Edna McCandless Thornton British War Relief Society scrapbook
Collection number: ahc.MSS1141
Scope and Content
This collection contains a scrapbook about the Atlanta chapter of the British War Relief Society. The scrapbook contains Society correspondence; newspaper clippings that document and request aid for the Atlanta chapter’s efforts; materials from fundraising and educational events; and a certificate from the British War Relief Society, Inc. to the Atlanta chapter. Of special note are the materials associated with the mock bombing at Piedmont Park, the touring of the Iron Duke, and Lord and Lady Halifax's visit to Atlanta.
- 1940-1945, undated
- Thornton, Edna McCandless (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.
Edna Mae Hill McCandless (1887-1977), usually referred to as Mrs. Albert E. Thornton, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Edward Salmond McCandless (1852-1935) and Lina Amelia Hill (1864-1948). She studied in Paris from 1905 to 1908, and in 1912 married Albert Edward Thornton, Jr. (1885-1953). During World War I, Thornton became Vice Chairman of the Liberty Loan drive, as well as the secretary of the Atlanta Chapter of the Red Cross. In 1941, she formed the Atlanta Chapter of the British War Relief Society with Mrs. Daniel MacDougald. The British War Relief Society was incorporated in 1941 to provide non-military aid to Britain, often acting as a center for administration and donations for smaller charitable organizations throughout the United States. The Atlanta Chapter grew and its headquarters opened at 244 Peachtree Street in 1941 and later at 1096 Peachtree Street in 1943. Until its closing in 1945, the Atlanta chapter organized many donations, including clothing, canteens, and Christmas gifts, and hosted events, including a fundraising fashion show at Rich’s.
1.17 linear ft. (one oversize box)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2018.
- British War Relief Society (U.S.)
- Fund raising -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Halifax, Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of
- MacDougald, Jessie Adams
- Onslow, Dorothy
- Scrapbooks -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Civilian relief
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Women
- Edna McCandless Thornton British War Relief Society scrapbook
- Meredith Jones
- June 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.