Agnes McDonald’s Letter to Dan Tompkins

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Molly M. Bowman (Creator)
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Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Advisor
Brian Gastle

Abstract: The following transcription is of a three-page letter from “Agnes” to “Dan” on May 7, 1939. While it is known that “Dan” refers to Dan Tompkins it can only be hypothesized through census work that “Agnes” refers to Agnes M. McDonald. Within the letter, Agnes requests a summer job as either a reporter for the Jackson County Journal, of which Tomkins was the then editor, or as a teacher at Western Carolina University. 1 While Tompkins did not work at Western Carolina University, it can be inferred from this letter that he was a link between Agnes and then president of the college, Dr. Hunter. Unfortunately, though Agnes was extremely qualified for both positions according to her qualifications laid out within her letter, local directories show her staying in Greensboro, North Carolina, presumably not receiving and/or not accepting a job offer from Dan Tompkins. Agnes’s qualifications included Master’s work at Duke University as well as teaching for ten years by 1939. Agnes M McDonald would remain in Greensboro, North Carolina until at least 1943, keeping her position at Greensboro Senior High School.

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Language: English
Date: 2018

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