Mary Ethel Creswell papers

Mary Ethel Creswell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of Georgia Archives
Creator: Creswell, Mary E., (Mary Ethel), 1878-1960
Title: Mary Ethel Creswell papers
Dates: 1890-1960
Quantity: 7.5 Linear feet (6 boxes)
Coll. Number: UA0014

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1919, Mary Ethel Creswell (1878-1960) became the first woman to receive a baccalaureate degree from the University of Georgia. Even before this accomplishment, Creswell had an impressive history. She had graduated from and worked at the Georgia State Normal School, attended the University of Chicago during summer quarters and taught for a while in the Walton County public schools. Creswell eventually moved to Washington D.C. where she was a Field Agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and became the Department's first female supervisor. It was during this time that she is credited with coining the term "home demonstration".

Andrew Soule, who was president of the State College of Agriculture at the University of Georgia, appointed Creswell director of the newly created Home Economics division in 1918. With the reorganization of the University of Georgia in 1933, Creswell became the first dean of the School of Home Economics, a position that she held until her retirement in 1945. After retiring as dean, Mary Creswell taught classes at the School of Home Economics from 1945 through 1949.

In 1949, University Chancellor Harmon Caldwell presented Mary Creswell with the first Alumni Service award given to a woman and in 1949-1950 she served as President of the University of Georgia chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi. In 1963, the newly constructed Creswell Dormitory was named in her honor.

Mary Creswell's younger sister, Edith Vaughn Creswell, was one of the first four female students who enrolled for classes at UGA in September 1918. She received her B.S. degree in Home Economics from the University of Georgia in 1920 and went on to become the first dean of women at Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton.


Scope and Content Note

The Mary Ethel Creswell papers consist of documents relating to her life before and after becoming the first woman to receive an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and the first dean of the School of Home Economics. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, speeches, clippings, certificates, and printed material. Additionally, some material pertains to Mary's sister, Edith Vaughn Creswell.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 5 series: miscellaneous, professional, personal, photographs and diplomas/certificates.


Index Terms

Correspondence
Creswell, Edith Vaughn
Creswell, Mary E., (Mary Ethel), 1878-1960
Home economics--Georgia.
Photographs.
Universities and colleges--Faculty.
Universities and colleges--Georgia--Athens.
University of Georgia. College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Women college students--Georgia--Athens.

General Notes

RG 2-17


Administrative Information

Preferred citation note

Mary Ethel Creswell papers, UA0014, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Miscellaneous, 1900-1960

BoxFolder
11Biographical, certificates, passports, etc.
2Letters, 1890-1918
3Letters, 1932-1949
4Letters, 1950-1959
5Letters, circa 1960
6Photographs
7Printed materials I
8Printed materials II
9Newspaper clippings
10Speeches
11Programs
12Miscellaneous
13Verse by Chancellor David C. Barrow on the first registration of women at UGA, 1918 September
14 Levana yearbook of State Normal School, Athens vol. 1, 1905
15Myers, Jennie Belle-memorial-ms 681
 

2. Professional, 1902-1950s

BoxFolder
21[Mary Creswell-correspondence and vita], 1930
2[Home Economics-Biographies of leaders in the field, programs], 1930s
3Georgia State College of Agriculture, "Girl's and Boy's Club work---a manual for rural teachers", 1916 February
4Georgia 4-H Club [correspondence, program, news clippings], 1955
5Dawson Hall info/Soule hall info, 1952
6WWII materials [Home Economics], 1940-1943
7Creswell on Home Economics [writings and history], 1950s
8School of Home Economics [correspondence], 1933
9Notes for speeches, 1904-1957
10 Georgia alumni record, 1949-1950
11Mary Creswell misc. items [journals and pamplets], 1933-1946
12Home Economics courses, 1930s
13Early FACS documents, 1917-1954
14Correspondence-work, 1913-1960
15Mary Creswell clippings, 1902-1950
16UGA history [general and requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree-probably written by Tom Reed], 1950s
27"Old homes made new"
28Mary Creswell and FACS history, 1910-1950
29Edith Vaughn Creswell, 1906-1940s
 

3. Personal, 1892-1959

BoxFolder
217Correspondence-private, 1914-1959
18Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College (ABAC)-Creswell Hall-correspondence about breakfront bookcase, 1958
19Creswell homework [English 9, papers I, II and III], 1910
20Mary Creswell's early school notes and spelling book, 1892
21Creswell school work-"Housing and family welfare" and Home Economics 192, 1934
22Creswell-Illness, 1915
23Mary E. Creswell personal records beginning May 1956 [includes information on sister, Edith's, death], 1956
24Watercolors [by Mary and/or Edith Creswell ?], 1894-early 1900s
25Ink drawings [by Mary and/or Edith Creswell ?], 1897-1911
26Pencil drawings [by Mary and/or Edith Creswell ?], 1896-1897
BoxFolder
31Household records, 1948
2Household records, 1949-1950
3Household records, 1957
4Study abroad [materials related to], 1929
5Study abroad materials (under B. Andrews), 1929
6[British pamplets], 1943-1947
7British education pamplets, 1929
8[Journal-study abroad], 1929
9Letters and cards from abroad, 1926
10[Postcards-English and French], 1926, 1929
11[Poetry- various authors], early 1900s-1950
12 The pleasures of walking edited by Mitchell, 1948
13[Pamplets-published by American Unitarian Association], 1920s
14Unitarian sermons [documents], 1920s-1940s
15[Christmas cards, postcards], early 1900s-1950s
 

4. Photographs, early 1900s-1957

BoxFolder
316Study tour-Britain [photographs], 1929
17[Mary Creswell-photographs], early 1900s-1957
 

5. Certificates and diplomas

Box
4Certificates-Mary and Edith Creswell, 1903-1949
Box
5Mary Creswell's Normal School diploma, 1903 May 18
Mary Creswell's University of Georgia diploma [framed], 1919 June