C. Mildred Thompson Papers
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C. Mildred Thompson Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Thompson, C. Mildred, (Clara Mildred), 1881-1975
Title: C. Mildred Thompson Papers
Dates: 1883-1963
Quantity: 1.88 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 1.88 linear feet (4 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS256

Biographical/Historical Note

Clara Mildred Thompson (1881-1975) was born 27 November 1881 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Robert Galbraith Thompson and Alice Wood. During her public school years, to distinguish her from another schoolgirl by the name Mildred Thompson, the initial “C” was added to the beginning of her name. After attending public school in Atlanta, she earned degrees in history from Vassar College, AB (1907) and PhD (1915). After briefly teaching in private schools in Baltimore, Maryland, she joined the History Department at Vassar. She was appointed Dean of the college in 1923 and served until her retirement in 1948. Her book Reconstruction in Georgia: Economic, Social, Political: 1865-1872 is regarded as a significant study as part of the Dunning School of Reconstruction. During her years at Vassar, and after her retirement, Ms. Thompson was active in politics as a Roosevelt Democrat. She also served as a drafter of the charter for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO. She was also a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta. She died in Atlanta on 17 February 1975.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists, primarily, of the writings and research of C. Mildred Thompson: both academic and popular magazine articles; letters she received and sent; and speeches she delivered. Correspondence to C. Mildred Thompson includes letters from several historically prominent individuals, including Senator John Kennedy; President Franklin Roosevelt; Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt; and cultural leaders including Harpo Marx; Cecil B. DeMille; and Archibald MacLeish. In addition, files contain notes and outlines for history lectures on subjects of 20th century United States, with particular focus on World War II and the Yalta Conference.


Arrangement

Files are arranged in alphabetical order provided by the archives staff.


Index Terms

Thompson, C. Mildred, (Clara Mildred), 1881-1975
United States--Politics and government
Vassar College.
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

C. Mildred Thompson Papers, MSS 256, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. J. Shepherd, 1975 (1975.244)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Container List

 

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11Addresses—Delivered at Vassar, 1948, 1955, 1967
 
2Biographical Information on C. Mildred Thompson, 1948
 

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MSS OS box 1.264Certificates--U. S. Department of State appointed as a delegate to the Conference of the Ministers of Education of the Allied Governments, London, 1944-1945
 
3Clippings—magazine articles on Vassar, 1940-1960
 
4Clippings—World War II, 1941-1945
 
5Correspondence—To and from C. Mildred Thompson, 1915, 1920-1940
 
6Correspondence—To and From C. Mildred Thompson, 1950-1960
 
7Correspondence—To and from celebrities, including John Bailey, Cecil B. DeMille, J. W. Fulbright, Margaret Mitchell, Harpo Marx, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Senator John Kennedy, 1938-1961
 

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MSS OS box 1.263Diplomas--Vassar College; Oglethorpe University; Columbia University, 1903-1935
 
8Legal Briefs—Court case of Zev Aelony vs. Stephen Pace, Jr. et al., 1963
 

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21Manuscripts—Various papers written by C. Mildred Thompson, 1945-1950
 
2Papers, History Lecture Notes on miscellaneous topics, 1953
 
3Papers, History Lecture Notes—World War II, 1945-1951
 
4Papers, History Lecture Notes—Yalta Conference, 1951
 
5Papers, History Lecture Notes—Yalta Conference, 1953
 
6Papers concerning Morris Abram and the American Jewish Committee, 1961-1965
 
7Papers concerning Adolf Berle, 1964
 
8Papers—U.N.E.S.C.O. Conference President’s Loyalty Review Board, 1944-1947
 

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31Papers—Personal papers of C. Mildred Thompson, 1884-1957
 
2Papers concerning Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, 1941-1963
 
3Papers concerning Vassar, alumni letters, list of faculty, 1941-1942 History of Vassar, Alan Simpson’s Inauguration as President of Vassar, 1941-1967
 
4Postcards, 1938-1954
 
5Printed Material—Vassar Alumni Magazine, commencement Programs, 1947-1967
 
6Printed Material, 1921-1961
 
7Printed Material—articles written by C. Mildred Thompson, 1927-1953
 

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MSS OS box 1.262Printed Material, Vassar College, 1867, 1890
 

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MSS OS box 1.261Scrapbook--newspaper clippings on current affairs, 1940s-1950s
 

Box

4Snell, John L, Charles F. Delzell, George F. Lensen, Forrest C. Pogue, ed.The Meaning of Yalta Big Three Diplomacy and the New Balance of Power. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1956
 
Thompson, C. Mildred. Reconstruction in Georgia Economic, Social Political 1865-1872. New York: Columbia University Press, 1915
 
Thompson, C. Mildred. Life at Vassar Seventy-five Years in Pictures. Poughkeepsie: Vassar Cooperative Bookshop, 1940
 
Thompson, C. Mildred. The Vassarion 1923. Poughkeepsie: No Publisher, , 1923
 
Thompson, C. Mildred. The Vassarion 1948. Poughkeepsie, No publisher, 1948
 
Lecture notebooks, 1945, 1950, 1955