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COLLECTION Identifier: 84-M30--85-M78: T-168

Papers of Marguerite Jeanne Queneau, 1834-1985 (inclusive), 1880-1985 (bulk)


Correspondence, reports, articles, etc., of Marguerite Jeanne Queneau, nutritionist and dietitian.


  • Creation: 1834-1985
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1880-1985

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marguerite Jeanne Queneau 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.


1 linear feet ((1 carton) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ folder, 4 audiotapes)

This collection is divided into three series:

Series I, Queneau and Blaisdell families, includes genealogical paper, correspondence of Augustin Lèon Jean Queneau, Abbie Jean Blaisdell Queneau, and other family members; photographs; certificates; and clippings.

Series II, Personal papers, consists of Marguerite Jeanne Queneau's personal correspondence; notes; material relating to her religious activities, particularly as a member of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross; and tapes and transcripts of interviews with Queneau.

Series III, Professional papers, includes correspondence, reports, syllabi, papers, articles, and clippings. It is arranged chronologically and covers her employment from the New York City Department of Welfare to her recent post-retirement activities.


Marguerite Jeanne Queneau, a nutritionist and dietitian, was born December 5, 1903, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the eldest daughter and the second of six children of Augustin Lèon Jean and Abbie Jean (Blaisdell) Queneau. A French engineer, Queneau's father accepted a position in Liège, Belgium, and the family settled there in 1912. When the Germans invaded Belgium, Augustin Lèon Jean Queneau joined the French army; a few months later, Queneau, her mother, and five siblings escaped to England, where Abbie Jean Blaisdell Queneau joined the Red Cross and eventually became secretary and treasurer of the organization in northern England. During the war, Queneau attended Central Newcastle High School; for more information concerning the school, see Olive Carter, Girls' Public Day School Trust, History of Gateshead High School, 1876-1907, and Central Newcastle High School, 1895-1955 (printed by G.F. Laybourne, Newcastle upon Tyne, n.d.) in the Schlesinger Library. In 1919, Queneau moved to Minneapolis, where she earned a B.S. in home economics at the University of Minnesota in 1925. She served as a hospital dietetic intern at Minneapolis General Hospital in 1926, was nutritionist for the New York City Department of Welfare, 1934-1936, and public health nutritionist for the New York State Department of Health in Albany, 1936-1959. She received an M.A. in child development and parent education from Columbia University Teachers' College in 1941.

From 1943 to 1945, Queneau worked for the United States Army as a hospital dietitian in England; in 1950-1951, she was instructor in maternal and child nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health; and in 1953-1954 she taught at the Institut National d'Hygiène and at the Hôpital Bichat in Paris as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow.

Queneau retired to Boston in 1959, and since then has served in various positions in several nearby hospitals (including Peter Bent Brigham Hospital) and in the Health Department of the City of Newton. In 1962-1963 she was a Nutrition Officer for the Freedom from Hunger Campaign of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy.

Queneau was a member of several professional organizations, and published articles in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and state health department publications.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 84-M30, 84-M62, 84-M172, 85-M5, 85-M27, 85-M32, 85-M78

The papers of Marguerite Jeanne Queneau were given to the Schlesinger Library by Marguerite Jeanne Queneau in February, April, and October 1984, and in January, February, and April 1985.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: January 1985

By: Anne Engelhart, Jennifer Salmon

Queneau, Marguerite Jeanne, 1903-1994. Papers of Marguerite Jeanne Queneau, 1834-1985 (inclusive), 1880-1985 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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Repository Details

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