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Betty Hutchinson Wiser Papers


Betty Hutchinson Wiser (1931-2010) was born in Richland County, Ohio, the daughter of Mary Louise Stine and Roscoe David Hutchinson. In 1957 she married Edward H. Wiser, Ph.D., and the couple later moved to Raleigh, N.C. She earned degrees culminating in a doctorate in Adult Education, became a champion for women's rights and senior's Issues, and the cause to fight osteoporosis. She served as the state president of the North Carolina League of Women Voters, served as a representative in the N.C. General Assembly (1985-1990), director of the Wake County Council on Aging, and developed the retired senior volunteer program. Her last professional position was as head of the Older Adult Health Br ... (more below)

Title

Betty Hutchinson Wiser Papers

Collection Number

PC.1716

Date(s)

1951-1991

Language

English

Physical Description
57.0 boxes
Physical Description
Boxes
126.00
Abstract

Betty Hutchinson Wiser (1931-2010) was born in Richland County, Ohio, the daughter of Mary Louise Stine and Roscoe David Hutchinson. In 1957 she married Edward H. Wiser, Ph.D., and the couple later moved to Raleigh, N.C. She earned degrees culminating in a doctorate in Adult Education, became a champion for women's rights and senior's Issues, and the cause to fight osteoporosis. She served as the state president of the North Carolina League of Women Voters, served as a representative in the N.C. General Assembly (1985-1990), director of the Wake County Council on Aging, and developed the retired senior volunteer program. Her last professional position was as head of the Older Adult Health Branch in the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

These are the personal papers of Betty H. Wiser stemming from her role in several civic and women's organizations and relating to her participation in and interest in the political process at the state and local level. Throughout the collection there are papers and publications of several organizations in which she was active and in which she held leadership positions. These, however, are not the official chapter records. The papers consist of five series: the state League of Women Voters, 1951-1976 (including those assembled while she was president of the state League); Wake County Council on Aging, 1974-1990; Political Campaigns and Organizations, 1982-1990; N.C. Council on Status of Women, 1981-1984; and N.C. Council of Women's Organizations, 1972-1983.

Physical Location

ST:3B.517, 518; ORC

Creator

Wiser, Betty H. (Betty Hutchinson)

Creator

Betty H. Wiser

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Chronological within series and subseries.


Available for research.


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Betty Hutchinson Wiser (1931-2010) was born in Richland County, Ohio, to Roscoe David Hutchinson and Mary Louise Stine Hutchinson. She earned a BS degree from Ohio State University in 1954; an MS degree in Home Economics from Ohio State University in 1958; an MS degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University in 1961; and a doctorate degree in Adult Education from North Carolina State University in 1982. Early on Betty developed a love for traveling that began with 4H farm exchanges to Mexico and Italy. Between 1955-1957 she helped organize a girl's school in Northern Iraq where she met her future husband, Edward Hempstead Wiser, Ph.D, an agricultural engineer. They married in 1957 in Shelby, Ohio; subsequently, the couple moved to Raleigh, where they lived until 2007.

Betty H. Wiser's professional background included working as a teacher and home economist and serving as president of the Retirement Planning Associates, Inc.; executive director of the Wake County Council on Aging, Inc.; director and founder of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Raleigh-Wake County; and director of Volunteer Training and Volunteer Services projects.

Betty H. Wiser was active in the political affairs of her community, serving as a precinct chair for Wake County and as a member of the Wake County Unity Campaign Committee and the Democratic Women of Wake County. She served as a member of the General Assembly, 1985-1990 serving three terms as a Wake County legislator in the North Carolina House of Representatives. During her tenure in the General Assembly, she made significant contributions as chair of the Committee on Human Resources and as a member of several committees, including Appropriations; Pensions and Retirement; Rules, Appointments and the Calendar; and Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations. She was regarded as a expert on aging, caregiving, and health issues. Legislation sponsored by Mrs. Wiser included bills to expand benefits for poor children and pregnant women. She was defeated in the 1990 Democratic primary, after she joined in 1989, with a group dissident Democrats and Republicans headed by Rep. Joe Mavretic, to oust speaker of the House Liston Ramsey.

Additionally, Betty H. Wiser served as president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and co-chair of the Osteoporosis Prevention Task Force of North Carolina, and as a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, American Business Women Association, American Association of University Women, Older Women's Leagues, North Carolina Adult Education Association, North Carolina Association of Aging, and North Carolina Senior Citizens Association. She also served in many capacities on numerous boards and commissions, including as Director of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, Director of the North Carolina Conference for Social Services, and President of the North Carolina Council of Women's Organizations, and as a member of the North Carolina Council on the Status of Women, North Carolina Family Life Council, and the Capitol Planning Commission.

While a resident of Wake County, Betty was an active member of the Unitarian Church in Raleigh. In 1991 she became Betty became the head of the Older Adult Health Branch in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources. In that capacity she initiated and co-chaired the Osteoporosis Coalition of North Carolina. At the time of her death, Betty was serving as co-chair of the Osteoporosis Prevention Task Force of NC, as a senator in the Silver Haired Congress and as an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Betty H. Wiser was married for over fifty-two years to Edward, who passed away also in 2010. At that time the Wisers were living in Falls Church, Virginia. Mrs. Wiser died while on vacation in the Bahamas on February 18, 2010 doing what she loved - traveling and meeting new people. The Wisers were survived by daughter, Carla W. Lounsbury; son, Conrad Wiser; and six grandchildren; and two brothers, Samuel and David Hutchinson.


Betty H. Wiser


[Identification of item]. PC.1716, Betty Hutchinson Wiser Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


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These are the personal papers of Betty H. Wiser stemming from her role in several civic and women's organizations and relating to her participation in and interest in the political process at the state and local level. Throughout the collection there are papers and publications of several organizations in which she was active and in which she held leadership positions. These, however, are not the official chapter records. The papers are composed of five series: Series I. League of Women Voters, 1951-1976, including five boxes of material concerning the national League and twenty-two boxes concerning the state League, along with a few local areas such as Wake County, Pitt County, and Lee County. Series 2. Wake County Council on Aging, 1974-1990, consisting of thirteen boxes. Series 3. Political Campaigns and Organizations, 1982-1990, consisting of seven boxes. Series 4. Council on Status of Women, 1981-1984, consisting of five boxes. Series 5. Council of Women's Organizations, 1972-1983, consisting of four boxes.


These papers represent the various personal professional files of Dr. Betty Hutchinson Wiser, including campaign materials, subject files on aging and health, papers relating to women's issues and organizations, including League of Women Voters and the International Women's Year. (A more detailed finding aid is available online on the State Archives website and in the State Archives Search Room binders.)

Dr. Wiser, sociologist, home economist, and former state legislator was born in Shelby, Ohio in 1931 and died while on vacation in the Bahamas on February 18, 2010 while involved in two of her strong interests - travelling and meeting new people. After living in Raleigh for a number of years, her legal residence was in Falls Church, Virginia at the time of her death.

She was educated in the College of Wooster, Ohio State University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Southern California. She held a double master's in home economics and sociology with a doctorate in adult education. She became a champion for Women's Rights and Senior's Issues, and the cause to fight osteoporosis. She had served as the NC president of the League of Women Voters, a representative in the NC General Assembly, director of the Wake County Council on Aging. Among various other positions, Dr. Wiser had served as the head of the Older Adult Health Branch in the NC Health Department.

The unarranged papers housed at the Old Records Center are not available for research at this time. Contact regarding these papers: Fran Tracy-Walls, Private Manuscripts Archivist. Email: fran.tracy-walls@ncdcr.gov.


Approximately 215 cubic feet of unprocessed materials are located at the Old Records Center, Lane Street.


  • Wiser, Betty H. (Betty Hutchinson)
  • Wiser, Betty H. (Betty Hutchinson)
  • National League of Women Voters (U.S.).
  • North Carolina Council for Women.
  • North Carolina Council on the Status of Women.
  • North Carolina League of Women Voters.
  • Wake County (N.C.).
  • Wake County Council on Aging.
  • Wake County Resources for Seniors, Inc.
  • Aging
  • Political campaigns
  • Political participation--North Carolina
  • Politicians--North Carolina--Correspondence
  • Politics and culture
  • Voting--North Carolina
  • Women politicians--North Carolina
  • Women--20th century.
  • Women--North Carolina--Societies and clubs
  • Women--Political activity--North Carolina--History--20th century
  • Aging
  • Politics
  • Women

Physical Description
27.0 boxes
Physical Description
Boxes
27.00

Includes material from the National League of Women Voters, 1951- 1976, such as programs, convention matter, newletters and miscellaneous publications. Additionally, includes material from the State League of Women Voters, such as annual reports and other reports; business correspondence; publications; resource material and other topics such as environmental, agricultural, and other topics and issues of concern to voters, and local league papers from areas including Wake County; Greenville/Pitt County; Lee County, and others. Box quantities are as follows: National League of Women Voters: 5 boxes; State League of Women Voters : 22 boxes, for a total of 27 boxes. Arrangement of the boxes is often alphabetical, by subject.

Box: PC.1716.1  
National League: Action Alerts-Convention
1970

Box: PC.1716.3  
National League: Council -- Misc. League Publications
Btwn 1951 and 1976

Box: PC.1716.2  
National League: Conventions
1972 - May 1974

Box: PC.1716.4  
National League: Misc. Publications -- Newsletters-Time for Action
Betwn 1951-1976

Box: PC.1716.5  
National League: News Releases -- Welfare
Betwn 1951-1976

Box: PC.1716.6  
State League: Annual Report - Board Reports
Betwn 1951-1976

Box: PC.1716.7  
State League: Board, misc. -- Corresp., misc.
1974

Box: PC.1716.8  
State League: Corresp., misc., 1975-Council
1975

Box: PC.1716.10  
State League: Local League, Haywood Co.- Local League, Stanley Co.
Betwn 1951 - 1976

Box: PC.1716.11  
State League: Local League, Wake Co.
Betwn 1951 - 1976

Box: PC.1716.12  
State League: Local League, Watauga Co. - Local League Newsletters, Lee Co., PC.1716.12
Betwn 1951-1976

Box: PC.1716.9  
State League: Executive Committee Meeting -- Local League, Greenville/Pitt Co.
Betwn 1951 - 1976

Box: PC.1716.13  
State League: Local League Newsletters, Louisburg -- Membership Lists
Betwn 1951-1976

Box: PC.1716.14  
State League: Membership matters -- Publications -- Misc.
Betwn 1951-1976

Box: PC.1716.15  
State League: Publications -- Tar Heel Voter -- Misc.
Betwn 1951-1976

Physical Description
13.0 boxes
Physical Description
Boxes
26.00

Includes administrative files, program files, general correspondence; budget and fiscal files, including material on federal Title III and Title IX funding, and miscellaneous.

Box: PC.1716.1  
Administrative Files: B-G

Descriptive Information
Physical Description
13.0 boxes
Physical Description
Boxes
13.00

Box: PC.1716.3  
Administrative Files: G (Gen. Info.) - R
1974-1980

Box: PC.1716.2  
Administrative Files: G (Gen. Corresp. Betty Wiser)
1976-1981

Box: PC.1716.4  
Administrative Files: R - V (Misc.)
1975-1980

Box: PC.1716.5  
Program Files: A - F
1976-1981

Box: PC.1716.6  
Program Files: H - I
1974-1981

Box: PC.1716.7  
Program Files: L - Sp
1974-1981

Box: PC.1716.9  
Fiscal Files: Title IX
1977-1978

Box: PC.1716.10  
Fiscal Files : Title IX
1978-1980

Box: PC.1716.11  
Fiscal Files: Title III
1973-1980

Box: PC.1716.8  
Program Files: Sp - Z, and Misc.
1974-1982

Box: PC.1716.12  
Fiscal Files: CETA Title III
1975-1979

Box: PC.1716.13  
Fiscal Files: Budget & Misc.
1973-1981

Physical Description
4.0 boxes
Physical Description
Boxes
4.00

Includes council programs and financial files, including budget and fundraising; publications such as directories and newsletters; and news clippings.

Box: PC.1716.1  
Council Files
1973-1979

Box: PC.1716.2  
Council Programs
1973-1983

Box: PC.1716.3  
Finance: Audit; Budget; Fund Raising; Grant Proposals

Box: PC.1716.4  
Publications, Directories and Newsletters, Newspaper Clippings
1972-1981

Physical Description
5.0 boxes
Physical Description
Boxes
5.00

Includes council administrative and general files; program files; references files; U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau; business correspondence; commission; publications; magazine article and news clippings; and material on older women's issues.

Box: PC.1716.1  
Council Files: Programs A - J
1981-1984

Box: PC.1716.4  
Reference; USDL Women's Bureau; Corresp.; Commissions; Publications

Box: PC.1716.2  
Programs: L - Pe

Box: PC.1716.3  
Programs: Pi-W

Box: PC.1716.5  
Reference: Magazine Article; News Clippings; Older Women

Physical Description
7.0 boxes
Physical Description
Boxes
7.00

Includes a variety of material on Political Campaigns and Organizations and Betty Wiser's Campaign. The categories are Betty Wiser's Campaign; Other Campaigns: National; Other Campaigns: State; Other Campaigns: State Legislative, County, and City Campaigns.

Box: PC.1716.1  
Betty Wiser's Campaign
1982; 1984; 1986; 1988; 1990

Box: PC.1716.2  
Betty Wiser's Campaign-2
1982; 1984; 1986; 1988; 1990

Box: PC.1716.3  
Other Campaigns: National Campaigns

Box: PC.1716.4  
Other Campaigns: State Campaigns

Box: PC.1716.5  
Other Campaigns: State Legislative, County, & City Campaigns

Box: PC.1716.6  
Other Campaigns: Political Organizations

Box: PC.1716.7  
Other Campaigns: Political Organizations