Nell H. Trotter papers
Scope and Content of the Papers
The collection is comprised of scrapbooks, postcards, photographs, slides, photocopies of newspaper clippings, speeches, personal papers, correspondence, certificates, bound volumes, audiocassettes, plaques and silverware (much of which was given as commemorative gifts). The materials reflect some of Trotter's personal and professional life between 1934 and 1971, as well as changing attitudes to and of women in higher education throughout the twentieth century.
- Creation: 1880-1987
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1934 - 1971
- Trotter, Nell H., 1904-1996 (Person)
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 Nell H. Trotter
Nell Hamilton Trotter was born in 1904 in Hartford, Arkansas. She attended Maryville College, Tennessee, and the University of New Mexico, before obtaining her BA in History and Political Science from the University of Arkansas (1924), and, after a short time teaching in the public school system, her MA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin (1929). While she was studying at the University of Wisconsin, Nell met Richard (Dick) Trotter. The couple married 28 August 1929, and not long after, moved to Atlanta Georgia, where Dick was offered a job at Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1931, having enrolled at the Georgia Tech Downtown Evening School of Commerce (later Georgia State College and eventually Georgia State University), Trotter made her first enquiries about the possibility of a faculty position at the school, only to be told that it was not the school's policy to hire women to its faculty. In 1933, after the birth of her first son, Richard, Nell made further enquiries about a faculty position, with the result that she was hired. In 1947, because she felt she needed more time with her family, Mrs. Trotter resigned her position, returning in 1953. During her time off she did some freelance writing work, and as a result became interested in teaching business communication. Mrs. Trotter remained at Georgia State College and University until 1971, when she retired.
During her tenure at GSU, Nell Trotter taught classes in social ethics, home economics, history, political science, and business communication. She went on to become Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Women, and Assistant Professor of Business Education. She was chairman of the Board of Founders of the George M. Sparks Scholarship Fund, and having been an active member of the Georgia Association of Deans, was elected to serve as president in 1961. In 1963 she became president of the Atlanta branch of the American Association of University Women, and served as co-chairman of the Educational Committee of the Georgia Commission on the Status of Women. In 1962 she was named the 1961 Atlanta Woman of the Year in Education and overall Atlanta Woman of the Year. She was also included in Who's Who Among American Women. In 1964-1965 Mrs. Trotter traveled around the world as a student of the University of the Seven Seas, and during the trip, lectured at colleges in India and Japan. Atlanta Mayor, Sam Massell proclaimed May 17th 1971 Nell H. Trotter Day. After retirement Nell and Dick Trotter moved to Daytona Beach, Florida. Mr. Trotter died 26 March 1976, and Mrs. Trotter died 18 February 1996, at age 91.
12.6 Linear Feet (in 15 boxes)
Language of Materials
During her tenure at GSU (1933-1947, 1953-1971), Nell Trotter taught classes in social ethics, home economics, history, political science, and business communication. She went on to become Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Women, and Assistant Professor of Business Education. The materials in the Nell H. Trotter papers reflect some of Trotter's personal and professional life between 1934 and 1971, as well as changing attitudes to and of women in higher education throughout the twentieth century.
Organization of the Papers
Organized into four series: I. Personal papers; II. Papers relating to Georgia State University; III. Printed, bound and audiovisual material; IV. Artifacts.
Donated by Nell H. Trotter's son, Michael H. Trotter, March 1999, June 1999, and January 2000.
During processing, books and periodicals were separated to various collections. Consult the library catalog or archivist for access.
Separated to Special Collections Books
- America Through Women's Eyes, edited by Mary Ritter Beard (1934, c1933)
- School of Femininity: A Book for and about Women as They are Interpreted Through Feminine Writers of Yesterday and Today (1937, c1936)
- Atlanta Poetry Gallery, edited by Bertram Holland Flander (Atlanta Writers Club, 1960)
Separated to University Archives, Special Collections and Archives
- Three issues of GSU's Rampway (volumes 20, 21, 60) [photocopies of Trotter-related pages have been filed with the Trotter Papers]
Separated to the University Library general collection
- Effective Leaders in Business, Frederick G. Nichols, consulting editor (2nd edition, 1954)
- Image of Australia: a special issue [of the Texas Quarterly], edited by Joseph Jay Jones (1962)
- Writing Business Letters, by J.H. Menning and C.W. Wilkinson (revised edition, 1959)
Processed by Morna Gerrard at the item level, 2002. All scrapbooks have been unbound and photocopied for preservation purposes, and silverware has been placed in protective bags. Originally, the collection had very little order: While existing folder contents have remained intact, the collection has been rearranged into assigned series, based on function and format.
- Georgia State University. Office of the Dean of Students (Organization)
- American Association of University Women. Atlanta Branch (Organization)
- Georgia State University (Organization)
- Georgia. Governor's Commission on the Status of Women. Educational Committee (Organization)
- Georgia Association of Deans (Organization)
- Nell H. Trotter:
- A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
- Georgia State University Library
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