determined. In the archives the material was interfiled regardless of source except for the American Alumni Council, which was filed separately.

The largest amount of material in the collection pertains to Byrd's tenure as Secretary of the Alumnae Association (1922-1947). Correspondence with association presidents, other alumnae, faculty and staff reflect the everyday operation of the Association as well as special campus events, including commencement, Founder's Day, the 50th Anniversary celebration, building dedications and portrait unveilings.

Among the Alumnae Association materials, the papers dealing with the construction of the Alumnae House form the largest amount. Topics covered include finances, design, construction and decoration. Former college president Dr. Julius Foust is represented in the correspondence about the Alumnae House.

Another large group of papers concerns the American Alumni Council, a professional organization of alumni secretaries in which Byrd was active. Smaller amounts of material deal with the Friends of the Library, North Carolina Federation of Woman's Clubs, Tryon Palace Commission, and the Historical Book Club of North Carolina.


  • 1892 - 1970
  • Majority of material found within 1909 - 1970


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

Clara Booth Byrd started working for the State Normal and Industrial College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1909, as the assistant in the Treasurer's office and in the Commercial Department. In 1913 she graduated from the College, and in 1922 she was appointed secretary of the Alumnae Association and editor of the Alumnae News. In 1937, Byrd became director of the newly constructed Alumnae House. After retiring from the College in 1947, she established the Historical Book Club of North Carolina. In 1952, the club awarded for the first time the Sir Walter Raleigh Award, given annually for the best work of fiction written by a North Carolinian. Byrd remained president of the club until 1956. In 1966 and 1967, she was president of the UNCG Friends of the Library. She died in 1985.


2.50 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



Clara Booth Byrd was an alumna of the State Normal and Industrial College (now UNCG) and spent several decades working on behalf of the Alumnae Association, eventually serving as director of the Alumnae House. She also established the Historical Book Club of North Carolina and served as president of the UNCG Friends of the Library.

The Clara Booth Byrd Papers contain correspondence, meeting minutes, drawings, photographs, blueprints, construction contracts and specifications, and speeches.

Arrangement Note

Materials in this collection are divided by type, and arranged by date when possible.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Clara Booth Byrd.

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Processed by Archives Staff. Encoded by Jason Alston, July 2009.

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Repository Details

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

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US