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COLLECTION Identifier: A/T429

Barbizon Studio of Fashion Modeling collection of Emma Jane Thiebaud, 1946-1947


Letters from Helen Fraser, director of the Barbizon Studio of Fashion Modeling, to Emma Jane Thiebaud, concerning Thiebaud's possible admittance to the Studio. Informational pamphlets about the school are also included.


  • 1946-1947


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Emma Jane Thiebaud 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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The Barbizon Studio of Fashion Modeling collection of Emma Jane Thiebaud consists of letters to Thiebaud from Helen Fraser, the Barbizon Studio of Fashion Modeling's director, and informational pamphlets sent by Fraser to Thiebaud. In her letters, Fraser responds to Thiebaud's request for information about the Studio, acknowledges receipt of Thiebaud's completed "Model's Questionnaire," and notes that if Thiebaud's stated measurements are accurate, she qualifies "quite naturally" for modeling, albeit with "some modifications." Fraser further notes that Thiebaud's photographs indicate that she is "visually attractive and pictorially decorative--a type in quite popular demand for most phases of modeling." She also notes the financial security that a career in modeling provides and the expert training that Barbizon offers, promising that Thiebaud will "acquire a flair for elegance, a quality of smartness and distinction to make you truly outstanding." Later letters include Fraser's acknowledgment of Thiebaud's desire to defer her attendance at the school, and concern at not hearing further from her. Barbizon Studio pamphlets sent to Thiebaud include "A Primer on Modeling for Girls Who Aspire to Model...and Their Parents," which includes testimonials from Barbizon graduates and their parents; an informational pamphlet describing types of modeling and the Studio's training program (including "creation of individually designed coiffure"); and a list of recommended hotels.


Emma Jane Thiebaud was born in Illinois in 1924, the daughter of Oscar Julius Thiebaud and Mary Melba (Anderson) Thiebaud. In 1946, Thiebaud was interested in moving to New York City and modeling with the Barbizon Studio of Fashion Modeling. She was accepted at the Studio but it is not clear that she actually attended. In 1947 she married Andrew Stelich; they had five children. Thiebaud died in 2020.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2023-M13

The Barbizon Studio of Fashion Modeling collection of Emma Jane Thiebaud was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Linda Lacy in 2022.

Processing Information

Processed: May 2023

By: Susan Earle

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 Eliza Taylor and George W. Ransom Memorial Fund, Robert and Elizabeth Owen Shenton Fund, and the Fleisher Acquisition Fund.

Repository Details

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