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RG3979.AM:  American Mothers Committee. Nebraska Committee



Records:  1944-1988

Nebraska:  Organization honoring American mothers

Size:  1.0 cu.ft.; 1 box



BACKGROUND NOTE



The American Mothers Committee was organized in 1935 as a division of the Golden Rule Foundation.  Its purpose was “to develop and strengthen the moral and spiritual foundations of the American home and to give to the observance of Mothers’ Day a spiritual quality which highlights the standards of ideal Motherhood and recognizes the important role of the mother…”  Mrs. Sara Delano Roosevelt, mother of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the first honorary chairman of the organization.  In 1950 the American Mothers Committee was incorporated under the laws of the state of New York.  Today it is recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the official sponsor of Mothers’ Day.



As early as 1943, state committees were established to search for and screen possible candidates for the American Mother of the year.  Each state jury chooses a mother based upon specified qualifications.  Then from the fifty state mothers (and one each from the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), a national jury selects the American Mother of the Year.



Nebraska picked its first State Mother in 1944.  Since that time, the yearly tradition has continued.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of one box of records of the American Mothers Committee in Nebraska.  The records are arranged in four series:  1) Historical Data; 2) Nebraska Mother of the Year Files, 1944-1988; 3) Miscellany and 4) Bicentennial Project Files.  This material relates primarily to the nomination forms and qualifications of those women selected as Nebraska Mother of the Year.  Historical material about the American Mothers Committee and other items dealing with the organization’s programs are also included.



The Historical Data of Series 1 consists of brief histories of the American Mothers Committee; qualifications and rules for nomination of the Nebraska Mother of the year; and instructions provided to state Chairmen.  The bulk of this collection is comprised of the Nebraska Mother of the Year Files, 1944-1985, of Series 2.  These files contain nomination forms showing the qualifications of the Mother of the Year, photographs, letters of recommendations, tributes, and newspaper clippings.  Series 3 is comprised of Miscellany which includes a listing of Nebraska Committee members, correspondence, programs, and an annual conference booklet.  Series 4 consists of reports and correspondence of the Bicentennial Committee, as well as certificates issued to Nebraska mothers named as “Mothers of Achievement in American History” as part of the American Mothers Committee Bicentennial Project.



INVENTORY



Series 1 – Historical Data

Box 1

Folder




  1. Histories of American Mothers Committee

    Rules and Qualifications

    Instructions for State Chairmen



Series 2 – Nebraska Mother of the Year files, 1944-1988




  1. 1944

  2. 1945

  3. 1946

  4. 1947

  5. 1948

  6. 1949

  7. 1950

  8. 1951

  9. 1952

  10. 1953

  11. 1954

  12. 1955

  13. 1956

  14. 1958

  15. 1959

  16. 1960

  17. 1961

  18. 1962

  19. 1963

  20. 1964

  21. 1965

  22. 1966

  23. 1967

  24. 1968

  25. 1969

  26. 1970

  27. 1971

  28. 1972

  29. 1973

  30. 1975

  31. 1976

  32. 1977

  33. 1978

  34. 1978 Nominee

  35. 1979 Nominee

  36. 1979 Nominee

  37. 1979 Nominee

  38. 1979 Nominee

  39. 1979 Nominee

  40. Nebraska Young Mother of the Year Applications, 1978-1979

  41. 1980 Nominees

  42. 1981 Nominee

  43. 1981 Nominee

  44. 1981 Nominee

  45. 1981 Nominee

  46. 1981 Nominee

  47. 1981 Nominee

  48. 1982 Nominee

  49. 1983 Nominee

  50. 1984 Nominee

  51. 1984 Nominee

  52. 1984 Nominee

  53. 1984 Nominee

  54. 1984 Nominee

  55. 1985 Nominee

  56. 1985 Nominee

  57. 1985 Nominee

  58. 1985 Nominee

  59. 1985 Nominee

  60. 1987 Nebraska Mother of the Year – Lois (Opper) Schwab

  61. 1988 Nebraska Mother of the Year – Betty Louden



Series 3 – Miscellany




  1. Miscellany including: Listings of Nebraska Committee Members, Correspondence, Programs, Annual Conference Booklet

  2. Miscellany continued



Series 4 – Bicentennial Project files




  1. Bicentennial Project reports, correspondence, etc.

  2. Certificate – Bess Armstrong

  3. Certificate – Sarah Joslyn

  4. Certificate – Eliza Merrill

  5. Certificate – Mary Mullen

  6. Certificate – Hettie Painter

  7. Certificate – Laura Pound

  8. Certificate – Julia Sheldon

  9. Certificate – Olga Stastny

  10. Certificate – Esther Warner

  11. Certificate – Elizabeth Weritz



 



Subject headings:



American Mothers Committee (Nebraska)

Mother of the Year — Nebraska

Nebraska Mothers Association

Women in Nebraska



 



 



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