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Frances Gibson Satterfield Papers

Identifier: MSS 0036

Scope and Contents

The Frances Gibson Satterfield Papers date from 1889 to 1988 and contain research material (letters, clippings and notes) for her Charles Duncan McIver booklet, manuscript copies of the booklet, a travel journal, personal correspondence, and photographs.

The research materials for the Charles Duncan McIver booklet consist specifically of correspondence about Charles Duncan McIver from former students, faculty, and family members. There are also copies of correspondence between Charles McIver and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1889-1893 (The originals of these letters are in the State Archive). Also among the research materials are notes on interviews and reminiscences with Charles McIver, various clippings, and a speech by journalist H.E.C. Bryant about McIver.

The personal correspondence is primarily personal letters to Frances from her 1928 classmates. One letter of note, from Gladys Tillett, discusses efforts to gather support in Congress for human rights conventions sponsored by the United Nations.


  • 1889 - 1988


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

Frances Gibson Satterfield, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, received a bachelor's degree in 1928 from Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). She later studied journalism at Columbia University, and went on to write for various trade journals and general publications as a freelance journalist.

In 1942, Satterfield composed a booklet entitled Charles Duncan McIver as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of UNCG (then the State Normal and Industrial School). She was president of the Alumnae Association from 1947 to 1949, and received the Alumni Service Award in 1971.

Satterfield, who spent much of her life in Georgia, was active in many civic organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Democratic Party and the Girl Scouts. She died in 1993.


0.40 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Frances Gibson Satterfield was a freelance journalist and an active alumna of the Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro).

The Frances Gibson Satterfield Papers date from 1889 to 1988 and contain research material and manuscript copies of her commemorative booklet about Charles Duncan McIver, a travel journal, personal correspondence, and photographs.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Frances Satterfield and her daughter, Lenore Satterfield, completed in 2001.

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Repository Details

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

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