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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1116

Papers of Dorothy Evelyn Genevieve Fappiano Hawkins and Esther Elvira Linnea Anderson, 1930s-2020 (inclusive), 1930s-1982 (bulk)


Recipes and other biographical materials related to domestic worker Esther Elvira Linnea Anderson and her daughter Dorothy Evelyn Genevieve Fappiano Hawkins, the wife of a United States Army Medical Corps officer.


  • 1930-2020
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1982

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Dorothy Evelyn Genevieve Fappiano Hawkins and Esther Elvira Linnea Anderson is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.2 linear feet ((1/2 file box) plus 2 folio+ folders)

Collection contains historical materials related to the Anderson and Hawkins families. Included are biographical essays of Esther Anderson and Dorothy Hawkins compiled by Dorothy Hawkins' daughters in 2020; Anderson's and Hawkins' recipe cards for both family and large-scale meals; and materials related to Dorothy Hawkins' social planning activities. Esther Anderson's recipe cards were for family as well as large-scale cooking for catering jobs and include recipes for cookies and family size meals, as well as a meatloaf recipe requiring 20 pounds of meat. As the wife of an army doctor in the mid-twentieth century, Dorothy Hawkins was involved in keeping track of and fulfilling social requirements through the officer wives' club, including luncheons and charity projects. Collection includes her report as Tea Chairman for the annual tea of the Woman's Club of William Beaumont Army Hospital (1969); invitations; recipes; clippings; etc. Also of note are print-outs of scanned photographs and flyers of women's sports teams managed by Guglielmo Fappiano in the 1930s. One folder title created by Dorothy Hawkins appears in quotes; all other folder titles were created by the archivist. Collection is arranged alphabetically.


Esther Elvira Linnea Anderson was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1906. She was one of six children of Ludwig Anderson (1873-1973) and Hannah Rydberg Anderson (1870-1957), both immigrants from Sweden who met and married after coming to the United States. Anderson grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. After finishing the eighth grade she went to work to help support the family. She met her husband Guglielmo Fappiano (1900-1945) when they were both working at Bradley's, a candy making company. They married in 1932. They had two sons and one daughter, Dorothy. Guglielmo Fappiano, who went by the name "Babe Gibbons," was a semi-professional boxer, prizefight announcer, gym manager, and for a brief time, a vaudeville announcer. In the late 1930s, he managed the Connecticut Yankees of New Haven, a women's sports team that played indoor baseball, softball, and basketball. Anderson worked as a cleaner in the Yale University dormitories and then as a waitress in the dining hall. She also worked as a laundress in private homes and did catering jobs. After her husband's death, she changed her name, as well as those of her sons, from Fappiano to Anderson, and briefly moved to California with her daughter Dorothy Hawkins' family, where they combined households to make ends meet while her daughter's husband completed his medical training. Anderson returned to New Haven in 1950 and spent her remaining working years living in households as cook and housekeeper. Anderson died in 1997.

Dorothy Evelyn Genevieve Fappiano Hawkins was born on October 8, 1923 in New Haven, Connecticut. She attended Hillhouse High School where she graduated in 1941 after completing a college preparatory course. During the war she worked at a local machine gun factory. She matriculated at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in January 1945. At college she met medical student Joseph Albert Hawkins from East Saint Louis, Illinois. They married on February 6, 1946 at the Swedish Congregational Church in New Haven. They had three daughters, Stephanie Hawkins Smith, Deborah Hawkins Lockwood, and Claudia Hawkins McLemore. After the birth of her first daughter in November 1946, Hawkins did not return to college and the family moved to Boston so Joseph Hawkins could attend Harvard Medical School. After his graduation they moved to Long Beach, California, for his internship. When she became pregnant with their second child she left her job and Joseph Hawkins joined the Army in order to receive an officer's pay while interning. Joseph's military job as an army doctor took the family to Germany (1950-1952), where Hawkins had her third child; San Francisco (1952-1955); Denver (1955-1956, 1960-1967); Honolulu (1956-1960); El Paso (1967-1970), where Hawkins returned to college and earned her B.S. in Education at the University of Texas at El Paso (1970); Washington (1970-1972); and Phoenix (1972-1999). Hawkins died in a car accident in 1999.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2021-M13

The papers of Dorothy Evelyn Genevieve Fappiano Hawkins and Esther Elvira Linnea Anderson were given to the Schlesinger Library by Stephanie Hawkins Smith, January 2021.

Processing Information

Processed: March 2021

By: Laura Peimer.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by Radcliffe Class of 1956 and the Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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