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Maggie Thurman Pennington papers

Identifier: Mss 0070

Collection Overview

The collection documents Dr. Pennington's career as a Biology teacher at the College of Charleston for 35 years. It includes her provisional appointment for three years, her reappointments on the recommendation of the Faculty Committee on Appointments, her permanent appointment without comment, her promotion to full professor in 1969, letters of appreciation from students, College memos by and to her, publications by her, minutes of the Steering Committee Career Conference for Women in 1974, a National Science Foundation grant for high school biology teachers to study marine biology, information about the creation of two greenhouses for botanical experiments, her Distinguished Service Award by the College of Charleston Foundation in 1985, and her retirement in 1997. The artifacts in the collection came from excavations for the foundation of the College of Charleston greenhouses which Dr. Pennington was instrumental in having built. They consist of parts of a wheel-thrown bottle, two hand-blown bottles, and a ceramic flute.


  • Creation: 1952-1996


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Pennington was the first female faculty member of the College of Charleston. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1952. She was a member of the faculty in the Biology Department at the College of Charleston from 1962-1997.


1.25 linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 slim document box)

Inventory of the Maggie Thurman Pennington Papers, 1952-1996
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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