Horace Fletcher papers
Correspondence and papers of American businessman, Horace Fletcher, who promoted his theory of nutrition called "Fletcherism."
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent.5 linear feet (1 box)
Collection consists primarily of letters by Fletcher, mostly carbon copies, concerning his studies and writings in nutrition, exercise, and health. Includes letters to (and a few from) various professors, doctors, and publishers. Also contains a few lectures, and a scattering of questionnaires, printed circulars, and other material on nutrition, health and efficiency.
Biographical / Historical
Horace Fletcher (1849-1919), an American businessman from Lawrence, Massachusetts, was best known for his writing and lectures on popular nutrition. His major innovation in eating habits, called Fletcherism, prescribed eating in small amounts only when hungry and chewing food thoroughly. Numerous celebrities of the time, such as John D. Rockefeller, Upton Sinclair, and Henry James, followed Fletcher's advice.
Fletcher was president of the Health and Efficiency League of America, subsidized research on nutrition, and worked in Belgium during World War I teaching refugees his system of vital economics: how to make the most of their scant rations.
Organized into the following two series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Other materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of W. D. Orcutt; received: 1921 January 11.
Existence and Location of Copies
Collection was microfilmed in 1992, but it was recataloged in 2003. The order of the materials in the microfilm version is not the same as current order of collection.
Processed by: Charlotte Gray with the assistance of Bonnie B. Salt
- Fletcher, Horace, 1849-1919. Horace Fletcher papers: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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