AU Library Exhibit on Alabama Maid of Cotton contest
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LIBRARY EXHIBIT: MAID OF COTTON
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.
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Ralph Brown Draughon Library
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