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Betty Speir Papers, 1885-2000, undated

(Manuscript Collection #386)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Betty Speir Papers
Creator: Speir, Betty
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Personal files (1975-2000) for active North Carolina Democratic Party member and advocate for women Betty Speir, including correspondence, reports, agendas, minutes and memos pertaining to the equal rights amendment, the governor's crime commission, and state and local democratic party politics.
Extent: 21.2 Cubic feet, 54 archival boxes.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

April 9, 1979, 6 containers, 1cu. ft.; Personal files (1975-1978), including correspondence, reports, agendas, minutes and memos pertaining to the equals rights amendment, the governor's crime commission, and state and local Democratic party politics. Donor: Mrs. Betty Speir

November 7, 1979, (Unprocessed addition 1), 1 cu. ft.; Files (1978-1979) for Governor's commission on crime control. Donor: Mrs. Betty Speir

September 10, 1982, (Unprocessed addition 2), 2 cu. ft.; Files (1978-1981) of the N. C. Crime Commission, the Juvenile Justice Planning Commission and the Democratic party activities. Donor: Mrs. Betty Speir

December 30, 1983, (Unprocessed addition 3), 1 cu. ft.; State Board of Education files (1982). Donor: Mrs. Betty Speir

January 7, 1985, (Unprocessed addition 4), 2 cu. ft.; Files (1981-1984) pertaining to State Board of Education. Donor: Mrs. Betty Speir

June 28, 1988, (Unprocessed addition 5), 1 cu. ft.; Personal files pertaining to local, state and National Democratic Party activities (1976-1984), the 1984 Democratic National Convention, and the Democratic National Committee (1982-1984). Other files concern the N. C. State Board of Education (1981-1986) and school discipline. Donor: Mrs. Betty Speir

December 12, 1989, (Unprocessed addition 6), 1 cubic foot; Files (1985-1987) pertaining to the N.C. State Board of Education. Donor: Mrs. Betty Speir

March 4, 1997, (Unprocessed addition 7), 1 1/2 cubic feet; Democratic Party files, including Democratic National Convention materials (1980-1992). Donor: Mrs. Betty Speir

September 4, 1997, (Unprocessed addition 8), 3 cubic feet; Files (1983-1986) of member of the N.C. State Board of Education. Donor: Mrs. Betty Speir

November 11, 2004, (unprocessed addition 9), ca. 3,500 items, 3.15 cubic feet; Papers (1971 - 2000) including correspondence, telephone numbers, scrapbooks, photographs & memorabilia relating to the donor’s membership and activities in behalf of the state and national Democratic Party. See preliminary inventory. Donor: Betty Speir.

January 13, 2005, (Unprocessed addition 10), ca. 511 items, 1.0 cubic feet; Papers (1965-1998) relating to the Democratic Party of North Carolina Executive Committee, Democratic National Committee, North Carolina State Board of Education, Governor's Crime Commission, Lillian's List of North Carolina, Democratic Women of North Carolina, and concerning education, women's issues, and Democratic political candidates including Jim Hunt, Terry Sanford, including correspondence, notes, documents, and printed materials, etc. See preliminary inventory. Recd. 12/9/2004. Donor: Betty Speir.

September 6, 2005, (Unprocessed addition 11), 57 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Collection (June-November 1984) of correspondence, newsletters, printed materials, etc., relating to the Democratic Party of North Carolina and the election campaign of 1984. Donor: Betty Speir.

November 4, 2005, (Unprocessed addition 12), 700 items, 3.00 cubic feet; Collection (1967-1996, n.d.) of correspondence, newsletters, printed materials, etc., relating to the Democratic Party of North Carolina, Pitt County Democrats, Democratic Women of North Carolina, the Democratic Party National Committee and local, state, and national election campaigns of 1968-1996. Donor: Betty Speir.

July 6, 2006, (Unprocessed addition 13), 1 items, 0.0001 cubic feet; Pageant speeches (4/11/1924) at the Eastern Carolina Exposition, Kinston, North Carolina, of Christine Pollock and Harold Hargett, recreating the scene when the Ladies of Jones County, NC represented by Mrs. Nannie P. Smith (Kinsey), presented their hand-made flag to the Men of Company G, represented by Capt. Sawyer, on the unit's departure for service in the Civil War, ca. 1861. Carbon typescript. Donor: Betty Speir.

May 26, 2009, (Unprocessed addition 14), 14 items, 0.014 cubic feet; Papers (1928-1980) including Historical Background of Jones County (1928-1980) typescript & Betty Speir material including a photograph, letter on tax revision; newspaper clippings regarding Betty Speir's election as State Chariman, a meeting of the Pitt County Democratic Women, 1st District Delegates, Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner program, & an Agenda for Joint Metting of Newspaper Methodist Retirement Home Site Comittee & Citizens of Greenville Area; & oversized newspaper clippings, etc. See preliminary inventory. Donor: Betty Speir.

June 4, 2010, (Unprocessed addition 15), 707 items, 1.05 cubic feet; Papers (1897-1994) pertaining to Mrs. Speir's role in Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina, & National Democratic Party politics, including: her support of Jim Hunt's gubernatorial campaigns in 1976 & 1993; her letters of recommendation for persons seeking office or employment; her service as vice chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party; her membership on the Democratic National Committee & of various other committees & commissions, including committees on cotton, crime, the Equal Rights Amendment & other women's issues; & including newspapers, correspondence, speeches & directories & printed materials & oversized materials. Box 50 Restricted to 1/10/2064. See preliminary inventory. Donor: Betty Speir.

March 14, 2014, (Unprocessed addition 16), .25 cubic feet; Papers (1885-1939), including agreements, contracts, deeds, receipts for city government taxes paid, and business papers relating to J. B. Pollock, register of deeds, Trenton, Jones County, North Carolina. Many of the receipts also concern Mrs. J. J. Simmons of Trenton. Donor: Betty Speir.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Betty Speir Papers (#386), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Betty Speir

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Betty Speir, alumna of East Carolina University, served on the ECU Board of Trustees, ECU Board of Visitors, North Carolina State Board of Education, North Carolina Museum of History Board, North Carolina Crime Commission, and the National Democratic Party Executive Committee. She chaired the Women's Forum of North Carolina, the North Carolina Democratic Party, the Board of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Communities in Schools of Pitt County. Speir founded the Pitt County Education Foundation and was the first woman chair of the Pitt County Democratic Party.

All the information above was obtained from the 100 Incredible ECU Women webpage at East Carolina University's Division of Diversity Advancement Women's Roundtable website. For more information, please visit the Women's Rountable website at:
http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/mktg/womensroundtable/index.cfm

East Carolina University Division of Diversity Advancement. "100 Incredible ECU Women." http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/mktg/womensroundtable/100_incredible_women_a_d.cfm (August 2010).

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 49#0386.49
    • Folder b#0386.49.b
      Historical background of Jones County (1928-1980) by P. B. Pollock. 1 box. 1 item. 3 p. (0.001 cubic feet) Recd. 11/3/2008.
    • Folder c#0386.49.c
      Betty Speir Material (1928-1980) including a photography of Betty Speir, a letter to Mr. R. A Tyson from Windsor King on tax revisions, NC Democratic News newspaper discussing Betty Speir's election to State Chariman, newspaper clipping regarding a meeting of the Pitt County Democratic Women, newspaper clipping of 1st District Delegates, program for Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, and Agenda for Joint Meeting of Methodist Retirement Home Site Committee and Citizens of Greenville Area. 1 box. 7 items. 7 p. (0.007 cubic feet) Recd. 11/3/2008. Note: Letter has been damaged by insects. In need of conservation.
  • Box 50#0386.50
    • Folder a#0386.50.a
      Letters (1970-1993) to Betty Speir from Robert W. Scott - Brady L. Tirana - David E. Reid, Jr. - Charles S. Robb - Thad Eure - Robert Morgan - Walter B. Jones - James A. Graham - Ike Andrews - Joseph B. Biden, Jr. - James B. Hunt Jr. - Rufus L. Edmisten - Walter F. Mondale - Robert B. Jordan III - Vicky T. Church - Laurence A. Cobb - Gwynett Hilburn. Correspondence. 25 items. 25 p.
    • Folder b#0386.50.b
      Letters (1992-1994) of recommendation for various people sent by Betty Speir. Correspondence / Manuscript. 71 items. 71 p. RESTRICTION TO 1/10/2064: Some items in this folder contain personal information including Social Security Numbers.
    • Folder c#0386.50.c
      Letters (1968-1994) of recommendation for various people, including resumes and job applications, sent by Betty Speir, including Barbara D. Owens - Reginald Wallace Ponder - Max C. Poole - Ben Ander Riggs - Teresa Shank - John Soles - Mary Lou Sutton - Kathy Taft - James E. Taylor - Robert W. Scott - Caroline Elizabeth Wainright - Judy Whichard - Floyd Whitfield - Emmy Whitehead - Tinsley E. Yarbrough - Becky Young. Correspondence/Manuscript. 66 items. 66 p. RESTRICTION TO 1/10/2064: Some items in this folder contain Personal Information including Social Security Numbers.
  • Box 51#0386.51
    • Folder a#0386.51.a
      Letters (1975-1976) to Betty Speir from Joe Grimsley, regarding the Jim B. Hunt 1976 run for North Carolina State Governor. Correspondence. 51 items. 51 p.
    • Folder b#0386.51.b
      Letters (1975-1976) to Betty Speir from Jim B. Hunt regarding his 1976 run for North Carolina State Governor. Correspondence. 29 items. 29 p.
    • Folder c#0386.51.c
      Letters (1975-1976) to Betty Speir from Betty McCain regarding the Jim B. Hunt's 1976 campaign for North Carolina State Governor. Correspondence. 22 items. 22 p.
    • Folder d#0386.51.d
      Letters (1975-1976) sent to Betty Speir from various individuals regarding Jim B. Hunt's 1976 campaign for North Carolina State Governor, including Mrs. C. Clement Lucas Jr. - Mary Dale - Dr. John R. Larkins - Ed Warren - A. Louis Singleton - Bob Wood. Correspondence. 12 items. 12p.
    • Folder e#0386.51.e
      Letters (1976) sent from Betty Speir to various individuals regarding Jim B. Hunt's 1976 campaign for North Carolina State Governor, including: Mrs. Benny Rhodes - Mrs. Bill Smithwick - Mrs. Louise Muse - Mrs. Melvin Whitfield - Mrs. Axon Smith - Mrs. Nell C. Bender, - Mrs. Red Cratch - Mr. Joe Grimsley - Mr. Jim B. Hunt Jr. Correspondence. 13 items. 13 p.
    • Folder f#0386.51.f
      Letters (1975-1976) to Key County Women regarding Jim B. Hunt's 1976 campaign for North Carolina State Governor. Correspondence. 39 items. 39 p.
    • Folder g#0386.51.g
      Documents and newspaper clippings (1976) concerning Jim B. Hunt's campaign for North Carolina State Governor. Manuscript. 33 items. 33 p.
    • Folder h#0386.51.h
      Letters (1991-1994) sent to Betty Speir from Jim B. Hunt regarding his 1993 campaign for North Carolina State Governor. Correspondence. 24 items. 24 p.
    • Folder i#0386.51.i
      Letters (1991) sent from Betty Speir to Jim B. Hunt regarding his 1993 campaign for North Carolina State Governor. Correspondence. 4 items. 4 p.
    • Folder j#0386.51.j
      Documents (1992-1993) concerning Jim B. Hunt's 1993 campaign for North Carolina State Governor. Manuscript. 28 items. 28 p.
  • Box 52#0386.52
    • Folder a#0386.52.a
      Letters (1972-1996) sent to Betty Speir from various individuals, individuals include, L. H. Fountain, Betty Oakley, J. Donald Kerry, Mary Dale Bender, Jessie Rae Scott, Jimmy Green, Joel McCleary, and Glen G. Burnette, Jr. Correspondence. 15 items. 15 p.
    • Folder b#0386.52.b
      Documents, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and a calling directory (1981-1991), concerning the Democratic National Committee. Manuscript. 67 items. 67 p.
    • Folder c#0386.52.c
      Documents (1979-1991) concerning Governor Jim B. Hunt's plan for education in North Carolina Public Schools, and letters regarding the service of Betty Speir as a member of the North Carolina Board of Education. Manuscript/Correspondence. 60 items. 60 p.
    • Folder d#0386.52.d
      Letters (1982-1994) sent to Betty Speir regarding her service and involvement in the National Democratic Party including from: Charles T. Manatt - Reubin O'D. Askew - Kathleen M. Vick - Terry Sanford - Nancy Pelosi - David Jordan Whichard III - Carolyn Hunt - Joe Parker - Beth Nelson - Robert R. Browning - Clifton W. Everett, Jr. - Walter F. Mondale. 34 items. 34 p.
    • Folder e#0386.52.e
      Documents and a pamphlet (1971-1973) concerning Betty Speir's involvement in the North Carolina Commission On The Education and Employment of Women and other papers concerning the Equal Rights Amendment in North Carolina. Manuscript. 28 items. 28 p.
    • Folder f#0386.52.f
      Documents and newspapers clippings (1984-1989) concerning the service of Michael D. Barnes, representative of Maryland in the United States House of Representatives. Manuscript. 26 items. 26 p.
    • Folder g#0386.52.g
      Newspaper clippings (1991-1992) concerning Betty Speir's involvement in the National Democratic Party. Manuscript. 5 items. 5 p.
    • Folder h#0386.52.h
      Documents (1974-1981) concerning government in North Carolina, including reports on the Department of Justice, 1974; Votes for Council of State, 1988; also includes a program to the inaugural Ball located in Raleigh, 1981; Magazine articles titled "Committed to Fitness", various hand written notes and a photograph of unidentified children. Manuscript / Photographs. 34 items. 34.p
    • Folder i#0386.52.i
      Washington Monthly, The. Vol 13, no. 9 (Nov. 1981) Periodical. 1 vol. 33 p.
    • Folder j#0386.52.j
      Speir, Betty S. "Counseling in a Very Special Way: Low-Ability Students" in: The Guidance Clinic. Vol. 4, No. 5 (January 1972) pp. 5-7. Periodical. 1 vol. 8 p. NOTE: Published and Copyright by Parker Publishing Co., Inc., West Nyack, New York 10994, contains information on North Pitt High School and Bethel, North Carolina
  • Box 53#0386.53
    • Folder a#0386.53.a
      Governor's Crime Commission Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. "Tomorrow Together Future Directions of Crime and Justice in North Carolina." (1982) Book. 1 vol. 64 p. NOTE: Markings and personal notes found in chapters on Family and Education, pp. 23-43.
    • Folder b#0386.53.b
      National Women's Political Caucus. "National Directory of Women Elected Officials 1983." (February, 1983). Book. 1 vol. 53 p.
    • Folder c#0386.53.c
      North Carolina Commission on Education for Economic Growth. "Education for Economic Growth An Action Plan for North Carolina". (April 1984) Pamphlet. 1 item. 25 p. NOTE: Includes a statement to the people of North Carolina from Governor Jim. B. Hunt
    • Folder d#0386.53.d
      Women's Caucus, Democratic National Committee. "Gender Gap Issues and What You Need to Know About Them." (June 1992). Pamphlet. 1 item. 13 p. NOTE: Has water damage - needs conservation
  • Box 54#0386.54
    • Folder a#0386.54.a
      Land records and insurance document relating to J. B. (James Basil) Pollock of Trenton in Jones Co., N.C. 1899-1925
    • Folder b#0386.54.b
      Promissory Notes and Receipts relating to Jones Co., N.C. Many concern Mrs. J. J. Simmons and others concern J. B. Pollock among others. 1885-1927
    • Folder c#0386.54.c
      Promissory Notes and Receipts relating to Jones Co., N.C. Many concern Mrs. J. J. Simmons and others concern J. B. Pollock among others. 1885-1927
Oversize Folder 53os1#0386.53os1
New Bern Daily Journal [New Bern, NC] (15 Oct. 1897); Clipping from the News and Observer [Raleigh, NC] (15 Jan. 1989) stating Betty Speir as a being elected to the Democratic National Committee; Clipping New Bern Daily Journal (21 Nov. 1918) article titled "Fifty Important Dates in The Great War"; The News and Observer [Raleigh, NC] (11 Oct. 1929); The Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC] (12 Jan. 1934); The News and Observer [Raleigh, NC] (11 June 1950) featuring Mrs. Betty Speir bridal picture; The Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC] (28 June 1958); The Evening Telegram [Rocky Mount, NC] (5 Sept. 1958); The News and Observer [Raleigh, NC] (8 May 1964) Headlining President Johnson's visit to Rocky Mount, NC; The Bethel Herald [Bethel, NC] (2 May 1968); The Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC] (15 Sept. 1976). Print. 11 items. 32 p. NOTE: Newspapers badly worn and tearing need conservation.
Oversize Folder 53os2#0386.53os2
The Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC] (6 Nov. 1968) listing of how the Pitt County Precincts Voted; The Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC] (8 May 1974) unofficial election returns for Pitt County; The Daily Reflector [Greenville, NC] clipping showing Democratic Nominees; Jim Hunt Campaign News (July 1976). Print. 4 items. 11 p.
Oversize Folder 49os1#0386.49os1
Jones County News Newspaper Trenton, NC (9/13/1935;10/31/1935) discussing the history of the area. 1 folder. 4 items. 4 p. (0.004 cubic feet) Recd. 11/3/2008.
Oversize Folder 49os2#0386.49os2
Betty Speir Material (1928-1980) including Daily Reflector Newspaper from Pitt County, NC (1968) with a piece on David Speir and his election as President of the Pitt United Fund, Pitt County Memorial Hospital Report (1981) discussing the West Tower opening and the challenges for the Committee. 1 folder. 2 items. 2 p. (0.002 cubic feet) Recd. 11/3/2008

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