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Mrs. Frank de Garmo Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1879

This collection houses correspondence, newspaper clippings, speeches, and transcripts of radio broadcasts documenting Mrs. de Garmo's service with a number of different organizations. Among these organizations are the Department of Good Roads for Child Welfare, the Better Babies program, the Louisiana Mothers' Congress, the National Society of 1917 World War Registrars, and the National Society of U. S. Daughters of 1812.

Dates

  • 1900-1985

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

9 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses correspondence, newspaper clippings, speeches, and transcripts of radio broadcasts documenting Mrs. de Garmo's service with a number of different organizations. Among these organizations are the Department of Good Roads for Child Welfare, the Better Babies program, the Louisiana Mothers' Congress, the National Society of 1917 World War Registrars, and the National Society of U. S. Daughters of 1812.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Eloise Donnell was born on November 3, 1865 in Covington, Kentucky. She attended college in Illinois and taught school in Missouri before marrying Frank de Garmo in 1890. During the early part of the 20th century, de Garmo was active in a number of women's organizations. She worked tirelessly to improve children's health care, serving as the national chairperson of the Department of Good Roads for Child Welfare and founding the Better Babies movement. The first Better Babies Contest was held at the Louisiana State Fair in 1908 and national events, held for children aged six months to three years, followed soon after. During the 1930s, de Garmo served as the President of the Louisiana Mothers' Congress and as the President of the National Mothers' Union.

de Garmo was also active in several organizations dedicated to preserving the memory of those who had died in past wars. She founded and served as President of the National Society of 1917 World War Registrars and created the Gold Star Tree Court of Honor Society to honor those who had died in World War I. Mrs. de Garmo also held a position as a Trustee to the National Society of U. S. Daughters of 1812 and was selected as Chief Acting Registrar in the War Department of Missouri.

Mary and Frank de Garmo had two children: Margaret de Garmo Payne and Mary Cora Bryan. Mary de Garmo passed away on September 24, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois.

Arrangement

Collection consists of six boxes.

Acquisition Note

This collection is property of the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480