Cowper, Mary Octavine Thompson, 1881-1968.
Social activist. Instrumental in founding first nursery school in Durham, N.C.
From the description of Mary Octavine (Thompson) Cowper Papers, 1895-1969, bulk 1938-1969. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 16392352
1881, May 20:
Born Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee.
Bachelor of Letters, Drury College, Springfield, Missouri.
M.A., Drury College, English as major, French as minor.
1909, April 17:
Married Frederick Augustus Grant Cowper, Asst. Professor, Modern Language Dept., Drury College.
Elected Chairman, Douglas Co., Kansas Woman Suffrage Association.
M.A., sociology, University of Kansas.
1914- 1916: Completed course work for Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Chicago.
Moved to Durham with her husband who taught French at Trinity College (now Duke University).
Helped organize the North Carolina Chapter of the League of Women Voters.
1923- 1931: Edited the N.C. League of Women Voters Monthly Bulletin.
1924- 1925: Awarded a writing fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she wrote a study of cotton mill villages.
Became Regional Director for the National League of Women Voters.
American Association of University Women representative on the Citizens Council of Durham.
Chair of the Durham branch, American Association of University Women Social Studies Committee.
1938- 1962: Executive Director, Durham Nursery School Association.
1939- 1945: Chair of the Durham office of Civilian Defense - Child Welfare Division.
Instrumental in founding Southside Child Care Center.
Southside Child Care Center, Durham, N.C., renamed the Mary O. Cowper Child Care Center
1968, Oct. 26:
Died Durham, N.C.
From the guide to the Mary Octavine (Thompson) Cowper Papers, 1895-1969, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- Child welfare
- Nursery schools
- Textile industry
- Milk trade
- Textile workers--Social conditions
- North Carolina (as recorded)
- North Carolina--Durham (as recorded)