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N. Beatrice Worthy papers

Repository: Smith College. Sophia Smith Collection

Collection Description (Extant): N. Beatrice Worthy was born in 1913 in Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduating from high school in Jersey City, NJ in 1933, she took a part time clerical position with a local youth program and began piano study. In 1935 she became secretary to the director of an adult education program for the Works Progress Administration, Negro Division. Between 1942 and 1954 Worthy worked with the Department of Defense in the New York Quartermaster Purchasing Department. She received a BS in 1948 and an MBA in 1954 from New York University School of Commerce and studied toward a Ph.D. during the late 1960s. Worthy held a research position with the National Industrial Conference Board (1955-62); managed the survey division of Commerce and Industry Association of New York (1962-64); held a personnel research position at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey (1964-75); and was affirmative action coordinator with AT&T in New York (1975-78). She retired in 1978.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The N. Beatrice Worthy papers consist of correspondence,employment applications, writings, and printed material relating to her professional activities between 1954 and 1977, with the National Industrial Conference Board, the Commerce and Industrial Association of New York, Bell Laboratories, and AT&T. Worthy's M.A. thesis, "Contributions of Women to the Management of American Industry," is also included. The papers' arrangement corresponds to and is coded to an oral history interview conducted in 1983-84, in which she describes her experiences as an African American professional woman in the 1950s to 70s.

Access Copy Note: The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Date(s): 1954-1984

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: MS 188

Extent: 1 box (.5 linear ft.)

Finding Aid: The container list for this collection is available in the Sophia Smith Collection.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: N. Beatrice Worthy

Rights (Extant): Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.


Affirmative action programs
African American women--Employment




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