Sophia Herrell collection of White House invitations and a speech.
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Sophia Herrell collection of White House invitations and a speech.

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Herrell, Sophia, 1914-2005
Title: Sophia Herrell collection of White House invitations and a speech.
Dates: 1935-1937, 1988. Bulk, 1935-1937
Extent: 1 folder (0.05 Cubic feet)
Identification: MS 2550
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sophia Herrell (1914-2005) was born in Clinton,Tennessee and grew up in Washington D.C. She worked with the United States Chamber of Commerce before becoming involved in journalism. Herrell joined the Savannah Morning News and Press in 1958. When the Savannah Morning News and Press became part of the Morris Communication Company, Sophia Herrell advanced to the position of Corporate Personnel Coordinator at the company headquarters in Augusta, Georgia. She retired in June of 1979.

Upon returning to Savannah, Ms. Herrell was very active in the local community. She served as treasurer and board member of the Savannah Symphony, President of the Savannah Business and Professional Women's Club, President of Friends of the Library, Secretary of the First District Georgia Heart Association. She was a charter member of the Women's Guild of the Symphony, an organizer of the Civic Concert Association and board member of the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. Herrell served as secretary of the advisors of the Salvation Army, Vice President of the Altrusa Club, and various committees of the United Community Fund -- now the United Way. She was a member of the National Newspaper Personnel Relations Association, and the American Society of Personnel Administrators.

Ms. Herrell was a member of Bull Street Baptist Church.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four invitations in envelopes to events hosted by the White House during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first and second terms of presidency and an inauguration ceremonies program. The invitations date from 1935-1937; some are addressed to Herrell via the care of Representative Otha D. Wearin of Iowa.

Beginning in 1935, Sophia Herrell received invitations, including envelopes and a rain date card, from the White House to two garden parties hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt, a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, and the Inauguration Ceremonies in January 1937. The garden parties were created to gather women working in executive positions throughout the United States. There is no confirmation as to whether or not Sophia Herrell attended any of the events.

Also within is a speech written in 1998 by Sophia Herrell for the Savannah Business and Professional Women's Club.

Index Terms

Herrell, Sophia, 1914-2005
Presidents--United States--Inauguration.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Wearin, Otha Donner, 1903-1990.
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joyce Cole, 2013.

Processing Information

This collection is processed at the Basic Level (or collection level). There is no detailed inventory for this collection as it is not fully processed. To request that this collection be added to our priority list of collections to be fully processed as staffing and funding allow, please contact the Library and Archives staff.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.