Oral history interview with Cornelia Spencer Love, January 26, 1975

Oral history interview with Cornelia Spencer Love, January 26, 1975

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Creator:Love, Cornelia Spencer, 1892-
Creator:Kessler, Lee, 1947?-
Title:Oral history interview with Cornelia Spencer Love, January 26, 1975
Date:1975 Jan. 26
Description:

Cornelia Spencer Love, granddaughter of Cornelia Phillips Spencer (the "woman who rang the bell" to signal the reopening of the University of North Carolina after Reconstruction) talks about her family, life at the University in the "old days," and her relations with Chapel Hill's black community. Born in 1892, raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and educated at Radcliffe, Love came to Chapel Hill as a young woman in 1917 to work in the UNC library, where she remained for the rest of her years. She talks in this interview about attending dances at UNC as a teenager, recollects early encounters with UNC's Kemp Battle and Frank Porter Graham, and speaks about her grandmother's attitudes towards women and education. She also talks extensively about her brother, J. Spencer Love, founder of Burlington Industries. Her relationship with African American educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown and her philanthropy toward Chapel Hill's African American community are also discussed.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 | Graham, Frank Porter, 1886-1972 | Love, Cornelia Spencer, 1892- | Spencer, Cornelia Phillips, 1825-1908 | Love, James Spencer, 1896-1962 | North Carolina--Race relations | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | American Association of University Workers | Women librarians--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Women in public life--North Carolina | University of North Carolina (1793-1962) | Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Social life and customs | Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations | Chapel Hill (N.C.) | Orange County (N.C.)
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2008
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Nov. 12, 2008).

Interview participants: Cornelia Spencer Love, interviewee; Lee Kessler, interviewer.

Duration: 01:39:39.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Mike Millner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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