Frazer Jones papers of the Robert Kirkwood Society, Children of the American Revolution
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The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) was founded in 1895 by Harriett Mulford Lothrop, in conjunction with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Today, the CAR continues to operate as the oldest patriotic youth organization in the United States. The mission and objectives of the CAR have remained consistent throughout its history, namely to train good citizens and engender patriotism through the honoring of Revolutionary War patriots, the study of American history, the promotion of patriotic holidays, and the preservation of Revolutionary-era places. The CAR is divided into state and local societies and is governed through a system of local, state, and national officers and chairpersons. At each level, Junior Presidents (members of the CAR) are assisted by Senior Presidents (members of the DAR). In 1938, the Robert Kirkwood Society of the CAR was organized in Newark, Delaware, by Pauline S. Skinner of the Cooch's Bridge Chapter of the DAR, with Virginia Cooch serving as the founding Junior President. The Society was named for Robert Kirkwood, a Revolutionary War major from Mill Creek Hundred, Delaware. Chapter activities diminished by the mid-1940s, but the Society was revitalized in the fall of 1955 under the leadership of Skinner and twelve-year-old Junior President Frazer Jones. Frazer Jones remained involved with the CAR for many years, serving as Delaware State Junior President, editing the Delaware CAR newsletter, and chairing several National CAR committees. His mother, Agnes Jones, was also involved in the Robert Kirkwood Society, serving as the chapter's Senior President in the late 1950s and later as Delaware Senior State President and a Senior National Chairperson.
Biographical and historical information derived from the collection.Niebell, Eleanor Smallwood. Centennial Plus One: The Centennial History of the Children of the American Revolution, 1895 – 1996. Washington, D.C.: C.A.R. Press, 1997."About N.S.C.A.R." retrieved September 2002 from http://www.nscar.orgObituary of Agnes Frazer Jones, Newark Post, 1 May 1998, p. 21.
The Frazer Jones Papers of the Robert Kirkwood Society, Children of the American Revolution consist of two linear feet of correspondence, clippings, official records, photographs, publications, ephemera, and other materials primarily related to Frazer Jones's work in the CAR. The collection, spanning 1929-1968 (bulk dates 1955-1965), was a gift of Mrs. Virginia Cooch Hardwick, the founding Junior President of the Robert Kirkwood Society and neighbor of Frazer Jones and his family.
The collection is arranged according to the organizational structure of the CAR, with separate series for material pertaining to the local, state, and national societies. Researchers should note, however, that much of the material in the state and national series remains relevant to the activities of the Robert Kirkwood Society. For example, members of the Robert Kirkwood Society presumably read and used the publications and letters produced by the National Society CAR that are grouped in Series III.
As Frazer and Agnes Jones assembled much of the collection, the content tends to focus on Frazer and his CAR activities and accomplishments in the mid-to-late 1950s. Despite this bias, however, the Kirkwood Society papers offer researchers a vivid depiction of the activities of a local CAR chapter in this period. The collection is a small but rich resource for the student of mid-twentieth-century patriotic or children's groups. It may also be of interest to historians of Newark, Delaware, as members of many of the town's oldest families were active in the Robert Kirkwood Society.
The first series of the collection focuses on the local activities of the Robert Kirkwood Society and has been divided into two sub-series, according to Frazer Jones's participation. The first sub-series covers the early incarnation of the Society, while the second section picks up in October of 1955 when the Kirkwood Society was reorganized with Frazer Jones as Junior President. Both sub-series contain official records maintained by officers of the Robert Kirkwood Society, however these tend to be brief and incomplete. Of these records, the meeting minutes offer the best insight into the activities of the Society. Newspaper clippings, activities papers, and the Society's yearbooks and scrapbooks are also useful for this purpose. The correspondence consists largely of thank you notes, and, in the second sub-series, letters between Agnes Jones and Delaware CAR Senior President Clara Bird regarding CAR business.
Series II and III, focusing on the Delaware State Society CAR and the National Society CAR, do not offer as well rounded a picture of state and national CAR activities. They are strongest for the activities in which Frazer Jones was involved, including the Delaware State CAR Newsletter and the National CAR American Indian Committee. Some of the more useful papers in Series III include letters distributed by the National Society CAR to local societies, which provide details on nationally mandated CAR programming. Several National Society CAR publications, such as the CAR Constitution and Bylaws, offer insight into the organization's history and mission. There is also an extensive run of theChildren of the American Revolution Magazine.
Series IV is the least relevant to the CAR, but it does reflect the provenance of the collection; much of this series is material related to Frazer Jones's other activities as a youth. The Robert Kirkwood Society probably used some of the publications in this section, particularly the patriotic and historical pamphlets.
Box 2 contains the Robert Kirkwood Society Scrapbook and numerous publications removed from Box 1, Folders 22, 36, and 41. For more information, please refer to those folder descriptions in the contents list.
Boxes 1-2: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
Gift of Virginia Cooch Hardwick, October 1996
Processed by Carrie L. Foley, September-October 2002. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, July 2021.
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- 2021 July 14
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Papers related to the local activities of the Society, including records, correspondence, clippings, photographs, miscellaneous papers, yearbooks, and a scrapbook.
This section of papers covers the beginning of the Society until its reorganization in the fall of 1955.
Contains meeting minutes and president's
Contains dues records, 1940-1955, and treasurer's notebook
Contains membership records
Contains CAR creed; a biographical sketch of Robert Kirkwood by Nancy Cooch; a list of Delaware State CAR officers, 1943-1944; information from the National Society CAR, 1951-1953; and the flag of the Robert Kirkwood Society, circa 1939-1940, with stand. The flag has been relocated to the safe.
* See also Robert Kirkwood Society Scrapbook, F22-F25
This section of papers covers the period in which Frazer Jones and his mother, Agnes Jones, were most active in the Robert Kirkwood Society.
Contains secretary's notebook, and president's notebook
Contains miscellaneous treasurer's records, dues records, meeting minutes, annual report, (blank); and annual report.
Contains applications, membership, and resignations,
Contains applications, membership, and resignations,
Includes papers related to the Society's charity work on behalf of the Tamassee DAR School, the Crossnore DAR School, the Newark Free Library, and the Hospital for the Mentally Retarded in Stockley, Delaware.
Contains papers related to the Society's charity work on behalf of Native Americans, including two "Indian schools," Bacone College and St. Mary's School.
Awards and contests
Includes patriotic poems and songs and papers related to environmental education and Patriotic Education Week.
Subjects include a doll display for Patriotic Education Week, 1958; unidentified people, presumably members of the Robert Kirkwood Society and their families; unidentified homes and gravestones; and one photograph of Agnes Jones and Jane Groo.
Contains a scrapbook of photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, correspondence, ephemera, and other papers. The scrapbook is located in Box 2.
Contains loose correspondence and ephemera from the front of the scrapbook
Contains loose newspaper clippings from the front of the scrapbook
Contains loose photographs from the front of the scrapbook
Papers related to Frazer Jones's involvement with the Delaware State CAR, including his work on the state newsletter and his participation in state and regional conferences.
Contains membership lists for other Delaware CAR chapters, including Blue Hen's Chickens (Wilmington), Nanticoke (Seaford), Mill Creek Hundred (Hockessin), and Thomas McKean (Milford).
Contains notes and drafts of the Delaware State News Sheet issues for January and February 1958. Also includes letters and clippings related to the News Sheet re-naming contest, which changed the paper's title to "Heir Line News."
Includes papers related to the production of the Delaware State News Sheet/Heir Line News, and six issues.
Contains state and regional CAR conference and event programs.
Includes pamphlets, brochures, and other tourist information, presumably collected during regional conferences.
Contains conference ribbons and patches. Also a photograph of Frazer Jones and others at the Sixth Eastern Regional CAR Conference, in New York City.
Includes lists of state officers, chairmen, and local society presidents; a letter regarding American Indian project, 1958-1959; and a report of the Endowment Fund Committee, 1964-1965.
Papers related to Frazer Jones's involvement with the National Society, CAR, including his work on the American Indian Committee and his participation in national conferences. This series also includes publications, programming information, and standard letters produced by the National Society and distributed to the local chapters.
Includes information and instructions from the National Society, CAR, to local chapters with suggestions for activities, membership, contest announcements, and other programming.
Includes CAR Constitution and Bylaws, informational and historical pamphlets, and songs with sheet music. Also includes seventy-four issues of Children of the American Revolution Magazine, 1951-1968 (incomplete), which have been moved to Box 2.
Contains campaign flyers for various candidates; letters of support for Frazer Jones and others seeking national offices.
Includes papers related to Frazer Jones's term as chairman of the National Society, CAR, American Indian Committee, including reports and submissions to the American Indian Today essay contest.
Papers, clippings, and publications not directly related to CAR, though some may have been used in Society activities. Other materials reflect Frazer Jones's activities outside of CAR.
Includes undated genealogical notes of the Moore Family and an unsigned Christmas card featuring earth-works made by the British Army in Newark, Delaware.
Contains a wallet-sized photograph of Robert Storker; an undated class photograph labeled "Frazer Jones"; a photograph of various CAR pins; and a photograph of an unspecified CAR conference, featuring Frazer Jones.
Includes pamphlets, programs, serials and leaflets related to patriotism, American history, the Daughters of the American Revolution, music, and environmental education. Some materials, including fifteen issues of Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, 1929-1932, have been moved to Box 2.
Includes patches/merit badges from Cub Scouts, YMCA, Indian Guides, and Camp Tockwogh; a Father and Sons Indian Guides Manual (1947) and headband; and a plastic Maine lobster.
Contains playbills for two productions involving Frazer Jones; a playbill for Johns Hopkins production of Winterest, 1961, and a copy of Winterest (1946) by Maxwell Anderson; a Delaware Play Festival Certificate of Merit to Frazer Jones, 1959; also an invitation for Frazer Jones to join the Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Contains five issues of Home Arts, subscription of Mrs. Ernest Frazer.