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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Leo Griffin Spoffod papers
    Dates: 1942-1992
    Bulk Dates: 1946-1947
    Collection number: H1992.2
    Creator: Spofford, Leo Griffin
    Creator: Lamb, Betty
    Collection Size: .9 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
    Claremont, CA 91711
    Abstract: Leo Griffin Spofford worked for a variety of government agencies from 1932-1947, including the WPA, the War Public Services Division of the Federal Works Agency, and the New Orleans Department of War Emergency Children's Service. In 1946, Leo became the Regional Director of the UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Association) and was sent to the Hunan Province, China. She spent 8 months in China, establishing refugee camps and orphanages. The collection primarily documents Leo's time in China, with correspondence, photographs, and personal belongings. Also included in the collection is a manuscript written by friend Betty Lamb, who interviewed Leo and wrote about her experiences in Tiger Bone Wedding: Leo Spofford's Letters from China, completed in 1985.
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Leo Griffin Spoffod papers. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Betty Lamb, 1992


    November 19, 1896 Leo Griffin Spofford born in Tiptonville, Tennessee
    1917 graduated from the University of Tennessee, receiving her B.A. in sociology and home economics
    1932-1936 Leo was a field worker for government relief work under the Unemployment Relief Committee in Shreveport, Louisiana
    1936-1939 Leo worked as the State Director of the Women's and Professional Projects Division, where she supervised the activities of 10,000 non-construction workers, and the art, music and writers' projects of the WPA
    1939-1942 Leo was the Chief Regional Supervisor for the Employment for Eligible Unemployed, WPA, New Orleans
    1942-1943 Leo was the Regional Supervisor of the War Public Services Division, Federal Works Agency, Fort Worth, Texas
    1943 Leo worked as the Special Assistant to Assistant Commissioner, Federal Works Agency, Washington, D.C.
    1943-1946 Leo was the Director of the New Orleans Department of War Emergency Children's Service, where she created a plan for child care centers under federal supervision, making it possible for mothers to work in war plants. Leo was the Regional Director of UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Association) in Hunan Province for 8 months. Arriving in May 1946, she helped establish, at its highest point, 20 refugee camps and orphanages.
    1947 Leo returned to her home to New Orleans
    1949 Leo opened a gumbo restaurant and a praline shop in New Orleans

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Leo Griffin Spofford papers contain correspondence, photographs, and other personal belongings that document her time in China (1946-1947) working with the UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Association) and the CNRRA (Chinese National Relief and Rehabilitation Association).
    Also included in the collection is a manuscripts written by Betty Lamb about Leo's experience in China, Tiger Bone Wedding: Leo Spofford's Letters from China, completed in 1985.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
    China -- Economic conditions -- 1912-1949.
    Economic assistance, American -- China.
    Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- China.