Lois P. Dowdle "Mrs. Cully" Cobb Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection documents the life and career of Lois Pauline Dowdle (1889-1987), the wife of agricultural leader and publisher Cully A. Cobb.
Series 1, Personal, 1915-1987, includes documents, many photocopies, related to Mrs. Cobb’s travel, interest in ‘The Parsonage’ families and their careers, social events, and church involvement (including a religious poem written and autographed by General William Brougher), along with biographical and memorial materials. Among the correspondence is a letter from Mrs. Cobb to Mamie Eisenhower, encouraging her and her husband to join a church, along with the First Lady’s reply. This series also includes photocopies of a scrapbook related to the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University.
Series 2, Professional, 1904-1976, documents Mrs. Cobb’s education and work with the American Institute of Home Grown Fats and Oils, Association of Southern Agricultural Workers, and Southern Ruralist, including some of her own publications.
Visual materials include a photograph of Mrs. Cobb sitting in front of her home, the Briar Patch.
Some documents in the collection appear to have been damaged by fire, possibly the one at the Cobbs’ home, the Briar Patch, but readability is not affected.
The collection is related closely to the Cobb Ruralist Press papers and the Cully A. Cobb papers. All three collections overlap in subject matter and in chronological period.
- 1904 - 1987
- Cobb, Lois D. (Lois Dowdle) (Creator, Person)
Open to all researchers.
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Lois Pauline Dowdle was born in Rome, Georgia, on August 1, 1889, the daughter of Lovett (sometimes Lovic) Pierce and Ella Watkins Dowdle. Dowdle began her career as a teacher, eventually becoming Georgia’s 4-H State Girls’ Club agent. During the First World War she was appointed by Herbert Hoover to direct Food Production and Food Preservation for the Federal Food Administration in the state of Georgia. Following course work at Shorter College in 1904 and Cornell University in 1915, Dowdle earned her B.S. degree at the University of Georgia in 1920, part of the first class of women to attend that university. She went on to do some graduate work as well.
Dowdle was hired as the Home Department editor of the Southern Ruralist in 1927, a position she held until 1933. From 1932 to 1933, Dowdle served as the first and only female president of the Association of Southern Agricultural Workers. During this time, she also directed the American Institute of Home Grown Fats and Oils. While working for the Wesson Oil Company, she achieved the distinction of being the highest paid home economist in the country.
She married Cully Alton Cobb (1884-1975), director of the Cotton Division of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and future owner of the Ruralist Press, in 1934.
Mr. and Mrs. Cobb were ardent supporters of church work and biblical archaeology. They provided housing on their property at “The Parsonage” for theology students at Emory University, they traveled often in Europe and the Holy Land, they donated to Atlanta’s Druid Hills Baptist Church and other churches, and their patronage led to the establishment of Mississippi State University’s Cobb Institute of Archaeology in 1971.
Mrs. Cobb died on August 9, 1987 in Decatur, Georgia.
0.6 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
Series 1. Personal, 1915-1987. - Boxes 1-2; Visual Materials: Photographs Box 41. Series 2. Professional, 1904-1976. - Box 2.
The papers were placed in acid-free folders and the original folders disposed of. Extra photocopies and one extra pamphlet were disposed of.
- Agricultural education.
- Agricultural journalists.
- American Institute of Home-Grown Fats and Oils
- Association of Southern Agricultural Workers
- Brougher, William Edward
- Cobb family.
- Cobb, Cully Alton
- Cobb, Lois D. (Lois Dowdle)
- Druid Hills Baptist Church (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David)
- Eisenhower, Mamie Doud
- Harris, Corra
- Mississippi State University. Cobb Institute of Archeology
- Shorter College
- Lois P. Dowdle "Mrs. Cully" Cobb Papers
- Dee Baldwin
- May 2012
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- Language of description
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