|Title:||Flisch family Bible|
|Quantity:||0.4 Linear feet (1 item)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of a Flisch family bible bound in calf with leather clasps and reinforced on the corners with small brass plates. The bible is written in the old Romanche language. The bible was presented to the University of Georgia Libraries by Julia A. Flisch, July 5, 1940.|
|Location:||Item located in vault; use by permission only.|
Julia Anna Flisch was born 31 January 1861 in Augusta, Georgia, daughter of Leonard Flisch, a "confectionary," and Pauline Flisch. She was the middle child, with a older brother, Henry, and a younger sister, Leonnie. When Flisch was just an infant, the family moved to Athens, Georgia, where they lived for approximately twenty years before returning to live in Augusta. Flisch graduated with honors from the Lucy Cobb Institute in Athens (1877). She then applied for admission to the University of Georgia; her rejection from this all-male institution fueled her fight for education opportunities for women. After a five year gap in documentation, Flisch appears as an advocate for occupational and educational opportunities for women through a letter written to the editors of the Augusta Chronicle (1882). For the next ten years Flisch served as a special correspondent for the Augusta Chronicle to which she contributed articles and letters on a wide range of subjects including appropriations of the Georgia legislature, involvement in the Spanish-American war, the Boston and New Orleans Expositions, and opportunities for women. When Flisch was a student at the Coopers Institute in New York City (1883-1884), the Chronicle published letters from her on many facets of life in New York City, including window shopping, the stock market, and building architecture. Her first novel, Ashes of Hopes, was published in 1886. During this time she also had several articles accepted for publication in northern periodicals. Because of her early and strongly vocal advocacy of female education in Georgia, Flisch was asked to represent the women of the state at the laying of the cornerstone for the Georgia Normal and Industrial College (GNIC), the first state supported college for women in Georgia (1890). She was the only woman with a formal part on the program, and the paper she read that day was published in several state newspapers. Flisch served on the faculty of GNIC where she was originally a professor of stenography and telegraphy, but later assumed the position of professor of History (1891-1905). During her tenure she attended summer classes at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, and also continued to contribute articles and comments on current affairs to newspapers throughout the state. Flisch became known as one of the most able and ready female speakers in the State. She spoke to such organizations as the Federation of Women's Clubs and the Women's Christian Temperance Union. The University of Georgia presented Flisch with the first honorary degree ever given by the institution to a woman (1899). Upon her resignation from GNIC, Flisch entered the University of Wisconsin where she received an M.A. in History (1908). As a student there she worked in the library and later as a secretary in the Department of Economics and Sociology. Flisch studied under Frederick Jackson Turner and Ulrich Phillips, two of the most noted historians of this period. She was a close friend of Phillips' mother who worked at GNIC in Milledgeville. Upon the death of Mrs. Phillips (1906), Flisch wrote a memorial article for the Union Recorder (Milledgeville). Flisch had two articles published in the American Historical Association Annual Report (1908-1909) which was a rare honor for a woman at this time. Due to her mother's poor health, Flisch returned to Augusta (1908) where she began teaching at Tubman High School for Girls (1909). When the first junior college in Georgia was established in Augusta, Flisch was asked to serve as Dean of Women and professor of History (1926). Her second novel, Old Hurricane, was published this same year. Flisch retired from teaching in 1936 due to severe eye problems. Flisch died on 17 March 1941, and was buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Augusta, Georgia. In her obituaries she was lauded as "having done more than any other person to advance the cause of women's education in Georgia." Julia A. Flisch Collection - Georgia College and State University http://www2.gcsu.edu/library/sc/collections/flisch/flisch.html (Retrieved July 27, 2009)
Related collections held by Georgia College and State University Special Collections: Julia A. Flisch Collection (1861-1941).
Flisch family bible, ca. 1740s. MS 2664. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.