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C. Mildred Thompson papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS256

Scope and Content

This collection consists, primarily, of the writings and research of C. Mildred Thompson: both academic and popular magazine articles; letters she received and sent; and speeches she delivered. Correspondence to C. Mildred Thompson includes letters from several historically prominent individuals, including Senator John Kennedy; President Franklin Roosevelt; Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt; and cultural leaders including Harpo Marx; Cecil B. DeMille; and Archibald MacLeish. In addition, files contain notes and outlines for history lectures on subjects of 20th century United States, with particular focus on World War II and the Yalta Conference.


  • 1883-1963


Conditions Governing Access

The 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

Clara Mildred Thompson (1881-1975) was born 27 November 1881 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Robert Galbraith Thompson and Alice Wood. During her public school years, to distinguish her from another schoolgirl by the name Mildred Thompson, the initial ā€œCā€ was added to the beginning of her name. After attending public school in Atlanta, she earned degrees in history from Vassar College, AB (1907) and PhD (1915). After briefly teaching in private schools in Baltimore, Maryland, she joined the History Department at Vassar. She was appointed Dean of the college in 1923 and served until her retirement in 1948. Her book Reconstruction in Georgia: Economic, Social, Political: 1865-1872 is regarded as a significant study as part of the Dunning School of Reconstruction. During her years at Vassar, and after her retirement, Ms. Thompson was active in politics as a Roosevelt Democrat. She also served as a drafter of the charter for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, also known as UNESCO. She was also a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta. She died in Atlanta on 17 February 1975.


1.88 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

Files are arranged in alphabetical order provided by the archives staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. J. Shepherd, 1975 (1975.244)

General Physical Description note

Extent: 1.88 linear feet (4 document cases)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008.

C. Mildred Thompson papers
Michael Brubaker
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305