Collections Documenting Eugenics

Eugenics is another word for the selective breeding of humans. From 1929 to 1974, North Carolina’s eugenics program sterilized close to 7,600 men and women, making it impossible for them to reproduce or conceive, according to The Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation.

For additional background, please see: N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation

Special Collections & Archives (SCA, Z. Smith Reynolds Library) Resources

Biennial reports of the Eugenics Board of North Carolina 1934-1950

William Louis Poteat Papers, MS91

Student Theses (RG36):

Edgerton, Sidney Alonzo.  “Eugenics, Its progress and its arch enemy”. Jr. Thesis (1911 March 1) box 9 volume 208

Rogers, Leland Oliver.  “Eugenics a Social Question”. Sr. Thesis (1913) box 10 volume 213

Sawyer, Roland M. “Eugenics”. Sr. Thesis, Department of Education (1913 May 1) box 10 volume 213

Woodside, Moya. Sterilization in North Carolina: a sociological and psychological study. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1950. Special Collections – Reynolds 6th Floor (Library Use Only) HV4989 .W6 1950

Coy C. Carpenter Library and the Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives Resources

For further information and access, please contact Dianne Johnston, Archivist

Manson Meads Collection (Executive Dean (1959-1963) and Dean (1963-1971)

Box 3: Budget and Financial Statements 1949-1954

Box 7 (Foundations) Carnegie Corporation and Medical Genetics Reports
Unlabelled box, Carpenter folder

Herndon, C. Nash Collection

Felts, John newspaper loose clippings

Subject Files: Gray Family History and Medical Genetics

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Secondary Resources

Ariyo, Oluwunmi. Making the “unfit” individual : analysis of the rhetoric of the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, 2006 (M.A., Wake Forest University)

Available Main Stacks Reynolds 8 and Special Collections Off-Site, HV4989 .A74 2006

Brown, Eugene. Eugenical sterilization in North Carolina: A brief survey of the growth of eugenical sterilization and a report on the work of the Eugenics Board of North Carolina through June 30, 1935

Available, Main Stacks – Reynolds 8 HV4989 .N63 1935

Against their will : North Carolina’s sterilization program (Winston-Salem Journal). Apalachicola, FL : Gray Oak Books, 2012. By Begos, Kevin (Kevin Paul); Deaver, Danielle.; Railey, John.; Sexton, Scott.

Available , Main Stacks – Reynolds 8 HV4989 .B44 2012


Reel South: The State of Eugenics (Aired 1/26/2017, PBS)