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Collection Number: 04115

Collection Title: Elsie G. Riddick Papers, 1853-1855; 1894-1959

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract Elsie G. Riddick was born in Gates County, N.C., the daughter of Elbert and Cornelia (Speight) Riddick. She attended the North Carolina Normal and Industrial School at Greensboro, N.C., and after graduating in 1897 went to work for the Agricultural Commission in Raleigh. In 1899 she began work with the Corporations Commission, which in 1933 became the Public Utilities Commission. She was active in the women's suffrage movement, both locally and nationally; the Business and Professional Women's Association; the Democratic Party; and other organizations. She also organized the Elsie G. Riddick Fund to provide loans to young women attending the Women's College at Greensboro [now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro]. Two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings; a few letters, 1898-1959; and the autobiography (20 p.) of Elsie G. Riddick, covering her life from 1894 to 1920, describing working conditions of women in Raleigh, N.C., circa 1915; women in the local and state Democratic Party; the work of the Raleigh Suffrage League; and the National Business and Professional Women's Association. Other items include family portraits and pictures of the family home in Gates County; 144 picture postcards from Asheville and other places in North Carolina, various places in the United States, Europe, and China; and a young girl's autograph album, circa 1853.
Creator Riddick, Elsie G., 1879-1959.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Elsie G. Riddick papers #4115, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Herbert C. Davis in 1976 and 1978.
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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Elsie G. Riddick was born in Gates County, N.C., the daughter of Elbert and Cornelia (Speight) Riddick. She attended the North Carolina Normal and Industrial School at Greensboro, N.C., and after graduating in 1897 went to work for the Agricultural Commission in Raleigh. In 1899 she began work with the Corporations Commission, which in 1933 became the Public Utilities Commission. She was active in the women's suffrage movement, both locally and nationally; the Business and Professional Women's Association; the Democratic Party; and other organizations. She also organized the Elsie G. Riddick Fund to provide loans to young women attending the Women's College at Greensboro [now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro].

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Two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings; a few letters, 1898-1959; and the autobiography (20 p.) of Elsie G. Riddick, covering her life from 1894 to 1920, describing working conditions of women in Raleigh, N.C., circa 1915; women in the local and state Democratic Party; the work of the Raleigh Suffrage League; and the National Business and Professional Women's Association. Other items include family portraits and pictures of the family home in Gates County; 144 picture postcards from Asheville and other places in North Carolina, various places in the United States, Europe, and China; and a young girl's autograph album, circa 1853.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Personal Items and Related Material, 1894-1932.

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23 items.

Arrangement: chronological (or whatever)..

Image P-4115/1-5

P-4115/1

P-4115/2

P-4115/3

P-4115/4

P-4115/5

Photographs of Elsie Riddick. #04115, Series: "3. Pictures" P-4115/1-5

Image P-4115/6-10

P-4115/6

P-4115/7

P-4115/8

P-4115/9

P-4115/10

Photographs of relatives and home of Elsie Riddick. #04115, Series: "3. Pictures" P-4115/6-10

Image P-4115/11-20

P-4115/11

P-4115/12

P-4115/13

P-4115/14

P-4115/15

P-4115/16

P-4115/17

P-4115/18

P-4115/19

P-4115/20

Photographs of unidentified people. #04115, Series: "3. Pictures" P-4115/11-20

Image P-4115/21-23

P-4115/21

P-4115/22

P-4115/23

Group portraits of unidentified people. #04115, Series: "3. Pictures" P-4115/21-23

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, February 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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