Annie Lee Hoffman Papers, 1909-1926
Scope and Contents
There are 5 series in this collection: Correspondence, 1919-04-13-1919-07-21; Publications, 1907; Personal Documents, 1918-1926; Postcards and Photographs; Souvenirs and Travel, 1919.
- 1909 - 1926
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Biographical / Historical
Annie was born on August 9, 1887 in Morganton, NC to Julius and Martha Hoffman. She attended Oxford Seminary in Oxford, NC where she studied office administration. She moved to Rocky Mount, NC where she was employed as a private stenographer. At the time Annie volunteered overseas, she was the Nash County Court Stenographer.
The mission of the YMCA is to operate as a Christian service to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. It was established in London, England in June 1844 in response to “unhealthy social conditions” resulting from the Industrial Revolution in large cities. In1914, the YMCA turned its attention to providing support and wholesome pursuits for troops fighting for Britain and her empire. Examples of services provided include supplying men with writing paper, film showings, libraries, religious services, concert parties, folk dancing, and educational lectures.
The YMCA opened its doors for women in July 1917. Prior to this, Americans did not believe that women could hold up to the physical and mental strain of war work. Women certainly proved these ideas wrong by serving as nurses, surgeons, chaplains, chaplains' assistants, distributors of medical supplies, and distributors of food and clothing. Some women also served on the battlefield with horse drawn canteens that had built and staffed kitchen a hotel, and a hospital. Women volunteers also provided male soldiers with free meals and taught men to read and write.
By 1918, over 300 YMCA centers existed in France. There were approximately 1,700 volunteers in French YMCAs, mostly women. Each center offered a canteen, chapel, concert hall, library, game room, and classroom.
Throughout her travels, Annie kept a detailed account of foreign lands laying in ruins during the war. Her papers, held in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, contain extensive letters that she wrote to her mother and sisters in the form of a diary. After her volunteer service, she returned to Rocky Mount. She died at age of 97 in her hometown on October 9, 1984.
1.875 Linear Feet (2 legal/full size document boxes; 2 flat cases) ; 2 legal/full size document boxes measuring 15.5x5.2x10.5 inches; 2 flat cases measuring 15.5x10.5x3 inchese stacked on top of each other.
1.767 Cubic Feet (2 legal/full size document boxes; 2 flat cases) ; 2 legal/full size document boxes measuring 15.5x5.2x10.5 inches; 2 flat cases measuring 15.5x10.5x3 inchese stacked on top of each other.
Language of Materials
This collection contains correspondence, diaries, postcards, identification documents, maps, and French souvenirs. These materials relate to her time overseas serving in the YMCA to assist the military and support the return to peacetime after the war ended. Materials are dated 1909-1926.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- France Subject Source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- Stenographers Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1914-1918 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- YMCA World Service
- Annie Lee Hoffman Papers, 1909-1926
- Hannah Cox
- November 2015
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
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Charlotte NC 28202 USA