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Carolyn Newton Curry research collection

Identifier: W210

Scope and Content of the Collection

Carolyn Newton Curry's research collection related to her biographical work on Ella Gertude Clanton Thomas (1848-1889). Materials include copies of legal documents, copies of newspaper articles, note cards, conference proceedings, teaching work, and manuscripts. The subject topics include women's history, identity of women, and bibliographic notes for her published book, Suffer and Grow Strong. The research collection includes Curry's copies of Ella Gertude Clanton Thomas's diaries from Duke University, including Curry’s note cards and notes throughout, as well as correspondence between Curry and two of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas (otherwise cited as EGCT) great-grand daughters, Gertrude Threlkeld Despeaux and Virginia Ingraham Burr.


  • Creation: 1780-2015


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Carolyn Newton Curry

Carolyn Curry is an award-winning author, historian, and non-profit founder and director of Women Alone Together created in 2002. Born in Mobile, Alabama. in 1942, she earned a B.A. in English from Agnes Scott College (1966), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history at Georgia State University (1979, 1987).As an educator, Curry taught at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.

Compelled by stories shared by women, Curry conducts research and writing papers on significant women's issues and she often speaks to various groups around the country on women’s issues and about Women Alone Together. The foundation works to build confidence and community among the growing number of women who are alone in our culture. Although the group works to encourage women who are alone because of death of spouse, divorce, single by choice or alone in a marriage because of separation or estrangement, all women are invited.

Curry has been appointed to several Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, Advisory Council for United Methodist Church, and various hospital national associations.

Curry attended graduate school at Georgia State University starting in the late 1970s. While searching for that all important topic for her dissertation, Curry sat in a lecture given by Anne Firor Scott on her book The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics, 1830-1930, from that point on so fascinated Curry knew she wanted to research a 19th Century Southern woman. Her then professor recommended researching Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, a Georgia woman who kept a diary for 41 years (1848-1889) and whose papers were at Duke University. After completing her doctorate, Curry yearned to make her dissertation on Thomas into a book but had to put it on hold due to the demands of life, family and career, until September 2011 when she finally having the time to devote to this project. The resulting volume, Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907 (Mercer University Press) won several awards in Georgia from 2012-2015.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes [3 mss box, 1 1/2 mss box and 1 cubic foot box])

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Separated Materials

Separated to the Special Collections and Archives Book Collection:

Curry, Carolyn Newton. Suffer & Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2014.

Curry, Carolyn Newton. Suffer & Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas (expanded edition). Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2019.

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Carolyn Newton Curry
A Guide to the Research Collection at Georgia State University Library
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15 June 2023
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