Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize papers

Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of Georgia Archives
Creator: Mize, Jessie Julia, 1910-
Creator: Mize, Leila Ritchie, 1879-1958
Title: Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize papers
Dates: 1910-2004
Quantity: 3.25 Linear feet (5 boxes)
Coll. Number: UA0020

Biographical/Historical Note

A contemporary of Mary Ethel Creswell, Leila Ritchie Mize enrolled in the University of Georgia in 1918, the first year the school was opened to female students, and went on to complete a B.S. degree in Home Economics in 1924 and a M.S. degree in Home Economics in 1930. A pivotal force within the field of Cooperative Extension during the first half of the twentieth century, Mrs. Mize led the way for home demonstration work in Georgia and was an enthusiastic early supporter of the 4-H program. After a career as a school teacher and principal, Mrs. Mize was appointed as the first home demonstration agent for Jackson County in 1916; beginning a career that was to span 25 years of distinguished work with the Cooperative Extension Service. Leila Mize went on to serve as District Supervisor from 1917 until 1924 when she became the State Home Demonstration Agent; a position that she held until 1932. During the years 1933 through 1941 Mrs. Mize took on the role of Extension Service Specialist and from 1942 until her retirement on January 31, 1949 she served as Extension Service Program Specialist. Leila Mize was an active leader in the Georgia State Home Demonstration Council from 1924 through 1932, working hard to improve the lives of rural women.

Among her many "first" accomplishments, Mrs. Mize wrote the first "Constitution and Bylaws" for 4-H girls, was the first home demonstration agent in Georgia to purchase and use a portable pressure cooker and was the first agent to be authorized to travel a district territory by automobile. Leila Mize was a member of numerous organizations including the Georgia Home Economics Association, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Upsilon Omicron. Additionally shewas the Extension fraternity Epsilon Sigma Phi's only secretary-treasurer until her retirement in 1949. Mrs. Mize was the mother of long term UGA faculty member, Dr. Jessie Julia Mize. Dr. Mize served on the faculty at the College of Home Economics for 22 years and from 1959 through 1974 was head of the Housing and Home Management Department. Both women were experienced genealogists so of special interest is a 1956 mother and daughter collaboration entitled Threads Of Ancestors : Telford--Ritchie--Mize detailing family history.

Scope and Content Note

Series one consists of scrapbook material kept by Leila Mize pertaining to her activities in school and as a teacher and home demonstration agent. There are documents about the Cooperative Extension Service, genealogical materials on the Telford, Ritchie, and Tuck families, Moina Michael, Lurline Collier, the Old Greenville Presbyterian Church, S.C., Hebron Presbyterian Church, and information about her daughter, Jessie Julia Mize. In addition, there are report cards, programs, photographs, and correspondence chiefly between Leila Mize and Jessie Mize but including a letter from Richard B. Russell to Charles Mize. Series two has documents concentrating on Jessie Mize. Among other things, there are news clippings, correspondence, photographs, booklets, a House of Representative Resolution, certificates, diplomas, a memory book, and a sampling of Jessie Mize's publications along with her G-Book. Additionally, there are notes belong to LG Hardman and a certificate and diploma belonging to Jessie's father, Charles A. Mize.


This collection is divided into two series: Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize.

Index Terms

Canning and preserving--Georgia--History.
Flower gardening--History--Georgia.
Home demonstration work--Georgia.
Home economics extension work--Georgia.
Mize, Jessie Julia, 1910-
Mize, Leila Ritchie, 1879-1958 -- Correspondence
Paperwork (records)
Soule, Andrew McNairn -- Death notices--Specimens
University of Georgia. -- Alumni and alumnae
University of Georgia. Cooperative Extension Service. -- Employees--Correspondence

General Notes

RG 5

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize papers, UA0020, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Leila R. Mize papers, log cabin notes (before 1981); Leila Ritchie and Jessie Julia Mize papers; Threads of Ancestors: Telford, Ritchie, Mize.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Leila Ritchie Mize, 1910-1957

11Miscellaneous Articles, Correspondence And Essays, 1914-1948
2Miscellaneous Articles, Correspondence And Essays, 1914-1948
3Miscellaneous Essays, 1925-1947
4Miscellaneous Essays, 1925-1947
5Miscellaneous Essays, 1925-1947
6Miscellaneous Essays And Materials, 1910-1946
7File On Dr. Soule, 1933-1934
8Miscellaneous Essays And Jackson County Soil Map, 1914-1957
9Home Extension Service Programs And Essays, 1914-1947
10Miscellaneous Home Demonstration Extension Service Materials, 1910-1947
11Miscellaneous Home Demonstration Extension Service Materials, 1910-1947
12Home Demonstration Council Minutes And Essays, 1924-1947
13Home Demonstration Council Minutes And Essays, 1924-1947
14Home Demonstration Handbook, early 1930s
15Women's Camp - Camp Wilkins, 1930
16Farm Woman's Camp Scholarships, 1930-1932
17Farm Women's Short Course Program, 1940
21Miscellaneous Correspondence And Extension Service Materials, 1929-1934
2Personal Papers, 1929 -1949
31Biographic Information, 1924-1958
2Honor Hall of Recognition, 1981

2. Jessie Julia Mize, 1930-2004

33Graduation record booklet, 1926
4Photographs, 1930-2000s
5Correspondence, 1935-1937
6Teacher's certificate, 1937
7National Society Daughters of the American Revolution certificates, 1943. 1992
8Athens, Georgia/University of Georgia, 1950s-1960s
9Clippings, 1969-2007
10Publications, 1980s
11Honors, 1981-2004
12House of Representatives Resolution No. 894, 1884
13Athens Historical Socieity Directory booklet, 1992
14National Society of Daughters of Colonial Wars handbook, 1992-1995
15Photocopies of genealogy materials, unknown
16LG Hardman notes, unknown
41Jessie's memory book, circa 1924-1927
2The Student's Handbook of the University of Georgia (G-Book), 1929-1930
51Jessie Julia Mize's Phi Kappa Phi enrollment certificate, 1931
2The Palmer's Method teaching certificate, 1927
3Cornell PhD of Philosophy diploma, 1952
4Certificate of genealogy, 1939
5Commerce High School diploma, 1926
6Bachelor of science diploma, 1930
7Bachelor of Science in Home Economics diploma, 1932
8Masters in Science diploma, 1931
9Leila Ritchie Mize's Phi Kappa Phi enrollment certificate, unknown
10Leila Ritchie Mize's Bachelor of Science in Home Economics diploma, 1924
11Charles A. Mize's Sigma Chi Fraternity enrollment certificate, unknown
12Leila Ritchie Mize's Georgia Normal and Industrial College diploma, 1897
13Charles A. Mize's Bachelor of Engineering diploma, 1898