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Jessie Rehder Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-068

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers relating to Jessie Clifford Rehder's career as a writer and academic. The collection includes the manuscripts, drafts, and edits of Rehder's writings that varied in genre from poems to novels. In addition, the collection includes documents, correspondence, journals, and newspaper clippings of Rehder's time as a lecturer at UNC Chapel Hill.


  • Creation: 1925-2002


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright 2018 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, all rights reserved (subject to exceptions). Certain items in this collections were conveyed to UNCW without the accompanying copyright. Where the donor did not convey copyright to UNCW, copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Jessie Clifford Rehder was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on April 29, 1908, the daughter of Carl Frederick and Jessie Stewart Rehder. She received an A.B. and M.A. in English from Randolph-Macon Women's College and Columbia University. At UNC Chapel Hill, Rehder worked toward a Ph.D. in education and joined the English department faculty in 1947. Being a prolific writer herself, Rehder taught as an instructor and lecturer in creative writing. In 1962, Rehder became an associate professor, which made her the first woman to be granted a tenure position in the department. Rehder worked at UNC Chapel Hill for twenty years until her death on February 3, 1967. As a tribute to Jessie, a literary prize was established in her name and awarded annually for more than thirty years. Jessie Rehder is buried in Oakdale cemetery.


16 Containers (Contains 14 document boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The collection is divided into two series: Collected Works and Personal Papers.

There are five sub-series within the Collected Works that organize the series by genre of Jessie Rehder's writings, which are Poems, Short Stories, Plays, Novels, and Journals.

The Personal Papers series is organized at the file level by relevance to Rehder's academic and professional careers.

Acquisition Information

Part of this collection was donated by William Rehder in 1971. Papers pertaining to Jessie Rehder from a later addition of Rehder family papers donated by Julie Rehder on November 24, 2008 were subsequently added.

Related Materials

This collection is associated with MS 314 Rehder Family Papers ( and MS 373 Stanley Rehder Papers ( Jessie Rehder is a member of the Rehder family and a sibling to Stanley Rehder.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kensi Laube in Summer 2021.

Jessie Rehder Papers
Kensi Laube
2021 May 27
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository