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COLLECTION Identifier: 2018-M159: T-548

Papers of Dorothy L. Frauenhofer, 1909-2009


Family documents and draft writings of African American psychologist Dorothy L. Frauenhofer.


  • Creation: 1909-2009

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

An appointment is required for access to audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Dorothy L. Frauenhofer is held by Karen Kasi Lemmons during her lifetime. Upon Lemmons's death, copyright will transfer to Zora Gillian Hall. 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.


.63 linear feet ((1 + 1/2 file box) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 audiotape, 1 archived web site)

Collection includes biographical information (resumes, clippings, an oral history, professional certificates); drafts of poems, short stories, and Frauenhofer's novel, Castles of Deferred Dreams; and Stallworth family documents, including Martha and Elbert Stallworth's 1919 marriage announcement, Elbert Stallworth's patents, and material about the building, mortgage, and sale of the Stallworth family home in Tuskegee, Alabama. Frauenhofer's web site created for Castles of Deferred Dreams is being captured periodically as part of Schlesinger Library's web archiving program.

Folders were titled by Dorothy Frauenhofer or by her daughter Karen Kasi Lemmons, who also wrote descriptive notes on some folders. Archivist titles and notes are in brackets.


Dorothy Othello Stallworth was born in 1923 in Americus, Georgia, to Martha (Johnson) and Elbert Stallworth. The Stallworth family moved to Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1938 so the children could attend a high school run by the Tuskegee Institute. Dorothy Stallworth also attended college at Tuskegee Institute and married a fellow student and Tuskegee Airman, Milton Lemmons, in 1943. Dorothy and Milton Lemmons moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and had 3 daughters. Dorothy worked a school teacher, and received a M.A. in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1963. The Lemmons's marriage ended in divorce in 1967; Dorothy moved with her children to Boston, where she pursued a second master's degree at Boston University. Dorothy married Dennis Frauenhofer in 1969. Dorothy Frauenhofer worked as a guidance counselor in the Newton Public Schools for 13 years, and was involved in the METCO program there. She received an Ed.D. from Harvard in 1979, and opened a private therapy practice in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1981. She developed a clientele of professional African American women, and spoke often about the psychological ramifications of racism. Dr. Frauenhofer enjoyed creative writing, and wrote a novel, Castles of Deferred Dreams, in 2011 (published under the name Dorothy Stallworth). She also wrote a chapter of Ourselves Growing Older, published by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective in 1994. Dorothy Stallworth Frauenhofer died of a stroke in Onset, Massachusetts, in 2016.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2018-M159

The papers of Dorothy L. Frauenhofer were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter. Karen Kasi Lemmons, in 2018.

Processing Information

Container list created: November 2018

By: Jenny Gotwals

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.

Frauenhofer, Dorothy L. Papers of Dorothy L. Frauenhofer, 1909-2009: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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