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Maid of Cotton Records, 1939-1994

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Creator:
National Cotton Council
Dudley, Ann
Donor:
Spann, Laura
Creator:
Cotton Museum (Memphis, Tennessee) (donor)
Physical description:
38.5 cu. ft.; 90 boxes
Type:
Audiotapes
Collection descriptions
Photograph albums
Photographs
Programs
Reports
Scrapbooks
Slides (photographs)
Videocassettes
Place:
United States
Memphis (Tenn.)
Date:
1939
1939-1994
20th century
Notes:
The "Maid of Cotton" beauty pageant was sponsored by the National Cotton Council, Memphis Cotton Carnival, and the Cotton Exchanges of Memphis, New York, and New Orleans from 1939-1993. The contest was held annually in Memphis, Tennessee until the National Cotton Council and Cotton Council International moved to Dallas, Texas. Beginning with the 1985 pageant (held December 1984) the competition was held in Dallas. The pageant was discontinued in 1993 due to lack of funds, a sponsor, and changes in marketing strategies.
Summary:
The collection contains the records for "The Maid of Cotton" pageant (1939-1993) sponsored by the National Cotton Council, Memphis Cotton Carnival, and the Cotton Exchanges of Memphis, New York, and New Orleans. The records incloude files on participants, photographs, scrapbooks and audiovisual materials. 2013 addendum: two scrapbooks documenting the pageant and contestant Ann Dudley's participation, 1961-1962.
Cite as:
Maid of Cotton Records, 1939-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Beauty contestants
Beauty contests
Cotton industry
Cotton textile industry
Local number:
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
2013.3004 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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