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Georgia C. Amsden Papers, 1917-1974 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Amsden, Georgia C. (1883-1968)

Extent: 2.59 Linear Feet

Subjects: American National Red Cross--Biography--Sources, Amsden, Georgia C., 1883-1968--Archives, Amsden, Georgia C., 1883-1968--Travel--France, San Diego State University--Faculty--Biography--Sources, Shorthand--Study and teaching--Sources

Forms of Material: Artifacts, Personal Papers, Photographs

Languages: French, English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection primarily documents Amsden's work with the American Red Cross and the Federal Department of Vocational Education in France between 1918 and 1919, as well as her later work at the San Diego State College of Business teaching stenography and shorthand.  The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, resumes, work reports, speeches, photographs, a scrapbook, and various artifacts including patches, pins, buttons and a bracelet, and souvenir and guide books.  Highlights include detailed correspondence about Amsden's experience in war-torn France.  Of particular interest is a letter detailing Armistice Day in Paris.

Biographical Note

Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan on June 4, 1883, Georgia Amsden arrived in San Diego in 1909 as a stenography teacher at San Diego High School.  The majority of the collection concerns her volunteer work in France for the American Red Cross in 1918-1919 during World War I.  While in France, the Red Cross "loaned" her to the Federal Department of Vocational Education.  As the only female vocational education representative, Amsden travelled to various military camps and hospitals in France.  Her job was to distribute vocational propaganda, and interview wounded soldiers about potential job prospects back in the United States. She then returned to San Diego and became an associate professor of business education at San Diego State College in 1925.  She retired from the College in 1957.  Ms. Amsden died in 1968.

Subject/Index Terms

American National Red Cross--Biography--Sources
Amsden, Georgia C., 1883-1968--Archives
Amsden, Georgia C., 1883-1968--Travel--France
San Diego State University--Faculty--Biography--Sources
Shorthand--Study and teaching--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 1974

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Cynthia Stanton Copeland

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Georgia Amsden Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


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Folder 1: Work and education histories (resumes etc.), 1919-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters of Recommendation from San Diego High School faculty, 1923-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Papers from San Diego State College, 1922-57Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Documentary Evidence of American Red Cross Service, 1918-57Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes on overseas experiences as seen in 1919 San Diego Sun articleAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: S.S. Orita souvenirs, October 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Outgoing personal correspondence, 1918-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Incoming personal correspondence (calling cards etc), 1919-43Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photos, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Newspaper clippings, 1915, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Souvenirs of France (menus, hotel receipts, train tickets, etc.), ca. 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Certificates and Awards, 1910-61Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Passport, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Various atrifacts (patches, pins, buttons, etc.), ca. 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Book--Manual for Soldiers Overseas, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Book--Manual for "War Women" Overseas, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Book--Practical Hints on Paris, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Guide Illustre: Beaune et ses Environs (Illustrated Guide to Beaune and environs), ca. 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Souvenir of a visit to the Bon Marche, ca. 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Guest Book, 1957Add to your cart.

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