N. Beatrice Worthy papers
Scope and Contents
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.
Dates of Materials
- Worthy, N. Beatrice (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
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Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
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.
0.438 linear feet (1 container)
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.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.
- Affirmative action programs -- United States
- African American women -- Employment
- African American women in the professions
- Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc.
- Black women
- National Industrial Conference Board
- Oral histories
- Women -- Employment -- United States
- Women executives -- United States
- Women in the professions
- Worthy, N. Beatrice
- N. Beatrice Worthy papers
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