- Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
- Oral history interview with Cornelia Spencer Love, January 26, 1975
- Love, Cornelia Spencer, 1892-
- Contributor to Resource:
- Kessler, Lee, 1947?-
Southern Oral History Program
- Date of Original:
- 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
- Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946
Graham, Frank Porter, 1886-1972
Love, Cornelia Spencer, 1892-
Spencer, Cornelia Phillips, 1825-1908
Love, James Spencer, 1896-1962
- United States, North Carolina, Orange County, 36.0613, -79.1206
United States, North Carolina, Orange County, Chapel Hill, 35.9132, -79.05584
oral histories (literary works)
- 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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- Metadata URL:
- Title from menu page (viewed on Nov. 12, 2008).
Interview participants: Cornelia Spencer Love, interviewee; Lee Kessler, interviewer.
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.
- Contributing Institution:
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)