Photograph of Beverly Tetterton at the New Hanover County Courthouse. Beverly S. Tetterton-Opheim is a native of Williamsburg, Virginia, the youngest daughter of Ella Virginia Levorsen and Lester Norvin Opheim. Mrs. Tetterton and her husband Glenn are both members of the Temple of Israel in Wilmington and the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina. She wrote the award winning Wilmington Lost but not Forgotten (2005) and a number of other books, including Strength Through Struggle (1998) (co-authored with Bill Reaves) and the two-volume North Carolina County Fact Book (1999) (authored with her husband, Glenn).
Beverly Tetterton pioneered the use of digital archives, making much of the New Hanover County Public Library’s collection of photos and documents available online. In 2004 she received the SOLPA award for best digitization project in the southeast -- Port City Architecture Online. From 1990 to 2000, she served on the City of Wilmington’s Historic Properties Commission, where she helped write its design guidelines. In 2001, the Raleigh News & Observer named her Tar Heel of the Week. She is the longtime chair of the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s historic plaque committee, researching and approving plaque texts on buildings that are more than 75 years of age. As the former retired Research Librarian & Archivist at New Hanover County Public Library (1980 - 2012), she’s often quoted as the historian to the historians. She wrote the historic Wilmington Riverwalk signs and was the chairwoman of the Arts and Decoration Committee for the Wilmington Convention Center.
Beverly Tetterton studied at Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina, now William Peace University, William & Mary College, East Carolina University and she received her Master in Library & Information Science at North Carolina Central University.
Tetterton, Beverly; Tetterton, Glen; Special librarians; Women archivists; Genealogy and local history; Women historians
NCR Family and Biography Files, "Beverly Tetterton"