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Collection Number: 04293

Collection Title: Adelaide Walters Papers, 1954-1981.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 900 items)
Abstract Adelaide Walters (1907-1981) of Chapel Hill, N.C., was a local political activist, volunteer, civic leader, and Democratic Party officer. The collection includes correspondence, writings, clippings, and other papers of Adelaide Walters. These papers are mostly political correspondence and records relating to various organizations, especially the Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen, the Community Church of Chapel Hill, and the Chapel Hill Interfaith Council for Social Service. They treat such topics as civil rights of African Americans in Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Democratic Party, women in politics, and urban and regional planning.
Creator Walters, Adelaide, 1907-1981.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Adelaide Walters Papers, #4293, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Adelaide Nichols and family of Zanesville, Ohio, November 1981.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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1907 Born Adelaide Harvey, Gouveneur, N.Y., to Warren W. and Anna McNeil Harvey
1929 Received A.B., St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y.
1930 Received M.A., Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass.
1930-1932 Teacher at Hillsdale School, Cincinnati, Ohio
1933 Married Harold W. Walters
1936-1939 Teacher at Goodyear-Burlingame School, Syracuse, N.Y.
1940-1941 Post-graduate study at the University of North Carolina
1941-1943 Administrative assistant, Statistics Department, University of North Carolina
1943-1946 Research assistant, University of North Carolina; collaborated with Dr. Ervin Hexner on International Cartels
1950-1951 President, Chapel Hill League of Women Voters
1953-1981 Member, later chairman, Board of Directors, Community Church of Chapel Hill
1954-1956 President, League of Women Voters of North Carolina
1956 Vice-President, North Carolina Council of Women's Organizations
1957-1965 Member, Board of Aldermen, Chapel Hill, N.C.
1959-1961 Member, Research Triangle Planning Commission
1960-circa 1966 Democratic Party Regional Coordinator
1961-1963 Member, North Carolina Commission to Study the Impact of State Sovereignty upon Local Government
1964 Member, Executive Committee, Piedmont Crescent 2000 Commission
1964-1967 Member, United States Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
1966-1969 Member, Urban America Council, Inc.
1966-1973 Chairman, Inter-Church (later Interfaith) Council for Social Services Housing Committee
1972- Member, Executive Committee, Triangle Housing Development Corporation
1976 Orange County (N.C.) Co-manager for Jimmy Carter presidential campaign
1977-1978 Member, Senior Center Study Committee, Orange County (N.C.) Council on Aging
1977-1981 Member, Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Rights, University of North Carolina School of Nursing
1981 Killed in automobile accident near Chapel Hill, N.C.
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The collection includes correspondence, writings, clippings, and other papers chiefly related to the community, political, and governmental activities of Adelaide Walters. A large portion of the materials pertain to Walters's efforts on behalf of political candidates, and her service on the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Board of Aldermen, the Board of Directors of the Community Church of Chapel Hill, and the Inter-Church Council for Social Service. They treat such topics as civil rights of African Americans in Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Democratic Party, women in politics, and urban and regional planning.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Subject Files 1954-1981.

About 900 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by subject

Note that original arrangement and folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Materials include organizational papers, files of professional correspondence, writings by Adelaide Walters, political campaign materials, and newspaper clippings. The majority of the papers pertain to organizations with which Walters was affiliated. Organizational papers include official records but also loosely related items, correspondence, clippings, and reproductions. Prominent among organizational papers are those that relate to Walters's service on the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Board of Aldermen, the Board of Directors of the Community Church of Chapel Hill, and the Inter-Church Council for Social Service (later Interfaith Council for Social Service). There is also much material concerning local regional planning and housing commissions. Of significance are papers relating to the Chapel Hill Board of Alderman for a period when that body was deliberating the passage of a local public accomodations law (1963-1964). These papers document events in the community at a time when civil rights activities in Chapel Hill, N.C., made national news.

Political correspondence includes incoming mail and carbon copies of Walters's letters. Much of the correspondence consists of letters of support or advice by Walters and requests or thanks for support from candidates or office-holders. The letters reveal her strong support of the candidacies of Terry Sandford, Richardson Preyer, Bert Bennett, Nick Galifianakis, and Howard Lee. There is also some material concerning her involvement in the Democratic Party at the state executive level. Few personal letters are present in the papers, and most of the miscellaneous correspondence relates to Walters's participation in various panels and conferences.

Walters's writings reflect her interest in community and church affairs. They include reports, articles, drafts of speeches, press releases, and letters to newspapers. The topics of her speeches deal with her candidacy, her service as alderman and on different commissions, human rights, local government, and women in politics.

Campaign materials are largely printed political advertisements for candidates that Walters supported. The remaining papers are local records of the gubernatorial campaign of Terry Sanford in 1960 and records of Walters's campaigns for alderman in 1957 and 1961. The Sanford material is chiefly notes, tips, and newsletters for the organizers of the campaign. The Walters material includes financial records, press releases, letters of support, and outlines of campaign strategies and deadlines.

There are also newspaper clippings of articles on subjects that were of high interest to Adelaide Walters. Chief among these were women in politics, political elections, and the civil rights movement.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 1a

Folder 1-3

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Campaign materials, 1959-1976 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 1-3

Folder 4-9

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen, 1964-1975 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 4-9

Folder 10

Chapel Hill, N.C.: Mayor's Ad Hoc Committee on Housing, 1968-1969 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 10

Folder 11

Chapel Hill, N.C.: civil rights movement, 1954-1964 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 11

Folder 12

Chapel Hill, N.C.: desegregation organizations, 1963-1964 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 12

Folder 13

Chapel Hill Bird Club #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 13

Folder 14

Chapel Hill Voter Registration Committee, 1964 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 14

Folder 15

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce/Merchants' Association, 1968-1969 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 15

Folder 16

Committee of Concerned Citizens (of Chapel Hill): Civil Rights Act, 1964 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 16

Folder 17-22

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Community Church of Chapel Hill, 1954-1981 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 17-22

Folder 23

Correspondence: miscellaneous, 1945, 1956-1980 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 23

Folder 24

Correspondence: local politics, 1963-1972 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 24

Folder 25-33

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Correspondence: state and national politics, 1956-1981 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 25-33

Folder 34

Democratic Women of North Carolina, 1960-1970 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 34

Folder 35

Duke University American Assembly, 1967 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 35

Folder 36

Graham S. Finney, "Community and Human Resource Planning," 1966 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 36

Folder 37

Home Health Agency of Chapel Hill, 1971, 1980 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 37

Folder 38

Home Ownership Opportunities, Inc., 1969-1970 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 38

Folder 39-46

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Interfaith Council for Social Service, 1975-1981 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 39-46

Folder 47-48

Folder 47

Folder 48

League of Women Voters, 1956-1957, 1975-1976 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 47-48

Folder 49

North Carolina Commission to Study the Impact of State Sovereignty upon Local Governmental Services and Functions, 1961-1963 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 49

Folder 50

North Carolina Council of Women's Organizations: Leadership Training Conference, 1957-1959, 1965 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 50

Folder 51-52

Folder 51

Folder 52

North Carolina Women's Political Caucus, 1972-1973 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 51-52

Folder 53

Orange County Board of Elections, 1976-1980 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 53

Folder 54-55

Folder 54

Folder 55

Orange County Council on Aging, 1977-1978, 1980-1981 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 54-55

Folder 56

Orange County Democratic Party, 1956-1960 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 56

Folder 57

Orange County Women's Political Caucus, 1975-1976 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 57

Folder 58

Piedmont Crescent 2000 Commission, 1964-1965 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 58

Folder 59

Piedmont Crescent Urban Policy Conference, 1969-1970 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 59

Folder 60

Triangle Housing Development Corporation, 1975, 1976 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 60

Folder 61

United States Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, 1964-1966 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 61

Folder 62-64

Folder 62

Folder 63

Folder 64

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1959-1969, 1977-1980 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 62-64

Folder 65-70

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Folder 70

Walters, Adelaide #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 65-70

Includes biographical materials, campaign records, newspaper clippings, and writings and speeches by Adelaide Walters.

Folder 71-72

Folder 71

Folder 72

Women in Politics, 1962-1976 #04293, Series: "1. Subject Files 1954-1981." Folder 71-72

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11 items.

Chiefly photographs of Adelaide Walters or of meetings of the United States Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR). An original drawing for an editorial cartoon is also included.

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Walters, Adelaide, circa 1957 #04293, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1957-1967 and undated." P-4293/1-2

Photographer: Lavergne, Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Walters, Adelaide, circa 1962 #04293, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1957-1967 and undated." P-4293/3

Photographer: Lavergne, Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Walters, Adelaide, circa 1955-1970 #04293, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1957-1967 and undated." P-4293/4

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Walters, Adelaide and three unidentified members of the United States Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), circa 1964-1967 #04293, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1957-1967 and undated." P-4293/5

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P-4293/9

ACIR meeting, 1965 #04293, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1957-1967 and undated." P-4293/6-9

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Unidentified baby, circa 1950-1965 #04293, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1957-1967 and undated." P-4293/10

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Editorical cartoon, circa 1965 #04293, Series: "2. Photographs, circa 1957-1967 and undated." P-4293/11

Depicts the burning of the United States Constitution by the Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen upon the departure from office of Adelaide Walters, Paul Wager, and Hubert Robinson.

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Photographs (PF-4293/1).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, October 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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