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Unidentified Photos:Groups, undated

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 33

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This collection consists of the papers of Elizabeth McDuffie from 1911 to 1965. It includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, and publications. The bulk of the materials are Elizabeth’s, most from the years after she left the White House. The correspondence is mainly from friends, family, and acquaintances during the years 1933-1962. Among the correspondence are brief missives from such notable correspondents as Margaret Mitchell, Eleanor Roosevelt, Walter White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and philanthropist Robert W. Woodruff. Of note are the letters from Irvin to Elizabeth, especially his account describing his travels to the Port of Spain, Trinidad with President Roosevelt aboard the U.S.S. Indianapolis in December 1936. Of special interest is Elizabeth’s memoir of her experiences while working for the Roosevelts titled “The Back Door of the White House.” In addition to her reminiscences of White House guests and events, she writes of her own life, including her memories of the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 and her 1938 audition for the part of “Mammy” in Gone With the Wind. Also included in this collection are a few papers of Hazel Dixon Payne, Elizabeth’s godchild, who worked for the American Red Cross during World War II. Her essay “Life on the Alcan Highway” consists of only the first two pages, but details her duties setting up a Red Cross Recreation Club.


  • Creation: undated


From the Collection: 3 Linear feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English