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Finding Aid for The Leila R. Mize Papers (1910-1957) (UGA 97-105.151)

Record Group : 5 (Cooperative Extension)
1.25 linear ft : 1 Banker's Box and 1/2 Ms. Box


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 (Ga CS71.T271M6).

Scope and Content:

Accession UGA 97-105-151 includes documents dating from 1910 through 1957. Leila Mize's extension service and interest in history is documented by the paperwork, correspondence, articles and essays found within this collection.

Located within Mrs. Mize's papers are detailed early twentieth century recipes designed to teach rural women effective methods for canning and pickling the produce grown on their family farms along with suggestions for how these women could improve their family's live through projects such as growing flowers for profit.

Also of special interest is a folder featuring numerous obituaries relating to the 1934 death of Andrew Soule, former president of the Georgia State College of Agriculture.

For preservation purposes the collection has been refoldered. Metal paperclips have been removed and newspaper articles along with fragile paper documents have been photocopied onto archival quality paper.

Content Inventory:

UGA 97-105-151:1

  1. Miscellaneous Articles, Correspondence And Essays 1914-1948 [1].
  2. Miscellaneous Articles, Correspondence And Essays 1914-1948 [1].
  3. Miscellaneous Essays 1925-1947 [1].
  4. Miscellaneous Essays 1925-1947 [2].
  5. Miscellaneous Essays 1925-1947 [3].
  6. Miscellaneous Essays And Materials 1910-1946.
  7. File On Dr. Soule 1933-1934.
  8. Miscellaneous Essays And Jackson County Soil Map (1914) 1914-1957.
  9. Home Extension Service Programs And Essays 1914-1947.
  10. Miscellaneous Home Demonstration Extension Service Materials 1910-1947 [1].
  11. Miscellaneous Home Demonstration Extension Service Materials 1910-1947 [2].
  12. Home Demonstration Council Minutes And Essays 1924-1947 [1].
  13. Home Demonstration Council Minutes And Essays 1924-1947 [2].
  14. Home Demonstration Handbook c. Early 1930s.
  15. Women's Camp - Camp Wilkins 1930.
  16. Farm Woman's Camp Scholarships 1930-1932.
  17. Farm Women's Short Course Program 1940.

UGA 97-105-151:2

  1. Miscellaneous Correspondence And Extension Service Materials 1929-1934.
  2. Personal Papers1938-1949.

Processed by Carol Bishop, July 2005.