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Clara Barton signs a pamphlet for The National First Aid Association of America.
Pamphlet signed: "Very Sincerely Yours/Clara Barton./1905" beneath a 4x5 printed book page photo. As President of The National First Aid Association of America, 12p, 5½x7. Boston, circa December 1905. The founder of the American Red Cross sends holiday greetings and outlines her earlier relief efforts and "My Later Work", organizing "First Aid for the Injured". In part: "Others, and a still larger number, can go back with me to my return from the war fields in foreign lands, bringing with me a strange device -- a 'blood red cross,' as a gift to our Government and our people...Another work reaches out its hand to me, and I have taken them...This system is not new. We did not originate it. It is the time-honored 'Saint John Ambulance' of England, and Germany, and other European countries, saving hundreds of lives, and thereby millions of property year by year...." Clara Barton (1821-1912), who had served on the battlefields of the Civil War, became acquainted with the International Red Cross of Geneva while working abroad during the Franco-Prussian conflict and established the American Red Cross in 1882. She served as the organization's President until June 16, 1904, when she resigned from her "lifelong presidency". In April 1905, the year before this document was signed, Barton, who had originally planned to organized a Red Cross in Mexico, founded the National First Aid Association of America, which taught first aid classes (likely the reason for the Diplomas mentioned in this letter), developed the original first aid kits and helped to organize community ambulance brigades. She would serve as the organization's honorary President for five years. In 1907, The Story of My Childhood, the first and only volume of her planned multi-volume autobiography, was published. In 1891, Edward and Edwin Baltzley had built a three-story, 30-room home in Glen Echo, Maryland for Barton. Remodeled in 1897 as the headquarters of the American Red Cross, the home temporarily served as a warehouse and was crammed with thousands of items to assist victims of wars and natural disasters. Barton would live in the home until her death. Color covers in holiday holly design are slightly soiled and stained at lower right. Front cover partially separated from booklet and shows a tear (all intact). Internally sound, lightly stained on pages at lower right portion. Signature page is in fine condition.

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Born: December 25, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts
Died: April 12, 1912 in Glen Echo, Maryland

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