Request Material

Moina Michael letter to Rosemary Lyons Jones

Moina Michael letter to Rosemary Lyons Jones

Descriptive Summary

Title: Moina Michael letter to Rosemary Lyons Jones
Creator: Jones, Rosemary Lyons
Inclusive Dates: 1941, 1944
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) 1 letter
Collection Number: ms3990
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

After World War I, Moina Michael pursued the idea of selling silk poppies as a means for raising funds to assist disabled veterans. In 1921, her efforts results in the poppy being adopted as a symbol of remembrance for war veterans by the American Legion Auxiliary. She retired from the University of Georgia in 1934 and published an autobiography in 1941, The miracle flower: the story of the Flanders Fields Memorial Poppy. In 1944, a Liberty ship constructed in Georgia was named the SS Moina Michael in her honor. In 1948, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in her honor and in 1969 the Georgia General Assembly named a section of U.S. Highway 78 the Moina Michael Highway.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a letter, a newsclipping and a photograph. Both the personal letter and news clipping are addressed to Rosemary Lyons Jones and date from 1941. The photograph features Moina Michael in a jeep driven by a female Air Forces person. The back is stamped "Army Air Forces" and is dated January 24th, 1944.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Moina Michael letter to Rosemary Lyons Jones, ms3990, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Disabled veterans -- Georgia -- Athens -- History.
Disabled veterans -- United States.
Michael, Moina Belle, 1869-1944
Teachers -- Georgia.
United States. Army Air Forces
University of Georgia
World Wars.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter (includes newsclipping and photograph), 1941,1944