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A-114; M-82

Dignam, Dorothy. Papers of Dorothy Dignam, 1876-1960: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-114; M-82
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Dorothy Dignam
Title: Papers of Dorothy Dignam, 1876-1960
Date(s): 1876-1960
Quantity: 1.46 linear feet (3+1/2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, travel journal, etc., of Dorothy Dignam, active member and historian of Advertising Women of New York.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 354, 698
The papers of Dorothy Dignam were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in January 1962, and January 1964, by Dorothy Dignam.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 1962 and November 1970

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research, with the exception of folders 8-9 and volume 30, which are closed and can only be accessed via microfilm (M-82)

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Dorothy Dignam 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.

Preferred Citation:

Dorothy Dignam. Papers, 1876-1960; item description, dates. A-114, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

Dorothy Dignam, 1896-1988, early advertising writer, grew up in the Middle West. She worked in Europe in the 1920s on consumer relations and in the field of home appliances. Back in the United States she lived in Philadelphia during the depression of the 1930's, and worked in New York City during World War II. Her letters and diaries reflect the changing economic and social conditions, especially during the period 1920-1946. Her war diaries, 1941-1945, show action on the home front.
All her life she worked in advertising, especially in the fields of fashion, beauty, and homemaking. She is an active member of the Advertising Women of New York, and is its biographer. Her compilations of Advertising Women of New York histories, papers related to women in advertising, and the collections of her own work illustrate the history of women's involvement in advertising.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Correspondence, diaries, travel journal, school notebooks, histories, and articles. She spent the 1920s in Europe promoting consumer relations and home appliances, then worked in Philadelphia during the 1930s and in New York City during World War II. Her letters, which contain correspondence with Christine Frederick, and her diaries reflect changing economic and social conditions; her war diaries describe World War II activities on the home front. Material on Advertising Women of New York and women in advertising is included.

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Additional Index Terms

Advertising
Advertising--Fashion
Civil defense.
Diaries
Household appliances
United States--Social life and customs--1918-1945
United States--Economic conditions--1918-1945
Women in the advertising industry
American Women's Voluntary Services
Advertising Women of New York
Frederick, Christine, 1883-1970

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