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Canton (Ohio) Women's League for War Economy First World War scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 2016-018-s-r

Content Description

This collection contains a scrapbook of the Canton Women's League for War Economy and their effort during the First World War. The scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings chronicling the creation and works of the Women's League in Canton, Ohio during in 1917 and their efforts to combat food shortages during wartime. Of particular note are correspondence to and from President Herbert Hoover and hand signed by the president and consistent references to E.M Bair (referred to as Mrs. J.H. Bair), President of the Canton Women's League for War Economy. Inventory:

1 scrapbook

1 string, with two brass end pieces


  • 1917-05-22 - 1917-11-04

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

The Women's League of War Economy in Canton worked in 1917 to educate citizens, especially women, on food management and food canning to help with the war effort. The Mayor of Canton, Ohio, C.A. Stolberg, described the food shortage in Ohio as worse than that during the Civil War, when the population was half the size as during the First World War. Rallies were held by the league and classes tought as the movement progressed and earned the favor of President Herbert Hoover. The movement was seen by the president and others as integral to the war effort, with some women even being given uniforms and others the title of "Commander-in-Chief."

The president of the Canton Women's League was E.M Bair. She is referred to in newsclippings and correspondence as Mrs. J.H. Bair.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one scrapbook pertaining to the Canton Women's League for War Economy during the First World War. The scrapbook contains newsclippings as well as some correspondence and refers to it's possible creator, Mrs. J.H. Bair.


This collection contains one item, there is no arrangement needed.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from The Book Shop, 6/16/2016

Condition Description

Scrapbook not bound, some clippings torn or loose.

Finding Aid for the Canton Women's League for War Economy First World War scrapbook
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Andrew Harman
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
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Orange 92866 USA US