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Annie Lee Hoffman Papers, 1909-1926

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2019-002

Scope and Contents

The Annie Lee Hoffman World War I Papers (1909-1926) are the personal papers of Annie Lee Hoffman. In this collection researchers will find Hoffman's 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.

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.

Dates

  • 1909 - 1926

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material for any collection belonging to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room must be obtained by Library staff.

Biographical / Historical

In the aftermath of World War I, a number of volunteers from American agencies went overseas to help with the return to peacetime and assist the military with this and other projects. Annie Lee Hoffman was one of these volunteers, serving as part of the YMCA.

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.

Extent

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

English

Abstract

In the aftermath of World War I, a number of volunteers from American agencies went overseas to help with the return to peacetime and assist the military with this and other projects. Annie Lee Hoffman was one of these volunteers, serving as part of the YMCA. 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.

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.

Arrangement

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Elizabeth Rosenthal on March 28, 1985.

Related Materials

Taft, William H. and Frederick Morgan Harris. "Service with Fighting Men: An Account of the Work of the American Young Men's Associations in the World War." New York: Association Press, 1922. (NCR 940.4773 S491.

"Y.M.C.A. (Young Men's Christian Association)." Vertical Files- Charlotte.

Physical Description

The materials in this collection are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Hannah Cox in 2015.
Title
Annie Lee Hoffman Papers, 1909-1926
Status
Completed
Author
Hannah Cox
Date
November 2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Contact:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA