Papers of Christine Frederick, 1883-1970 (inclusive), 1901-1970 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1901-1970
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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
.42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 18 folders of photographs, 1 oversize folder, 1 folio folder, 2 supersize items, 1 reel of microfilm (M-107)
MICROFILM M-107: Newspaper articles by Frederick, 1913-1950 (scattered); as well as newsclippings about Frederick, 1901-1966 (scattered) have been microfilmed, and a positive microfilm is available for research use. The original newsclippings have been discarded.
After their marriage the Fredericks moved to New York where Frederick began a career as a home economist, lecturer and author. She and her husband helped found the Advertising Women of New York in 1912, because women were refused admission to the men's advertising club. She campaigned for more efficiency in the kitchen, arguing that women ought to have more efficient equipment and experiment with improved techniques just as businessmen and farmers were doing. To test her theories, Frederick set up and directed a model kitchen, the Applecroft Home Experiment Station, on Long Island. She was credited with bringing about the standardization of the height of kitchen counters and work surfaces, and with encouraging the design of kitchens to save steps for the women using them. Frederick lectured on the Chautauqua circuit, 1917; was a contributing or consulting editor for several magazines (including Ladies Home Journal, The Designer, Shrine, and The American Weekly), 1912-1948; wrote several books on household management and the role of women as consumers; and raised four children (David Mansfield [died 1952], Jean, Phyllis and Carol). In 1950 she moved to Laguna Beach, California and began a new career as an interior decorator and instructor at Orange Coast College, retiring in 1957(?).
Christine Frederick died of heart disease on April 6, 1970 at the age of 87. For further biographical information, see Notable American Women, The Modern Period (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980).
- SERIES I. CORRESPONDENCE. Folders 1-8.
- SERIES II. WRITINGS BY AND ABOUT. Folders 9-13, Microfilm M-107.
- SERIES III. OTHER PAPERS. Folders 14-19.
- SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS. Folders 20-38.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Christine (MacGaffey) Frederick papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Jean Joyce in July 1974 and were processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-24669-76-987). Further addenda were given by Jean Joyce in February 1980.
- Christine Frederick, Household Engineering; scientific management in the home. Chicago, American School of Home Economics, 1919.
- Christine Frederick, The New Housekeeping; efficiency studies in home management. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, Page, 1913.
- Christine Frederick, Selling Mrs. Consumer. New York, The Business Bourse, 1929.
- Justus George Frederick, Cooking As Men Like It, by J. George Frederick, with an introduction by Mrs. Christine Frederick. New York, The Business Bourse, 1930.
By: Madeleine Bagwell Perez
- Frederick, Christine, 1883-1970. Papers of Christine Frederick, 1887-1970 (inclusive), 1901-1970 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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