This collection contains the work of North Carolina shell fisher turned environmental activist, Lena Ritter. Along with studies, court records that document Ritter and company’s disputes with the development firms--specifically the Onslow County Board of Commissioners, and her rewards and achievements, this collection also includes correspondence between Lena Ritter and her associates. Some of the letters also include thank you notes that were written to Mrs. Ritter from school children, which includes Duke Action: A Science Camp for Young Women. Other important documentation focuses specifically on the North Carolina coasts, which include Permuda Island and Stump Sound. Material covers four decades of Lena Ritter's life, including her Democratic run for the North Carolina State Senate in the 4th District and her work with the North Carolina Coastal Federation (NCCF).