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Nancy P. Moore Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCU-SCPC-079
Comprising four linear feet, Dr. Moore’s papers provide insight into her notable career as educator and activist from the 1970s and 2000s. In the ERA/NOW series, there are meeting minutes, memorandums, Pro-ERA and Anti-ERA literature and LWV ERA files from 1970, which Dr. Moore inherited as LWV ERA Chair. There are also files from Olivia Topdahl, who served as NOW President for Spartanburg and South Carolina prior to Dr. Moore.

The efforts between 1983 and 1990 to improve the hiring of women and African-Americans in the Spartanburg city and county government are documented with reports and statistical data in the Fairness in Jobs Taskforce series.

The Spartanburg National Women’s Political Caucus series includes the materials used to conduct a pro-choice phone bank and to elect Kathleen Kempe to the South Carolina House of Representatives.

The NAACP, Spartanburg series is small but highlights the group’s efforts to improve the lives of African-American women and includes materials for a NAACP leadership workshop.

Within the Personal series, there are two scrapbooks, a timeline, and a transcript from a class visit that offer detailed insights into the hardships and successes of women during the 1980s. In addition, about a dozen of Dr. Moore’s estimated seventy speeches and interviews are included in the scrapbooks and in the general folder.

The Audiovisual series includes photographs from the 1986 March for Women’s Equality as well as a cassette of interviews from the women who attended the event.

Dates

  • 1970 - 2008

Creator

Access

Library use only

Extent

4 Linear Feet

Abstract

For over forty years, Dr. Nancy Moore was active in educating and improving the lives of women and African-Americans in South Carolina. Among her many accomplishments, she was SC ERA Chair for the League of Women Voters in 1978, an active participant on the ERA Countdown Campaign in 1982, and served two years as President of SC NOW (National Organization for Women) beginning in 1986. She is co-founder of the Spartanburg National Women's Political Caucus, which operated in the 1990s, and was the Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at USC Spartanburg from 1995 until her retirement in 2001.

Biographical Note

“This collection demonstrates that women—and African-Americans—pursued their rights in the toughest corner of the SC, the Upstate,” commented Nancy Moore. For over forty years, Dr. Nancy Moore was active in educating and improving the lives of women and African-Americans in South Carolina. Among her many accomplishments, she was SC ERA Chair for the League of Women Voters in 1978, an active participant on the ERA Countdown Campaign in 1982, and served two years as President of SC NOW (National Organization for Women) beginning in 1986. She is co-founder of the Spartanburg National Women’s Political Caucus, which operated in the 1990s, and was the Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at USC Spartanburg from 1995 until her retirement in 2001.

Born in Southside, Tennessee on April 28, 1939 and graduating from Austin Peay State University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Dr. Moore’s notable career in activism began in 1969 after she joined the faculty at USC Spartanburg and protested for better, equal pay for women. She chaired the Church Women United Committee that pursued better day care for low-income mothers between 1969 and1975 and started advising women of their legal rights. She joined NOW in 1972 and participated on the SC NOW board for multiple years as secretary, VP, and finally SC NOW President from 1986 to 1987. In 1977, the League of Women Voters appointed Dr. Moore as the Equal Rights Amendment Chair for SC League of Women Voters, which required her to travel the state, appear on national CBS News, and attend South Carolina International Women’s Year. During the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Moore was instrumental in the success of the Fairness in Jobs Taskforce, which improved the hiring of women and African-Americans to government positions, and the formation of the Spartanburg National Women’s Political Caucus, an informal group of women leaders previously known as the Raucous Caucus. The first big success of the Spartanburg NWPC was the election of Kathleen Kempe to the South Carolina House of Representatives. She became the Assistant Dean for Humanities and Sciences in 1995 and retired in 2001. In honor of her devoted teaching career and her commitment to women’s rights, USC Spartanburg’s Center for Women’s Studies and Programs presented her in 1999 with the Nancy P. Moore award, which is now given annually to those with lifetime achievement in women’s rights.

Provenance

Donated by Nancy P. Moore

Copyright

Copyright of the Nancy P. Moore Papers has been transferred to the University of South Carolina

Processing Information

Processed by Katharine Klein, 2012.

Repository Details

Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository

Contact:
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-0577