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National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life
Corson, Mille Gade , 1898- (swimmer)
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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.
Arranged into two series
Series 1: Photographs, undated
Series 2: Scrapbooks, circa 1926
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.
Collection processed by NMAH Staff, undated
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Esther Stoyanoff, October 25, 1981.
Using the Collection
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 (now Division of Cultural and Community Life).
Mrs. Corson gave this material to her friend, Esther Stoyanoff, who donated it to the Division of Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life) in 1981. The collection subsequently was transferred to the Archives Center in 1983.
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