CLARA BARTON APPROVES THE DESIGN FOR THE MEDALLION OF THE NATIONAL
FIRST AID ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA FOUNDED BY HER JUST FOUR MONTHS EARLIER; THE
NEW ASSOCIATION DEVELOPED THE FIRST FIRST AID KIT.
CLARA BARTON. Autograph Letter Signed: "Clara
Barton", 4p, 4¼x7. Oxford, Massachusetts, 1905 August 25. To Mr Wells
(Roscoe G. Wells). In full: "This mornings mail brings me the design for
the Medallion of the Association which you most courteously submit to me, for
approval. I am very happy in being able to give, fully and assuredly. The
colors blend well. And the letters of first importance viz First Aid - are
distinct and prominent. The full official title of the Society being less
important, will bear to be less pronounced. The stars are fine. It all seems
to be entirely acceptable, providing the cost is admissible. Of this you and
your careful secretary will be the best, and must be the final judges. I am very
glad of the effort at affiliation between the New York and New Jersey societies.
- That is what all should do. And will, I think, later, when once understood. It
will give me great pleasure to give you a letter of introduction to Mr Jarses
from whom I have recently received a line to which I am to reply today. And may
speak to him of the work - and possible call. I believe I have already sent him
a Worcester Telegram with our little talk. You will find him a most agreeable
gentleman, and if not too much occupied, might take some interest in the work. I
should tell you that I called, and prevented your good fathers card to Mr Kendal
of the Worcester branch, and commenced selections which are likely to be very
satisfactory. I return again the first of the week to finish selecting. The
Diplomas are finished and awaiting orders. The New Smith Primer waits to
serve. The old one will go back by Adams Express. My various mechanical works
are progressing. I will inclose the design and return by evening mail - With
thanks and regards." This letter was written to General ROSCOE G.
WELLS, Barton's assistant at the National First Aid Association of America.
On May 14, 1904, CLARA BARTON resigned as President of the American National
Red Cross, in wake of mounting criticism of her management style, ability and
age (82). In April, 1905, she established the National First Aid Association of
America and served as honorary president for five years. It was based on an
unsuccessful first aid program Barton had initiated within the Red Cross. The
new organization emphasized basic first aid instruction and emergency
preparedness and developed the first aid kit now used at homes and in schools
and businesses. Ambulance brigades were formed in conjunction with police
and fire departments, as well as in industrial settings. The diplomas
mentioned by Barton were for the first students who successfully completed the
course in basic first aid instruction. Though the organization didn't grow
as she had hoped, her goal was achieved: first aid training was incorporated as
one of the essential functions of the American Red Cross. Pencil note (unknown
hand) in upper margin of first page. Fine condition.
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