The Resource Virginia War History Commission Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern Papers

Virginia War History Commission Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern Papers

Label
Virginia War History Commission Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern Papers, 1917-1925, 1928
Title
Virginia War History Commission Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern Papers
Inclusive dates
1917-1925, 1928
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern Paper series is housed in 2 boxes and is arranged alphabetically by topic. Noteworthy records include: a membership list for the America First Committee and an account book for the Godmother's League (additional records on the Godmother's League can be found with the City of Richmond records within the City Source Material series). Significant materials include extensive material on the Service Legion. Founded on 13 July 1921 by Kern, the Service Legion, modeled on the American Legion, was created to commemorate civilian service during the war. Records include the constitution, by-laws and certificate of incorporation of the Service Legion; correspondence to and from Kern dated 1921-1924 and 1928 related to the Service Legion (additional correspondence can be found in the Office Files series); minutes of the Board of Directors of the Service Legion meeting on 5 April 1922; membership applications (including Kern, her husband and daughter) arranged alphabetically that list organizations and statement of state service during the war; and newspaper clippings describing Service Legion activities. Also included are the minutes of the Woman's Committee, Homecoming Jubilee Week, 22 April-1 July 1919, part of the group planning a homecoming celebration for returning troops in Richmond on 3 July-6 July 1919. The minute book also includes undated newspaper clippings on the committee's activities
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
Margaret Ethel Kelly Kern was born 13 February 1874. Mrs. Kern did volunteer work for a variety of groups during World War I and was president of five World War I organizations: Richmond War Camp Community Service; Godmothers' League (founded by Kern on 17 September 1917); Women's Auxiliary; Women's Committee, Armistice Celebration; and the Service Legion (founded by Kern on 13 July 1921). Kern was also state chairman for the America First Committee. She married Dr. George Thomas Walker Kern (1873-1948), and they had one daughter, Margaret. Mrs. Kern died 10 July 1975 in Richmond, Virginia, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Virginia War History Commission Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern Papers
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi00958.xml
Note
  • Part of Record Group 66 (Virginia War History Commission)
  • Series XV. Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern Papers, 1917-1925, 1928
Arrangement
Arranged alphatically by topic.
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
Extent
0.90
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
War History Commission
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001503305
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (2 boxes)

Library Locations

    • Library of VirginiaBorrow it
      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
Processing Feedback ...