Moina Belle Michael papers

Moina Belle Michael papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Michael, Moina Belle, 1869-1944
Title: Moina Belle Michael papers
Dates: 1918-1940
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3137

Biographical/Historical Note

"McCrae's poem had a huge impact on two women, Anna E. Guerin of France and Georgia native Moina Michael. Both worked hard to initiate the sale of artificial poppies to help orphans and others left destitute by the war." -- "The Flower of Remembrance." United States Department of Veterans Affairs. (Retrieved October 6, 2009)

"A commemorative stamp honoring Moina B. Michael, a Walton County [Georgia] native and the founder of Poppy Day, was first issued in November 1948. Beginning around 1915, paper poppies were sold and worn on Memorial Day in both the United States and Europe to raise money for the rehabilitation of soldiers wounded in combat." - "Walton County." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved September 16, 2008)

Mary B. Poppenheim was president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, booklets, and news clippings regarding the establishment of the poppy as a memorial flower. Some correspondents include Mary B. Poppenheim, Mde. E. Guerin of the American & French Child's League, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and Charles M. Gallienne, Jr. Also included is a page of the 1948 Moina Michael stamp and a typescript of The miracle flower.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Commemorative postage stamps--United States.
Gallienne, Charles M., Jr. -- Correspondence
Guerin, Anna E. -- Correspondence
Michael, Moina Belle, 1869-1944 -- Correspondence
Michael, Moina Belle, 1869-1944 -- Miracle flower
Poppenheim, Mary B., b. 1866 -- Correspondence
Postage stamps.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Moina Belle Michael papers, MS 3137. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Materials, 1918
Bethel Woman's College
Notes on poppy day letters & publicity
Roster of Members of the 25 th Conference of Overseas War Work Secretaries of the YMCA, November 6-November 13,1918
Roster of Members of the 28 th Conference of Overseas War Work Secretaries of the YMCA, November 27-December 4, 1918
ALS John Jury to Moina, 4 December 1918
Typed copy Moina to Hon Charles Brand, 7 December 1918
TLS Charles Brand to Moina, 10 December 1918
Typed copy of agreement between Moina & Otho L Ferris & Lee Keedick, 13 December 1918
ALS John C Elder to Moina, 20 December 1918
Check on Bank of Monroe to Elder
2Materials, 1919
Card with torch and poppy signed by Moina
TLS Moina to Effie Polk, 6 March 1919
TLS Moina to Mrs Chas A Bruce, 6 March 1919
TL Edward A Filene to Moina, 8 March 1919
TLS Moina to Mrs W B Rhodes, 11 March 1919
TLS L H Marlin to Moina, 17 March 1919
TLS J W Beeson to Moina-glued on verso is-, 17 March 1919
TLS Nannie B Edwards to Moina, 26 March 1919
TLS [G] B Dixon to Moina & on verso is Newsclip of, 17 March 1919 30 March 1919
TLS Emily Douglass to Moina, 3 April 1919
Newsclip, 6 April 1919
TLS Mrs G A Mahan to Moina, 9 April 1919
TLS H M Gage to Moina, 21 April 1919
State Normal School program, 25 May 1919
guests were old soldiers & sailors of world war
Newsclip regarding memorial service at University Chapel, 30 May 1919
TLS Mary B Poppenheim UDC to Moina, 18 June 1919
Newsclip on Legion's Stand on Union Labor, 29 September 1920
Isabella Mack to Moina, 19 February 1921
re American & French Child's League
"Le Semeur", Fevrier 1921
Article by Mde E Guerin on the League
Typed copy of above
Lemuel Bolles, American Legion to Moina, 23 November 1921
Copy of typed letter from E Guerin to Moina, 9 February 1922
Clipping from Herst's American newspaper, 11 November 1922
TLS Chas M Gallienne Jr to Moina & copy of his Resolution, 2 July 1925
14Typed resolution, L L Hargrove, Disabled American Vets of World War, awarding Moina the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, 5 March 1935
4Typed copy Tramwell Scott to Moina of following, 10 October 1936
4Typed copy of American Legion directive
4TLS Lee Keedick, 24 December 1940
re fist poppy sale
4Copy of TLS Moina to Mme E Guerin & Mme J Boulle, 31 January 1941
4TLS E A Guerin to Moina, 9 February 1941
ISSUE of 50 stamps, 3 cents, with Moina's picture and poppy in presentation folder from Auxiliary, Allen R Fleming Jr Post No 20, American Legion, 1948
6no date
Business cards and notes
Service Star Legion info
7Typescript, bound of Moina's The Miracle Flower with manuscript label, 1940
[no illustrations included]