A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University
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Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Trotter, Nell H.
Nell H. Trotter papers
12.6 linear ft.in 15 boxes
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
Organization of the Papers
Organized into four series:
Series I. Personal papers
Series II. Papers relating to Georgia State University
Series III. Printed, bound and audiovisual material
Series IV. Artifacts
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.
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, audio-cassettes, 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.
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
free-lance 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 1964-65 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.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Trotter, Nell H.
American Association of University
Georgia Association of Deans
Georgia Commission on the Status of
Georgia State University--Atlanta,
Georgia State University--Office of the
Dean of Students
Georgia--Universities and colleges
Restrictions on Access
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to
limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
[item], [folder title], [series title], Nell H. Trotter papers, W036,
Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Gifted by Nell H. Trotter's son, Michael H. Trotter, March 1999, June
1999, and January 2000.
Processed by Morna Gerrard, 2002.
Related materials in this repository: A
copy of Nell Trotter's journal is also available in the University Library's
General Collection, LD1965 .T76.
A photocopy of the typescript of "Breakfast Reminiscing-June 28th
1971", (which is largely the same as the audio-cassette version of the speech,)
is available in the University Library's General Collection, LD1965 .T76 B7.
Further material relating to Nell Trotter can be found among the
Georgia State University Archives' Dean of Students records, 1930-1970
(G1973-4), and the records of the President's Office, 1933-1955 (G1973-5).
Separated material: During processing,
books and periodicals were separated to various collections. See List of
Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.