|Title:||Augusta Amelia Wright Mell papers|
|Quantity:||0.2 Linear feet (17 folders; housed with minor collections MS 1791 and MS 1792)|
Augusta Amelia (Daisy) Wright was born at St. John's Church parsonage, Augusta, Georgia. George Anderson Mell, to whom Miss Wright was married on January 8, 1901, was born in Liberty County, Georgia, a son of James B. Mell and Anna Mariah McIntosh, the latter a daughter of Hampden McIntosh, and granddaughter of General Lachlan McIntosh, who played so prominent a part in the early days of Georgia's history. She was in New York the summer of 1914, when war was declared in Europe, and came home, impressed with the importance of getting ready for what was surely coming. When we entered the conflict she was immediately at the command of her government, serving to the limit of her strength, whenever and wherever called upon. She was a charter member , and secretary of the American Red Cross Society, for Clarke County, 1917-1918. During the Great War, Mrs. Mell devoted practically all her time and energy to work in connection therewith. Among other activities she was chairman of the American Defense Society, Clarke County, member of the Council of National Defense, member of the United States Food Administration, Sales Chairman United States War Savings Stamps and active in War Camp Community Service. The chairmanship of the Eighth Congressional District National Woman's Liberty Loan Committee was offered to Mrs. Mell, and was her most important war work. The League of Women Voters was organized in Athens by Mrs. Mell at the request of Mrs. MacDougald, and Miss Annie Wright of Augusta, and she consented to do so, because she desired to see the laws relating to children, the Mothers' Pension and other matters concerning women and children discussed and acted upon with clear ideas of necessary legislation. "Mrs. George Anderson Mell." Prominent women of Georgia. Atlanta, Ga. : National Biographical Publishers , [1928?]
The collection consists of pictures and clippings regarding Augusta Amelia Wright Mell, who was extremely active in the American Red Cross in Georgia during World War I and who also organized The League of Women Voters in Athens.
Arranged by format.
Mell, MS 1791. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.