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MSS 014 Elijah Clarke Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution scrapbook collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 014
Finding Aid Author
Jennifer Sirotkin
Finding Aid Date
March 2016
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
English

Dates

  • 1917-2003 (Creation)

Extents

  • 38.45 Linear Feet (Whole)
    thirty-six boxes

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Notes

  • Abstract

    Scrapbooks documenting the activities of both the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution and the larger organization. The collection also contains genealogical materials.

  • Language of Materials

    English

  • Materials Specific Details

    Dimensions and preservation concerns for each scrapbook are recorded in their individual instances. Interleaving has been dones for all scrapbooks containing photographs or other materials that warrant interleaving.

  • Condition Description

    most good, but several in poor condition

  • Processing Information

    Collection described by Jennifer Sirotkin, 2016.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Open to researchers without restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Materials donated by Elijah Clarke Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

  • Arrangement

    Materials are arranged chronologically.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was founded October 1891 in Washington D.C. by a small group of women and men. It was created in direct response to the actions of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), who had voted at their general meeting early that year to exclude women from participating in their organization. The motto of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s motto is “God, Home, and Country.” The organization’s work focuses on historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

    A chapter was founded in Athens in 1892 but became inactive by 1895. On October 27, 1900, fifteen women met with the intent to reorganize the chapter. They chose to name the chapter after the Revolutionary hero, Elijah Clarke, and selected Anna Camak to be the first chapter regent for the new entity.

    Many of the members have made significant contributions to Athens and the surrounding communities, but two members are famous beyond the local area. Moina Michael helped organize the use of poppies to commemorate fallen soldiers from World War I and May Erwin Talmadge served as President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1944-1947.

  • Preferred Citation

    Elijah Clarke Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution scrapbook collection, MSS 014, Heritage Room, Athens Clarke-County Library, Athens, GA, USA.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection contains over thirty scrapbooks created by members of the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. Scrapbooks contain photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia related to the activities of the Chapter and the national organization from 1917-2003. The collection also contains genealogical resources used for membership applications.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

External Documents

  • Several national and state publications of the Daughters of the American Revolution are located in the Heritage Room. Please ask for staff assistance to find these materials in the catalog.
    Heritage Room
  • May Erwin Talmadge Papers, MS 2299. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

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