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Lettie Hamlett Rogers Papers

Identifier: MSS 0005

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a bound copy of Rogers' 355-page unpublished work "Murder in the College Degree". It also contains typescript and corrections for published works "South of Heaven"(1946), "The Storm Cloud"(1951), "Landscape of the Heart"(1953), and "Birthright"(1957). There are 321 pages of script for "South of Heaven", 335 pages for "The Storm Cloud", 260 pages for "Landscape of the Heart" and 294 pages for "Birthright".


  • 1940 - 1957


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

Lettie Hamlett Rogers (1917-1957) was born in Soochow, central China, the daughter of missionary parents. She spent her childhood in China and Japan. After graduating from high school at the Shanghai American School she came to the United States to attend Woman's College (now UNCG). Rogers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1940, and accepted a position as an assistant in the Sociology Department the following year. She shared a home with faculty members Lyda Gordon Shivers and Mereb Mossman. Two years later she left her position, but remained in North Carolina where she devoted herself full-time to her writing.

In 1948 Rogers returned to the Woman's College as an assistant professor in the English Department to teach creative writing. In 1955 she resigned in protest of the College administration's censure of the staff of the campus arts journal, Coraddi, for publishing a nude male figure drawn by art student Lee Hall (later to become head of the Rhode Island School of Design).

Rogers was well known in North Carolina literary circles. She published four novels, South of Heaven (Random House, 1946), The Storm Cloud (Random House, 1951), Landscape of the Heart (Random House, 1953), and Birthright (Simon and Schuster, 1957). She also wrote one unpublished novel, Murder in the College Degree (1940), under the name "Lettie Logan". The story is set on a fictionalized woman's college campus with faculty members from the history and psychology departments serving as detectives to help local police.


0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Lettie Hamlett Rogers (1917-1957), the child of missionaries, spent her girlhood in China and Japan, before attending Woman's College (now UNCG), where she later became a professor of creative writing. She published four novels in her lifetime.

The Lettie Hamlett Rogers Papers date from 1940 to 1957 and contain typed manuscripts of her works.

Arrangement Note

The typescripts comprising this collection are arranged chronologically and by ascending chapter number.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Lettie Hamlett Rogers in 1953 and 1957.

Related Materials

Lettie Hamlett Rogers in the North Carolina Collection Literary Scrapbooks at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Processed by archives staff, Encoded by Jason Alston in June, 2009.

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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