Papers of M. Madeline Southard, ca.1878-2016
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
5 linear feet ((12 file boxes) plus 12 photograph folders, 1 folio+ photograph folder, 13 audiotapes)
Series I, M. MADELINE SOUTHARD, 1891-2016, n.d (#1.1-10.18, 12.9-12.10, PD.1-PD.3), includes biographical and personal material, correspondence, writings, miscellaneous publications, etc., of M. Madeline Southard.
Subseries A, Biographical and personal, 1891-2016, n.d. (#1.1-1.7, 1.17, PD.1-PD.3), is arranged alphabetically.
Subseries B, Journals, 1892-1964 (#1.8-8.11, 12.9-12.10), contains the journals Southard began keeping when she was 14 and continued into her 80s, writing about day-to-day life, including her classes at school, rooming with friend Nola, and not having enough to eat. Her entries are sporadic, ranging from daily to weekly to monthly; occasionally months would elapse between entries. She mentions going to school without a corset for the first time, and asking her "physical culture" professor how to breathe properly. (This same professor showed the class her underclothes without the corset.) On November 21, 1919, the first meeting of the International Association of Women Preachers was held in Saint Louis, Missouri, and Southard notes in her journal, "We have been making history today." Throughout the journals she comments on her ministry, missionary trips for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, visits and visitors, current events, family members, and her health. Her last entry is from April 10, 1964, at 3:45 AM. It begins, "I can still see the stars. Thank God for that." Transcripts of the journals are typewritten, created by Yellin during her project to edit and publish the journals. The subseries is arranged chronologically. Photocopies of original journals are boxed separately to facilitate future duplication requests by researchers.
Subseries C, Correspondence, 1901-1967, n.d. (#8.12-9.12), includes letters with family, friends, and others working for the WCTU and the Methodist church about her ministry and missionary work. Of note are the Christmas letters that Southard sent to her friends and family describing her life over the preceding year. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.
Subseries D, Ministry, 1919-1978, n.d. (#9.13-10.11), includes printed material about Southard's ministry and the IAWM. The subseries is arranged alphabetically.
Subseries E, Writings, 1919-1983, n.d. (#10.12-10.18), is arranged alphabetically.
Series II, CAROL LYNN (GILMER) YELLIN, 1911-1998, n.d. (#10.19-12.7, PD.4), includes correspondence and writings of Carol Lynn Yellin, Southard's distant cousin and friend. Yellin had planned to edit Southard's journals for publication, but died before completing the project; most of the correspondence regards this effort. Family correspondence contains information about Southard's childhood and other members of her family. The series is arranged alphabetically.
Series III, AUDIOVISUAL AND PHOTOGRAPHS, ca.1878-1984 (#12.8, T-284.1 - T-284.13, PD.5-PD.13), includes oral histories given by Southard and others about her life and her family history, and photographs of Southard, her family, and her professional life.
Subseries A, Audiovisual, 1966-1984 (#12.8, T-284.1 - T-284.13), is arranged with Southard's oral history and transcript followed by those of family members Eulala (Rogers) Gilmer, Myron Northrup, Carol Lynn (Gilmer) Yellin, and Ahwilda Rogers Gray; friends Grace Haynes Jones, and Susan Ruby Lamb; and members of IAWM Rosemary Skinner Keller, Barbara Brown Zikmund, Hilda Seaton, and Rosemary Radford Reuther.
Subseries B, Photographs, ca.1878-ca.1966, n.d. (#PD.5-PD.13), is arranged with photographs of M. Madeline Southard followed by those of family, friends, and places.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Others, referred to as "uncataloged" photographs, are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging and are simply treated as part of the documents they accompany; they are marked on the back with an asterisk in square brackets [*].
Friend and distant cousin of Southard, Carol Lynn (Gilmer) Yellin was born on March 3, 1920, in Clinton, Oklahoma, to Thomas and Eulala (Rogers) Gilmer. In 1945, Yellin served with the Red Cross during World War II. Later she was an associate editor for Reader's Digest, and co-produced the television show Face to Face with her second husband David Yellin. Together they won the 1988 Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award for their work during the 1968 sanitation strike in Memphis, Tennessee. Carol Yellin died in March of 1999.
- Series I. M. Madeline Southard, 1891-2016, n.d. (#1.1-10.18, 12.9-12.10, PD.1-PD.3)
- Series II. Carol Lynn (Gilmer) Yellin, 1911-1998, n.d. (#10.19-12.7, PD.4)
- Series III. Audiovisual and photographs, ca.1878-1984, n.d. (#12.8, T-284.1 - T-284.13, PD.5-PD.13)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of M. Madeline Southard were given to the library by Thomas G. Yellin in 1999; one folder (#1.17) was given by Jerry L. Wallace in June 2017.
Accession number: 99-M26
Processed by: Cat Lea Holbrook
The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library Books and Printed Materials Division:
- The Attitude of Jesus toward Women, by M. Madeline Southard, 1927
- The White Slave Traffic versus the American Home, M. Madeline Southard, 1914
By: Cat Lea Holbrook
Updated: July 2017
By: Anne Engelhart
- Southard, M. Madeline (Mabel Madeline), 1877-1967. Papers of M. Madeline Southard, ca.1878-2016: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Steiner Book and Manuscript Fund and the Zetlin Sisters Fund.
- EAD ID
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