Elijah Clarke Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution scrapbook collection
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.
Language of Materials
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Open to researchers without restrictions.
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.
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.
38.45 Linear Feet (thirty-six boxes)
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.
The Elijah Clarke Chapter NSDAR scrapbook collection is organized into three series: I. Scrapbooks, II. Genealogy Materials, and III. Librarian’s Reports, Correspondence, and Records. The Scrapbooks series includes a sub-series of scrapbooks from related organizations. Scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials donated by Elijah Clarke Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Elijah Clarke Chapter, NSDAR. “Welcome to the Elijah Clarke Chapter.” Elijah Clarke Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution website. Elijah Clarke Chapter, NSDAR, 1 March 2016. 31 March 2016. <http://elijahclarke.georgiastatedar.org/chapter.php>
Hodgson, Louise H. History of Elijah Clarke Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. typed manuscript, n.d.
Strayer, Martha. The D.A.R.: an Informal History. Washington, D.C.: Public Affairs Press, 1958. Print.
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.
most good, but several in poor condition
Collection described by Jennifer Sirotkin, 2016.
- Elijah Clarke Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution scrapbook collection MSS.014
- Jennifer Sirotkin
- March 2016
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
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