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Catalog Number PRE 1932-1935
Collection International Presidents Papers
Notes Scope and Content: The General Federation of Women's Clubs International Presidents Papers consist primarily of biographical material, personal correspondence, and articles written by and about the International Presidents. The collection is arranged chronologically by presidential administration.

Copies of official speeches, reports, and publications may be found in GFWC Convention and Meeting Records, Program Records, and the Magazine Collection. Official correspondence is filed with GFWC Board of Directors records. Photographs of GFWC International Presidents and events during their administration may be found in the International Presidents Photograph Collection.

Title Grace Morrison Poole Papers, 1931-1936 (1932-1935)
Year Range from 1932.0
Year Range to 1935.0
Extent of Description 0.45 cubic ft. (18 folders)
Description The Grace Morrison Poole (Mrs. J. Henry) Papers document Poole's administration as 12th international president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, 1932-1935.

Grace Morrison was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, in 1880. She was educated in teaching at the Salem Normal School and taught for four years before her marriage to J. Henry Poole, who died in 1919.

Poole was active in the Woman's Club of Brockton before becoming GFWC recording secretary in 1926. She served as first vice-president, 1928-1932, and was elected GFWC President in 1932.

Grace Poole was a proponent of education, labor, pure food and drug laws, women's suffrage, economic reform, and diversity. She made several friendship tours to visit women's clubs around the world. Her keynote was "These United States."

After her GFWC presidency, Grace Poole served as dean of Stoneleigh College in Rye, New Hampshire. She also served as a spokesperson for the Women’s Field Army, a cancer awareness program sponsored by the American Society for the Control of Cancer (later, the American Cancer Society) and promoted by the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

On September 29, 1937, Grace Poole married Dr. Henry Gilbert Reynolds, head of the eye and ear department of the Illinois Central Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky. They made their home in Paducah after their marriage.

Grace Morrison Poole Reynolds died in Kentucky in 1962.

The Grace Morrison Poole Papers consist of:

Folder 1: Biographies.

Folder 2: Articles written by Poole, 1931-1936, including published response to a tree planting at Amherst, Massachusetts, in her honor, 25 September 1931.

Folder 3: Speeches and addresses, 1932-1935.

Folders 4-18: Newspaper clippings, 1931-1935

People Poole, Grace Morrison
Search Terms International Presidents Papers
Convention and Meetings Records
Program Records
International Presidents Photograph Collection