Guide to the David Schell Collection

Record Group 084

Date Span; ca 1905-1936

Extent
            116 items

Biographical / Historical Sketch            Dr. David Schell, family and psychological counselor from Selma, Alabama, heard Dr. Marty Olliff speak about the Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture on the Carolyn Hutchinson "Community Affairs" radio program over Troy Public Radio, June 18, 2007.  His great aunt had given a collection of women's magazines (ca. 1905-1936) to Dr. Schell before she passed away.  He provided these to the Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture (after 2012, the Wiregrass Archives).
Schell's "Aunt Lizzie" was his great-great aunt Elizabeth A. Coon (nee “Niece”) of Hickory County, Missouri.  Though at one time she and her husband, Austin Coon, lived in Independence, MO, they moved to the unincorporated village of Galmy, near Wheatland and Hermitage, MO.
Three of the magazines in this collection--American Woman, Comfort, Good Stories--were published in Augusta, ME, a hotbed for pulp press monthlies designed primarily to entertain rural women and to advertise mail order goods.  Between 1869 and 1912, Augusta was the "mail order magazine capital of the country," publishing 17 titles that by 1906 accounted for 1/3 of value of manufactured goods in that city.  This according to Phyllis von Herrich’s website "Women’s History Trail, Augusta, Maine, 2002.http://dll.umaine.edu/historytrail/site14.html>

Comfort
had the largest circulation of these magazines.  William Gannett created it in 1888 as a way to market his patent medicine "Oxien."  Comfort was the first American magazine to reach ½ million circulation (1895) and in 1905 affirmed its circulation at 1 million.  Frank L. Mott, who’s History of American Magazines is the standard source, calls Comfort a "cheap miscellany for the home," with items of interest for everyone in the family.
Neither New York nor Chicago would allow themselves to be left out of this magazine market.  Dr. Schnell’s collection also contains Illustrated Stories published by Edwin F. Nason in NYC and Woman’s World out of Chicago.

Scope/Content:
            Consists of popular magazines from the first 1/3 of the 20th century and a number of loose pages of advertisements and covers, the latter retained for their illustrations.
Titles:

  • The American Woman
  • Comfort
  • Good Stories
  • The Illustrated Companion
  • McCalls (4 issues)
  • Woman's World

Organization:
                        Arranged by Title, then chronologically.  Many gaps in the sequences.

Provenance:
                        Dr. Schell's great-great aunt, "Aunt Lizzy," kept these magazines in her attic until she sold her farm in Missouri, then gave them to Dr. Schell's wife.  After hearing a public radio program about the AWHC, Dr. Schell contacted Dr. Marty Olliff and gave the magazines to the AWHC.

Preferred Citation:
  David Schell Collection, RG 084, Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.

Access Limits?
            Open per donor agreement and as published materials

INVENTORY

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Illustrated Companion:  Oct.  1924

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Illustrated Companion:  Feb.  1912

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Illustrated Companion:  Mar. - Nov. 1907 - Bound

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Illustrated Companion:  Jun.  1927

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Illustrated Companion:  Jan. - Dec. 1910 - Bound

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Illustrated Companion:  Mar.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Jul.  1912

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Illustrated Companion:  Jun.  1912

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Illustrated Companion:  May  1912

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Illustrated Companion:  Aug.  1912

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Illustrated Companion:  Oct.  1912

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Illustrated Companion:  Sep.  1912

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Illustrated Companion:  Nov.  1912

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Illustrated Companion:  Nov.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Oct.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Sep.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Aug.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  May 1915 

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Illustrated Companion:  Feb.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Jul.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Jun.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Sep.  1923

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Illustrated Companion:  Oct.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Nov.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Apr.  1926

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Illustrated Companion:  Aug.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Aug.  1924

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Illustrated Companion:  Aug.  1913

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Illustrated Companion:  Jun.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Feb.  1926

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Illustrated Companion:  Jul.  1913

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Illustrated Companion:  Nov. 1913

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Illustrated Companion:  Feb.  1913

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Illustrated Companion:  Jul.  1927

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Illustrated Companion:  Aug.  1927

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Illustrated Companion:  Jun.  1913

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Illustrated Companion:  Jan.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Apr.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Dec.  1915

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Illustrated Companion:  Sep.  1913

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Illustrated Companion:  Oct.  1913

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Illustrated Companion:  Oct.  1916

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Illustrated Companion:  Sep.  1916

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Illustrated Companion:  Jan. - Dec.  1911 - Bound

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Illustrated Companion:  Sep.  1924

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Illustrated Companion:  Mar.  1913

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Illustrated Companion:  Jul.  1917

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Illustrated Companion:  Dec. 1916

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Illustrated Companion:  Aug.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Jul.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Apr.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  May  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Jun.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Feb.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Mar.  1925

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Illustrated Companion:  Sep.  1914

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Street & Smith's Love Story Magazine  n.d.

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McCall's Magazine:  Jul.  1910

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McCall's Magazine:  Oct. 1917

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McCall's Magazine:  Feb.  1910

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McCall's Magazine:  Jan.  1904

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Gentlewoman:  Oct.  1936

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American Needle Woman:  Aug.  1924

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Good Stories:  Apr.  1922

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Good Stories:  Nov.  1932

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Good Stories:  Feb.  1932

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Good Stories:  Sep.  1931

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Good Stories:  Oct.  1932

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Good Stories:  Feb.  1930

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Good Stories:  Oct.  1929

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Good Stories:  Aug.   1922

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Good Stories:  Nov.  1925

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Good Stories:  Jun.  1915

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Good Stories:  Sep.  1929

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Good Stories:  Mar.  1928

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Good Stories:  Sep.  1922

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Women's World:  Feb.  1912

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Women's World:  Jan.   1916

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Women's World:  Mar.  1912

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Women's World:  Oct.  1911

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Women's World:  Jun.  1928

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Women's World:  Jul.  1913

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Women's World:  Nov.  1928

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Women's World:  Dec.  1924

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Women's World:  Oct.  1924  [Cover Only}

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Women's World:  Jan.  1925

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Women's World:  Jul.  1925

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Women's World:  Oct.  1915

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Women's World:  Aug.  1911  [Cover Only]

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Women's World:  Dec.  1924  [Cover Only]

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Women's World:  Nov.  1911

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Women's World:  Oct.  1915  [Cover Only]

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Women's World:  May  1915

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Women's World:  Apr.  1929

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Women's World:  Aug.  1928

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Women's World:  [Advertisement]  1915

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Grit:  May  1949

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How to Make Cornhusk Dolls:  1973

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Woman's World  [Incomplete - 4 leaves] [Variations in Salt Pork]  n.d.

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Advertisement: Dromedary Dates / Victrola  n.d.

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Advertisement:  Wilbur's Stock Food / Palmolive Soap  n.d.

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Advertisement:  Kellogg's Corn Flakes / Old Dutch Cleanser  n.d.

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Advertisement:  Instant Postom Cereal  n.d.

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Advertisement:  Colgate [Gifts] / Christmas Surprise Coupon  n.d. 

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Advertisement:  Fairbank's Gold Dust / Perfection Oil Cook Stoves  n.d.

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Modern Priscilla, The:  Jun.  1917

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American Women:  Jan.  1916

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American Women:  Jan. - Dec.  1910 - Bound

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American Women:  Jan - Dec.  1907 - Bound

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American Women:  Oct.  1912

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American Women:  Jan. - Dec.  1909 - Bound

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American Women:  Jan. - Dec.  1905 - Bound

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American Women:  Jan. - Dec.  1908 - Bound

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Comfort:  Jan.  1909

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Comfort:  Jun.  1917

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Comfort:  Jan. - Dec.  1909 - Bound

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