Frysinger, Grace E. (Grace Elizabeth), 1885-1973. Papers of Grace E. Frysinger, 1919-1956:
A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 2006 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: A-106
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Grace E. (Grace Elizabeth) Frysinger, 1885-1973
Title: Papers of Grace E. Frysinger, 1919-1956
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, programs, photographs, etc., of Grace E. Frysinger, home economist.
Accession number: 326
Gift of Miss Grace E. Frysinger, The Kennedy-Warren, 3133 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington 8, D.C. Received July
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Grace E. Frysinger as well as copyright
in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Grace E. Frysinger Papers, 1919-1956; item description, dates. A-106, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Grace Elizabeth Frysinger, daughter of George P. and Grace Caroline (Burrall) Fysinger,
was born in Rockford, Illinois, on August 28, 1885. Shewas a graduate of the Oread
Institute of Domestic Science and Art, Worcester, Massachusetts, Drexel Institute
of Technology and took courses at the University of Chicago, the School of Cookery
in London, England, and Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Frysinger served as Instructor
at the School of Domestic Science and Arts, Chicago, Illinois (1906-21908), Director
of Home Economics Department at Belmont College, Nashville, Tennessee (1909-1912);
Director of Household Science at Des Moines, Iowa high school (1915-1916); Food Conservation
Lecturer and Author in New York City (1916-1917); Senior Home Economist at the Extension
Service, United States Department of Agriculture (1918-1945). She was the author
of many United States Department of Agriculture reports and publications, including
"Home Demonstration Work." Frysinger died March 1979.
Biographical information, letters, articles, programs and photographs concerning Grace
E. Frysinger's activities re education in relation to rural women, in this country
and internationally, including data on the Rural Home Conference, Washington, D.C.,
November 1934, and Triennial Conferences of the Associated Country Women of the World,
1936, 1939, 1953.
- Folders 1-12. Personal data regarding Grace E. Frysinger, formerly Senior Home Economist Extension
Service, United States Department of Agriculture.
Scope and Content: Included are her photograph, a statement of her training and professional experience.
These folders also include information regarding various honors and awards that have
been received in relations to her work in helping to develop and supervise Home Demonstration
work, an educational service in homemaking for farm women as sponsored by the United
States Department of Agriculture and the State Colleges of Agriculture throughout
the United States and its territories, and for other related activities, national
and international in scope. Folders 1 and 5 each contain one photograph.
- Folder 13. Examples of various types of articles, leaflets, and related material regarding Home
Demonstration Work, and farm women, as prepared by Grace E. Frysinger. Theses materials
represent articles published by the United States Department of Agriculture, Professional
Magazine, Trade Journals and the General and Specialized Press.
- Folder 14. Data regarding the RURAL HOME CONFERENCE sponsored by the American Country Life Association
with the assistance of the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington,
D.C., November 16, 1934.
Scope and Content: Grace E. Frysinger was General Chairman of the Conference that was planned to bring
together rural women members of the various national farm organizations, and organizations
of rural women, national, regional and state. It also included representatives of
all national organizations with a rural home program such as the General Federation
of Women's Clubs, The National Congress of Parents and Teachers, The Y.W.C.A., the
Rural Library, Education Foundations, Religious groups and various specialized agencies
related to this field of endeavor. Includes 7 photographs (2 in folder; 5 oversized
A106-14+ - 3,4,5,6,7).
- Folder 15. Third Triennial Conference, Associated Country Women of the World, May 31-June 11,
1936. Includes one photograph.
- Folder 16. Post conference trip to Canada, emphasizing the dedication of the Peace Bridge between
Buffalo, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, of a plaque marking the passage
of this Pilgrimage of Friendship and dedicated to the rural women of the Western hemisphere.
Includes one photograph.
- Folders 17-28. Information regarding the Fourth Triennial Conference of the Associated Country Women
of the World held in London, England, May 30 - June 10, 1939.
Scope and Content: On May 24, 1939, 244 delegates from the United States and Canada sailed on the S.S.Queen
Mary to participate in the conference. Some other delegates from the United States
who had gone over to Europe at an earlier date joined these delegates at the United
States headquarters in London. These folders contain the program of the conference,
a Who's Who of those taking part, photographs of various outstanding events and persons,
and press articles regarding the conference.
- Folders 29-30.Information regarding two occasions when there was a celebration of Farm Women's Day
at the World's Fairs in the United States. The first one was on August 15, 1933 at
the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago. The second was on May 23, 1939 at
the New York World's Fair.
- Folder 31. Triennial Conference, Associated Country Women of the World, Toronto, Canada, August
12 - 23, 1953.
Scope and Content: This folder contains 2 photographs: one shows some of the delegates from the United
States; the other shows a group of delegates from the British Commonwealth Nations.
This folder also contains a statement of the standards set up by Capital Division,
Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, (Maryland, Virginia and the District
of Columbia) for the selection of its five official delegates by the Committee on
International Cooperation, of which Grace E. Frysinger was Chairman.
- Folder 32-33. Photographs of Queen Elizabeth, at Reading University, England inspecting one of the
300 canning equipment units provided by farm women members of Home Demonstration clubs
in the United States to be used by related organizations of rural women in England
and Wales, (known as Women's Institutes.)
Scope and Content: Both national organizations are members of the International Organization of the Associated
Country Women of the World. While at Reading University the Queen sealed a can of
plums, which was later sent to the United States and presented to Mrs. Roosevelt by
a United States farm woman, Mrs Guy Roop of Virginia, at a ceremony at the White House,
as a symbol of appreciation by the rural women of England and Wales for the canning
equipment gift. (Photographs and article included.) Related letters of appreciation
and mention of the matter by Mrs. Roosevelt in "My Day" article are also included.
- Folder 34. Special leaflet: not prepared by Grace E. Frysinger. "Do you want your Daughter
to marry a farmer?" indicative of thinking of farm women in 1922.
The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented
in this collection.
An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS)
and other automated bibliographic
databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Associated Country Women of the World
Rural Home Conference (1934 : Washington, D.C.)
United States. Extension Service
Women in agriculture