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Collection Number: 04748

Collection Title: Catherine W. Bishir Papers, 1976-1992

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Catherine Ward Bishir was born in 1942 in Lexington, Ky., daughter of Margaret Norris Byrn Ward (1912-1993), a home economics teacher, and William Smith Ward (1907-1994), a professor of English at the University of Kentucky. She received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1964 and her M.A. from Duke University in 1965. Since 1971, she has been involved in architectural history and historic preservation planning, chiefly under the auspices of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, where, as of 1995, she was Architectural Survey Coordinator. Materials, circa 1976-1990, chiefly relating to Bishir's publications, most of which concern architectural history, architects, and historic preservation, particularly in North Carolina. Most items pertain to either North Carolina Architecture (with Tim Buchman, 1990) or Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (with Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Ernest H. Wood III, 1990). Included are letters, financial and legal materials, notes, and publicity materials. Also included are a number of Bishir's shorter works on architecture and historic preservation, as well as a few files relating to meetings and conferences of several professional organizations in which she has been active.
Creator Bishir, Catherine W.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Catherine W. Bishir papers #4748, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Catherine W. Bishir of Raleigh, N.C., in April 1995 (Acc. 95046).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Catherine Ward Bishir was born in 1942 in Lexington, Ky., daughter of Margaret Norris Byrn Ward (1912-1993), a home economics teacher, and William Smith Ward (1907-1994), a professor of English at the University of Kentucky. She received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1964 and her M.A. from Duke University in 1965. Since 1971, she has been involved in architectural history and historic preservation planning, chiefly under the auspices of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, where, as of 1995, she was Architectural Survey Coordinator.

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Materials, circa 1976-1990, relating to North Carolina Architecture, Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building , Bishir's shorter works on architecture and historic preservation, and meetings and conferences of several professional organizations.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (with Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Earnest H. Wood III, 1990), 1983-1990.

about 70 items.
Folder 1

Correspondence relating to the project, much of it with editors at the University of North Carolina Press. #04748, Series: "1. Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (with Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Earnest H. Wood III, 1990), 1983-1990." Folder 1

Folder 2

Financial and legal materials, including grant applications to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the May Gordon Latham Kellenberger Historical Foundation. #04748, Series: "1. Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (with Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Earnest H. Wood III, 1990), 1983-1990." Folder 2

Folder 3

Notes: early materials, showing the development of the idea for the publication. #04748, Series: "1. Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (with Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Earnest H. Wood III, 1990), 1983-1990." Folder 3

Folder 4

Notes: general notes. #04748, Series: "1. Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (with Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Earnest H. Wood III, 1990), 1983-1990." Folder 4

Folder 5

Outline. #04748, Series: "1. Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (with Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Earnest H. Wood III, 1990), 1983-1990." Folder 5

Folder 6

Publicity materials. #04748, Series: "1. Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building (with Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury, and Earnest H. Wood III, 1990), 1983-1990." Folder 6

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Other files, 1976-1992.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, September 1995

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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