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Collection Title: Lenoir (Dorothy D.) Collection
Collection Number: M111
Volume: .25 cu. ft.
Restrictions: Available for research use by the serious student and scholar.
While biographical information regarding Dorothy Lenoir is limited, certain pertinent facts are available. Dorothy D. Lenoir was born on May 12, 1901. Her parents named her for Dorothy Dix, the most widely read female journalist of that time. She sometimes used the nick-name “Dona.” Dorothy had a younger brother named James Jefferson Lenoir. He was a professor of human rights law and policy at various colleges between 1946 and 1957 (University of Alabama, University of Mississippi, Sexton University, University of Georgia, etc.). She had a cousin, Mrs. Ada Lenoir Felder, who lived in Magnolia, Mississippi.
In the latter part of 1942, Dorothy enrolled in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC). She was stationed for a year at a training center in Ormond, Florida. While she was there, she met Mary C. Thornton and Edith Ames Stevens, with whom she corresponded for a time. From Florida, she was moved to Camp Edwards, Massachusetts.
In 1944, Dorothy Lenoir began working as the secretary for the Mississippi Educational Association in Jackson, Mississippi. She boarded with two sisters, Bertha Ricketts and Edwina Burnley, in a house on North President Street, for seven years. She became friends with Bertha Ricketts-Sumner (Bertha Ricketts’ daughter). Bertha "Cid" Ricketts-Sumner was a noted author whose major works include, Quality (later adapted to the screen and renamed Pinky), Withdraw Thy Foot, But the Morning will Come, Tammy and the Bachelor, Tammy Tell me True, Tammy and the Doctor, and Tammy and the Millionaire.
1961 until 1963, Dorothy Lenoir was the Director of the Placement Bureau
for the University of Southern Mississippi.
Contents of the Collection
“Dorothy Lenoir” holds a variety of items. Included are a
letter to Lt. JG Thomas P. Garraway from Dorothy (1946); a letter from
Reba H. Brown to Dorothy (1962) concerning the Foxworth genealogy (The
Foxworths married into the Lenoir family); and a family tree for the Lenoir
“Mary C. Thornton” has three letters written to Dorothy Lenoir
by Mary C. Thornton in 1943, after Dorothy had moved to Massachusetts
“Foxworth – Deeds and Land Grants” consists of deeds
and land grants involving property in Mississippi. Included are two deeds
for land in Marion County, four land grants for land in Covington County,
and two land grant copies for Perry County and Adams County. The first
deed is for A. M. Foxworth in 1864, and the second deed is for A. E. Foxworth
and S. E. Foxworth in 1875. Four of the land grants are oversized, and
were issued to Samuel Green Foxworth in 1856. The other two land grants
are copies. One is a 1905 copy from an 1846 grant to Samuel Green Foxworth.
The other is a 1905 copy from an 1819 grant to Allen Jenkins. (1864-1905)
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