Robert J. Jackson Women's Studies Collection
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About the Robert J. Jackson Women's Studies Collection
The Robert J. Jackson Women's Studies Collection in Coastal Carolina University's Kimbel Library was started by educator Florida Yeldell in memory of her father, a rural mail carrier in Georgetown County, South Carolina.
At a library reception honoring her, Yeldell recalled that she learned to read using undeliverable mail her father brought home:
The collection was established early 2004 with an initial 135 volumes contributed by Sally Hare, director of Coastal's Center for Education and Community. The books include biographies, autobiographies and nonfiction works by women. A selection committee will choose additional books to add to the ongoing collection.
Yeldell was born in 1915 in Georgetown, SC. Her mother died when she was 9, leaving her father to raise four young girls ages 5, 7, 8 and 9. She attended boarding school at Morris College where she earned her A.B. in English in 1936 before moving to Andrews (SC) where she taught fifth- and sixth-graders for two years. During the Depression, Yeldell received a scholarship from the National Youth Administration to study history at Howard University, where she earned a master's degree in 1941. She also attended New York University for two terms. She worked for the government during World War II and then pursued a long career teaching at colleges in Texas from which she retired in 1979.
For more information about the collection or about donating materials or funding for the collection, please contact Catherine Goodwin, Head of Collection Management at Kimbel Library.