A Guide to the Mary Holt Woolfolk Carlton Papers, 1969-1983 Carlton, Mary Holt Woolfolk, Papers M 11

A Guide to the Mary Holt Woolfolk Carlton Papers, 1969-1983

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library
Collection Number M 11


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Repository
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
Collection number
M 11
Title
Mary Holt Woolfolk Carlton Papers, 1969-1983
Physical Characteristics
2.5 linear feet
Creator
Mary Holt Woolfolk Carlton
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for use without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

None.

Preferred Citation

Box/folder, Mary Holt Woolfolk Carlton,M 11, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to University Library Services in April of 1983 by Ms. Carlton.

Processing Information

Collection processed in May 1995.


Biographical/Historical Information

Mary Holt Woolfolk Carlton was born March 6, 1915, the daughter of Algar Woolfolk and Louise McCarthy Woolfolk. A Richmond native, she is the granddaughter of Carlton McCarthy, once mayor of Richmond.

She attended Westhampton College of the University of Richmond and received a Bachelors degree in Social Science from William and Mary in 1955 and a Masters in Social Work in 1961 from Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU). She worked as a family counselor. She was married to Louis C. Carlton.

Carlton became active in women's issues in 1969. She was a charter member and treasurer of the Virginia Women's Political Caucus and co-founded, along with Zelda Nordlinger, the Richmond Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She chaired NOW's Women in Religion National Task Force and was active in advocating increased involvement of women within the church and of elimination of sexism found in biblical literature. She was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Carlton also served on NOW's Compliance and Enforcement Task Force and corresponded with various businesses on their employment policies regarding women. She was also a member in the Ginter Park Garden Club and the Ginter Park Woman's Club.

She participated in the integration of Thalhimer's Men's Soup Bar in August of 1970 and of the Miller & Rhoades Tea Room a year later. Throughout the 1970s, she gave speeches advocating the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and corresponded with numerous legislators about the matter. She frequently wrote letters expressing her opinion on women's issues to both Richmond newspapers, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond News-Leader, various magazines, columnists, and broadcasters. Carlton and other activists have been credited in convincing Richmond Newspapers Inc. to end their segregation of their want-ad job classifications by gender in 1973.

Scope and Content Information

The collection documents Carlton's activities as an activist in the emerging women's movement of the 1970s and includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, and other materials dating mostly from the 1970s. Much of the correspondence includes copies of the letters Carlton sent and the replies she received.

One of the most significant portions of the collection pertains to Carlton's activities, and those of other local supporters, regarding passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), including correspondence with fellow activists and with state and national elected officials. Various publications, from newspaper clippings and journal articles to pamphlets and leaflets, are also included in the collection.

Materials relating to Carlton's interest in the changing role of women in the church, both within the Episcopal church and in other denominations in general, is also represented. Her involvement within Richmond's St. Paul's Episcopal Church is documented and includes correspondence with controversial Episcopal Bishop John "Jack" S. Spong.

Carlton also served on NOW's Compliance and Enforcement Task Force and the collection includes correspondence between Carlton and various businesses, both locally and nationally, on their employment policies regarding women.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically therein.

Contents List

Box 1
Addresses, speeches and papers by Mary Holt Carlton, n.d. 1970s
Box 1
Addresses, speeches by Zelda Nordlinger 1969, 1970
Box 1
Biographical Information on Mary Holt Carlton, n.d. 1974
Box 1
Campaign material-miscellaneous, n.d. 1970s
Box 1
Carlton, Lewis C.-photo, clippings, n.d.
Box 1
Chisholm, Shirley-public forum at the Richmond Mosque 1973
Box 1
Correspondence-n.d. 1970-1980
Box 1
Correspondence-Baliles, Gerald L. 1976
Box 1
Correspondence-Byrd, Harry F. 1970-1978
Box 1
Correspondence-Carter, Jimmy and Rosalyn-Carter White House 1976-1979
Box 1
Correspondence-General Assembly members-regarding ERA 1972-1978
Box 1
Correspondence-Irvin, Sam 1971
Box 1
Correspondence-Kennedy, Edward 1973
Box 1
Correspondence-Landers, Ann 1971, 1980
Box 1
Correspondence-Letters to the editor, editorials and other news clippings, n.d. 1970-1978
Box 1
Letters to the media, responses 1970-1971
Box 1
Letters to the media, responses 1970-1971
Box 1
Letters to the media, responses 1972
Box 1
Letters to the media, responses 1973-1974
Box 1
Letters to the media, responses 1975-1980
Box 2
Correspondence-McGovern, George-McGovern Campaign 1972
Box 2
Correspondence-Miller and Rhoads 1970-1972
Box 2
Correspondence-Nixon, Richard-Nixon White house 1971
Box 2
Correspondence-Nordlinger, Zelda K., n.d. 1970-1974
Box 2
Correspondence-Nordlinger, Zelda K. 1978-1979
Box 2
Correspondence-Post, Elizabeth L. 1972
Box 2
Correspondence-Satterfield, David E. (U.S. House of Representatives) 1974-1978
Box 2
Correspondence-United States Congress members-regarding ERA 1971-1978
Box 2
Correspondence-Van Buren, Abigail (Dear Abby) 1971-1977
Box 2
Correspondence-Weinberger, Casper 1973
Box 2
Correspondence-Women's Suffrage 50th Anniversary postage stamp on envelope 1970
Box 2
Correspondence-Congressional Record-speeches by U.S. COngressmen on the ERA 1970s
Box 2
Correspondence 1973-1977
Box 2
Correspondence-March and Rally 1976
Box 2
Correspondence-Marching chants/songs
Box 2
News clippings 1970s
Box 2
Publications, pamphlets 1970s
Box 2
Report by Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women 1970
Box 2
"Report on the Task Force on the Effect of Ratification of the ERA on the Law in Mary Virginia" 1973
Box 2
Virginia ERA-PAC of Henrico
Box 2
Correspondence-Yale Law Journal- "The Equal Rights Amendment: A Constitutional Basis for Equal Rights for Women"
Box 3
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission-Richmond Newspapers, other companies-news clippings 1971-1974
Box 3
Genesis III- newsletter-Philadelphia Task Force on Women in Religion 1971-1973
Box 3
Herbs and recipes, n.d.
Box 3
Miscellaneous, n.d. 1970s
Box 3
New clippings-Miscellaneous (1 of 3) 1970s
Box 3
News clippings-Miscellaneous (2 of 3) 1970s
Box 3
News clippings-Miscellaneous (3of 3) 1970s
Box 3
News clippings-Nordlinger, Zelda 1970s
Box 3
NOW-Ecumenical Task Force on Women and Religion, n.d.
Box 3
NOW-National Task Force, Women and Religion 1977
Box 4
NOW-Compliance and Enforcement Task Force 1970s
Box 4
NOW-Newsletter/Newspaper 1970-1979
Box 4
NOW-Richmond/Virginia chapter, newsletters, miscellaneous publications, n.d. 1973-1983
Box 4
NOW- "Strategies for Business Compliance and Government Enforcement"1973
Box 4
NOW- "A Survey of the Washington Post Newspaper, Washington, D.C."
Box 4
Publications-How to Erase Sex Discrimination in Vocational Education 1977
Box 4
Publications-Miscellaneous, n.d. 1970s
Box 4
Publications- "Sexual Barrier: Legal and Economic Aspects of Employment"-supplement 1 and 2 1971-1972
Box 4
Publications- "Status of Women"-report, Virginia Commonwealth on the Status of Women 1971
Box 5
Publications-Women's issues-various publications, n.d. 1970s
Box 5
Richmond Women's Center- Woman's Page, flier,n.d. 1970s
Box 5
St. Pauls Episcopal Church-Cheek, Alison M.-correspondence, news clipping 1972, 1975
Box 5
St. Pauls Episcopal Church-Church fliers and programs 1972, 1974, 1980
Box 5
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, "Consultation on Women in Theological Education"Union Theological
Box 5
St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Seminary course material 1973
Box 5
St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Correspondence 1970-1976
Box 5
St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Episcopal Women's Caucus 1976-1978
Box 5
St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Notes, n.d.
Box 5
St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Religious publications, news clippings, n.d.l 1970s
Box 5
St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Spiritual Celebration 1978-1980
Box 5
St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Sprong, John S.-correspondence, miscellaneous, n.d. 1971-1979
Box 5
Social Work-correspondence, publications, n.d. 1974-1976
Box 5
Social Work-Miscellaneous 1970s
Box 6
Sexism in children's Literature-correspondence,n.d. 1972-1976
Box 6
Sexism in children's Literature-Council on Inter-Racial Books for Children 1975
Box 6
Sexism in children's Literature-News clippings, n.d. 1970s
Box 6
Sexism in children's Literature-Publications, catalogs, n.d. 1970s
Box 6
Report- "Sex Role Stereotyping in church School Curricula"1972
Box 6
Spokeswoman, The (An independent monthly newsletter of women's news) n.d. 1971-1973, 1977
Box 6
Virginia General Assembly-miscellaneous
Box 6
Virginia Women's Political Caucus-correspondence and miscellaneous, n.d. 1971-1974
Box 6
Virginia Women's Political Caucus-Handbook 1972
Box 6
Virginia Women's Political Caucus-National Women's Political Caucus-convention 1973
Box 6
Voter Identification Card-Carlton, Mary W. 1975
Box 6
The Women Activist (a Virginia publication), n.d. 1971-1973
Box 6
Women's Rights of Richmond-Correspondence, newsletter, miscellaneous, n.d. 1970-1972