Guide to the Mille Gade Corson Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0063
Creators:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Stoyanoff, Esther
Corson, Mille Gade , 1898- (swimmer)
Dates:
1920-1930.
Languages:
Danish
Some materials in Danish.
Physical Description:
0.5 Cubic feet
2 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Three scrapbooks and two albums containing photographs of Corson; news clippings about the swim; a Certificate of Life Membership in the Danish American Athletic Club; a certificate from the American Red Cross; sheet music; a tribute to her which contains a picture of her and her children; programs with images of her; advertisements; and a Navy chart showing her route and time. Vaudeville appearances, product endorsements, and civic honors are depicted in photographs and playbills.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Arranged into two series
Series 1: Photographs, undated
Series 2: Scrapbooks, circa 1926

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Mille Gade was born in Denmark into the Gade family of noted musicians. At 16 she was awarded the Royal Life Saving Medal (only five in the world at that time) by the king. She also received recognition and a cash award from the Carnegie Foundation for her life-saving feats. She emigrated to the United States in 1919. In 1921 she became the second woman to swim around Manhattan Island and in the same year swam frm Albany to New York City. On Sept. 21, 1921 she married Clemington Corson. Her first English Channel attempt was in August 1923, when she was forced to abondon the effort within two miles of the French coast. On Aug. 27 and 28, 1926, she swam the English Channel (France to England) in 15-3/4 hours, the first mother and only the second woman to conquer the Channel.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by NMAH Staff, undated
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Esther Stoyanoff, October 25, 1981.

Digital Content
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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Mille Gade Corson Collection, 1920-1930, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Esther Stoyanoff.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Archival Materials
Artifacts from this accession located in Community Life collections, NMAH.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
Mrs. Corson gave this material to her friend, Esther Stoyanoff, who donated it to the Division of Community Life in 1981. The collection subsequently was transferred to the Archives Center in 1983.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Albums -- 1920-1930 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vaudeville Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 1920-1930 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Certificates -- 1920-1930 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs -- 1920-1930 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sports -- 1920-1930 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sheet music -- 1920-1930 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
English Channel -- 1920-1930 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Denmark -- Emigration and immigration -- 1920-1930 Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Playbills Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1900-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Swimming -- 1920-1930 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Swimmers -- 1920-1930 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Danish American Athletic Club. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Red Cross Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives