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Guide to the Helen Edmonds Papers, 1951-1994

Summary

Collection contains primarily correspondence and printed materials, including speeches, clippings, and photocopies. Two large sections of materials concern Edmonds' interests and activities as a member of the Republican Party and her work as an alternate delegate to the U.N. General Assembly, 1970. Some materials relate to her work with the National Peace Corps Advisory Council, to educational exchange, consultations in Europe and Israel, and other work experiences in an international context. Papers representing her duties as a college professor are limited.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.00352
Title
Helen Edmonds papers
Date
1951-1994
Creator
Edmonds, Helen G. (Helen Grey), 1911-1995
Extent
4.4 Linear Feet, circa 4,000 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Collection contains primarily correspondence and printed materials, including speeches, clippings, and photocopies. Two large sections of materials concern Edmonds' interests and activities as a member of the Republican Party and her work as an alternate delegate to the U.N. General Assembly, 1970. Some materials relate to her work with the National Peace Corps Advisory Council, to educational exchange, consultations in Europe and Israel, and other work experiences in an international context. Papers representing her duties as a college professor are limited.

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Contents of the Collection

Addresses:
Box 1
1956-1974
Box 1
Europe: American University Women, 1955
Box 1
Germany, 1955
Box 1
Biographical Material, 1911-
Box 1
Clippings:
1956-1982
(2 folders)
Box 1
China, 1970
Box 1
Correspondence (Mt. Carmel Symposium), 1971
Box 1
Germany, 1955-1957
Box 1
Israel: Mt. Carmel Symposium, etc., 1967-1971
Box 1
Lecture Tour:
Europe Lecture and Seminar Materials, 1956-1957
Box 1
Denmark, 1957
Box 1
Sweden, 1957
Box 1
The National Links, Inc., 1973-1976
Box 1
The North Carolina Historical Commission, 1976
Box 1
Peace Corps. National Advisory Council, 1970-1972
Box 1
Photographs. Europe Leader Specialist, 1957
Box 1
Political Material:
Addresses, etc., Republican National Committee, 1958-1960
Box 1
Addresses, Reports, Memoranda etc., of the Republican National Committee, 1960-1961
Box 1
Governor's Inaugural Committee, 1972-1973
Box 1
N.C. Republican Party, 1951-1976
Box 1
Personal Notes, etc., used by Dr. Edmonds for Campaign Speeches, 1956
Box 1
President's Committee on Government:
Contracts, Minority
Box 1
Community Resources Conference, 1958, Jan. 15
Box 1
Printed Material: General, 1956-1970
Box 1
Alternate Delegate of the 25th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, 1970-1971
Box 1
European, 1954-1958
Box 1
General, 1951-1981
(6 folders)
Box 2
Germany, West - Post-Doctoral Study and Research, 1954-1956
Box 2
Republican National Committee:
1953-1956
Box 2
Expense Accounts and Itineraries, undated
Box 2
Republican National Committee. Letters from Rank and File persons during and following Dr. Edmonds' Campaign Tour, 1956
Box 2
Republican National Committee, 1957
Box 2
Republican Party, 1958-1976
(3 folders)
Box 2
White House, and the Executive Department of the U.S. Government, 1952-1976
(5 folders)
Box 2
General Assembly. Fifth Committee: Budget and Personnel, 1970, Nov. 9, Dec. 16
Box 2
General Assembly. Third Committee:
Addresses and Reports of Prof. Edmonds and others, and Research on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, 1970
Box 2
Budget and Personnel, 1970
Box 2
Clippings re: Professor Edmonds, 1970
Box 2
The Elderly and the Aged, 1969-1970
Box 2
Freedom of Information, 1951-1970
Box 2
High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1970
Box 2
Housing, Building, and Planning, 1969-1970
Box 2
International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and on Civil and Political Rights, 1969-1970
Box 2
Narcotics, 1970
Box 2
Natural Disasters, 1970
Box 2
Nazism and Racial Intolerance, 1970
Box 2
Prisoners of War; Armed Conflict, 1969-1970
(4 folders)
Box 2
Provisional Summary Record, 1970, Sept. 25-Dec. 15
(7 folders)
Box 3
Racial Discrimination, Elimination of, 1970.
Box 3
Religious Intolerance, 1969-1970
Box 3
Trade and Development, 1969-1970
Box 3
General Assembly:
Economic and Social Council
(2 folders)
Box 3
High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1966-1969
Box 3
High Commissioner for Refugees, 1970
Box 3
Human Rights and Scientific and Technological Developments, 1970
(2 folders)
Box 3
Israeli and Arab Question, 1970
Box 3
Outer Space. Peaceful Uses of, 1970
Box 3
Peace-keeping and the International Court of Justice, 1970
Box 3
Racial Discrimination. Report of the Secretary General, 1970
Box 3
Report to Samuel De Palma by Professor Edmonds, 1971, Feb. 18
Box 3
Sea-Bed and the Ocean Floor, Use for Peaceful Purposes Only, undated
Box 4
25th Session:
Notes and Memoranda of Professor Edmonds, 1970
Box 4
U.S. Representatives; Biographical Information of Dr. Edmonds, 1970
Box 4
War Criminals, 1970
Box 4
Work of the Organization and Agenda, 1970
Box 4
Youth and Education, 1970
(2 folders)
Box 4
Related Activities of Professor Edmonds, 1971
Box 4
U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency: Social Science Advisory Board, 1972
Box 4
Programs and Invitations, 1939-1977 and undated
(7 folders)
Box 4
Clippings, 1956-1982
(2 folders)
Box 5
Clippings, China, 1970
Box 5
Lecture Tour. Sweden, 1957
Box 5
Political Material. Personal Notes, etc., Used by Dr. Edmonds for Campaign Speeches, 1956
Box 5
European, 1954-1958
Box 5
White House and the Executive Department of the U.S. Government, 1970-1976
Box 5
General Assembly. Third Committee:
Clippings about Professor Edmonds, 1970
Box 5
Nazism and Racial Intolerance, 1970
Box 5
Prisoners of War. Armed Conflict, 1970
Box 5
Racial Discrimination, Elimination of, 1970
Box 5
General Assembly:
Trade and Development, 1969-1970
Box 5
Israeli-Arab Question, 1970
Box 5
Programs and Invitations, 1939-1977, and undated
(7 folders)
Box 5
 

Historical Note

Helen Edmonds was a historian, scholar, and civic leader. She was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate from Ohio State University, the first to become a graduate school dean, and the first to second the nomination of a United States presidential candidate.

Born in Lawrenceville, VA, Edmonds received her bachelor’s degree in history from Morgan State College in 1933. She went on to receive an M.A. in History at Ohio State University in 1938, followed by a Ph.D. from that same institution in 1946. Edmond's dissertation was published in 1951 as her first book, The Negro and Fusion Politics in North Carolina, 1894-1901. Edmonds also published numerous articles in scholarly journals on politics in the South. Her second book, Black Faces in High Places, was published in 1971.

In 1941 Edmonds joined the faculty of North Carolina College, now North Carolina Central University, where she remained until her retirement in 1977. During her tenure at NCCU, Edmonds taught U.S. and European diplomatic history, served as chair of the department of history, Dean of the Graduate School, and University Distinguished Professor. After her retirement from the teaching faculty in 1977, she became a member of the Board of Trustees.

Edmonds was appointed by the U.S. Department of State as a Leader-Specialist in International Education Exchange in 1954. Through this post she helped develop educational exchanges for U.S. faculty and students in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and France. She also served as a visiting instructor in numerous institutions in the United States, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East including Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), the Free University of Berlin, the University of Stockholm, Ohio State University, and the University of Liberia.

An active Republican, Edmonds seconded the nomination of President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1956. During the second term of the Eisenhower Administration she traveled throughout Africa promoting American ideals and values in colonies that were soon-to-be independent nations. In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon appointed Edmonds as an alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly where she chaired the Human Rights Committee.

Edmonds also held important leadership roles in civic organizations such as the United Negro College Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund, the United Research and Development Corporation, the National Council of Negro Women, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was the fifth president of the African American women's service organization, the Links.

In 1986 Edmonds was named a Distinguished Woman of North Carolina. Three years later the North Carolina Central University social science and history building was renamed in her honor. Edmonds died in Durham, North Carolina on May 9, 1995.

Chronology

Date Event(s)
1911 Dec. 3 Born in Lawrenceville, Va.
1933 Graduated from Morgan State University
1938 Earned Master's Degree from Ohio State University
1941-1977 Professor at North Carolina Central University
1995 Died in Durham, North Carolina


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Provenance

The Helen Edmonds Papers were donated to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library on November 9, 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by: Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Staff

Completed ca. 1981

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller