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COLLECTION Identifier: A/B726

Budget book of Dorothy B. Borcherdt, 1929-1932


Handwritten book titled "She Budgets Her Money! The Budget Book" written by Dorothy B. Borcherdt documenting her clothing inventory and spending, or projected spending, for the period covering 1929-1932.


  • 1929-1932


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the budget book of Dorothy B. Borcherdt as well as 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.


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Collection contains a handwritten book titled "She Budgets Her Money! The Budget Book" written by Dorothy B. Borcherdt. The book documents her clothing inventory and spending, or projected spending, for the period covering 1929-1932. Borcherdt includes the price of each piece of clothing, the amount of time used (i.e., 1 year), and sources (homemade or readymade). The book includes categories such as outer garments, hats and gloves, undergarments, and shoes and stockings. It is illustrated with fashion photographs and art cut from periodicals of the time, with handwritten labels, and documents the fashion of the period. One illustration of sweaters in a shop window with the sign "Avedon" may be from the New York City Fifth Avenue shop of Jacob Avedon, fashion photographer Richard Avedon's father.


Dorothy B. Borcherdt was born July 4, 1910, daughter of Clara Graef and Walter O. Borcherdt. In 1938 she married Eugene Krause at her parents' home in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. They had twin boys: Eugene Frederick Borcherdt and John Walter Borcherdt (Borcherdt later legally changed their names from Krause to Borcherdt). The marriage ended in divorce in 1943. Borcherdt lived in Saugerties, New York, and died in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2022-M87

The Budget book of Dorothy B. Borcherdt was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from The Second Shelf in April 2022.

Processing Information

Processed: July 2022

By: Paula Aloisio

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
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Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Kim A. Bendheim Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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