The Resource Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern papers

Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern papers

Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern papers, 1895-1949
Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern papers
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Papers, 1895-1949, of Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern (1874-1975) of Richmond, Virginia, relating to her work with various patriotic and relief organizations during World War I, including the National League for Women's Service, Godmother's League, War Camp Community Service, and the Service Legion, focusing especially on her work at the hospitals at Camp Lee and the U.S. Army Debarkation Hospital No. 52 at Richmond College. There is also information regarding her involvement in the Powhatan Hill Memorial Association, Thomas Jefferson National Memorial Association, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The collection contains articles, constitutions and by-laws, commissions, correspondence, greeting cards, guidebooks, invitations, lists, magazines, newsletters, notebooks, pamphlets, photographs, postcards, posters, publications, reports, and scrapbooks. There is a good deal of correspondence with Major General Adelbert Cronkhite (1861-1937), and also information concerning her efforts to preserve portions of Camp Lee, and the establishment of a war memorial in Richmond. Of particular note are drafts and chapters of a book Kern intended to publish on her war activities, and Richmond during World War I (Box 16). There is also material relating to her book "The Trail of the Three Notched Road."
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Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern was born 13 February 1874. She did volunteer work during World War I, serving with various organizations, including the National League for Women's Service, Godmothers' League, War Camp Community Service Woman's Auxiliary, and the Service Legion. She also wrote articles for numerous periodicals, and is the author of "The Trail of the Three Notched Road." She was also served as information officer for the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce. She married Dr. George Thomas Walker Kern (1873-1948), and they had one daughter. Kern died 10 July 1975 in Richmond, Virginia, and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
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Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Inventory |b available electronically at the website of the Virginia Heritage Project at
Immediate source of acquisition
Kern, Margaret Ethel Kelley
Type of unit
cu. ft. (20 boxes)



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