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Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize papers

Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize papers
Creator: Mize, Leila Ritchie, 1879-1958
Creator: Mize, Jessie Julia, 1910-
Inclusive Dates: 1910-2004
Language(s): English
Extent: 3.25 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Collection Number: UA0020
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

A contemporary of Mary Ethel Creswell, Leila Ritchie Mize enrolled in the University of Georgia in 1918, the first year the school was opened to female students, and went on to complete a B.S. degree in Home Economics in 1924 and a M.S. degree in Home Economics in 1930. A pivotal force within the field of Cooperative Extension during the first half of the twentieth century, Mrs. Mize led the way for home demonstration work in Georgia and was an enthusiastic early supporter of the 4-H program. After a career as a school teacher and principal, Mrs. Mize was appointed as the first home demonstration agent for Jackson County in 1916; beginning a career that was to span 25 years of distinguished work with the Cooperative Extension Service. Leila Mize went on to serve as District Supervisor from 1917 until 1924 when she became the State Home Demonstration Agent; a position that she held until 1932. During the years 1933 through 1941 Mrs. Mize took on the role of Extension Service Specialist and from 1942 until her retirement on January 31, 1949 she served as Extension Service Program Specialist. Leila Mize was an active leader in the Georgia State Home Demonstration Council from 1924 through 1932, working hard to improve the lives of rural women.

Among her many "first" accomplishments, Mrs. Mize wrote the first "Constitution and Bylaws" for 4-H girls, was the first home demonstration agent in Georgia to purchase and use a portable pressure cooker and was the first agent to be authorized to travel a district territory by automobile. Leila Mize was a member of numerous organizations including the Georgia Home Economics Association, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Upsilon Omicron. Additionally shewas the Extension fraternity Epsilon Sigma Phi's only secretary-treasurer until her retirement in 1949. Mrs. Mize was the mother of long term UGA faculty member, Dr. Jessie Julia Mize. Dr. Mize served on the faculty at the College of Home Economics for 22 years and from 1959 through 1974 was head of the Housing and Home Management Department. Both women were experienced genealogists so of special interest is a 1956 mother and daughter collaboration entitled Threads Of Ancestors : Telford--Ritchie--Mize detailing family history.

Scope and Content

Series one consists of scrapbook material kept by Leila Mize pertaining to her activities in school and as a teacher and home demonstration agent. There are documents about the Cooperative Extension Service, genealogical materials on the Telford, Ritchie, and Tuck families, Moina Michael, Lurline Collier, the Old Greenville Presbyterian Church, S.C., Hebron Presbyterian Church, and information about her daughter, Jessie Julia Mize. In addition, there are report cards, programs, photographs, and correspondence chiefly between Leila Mize and Jessie Mize but including a letter from Richard B. Russell to Charles Mize. Series two has documents concentrating on Jessie Mize. Among other things, there are news clippings, correspondence, photographs, booklets, a House of Representative Resolution, certificates, diplomas, a memory book, and a sampling of Jessie Mize's publications along with her G-Book. Additionally, there are notes belong to LG Hardman and a certificate and diploma belonging to Jessie's father, Charles A. Mize.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is divided into two series: Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Leila Ritchie Mize and Jessie Julia Mize papers, UA0020, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

RG 5

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Canning and preserving -- Georgia -- History.
Cooking -- Georgia -- History.
Flower gardening -- History -- Georgia.
Home demonstration work -- Georgia.
Home economics extension work -- Georgia.
Mize, Jessie Julia, 1910-
Mize, Leila Ritchie, 1879-1958 -- Correspondence
Paperwork (records)
Soule, Andrew McNairn -- Death notices--Specimens
University of Georgia -- Alumni and alumnae
University of Georgia. Cooperative Extension Service -- Employees--Correspondence

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in this repository: Leila R. Mize papers, log cabin notes (before 1981); Leila Ritchie and Jessie Julia Mize papers; Threads of Ancestors: Telford, Ritchie, Mize.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Leila Ritchie Mize

11Miscellaneous Articles, Correspondence And Essays, 1914-1948
12Miscellaneous Articles, Correspondence And Essays, 1914-1948
13Miscellaneous Essays, 1925-1947
14Miscellaneous Essays, 1925-1947
15Miscellaneous Essays, 1925-1947
16Miscellaneous Essays And Materials, 1910-1946
17File On Dr. Soule, 1933-1934
18Miscellaneous Essays And Jackson County Soil Map , 1914-1957
19Home Extension Service Programs And Essays, 1914-1947
110Miscellaneous Home Demonstration Extension Service Materials, 1910-1947
111Miscellaneous Home Demonstration Extension Service Materials, 1910-1947
112Home Demonstration Council Minutes And Essays, 1924-1947
113Home Demonstration Council Minutes And Essays, 1924-1947
114Home Demonstration Handbook, early 1930s
115Women's Camp - Camp Wilkins, 1930
116Farm Woman's Camp Scholarships, 1930-1932
117Farm Women's Short Course Program, 1940
21Miscellaneous Correspondence And Extension Service Materials, 1929-1934
22Personal Papers, 1929 -1949

Biographic Information

32Honor Hall of Recognition, 1981

2. Jessie Julia Mize

33Graduation record booklet, 1926
34Photographs, 1930-2000s
35Correspondence, 1935-1937
36Teacher's certificate, 1937
37National Society Daughters of the American Revolution certificates , 1943. 1992
38Athens, Georgia/University of Georgia, 1950s-1960s
39Clippings, 1969-2007
310Publications, 1980s
311Honors, 1981-2004
312House of Representatives Resolution No. 894, 1884
313Athens Historical Socieity Directory booklet , 1992
314National Society of Daughters of Colonial Wars handbook, 1992-1995
315Photocopies of genealogy materials , unknown
316LG Hardman notes , unknown
41Jessie's memory book, circa 1924-1927
42The Student's Handbook of the University of Georgia (G-Book), 1929-1930
51Jessie Julia Mize's Phi Kappa Phi enrollment certificate , 1931
52The Palmer's Method teaching certificate , 1927
53Cornell PhD of Philosophy diploma , 1952
54Certificate of genealogy , 1939
55Commerce High School diploma , 1926
56Bachelor of science diploma , 1930
57Bachelor of Science in Home Economics diploma, 1932
58Masters in Science diploma , 1931
59Leila Ritchie Mize's Phi Kappa Phi enrollment certificate, unknown
510Leila Ritchie Mize's Bachelor of Science in Home Economics diploma, 1924
511Charles A. Mize's Sigma Chi Fraternity enrollment certificate, unknown
512Leila Ritchie Mize's Georgia Normal and Industrial College diploma, 1897
513Charles A. Mize's Bachelor of Engineering diploma , 1898