Papers of Mildred Levine Albert, 1910-1991
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
1.67 linear feet ((4 file boxes) plus 5 folio folders, 6 folio+ folders, 1 supersize folder, 25 photograph folders, 8 videocassettes, 1 phonograph record, 1 audiocassette, 1 reel of microfilm)
The arrangement described below follows the order of the papers when they were received as far as possible.
Series I, Personal and biographical (#1-36), includes biographical information, diploma and tributes, correspondence (family and other), programs, Albert's travel writings, documents re: Albert's death, and photographs.
Series II, Academie Moderne/Hart Model Agency (#37-53), is divided into two sections. The first, Academie Moderne, includes catalogs, brochures, programs, newsletters, commencement programs and photographs, and yearbooks; the arrangement is chronological, according to the first item in each category, and within each category. The second section, Hart Model Agency, includes correspondence and photographs re: the Heart Fund Ball (1957), brochures and photographs. See also Series III, IV, and V for both Academie Moderne and Hart Model Agency.
Series III, Fashion shows (#54-134), is divided into three sections. One, programs and related material is subdivided into: programs arranged alphabetically by name of sponsoring organization; programs arranged chronologically; and programs of shows produced by others. The latter includes related correspondence, press releases, etc., arranged chronologically.
Two, scripts is subdivided into three chronological sections: stage, radio, and television shows. Three, background material is subdivided into three sections: biographies of designers and fashion personalities, arranged alphabetically; press releases, clippings, notes, and publications arranged chronologically; and publicity photographs of designers, etc., arranged alphabetically, followed by miscellaneous photos arranged chronologically.
Series IV, Clippings (135-148), is divided into three sections, each arranged chronologically: Albert and family, Academie Moderne/Hart Model Agency, and Albert's newspaper and magazine columns.
Most clippings in folders #135-148 were discarded after microfilming. Request M-137. A few were retained and added to #1, 2f+.
Series V., Audiovisual material (149vt-158at), consists of videocassettes by or about Albert: programs of the "Good Day Show" (ABC/WCVB), on fashion and on Albert's 82nd birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Academie Moderne; and two interviews with Albert. There is also an audiocassette of Albert's instructions to an Academie Moderne posture class.
After what she described as a happy childhood and adolescence, Albert attended the Sargent School of Physical Education and graduated in 1926. The following chronology reflects her very active life, mainly in Boston:
- 1926: Taught gym classes at Somerville (Mass.) High School
- 1928: Married James Albert, Boston lawyer; worked at Florence Street settlement house in the South End of Boston
- 1930: Daughter, Justine Iris (Joy), born
- 1931: Daughter, Jeanne Marion, born
- 1933: Son, Robert Alan, born early
- 1930s: Taught posture at Massachusetts General Hospital
- 1936: Founded Academie Moderne (finishing/modeling school)
- Late 1930s: Had a weekly WEEI radio program, "Youthful Loveliness"
- 1944: Co-founded Hart Model Agency and Promotions, Inc., fashion consultants
- 1940s: Coordinated fashion shows for Boston Herald-Traveler, H.P. Hood Co., et al.
- 1954: Wrote and coordinated fashion show and tea for National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis: co-ordinated and was commentator for 100th Anniversary of Cotton Manufacturers' fashion show (New York)
- 1957: Covered visit of Queen Elizabeth II to United States for radio and press
- 1950s: On CBS New England lecture circuit, topic "Gracious Living"; WBZ radio program; started appearing on TV fashion programs
- 1960-1970s: WCRB radio program, "Fashion As I See It"
- 1961: Appointed fashion director and commentator for Norman Knight [radio] Stations
- 1964: Received Millinery Institute of America's "Best Hatted Woman of America" award
- 1964-1965: Wrote, produced, and was commentator for daily fashion shows at New England Pavilion at New York World's Fair
- 1968: Covered first White House fashion show for radio and press
- 1970: Coordinated Italian Knitwear Fashion Show
- 1975: Received March of Dimes "Fashion Show; Consultant of the Year" award; received award for dedication to the arts; from Public Action for the Arts
- 1978: Celebrated 50th wedding anniversary
- 1970s: Coordinated Miss Massachusetts pageants
- 1980: Academie Moderne started courses for men
- 1981: Received Sargent College Alumni Association Spirit Award
- 1980s: Presented fashion shows on CBS "Good Day Show"
- 1981-1991: Society columnist for Tab newspaper
- 1983: Received State of Israel Bonds 35th Anniversary Award
- 1984: Started Ritz Hotel Saturday lunch fashion shows
- 1990: "The Grande Dame Salutes a Grand Dame," Copley Plaza Hotel honors Albert
Albert was an overseer of the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, a director of the Boston Fashion Group, and a cofounder of the Boston Arts Festival; served on the Heart Fund and numerous other committees; and was a member of many organizations, including the Advertising Club, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Ballet, American Women in Radio and Television, the Boston Chamber of Commerce, and the Back Bay Association. Her husband called her "the Mighty Atom."
Mildred Levine Albert died in Boston on August 26, 1991.
- Series I. Personal and biographical
- Series II. Academie Moderne/Hart Model Agency
- Series III. Fashion shows
- Series IV. Clippings
- Series V. Audiovisual material
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Mildred Levine Albert were given to the Schlesinger Library in September 1992 by her husband, James Albert, and their three children.
- Box 1: 1-48v
- Box 2: 49-78
- Box 3: 79-103
- Box 4: 104-125
By: Bert Hartry
- Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Exercise for women
- Grandparent and child
- Jewish families
- Modeling agencies
- Models (persons)--Massachusetts--Boston
- Older people--Employment
- Radio programs
- Radio scripts
- Television scripts.
- Voyages and travels
- Women's television programs
- Women-owned business enterprises--Massachusetts--Boston
- Albert, Mildred Levine, 1905-1991. Papers of Mildred Levine Albert, 1910-1991: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from the Albert family.
- EAD ID
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