Anne Queen papers, 1930-1985.

Creator: Queen, Anne, 1911-2005.
Collection number: 5214
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Abstract: Anne Queen was born in 1911 and raised in Canton, N.C. After ten years of factory work after high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree at Berea College in Kentucky and a divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School in 1948. After working three years as Assistant University Chaplain at the University of Georgia and five years as college secretary for the American Friends Service Committee in Greensboro, N.C., she became associate director of the YWCA at the University of North Carolina in 1956. She then became director of the newly merged YMCA-YWCA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964, a position she retained until her retirement in 1975. Correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, financial documents, clippings, pamphlets, publications, pictures, and other documents relating to the professional and personal life of Anne Queen. Family correspondence consists of letters to Anne Queen from her mother, Effie Mease Queen, and her sisters, Mattie Ruth Queen and Bonnie Mae Queen, relating to everyday occurances at the Queen house in Canton, N.C. Other correspondence includes letters written by people involved in politics, social justice movements, religious service, missionary work, or non-profit service. Notable correspondents include Joel Fleishman, Edward P. Morgan, John Ehle, Al Lowenstein, and William Sloane Coffin. YMCA-YWCA records deal with tutoring programs, workshops on world affairs and race relations, national YMCA and YWCA conferences, staff development programs, and personnel matters. Also included are personal financial records and records relating to the upkeep of Queen’s home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Subject files include documents related to race relations and the civil rights movement, free speech and the 1964 speaker ban at the University, international exchange and volunteerism among University students, theological issues, and the role of religious organizations on a secular university campus. Organizations documented in the records include the American Friends Service Committee, the Peace Corps, and the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen. Photographs document farm labor projects undertaken by Queen while at Yale University and the American Friends Service Committee, as well as various YMCA-YWCA social functions. There are also photographs of Terry Sanford, William Friday, Eli Evans, and other prominent state and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill figures. Oversized documents include art prints, a class photograph of Queen’s graduating class at Yale University Divinity School, and enlarged versions of political cartoons. Restricted materials include personnel records, tax documents, and other materials.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Folders 151 and 151 contain documentation of the Mary Gilson Tutorial Program, a joint effort between the YMCA and Black Student Movement to tutor minority students at UNC Chapel Hill. Other folders in Series 2 contains memos and correspondence on workshops dealing with race relations and world affairs.

Subject files in Series 3 also also contain various documentation about civil rights and race relations. This includes items in Folder 201 (“American Friends Service Committee: Race relations”), Folder226-229 (on Civil Rights), and Folders 339-343 (on Race Relations and various other topics).