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N. Beatrice Worthy Papers, 1954-1984
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 188

Abstract:
Business executive; Researcher; Affirmative action coordinator. The papers include correspondence, employment applications, writings, and printed material relating to her professional activities with the National Industrial Conference Board, the Commerce and Industrial Association of New York, Bell Laboratories, and AT&T. Also included are writings, and an oral history interview in which she describes her experiences as an African American professional woman, circa 1950s to 70s.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

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.

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Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

N. Beatrice Worthy Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Young Library
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Northampton, MA 01063

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Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • AT&T--Employees--History
  • Affirmative action programs--United States--History--Sources
  • African American women in the professions--History--20th century--Sources
  • African American women--Employment--History--Sources
  • Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.--History
  • National Industrial Conference Board--History--Sources
  • Women executives--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women--Employment--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Worthy, N. Beatrice, 1913-


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