Guide to the Georgia C. Amsden Papers

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Guide to the Georgia C. Amsden Papers 1917/1974

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Georgia C. Amsden Papers
Dates: 1917-1974
Identification: MS-0358
Creator: Amsden, Georgia C., 1883-1968
Physical Description: 2.59 linear
Language of Materials: French English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan on June 4, 1883, Georgia Amsden arrived in San Diego in 1909 as a stenography teacher at San Diego High School. The majority of the collection concerns her volunteer work in France for the American Red Cross in 1918-1919 during World War I. While in France, the Red Cross "loaned" her to the Federal Department of Vocational Education. As the only female vocational education representative, Amsden travelled to various military camps and hospitals in France. Her job was to distribute vocational propaganda, and interview wounded soldiers about potential job prospects back in the United States. She then returned to San Diego and became an associate professor of business education at San Diego State College in 1925. She retired from the College in 1957. Ms. Amsden died in 1968.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

American National Red Cross -- Biography -- Sources
San Diego State University -- Faculty -- Biography -- Sources

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Personal Name:

Amsden, Georgia C., 1883-1968 -- Archives
Amsden, Georgia C., 1883-1968 -- Travel -- France

Topical Term:

Shorthand - Study and teaching - Sources

Administrative Information



Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Georgia Amsden Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily documents Amsden's work with the American Red Cross and the Federal Department of Vocational Education in France between 1918 and 1919, as well as her later work at the San Diego State College of Business teaching stenography and shorthand.  The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, resumes, work reports, speeches, photographs, a scrapbook, and various artifacts including patches, pins, buttons and a bracelet, and souvenir and guide books.  Highlights include detailed correspondence about Amsden's experience in war-torn France.  Of particular interest is a letter detailing Armistice Day in Paris.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Work and education histories (resumes etc.) 1919-1948

Box 1, Folder 2

Letters of Recommendation from San Diego High School faculty 1923-1946

Box 1, Folder 3

Papers from San Diego State College 1922-57

Box 1, Folder 4

Documentary Evidence of American Red Cross Service 1918-57

Box 1, Folder 5

Notes on overseas experiences as seen in 1919 San Diego Sun article

Box 1, Folder 6

S.S. Orita souvenirs October 1918

Box 1, Folder 7

Outgoing personal correspondence 1918-1919

Box 1, Folder 8

Incoming personal correspondence (calling cards etc) 1919-43

Box 1, Folder 9

Photos n.d.

Box 1, Folder 10

Newspaper clippings 1915, 1919

Box 1, Folder 11

Souvenirs of France (menus, hotel receipts, train tickets, etc.) ca. 1919

Box 1, Folder 12

Certificates and Awards 1910-61

Box 1, Folder 13

Passport 1918

Box 1, Folder 14

Various atrifacts (patches, pins, buttons, etc.) ca. 1919

Box 1, Folder 15

Book--Manual for Soldiers Overseas 1918

Box 1, Folder 16

Book--Manual for "War Women" Overseas 1918

Box 1, Folder 17

Book--Practical Hints on Paris 1919

Box 1, Folder 18

Guide Illustre: Beaune et ses Environs (Illustrated Guide to Beaune and environs) ca. 1919

Box 1, Folder 19

Souvenir of a visit to the Bon Marche ca. 1919

Box 1, Folder 20

Guest Book 1957

Box 2

Scrapbook--"Art in Dress" on fashion in 1938