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Etta Colclough Whelchel papers

Etta Colclough Whelchel papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Etta Colclough Whelchel papers
Creator: Whelchel, Etta Colclough, 1892-1972
Inclusive Dates: 1913-1968
Language(s): English
Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Collection Number: UA0142
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Biographical/historical note

Etta Colclough Whelchel graduated from Georgia Normal and Industrical College in 1912 and was in the first class of women to graduate from the University of Georgia in 1920. She was instrumental in helping to found the first Y.W.C.A. branch at the University in 1920 and served as its first president. She also was a well-respected Cooperative Extension representative and after her husband became ill early in their marriage, Etta almost single-handedly ran the family farm in Greene County for a number of years.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of academic and personal material related to Etta Colclough Whelchel. Her diplomas from both the Georgia Normal and Industrical College (1912) and the University of Georgia (1920) are found in the collection. There is also information relating the the early years of women students at UGA and Etta's founding, in 1920, of the first Y.W.C.A. on campus. In addition, Etta's 1924 wedding gown, shoes and gloves are in the collection along with early photographs of both Etta and her husband, R.F. Whelchel.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Academic and Personal.

Administrative Information

Preferred citation note

Etta Colclough Whelchel collection, UA0142, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

RG 2-1

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Georgia Normal and Industrial College
Greene County (Ga.)
Ledgers (account books)
Programs (documents)
Registers (lists)
University of Georgia. Alumni and alumnae
University of Georgia. School of Home Economics
University of Georgia. Students
Wedding costume -- Photographs.
Weddings -- Georgia -- History -- 20th century.
Whelchel, Robert F.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Academic

1Memory Book (Georgia Normal and Technical College), 1912
2Diploma from the Georgia Normal and Industrial College , 1912 June
31Photograph (Home Economics students in UGA Dairy course), 1919
32Program dedication for the Woman's Building, 1920 June 11
33Program for the UGA Commencement activites, 1920 June
34Handbook of the UGA affiliated Y.W.C.A., 1920-1921
2Diploma from the University of Georgia, 1920

2. Personal

35Photograph (Mary Russell?), early 20th century
36Correspondence, 1913, 1922
37Photographs of Etta and her future husband R.F. Whelchel, circa 1915-1920s
38Photograph of Etta, 1920
39News clippings (Etta's engagement/wedding announcements and R.F. Whelchel's obituary), 1924, 1954
310Photographs of Etta and her future husband (R.F. Whelchel) in wedding attire, 1924
311Etta/s journal/farm log, 1930s
312Photographs of Colclough family home , 1940s, 1980s
313Photocopies of the key to the map of Penfield and Estelle Colclough's (Ella's sister) obituary, 1957
314Letter to Etta from Richard B. Russell, 1968
4Wedding gown, 1924
5Fred Welchel's World War I uniform