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AU Library Exhibit on Alabama Maid of Cotton contest

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  • Amos J Wright
    ... From: owner-whatsnew-l@listserv2.duc.auburn.edu [mailto:owner-whatsnew-l@listserv2.duc.auburn.edu] On Behalf Of Tim Dodge Sent: Friday, January 19, 2007
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      [mailto:owner-whatsnew-l@...] On Behalf Of Tim
      Sent: Friday, January 19, 2007 1:18 PM
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      Subject: What's New Library Update: Announcements


      The Special Collections and Archives Department, located on the
      GROUND FLOOR of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, has recently mounted
      an exhibit on the Alabama Maid of Cotton contest, at one time sponsored
      by the Alabama Cotton Manufacturers' Association and later by the
      Alabama Farm Bureau Federation. The contest was designed to promote the
      use of cotton in clothing and other products. The exhibit, located in
      the three large glass cases immediately on one's left upon entering the
      Special Collections and Archives Department, features numerous
      photographs, pamphlets, promotional materials, and informational

      In 1947 Alabama named its first Maid of Cotton, who went on to the
      national contest. All of the major cotton-producing states
      participated. At one time, Memphis, Tennessee hosted the national
      contest, which later moved to Dallas, Texas.

      Special Collections and Archives houses the historical records of the
      Cotton Manufacturers' Association and the Farm Bureau Federation, which
      are employed in the display. Also used in the display are the personal
      papers of Mamie Hardy, an Auburn graduate and in 1953 the Dale County,
      Alabama Maid of Cotton. Ms. Hardy later worked with the national Maid
      of Cotton contest.

      The records of the Cotton Manufacturers' Association and the Farm
      Bureau Federation also document a variety of other activities, including
      the political interests of these commodity groups. In addition to her
      work with the Maid of Cotton contest, Ms. Hardy's papers document her
      career in home economics education with the U.S. Department of Commerce,
      the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Texas.

      See the "What's New" link ( http://www.lib.auburn.edu/whatsnew/ ) as
      of January 19 for more information.

      Tim Dodge
      What's New Web Manager and Whatsnew-L Listserv Moderator

      Tim Dodge
      Reference Dept.
      Ralph Brown Draughon Library
      231 Mell St.
      Auburn University, AL 36849-5606

      Tel. (334) 844-1729
      Fax: (334) 844-4461
      E-mail: dodgeti@...
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