Finding Aid of the Grace J. Rohrer Papers, 1972 - 1989, PC.1799

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Finding Aid of the Grace J. Rohrer Papers, 1972 - 1989, PC.1799

Abstract

Grace Jemison Rohrer (1924-2011), daughter of Howard A. and Caroline Elmore (Bishop) Jemison, was born in Chicago. Some years after her marriage to Robert H. Rohrer, she moved with her family to Winston-Salem. This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, handbooks, and brochures arising from the public life of Grace J. Rohrer during the years from 1972 to 1989. The collection reflects Mrs. Rohrer's involvment with various organizations, including the Republican Party, North Carolinians United for Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the N.C. Women's Political Caucus, Friends of University Network Television, and her service as secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, and the Department of Administration. As a policy advisor to Governor James G. Martin, Mrs. Rohrer served in his "Cabinet Clusters," 1986-1989, and was also involved during that time with the N.C. Council on the Status of Women.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Grace J. Rohrer Papers
Call Number
PC.1799
Creator
Rohrer, Grace J.
Date
1972 - 1989
Extent
2.00 boxes, 0.66 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
State Archives of North Carolina

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1799, Grace J. Rohrer Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

Materials in the collection are from Mrs. Rohrer's personal files arising from her public life during the years from 1972 to 1989. The first series of Personal Papers, 1972-1989, are those created during her tenure as Department of Cultural Resources secretary, 1973 to 1978, along with other files, including those concerned with the Equal Rights Amendment, the Friends of University Network TV, N.C. Council on the Status of Women, N.C. Women's Political Caucus, and the Republican Party. Other private materials generated Mrs. Rohrer's tenure as secretary of the Department of Administration and advisor to Governor James G. Martin are grouped under the series, Cabinet Clusters, 1986-1989.

Those papers created during Mrs. Rohrer's tenure as departmental secretary in 1973 and again in 1985 are to be found with the records of the appropriate state agency. Those arising from her involvement with the International Women's Year are to be found with the records of that organization in the State Archives of North Carolina.

Arrangement Note

This collection is organized into two series, Personal Files, 1972-1989, and Cabinet Clusters, 1986-1989.

Biographical Note

Grace Jemison Rohrer (1924-2011), daughter of Howard A. and Caroline Elmore (Bishop) Jemison, was born in Chicago and educated in Cranford, New Jersey, High School, Western Maryland College (BA, 1946), and Wake Forest University (MA, 1969). Some years after her marriage to Robert H. Rohrer, she moved with her family to Winston-Salem, as did her father and his family. There she pursued her career as an elementary school educator, helping to found the MacWood School (for children with learning disabilities) and the Centenary Child Center, and serving as president and executive director of Learning Foundation (a regional tutoring service).

Active in Republican Party politics, Mrs. Rohrer served her party from 1960 to 1974 in various capacities at various levels from precinct, to county, to state executive committee. After an unsuccessful campaign for election to the office of Secretary of State in 1972, Mrs. Rohrer was appointed to a four-year term as Secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources in 1973. Concurrently she served on the board of Friends of University Network Television (FOUNT), 1975-1976, as program chairman of North Carolina's International Women's Year Coordinating Committee, and as chairman of the state's delegation to the National Women's Conference at Houston in November, 1977. Naturally, she supported the proposed "Equal Rights Amendment" to the Constitution of the United States.

Subsequently Mrs. Rohrer was appointed Secretary of the Department of Administration, serving from 1985 to 1987. As a policy advisory to Governor James G. Martin, she served in his "Cabinet Clusters." This group was made up of trusted appointees whose duty it was to develop biennial initiatives in designated areas for the governor (education, economic development, environment, and so forth) by discussing issues and proposing policy options for the governor's consideration.

Contents of the Collection

1. Personal Files,1972 - 1989

Desk Diary,1978
Box PC.1799.1
Equal Rights Amendment
Contra
Pro
Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women
North Carolinians United for ERA
Republican Party Friends of University Network TV,1975 - 1978
N.C. Council on the Status of Women,1989
N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources (Personal),1973 - 1978
N.C. Women's Political Caucus,1972
Republican Party,1972
Speeches,1974 - 1975

2. Cabinet Clusters,1986 - 1989

Preliminary
Box PC.1799.2
Policy Options,1987 - 1989
Education - Family
Environment - Public Facilities
Drafts
Briefing reports
Budget
Correspondence,1986 - 1987

Subject Headings

  • Martin, James G. (James Grubbs), 1935-
  • Rohrer, Grace J., 1924-
  • Rohrer, Grace J.
  • Martin, James G. (James Grubbs), 1935-
  • Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women (U.S.)
  • North Carolina Women's Political Caucus.
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women (U.S.)
  • Equal rights amendments--United States.
  • Public television.
  • Women in politics.
  • Women in public life.
  • Women--Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Equal rights amendments
  • Legal status
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift, Mrs. Rohrer, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Deep Gap, N.C., 1985, 1991, and 1993.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by George Stevenson, February, 2001
  • Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, February, 2003; revised and updated, August 2019, for publication in Discover Online Catalog (DOC).