Laura Randolph Daly papers, 1906-1941.

Creator: Daly, Laura Randolph.
Collection number: 5184-z
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Abstract: Laura Randolph Daly was an instructor in the 1910s through the 1930s at Snow Hill Institute in Snow Hill, Ala., and at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Ala. She later worked for the United States government in the Office of Price Administration and Civilian Supply (OPACS). Letters to Laura Randolph Daly and her daughters, Mildred Daly and Lillie Daly, from family members, friends, and colleagues. Most of the early letters deal with financial matters, including requests from Laura Randolph Daly’s mother that Daly move from Alabama to New Jersey and help her purchase property. Letters, 1920s-1930s, mostly relate to Daly’s work as an instructor at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute and consist of donations to the Institute, an update about former students, and a woman inventor’s appeal to George Washington Carver for a “word of approval” for a new hair preparation.Later letters, dating from 1941, deal with Daly’s OPACS work. These letters include discussions of the formation of consumer committees in Alabama; instructions on which community leaders Daly should contact to ensure community involvement in OPACS projects; and suggestions about how she should deal with racism in the Birmingham office of the Social Security Board, where she was to work.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection