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Frederick & Nelson Records, 1901-1991

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Frederick & Nelson
Title
Frederick & Nelson Records
Dates
1901-1991 (inclusive)
Quantity
48 boxes , (42 linear feet)
plus oversize materials
Collection Number
1993.43
Summary
Papers, photographs, scrapbooks, recordings and audio-visual materials from the Frederick & Nelson department store, primarily from the flagship store in Seattle. Photographs includes images of early Frederick & Nelson stores, the downtown Seattle store, and a large number of photographs of Frederick & Nelson window and store displays, including World War II related displays and the annual Santa Claus window.
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Frederick & Nelson was one of Seattle’s foremost department stores and was considered by many to be a Seattle institution. Founded by partners D.E. Frederick and Nels Nelson in 1890 as a second hand furniture store on Seattle’s Front Street, the store expanded steadily in its early years, starting with the sale of new furniture after the acquisition of the Queen City Furniture Co. in 1891. Early on, the store provided home delivery service, using its fleet of horse drawn delivery wagons. Among the store’s early customers were the local Native Americans, prospectors heading to the Yukon and the new hotels which had sprung up to accommodate the prospectors.

The store moved into the Rialto building at 2nd and Madison in 1897; the business gradually developed into a department store under the partners’ philosophy that their store should provide whatever merchandise their customers ask for. By 1906, Frederick & Nelson had annexed more space in the Rialto building, opened its first tearoom and introduced ready-to-wear men’s and women’s fashions, a novel alternative to fine clothing made-to-order.

Founder Nels Nelson fell ill and died on a New York bound steamer in 1907. Under the leadership of D.E. Frederick, Frederick & Nelson continued to grow, and by 1914, D.E. decided to build a six-story store at 5th Avenue and Pine Street. Though detractors referred to the decision to build outside of the city’s retail district as “Frederick’s folly,” the store, designed by architect John Graham, was an instant success. The new store included a tearoom, beauty salon, post office, auditorium, nursery and a fully equipped medical facility. The store also hosted many events, such as the weekly fashion shows staged each Wednesday in the tearoom.

In 1929, at age 69, D.E. Frederick decided to retire, selling the store to Marshall Field & Co. for six million dollars. In spite of the initial concern of its customers about Frederick & Nelson becoming part of a vast retail system, the store continued to grow both as a business and as a Seattle tradition. Marshall Fields executive William Street was hired to run Frederick & Nelson in 1938, and he guided the store through its successful period from the recovery after the Great Depression, through the World War II period, the post-war boom and the store expansion and growth of the 1950s. For example, Frederick & Nelson became involved in the war effort in the 1940s, opening a temporary branch store on the grounds of the Boeing’s No. 2 plant and winning a special merit award for its promotion of war bonds and stamps in the war loan drive. Later, as people began moving to the suburbs after the war, the first of the suburban branches opened in the Bellevue Shopping Square in 1946. After a major renovation, the flagship Seattle store reopened with 10 floors above ground and 12 shopping levels.

Over the years, Frederick & Nelson had supported the local community, for example by promoting the Seattle Symphony with special display windows and its black tie “Symphoneve” benefits. Its auditorium was also used by art groups as well as by civic organizations.

Though the tradition of in-store Christmas caroling by staff began as early as1918, the store tradition of the Santa Claus window at 6th and Pine began in 1943, with children posing with Santa for a holiday photograph.

Business eventually began to decline as discount retailers attracted customers and increasing control by the Marshall Fields inhibited local decision-making. In 1982, Batus, Inc. bought Marshall Fields & Co. and Frederick & Nelson became part of Batus’ retail division. Continuing to lose money, Frederick & Nelson was sold in 1989 to local investors who sought to restore the store’s reputation. Losses continued to mount, however, and the store filed for bankruptcy in 1991, finally closing its doors on May 31, 1992. The building was sold to Nordstrom, which reopened the building as its flagship store in 1998.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection is comprised of textual materials, photographs, scrapbooks and audio-visual materials from the Frederick & Nelson department store, primarily the Seattle store. The bulk of the collection seems to have originated from the Sales Promotion department, though the collection also includes materials from the Human Resources and Training departments, Food Service department, and Display and Sign department.

Sales Promotion materials include catalogs and mailers, and files about special events at the store such as autograph parties, fashion shows and other promotional events. This series also contains historical materials about the store which seem to have been collected for use in promotional and anniversary publications over the years, and specifically for use in the Frederick & Nelson centennial book “More than a Store” by Robert Specter. These materials include clippings, memos and ephemera such as menus and event programs.

Food service materials include a collection of menus from the various Frederick & Nelson eating establishments, such as the Tea Room and the Men’s Grill. Human Resources materials include over 70 years of the staff newsletter “Between Ourselves”, and training manuals and sales procedure guides, which illustrate the detailed attention that Frederick & Nelson paid to customer relations.

The Photographs series parallels the textual materials, containing photographs of in-store events such as book signings and fashion shows, and store anniversary events. Historical photos include images of store founders D.E. Frederick and Nels Nelson, and store executives, managers and staff over the years. Other photographs document the early Frederick & Nelson store, including the store in the Rialto building, and horse drawn delivery carts and delivery trucks from the early 1900s. Later store photos document the downtown Seattle flagship store as well as the several branch stores, including store openings and the remodel of the Seattle store in the early 1950s. The photographs also document interior store displays and window displays between 1939 and 1977, including the annual Christmas display and Santa Claus windows, and special displays such as the many war bonds promotional displays of the mid-1940s.

Audio-visual materials include recordings of radio and television ads, videotapes of fashion shows and films of Uncle Mistletoe puppet shows at the store in the 1960s.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Frederick & Nelson Records, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Human Resources and Training Departments Return to Top

Container(s)DescriptionDates
Subseries A: Staff newsletters
The Frederick & Nelson monthly staff newsletter "Between Ourselves" changed its name to "First" in 1986.
BoxFolder
11-12
"Between Ourselves"
1918-1978
21-2
"Between Ourselves"
1979-1986
23-5
"First"
1986-1991
26-7
Correspondence about "First" and proofs
1986-1991
Subseries B: Staff training manuals
BoxFolder
28
"Store Procedure" booklets
1929-1942
29-10
"System book" booklets (called "Floor Audit System Book" after 1960)
1929-1972
211
Pamphlets on selling principles and standards
undated
212
Merchandise directory; store information for summer visitors
1933-1935
213
Employee manuals by department
4"x6" booklets for each employee position with directions about personal and departmental appearance, customer contact and descriptions of general responsibilities and particular duties.
1938-1969
214
The Frederick and Nelson Way (general employee manual)
1943-1990
215
Frederick and Nelson and You
circa 1944
216
Guide to writing business letters
circa 1945
218
Manual for Secretaries and Stenographers
1946
219
Manual of Sales Promotion Policies and Procedures guidelines for Sales Associate productivity reviews
1951; undated
31
Recruitment manual "Your career at Frederick and Nelson"
before 1965
32
Guide to Good Leadership; leadership review
1948; 1965
33
Procedure for Catalog Orders
1970 October
34-6
Electronic Sales Register System Book
1979
37-10
Personnel policies and procedures
circa 1980s
311
"Welcome to Frederick & Nelson," new employee brochure
1985 September
312-15
Selling floor procedures
circa 1987
316
Associate training packet
circa 1990
317
"Professional Representative of Service Training"
1990
318
"Training for our Future" training program
1990
319-22
Management training program
1990
323
"Reshaping the Present: Assessing our most valuable asset"
1991 February
324
Holiday guide for staff
1991
325
The Leadership Corps
1991
326
Preparing for the next step: job strategies that work from Outplacement services
1991
Subseries C: Other staff manuals and employment related papers
BoxFolder
327
Frederick & Nelson telephone directories
1972-1981
328
Frederick & Nelson management and organization directories
1969-1988
329
Daycare and Preschool Policies and Procedures Handbook
undated
330
Employee insurance plan descriptions
1978-1981
331
Metro pass subsidy program correspondence and brochure
1981
332
Labor agreement
1984
333
Miscellaneous memos to staff from personnel office
1989
334
"Certification of Appreciation & Empowerment"
circa 1990
335
Frederick & Nelson Employee Survey results prepared by Elway Research
1990 March
336
Miscellaneous employee and administrative papers
undated
box:oversize
48
Employee poster "The Creation of Value"

Series 2:  Food Service Return to Top

Container(s)DescriptionDates
Subseries A: Menus
Menus by establishment
BoxFolder
41
Arcade Café
1982-1983
42
The Azalea Room (Aurora Village store)
circa 1960s
43
Café Fredericks
1976
44
Caffetto Café
1980s
45
Deli Buffet
1985
46
Frango Restaurant
1980s
47-11
Frederick and Nelson Restaurant
1970-1983
412
Garden Room
circa 1969
413
The Greenery
1983; 1895; undated
414
The Grill
1986
415
L'Express
1982-1990
416
Men's Grill
1963;undated
417-19, 21-26
Paul Bunyan Room
1940; 1970s
427
Perkins Pub (Portland, Oregon)
1985
428-39
Tea Room and Grill
1927-1969
46
Oversize menus
Menus by type
BoxFolder
440
Beverage
undated
441
Breakfast/brunch
1970s-1980s
442
Children's
undated
443
Dessert
undated
420
Fountain
1940s
444
Specials
1969-1972; undated
Themed menus
undated
BoxFolder
445
Fruit festivals
446-47
Holiday menus
448-51
National and regional menus
452
"Seafare" menu
Subseries B: Other materials
BoxFolder
453
Paul Bunyan Room non-menu item list; preparation guidelines
1974-1980
454-55
Tea Room special events programs
1947-1957
456
Tea Room pamphlet
circa 1952
457
Frederick and Nelson Restaurant discount card
undated
458-65
Rene Ferterer's menu planning files containing menus with notes
undated

Series 3:  Marketing & Sales Promotion Department Return to Top

Container(s)DescriptionDates
Subseries A: Advertising
Box
5
Frederick & Nelson catalogs
1940-1972
6
Frederick & Nelson catalogs
1973-1979
7
Frederick & Nelson catalogs
1980-1982
8
Frederick & Nelson catalogs
1983-1985
9
Frederick & Nelson catalogs
1986-1991
Folder
101-2
Frederick & Nelson catalogs
undated
103-5
Advertisements
Mostly newspaper clippings of Frederick and Nelson advertisements. Includes theater programs and a typewritten description of Frederick and Nelson newspaper ad campaigns between 1892-1918.
1913-1990
106
Advertising proofs
1958-1969
107
Correspondence and proofs for advertising in University of Washington publications
1961-1966
108
Original artwork and paste ups for Christmas and Easter advertising
undated
109
Press release about Milkmaid Beauty Clinic
undated
1010-12
Catalog costs and sales figures
1951-1965
1013
Christmas catalog-blank vendor agreement and copy information forms
1958
1014
Sales figures for "Uncle Mistletoe" flyer figures
1958
1015
Advertising copy for High School Shop mailer and Back-to-School Booklet
circa 1960s
1016
Timber Operator magazine ad for book by Stewart Holbrook
1961
1017
World's Fair campaign
1962
1018
Quotes for printing services for mailers and catalogs
1963-1968
111
Correspondence on production of "January Beauty Buys" advertising mailer
1962-1964
112
Correspondence on production of "Sale of sales" advertising mailer
1963
113
New Yorker magazine ads
1963
114
White Sale catalog
Correspondence on production of the annual White Sale catalog. Also includes sales figures and sales estimates.
1963-1970
115
Correspondence and proofs: Christmas catalog
1964-1965
116
Correspondence and proofs: Pre-Christmas mailers and enclosures
1964-1967
117
Correspondence on Christmas postcards
1964-1967
118
Ski School brochures
1965-1978
119
Correspondence on lending library book jackets
1966
1110
Advertisements in American Camping Association camp directory
Correspondences and copies of directories
1966-1968
1111
Christmas catalogs
Correspondence, production schedule, estimates
1964-1969
1112
Direct mail information, including correspondence and receipts for bulk mailings using permit imprint
1964-1970
1113
Direct mail costs, sales figures, advertising records and analyses of performance
1981-1986
1114
Correspondence and proofs: television warranty
1970
1115
"Cookin' in Style" sales campaign
1982
1116
Examples of packaging from Frango products
1986 March
1117
Miscellaneous correspondence and price lists
1965-1970
1118
Internal sales promotion
1981 December
1119
92nd anniversary advertising strategy
1982
1120
"Downtown Seattle" volume of downtown store advertisements
1988
1121
Christmas catalog sales analysis by Manus Direct Response Marketing
1989
1122
"Uncle Mistletoe" and "Fearless Freddy" characters, original artwork and proofs for ads
undated
1123
"Freddy Bear" promotion
Press releases, correspondence, schedules, public relations plan
1987-1988
1124
Direct mail samples and miscellaneous fliers
1980s-1991
1125
"Focus," weekly department newsletter
1990 April
box:oversize
46
Layout and negative for Frango ad
oversize
undated
48
Artwork for ad with Husky football team and Uncle Mistletoe
undated
48
Posters
Fur Care Program, "You're First," holiday meal service, Christmas, Frango, Santa photos, Junior Seahawks Club, Garden Gazebo, Frederick & Nelson's credit card and the Frederick & Nelson Dick Tracy Look-alike contest.
undated
48
Stand-up advertisement for fur coats
undated
Subseries B: Marketing
BoxFolder
1126
Marketing reports
Competitive analyses, market analyses and income and spending estimates; recommendations for Oregon store
circa 1980s
1127
Marketing reports
Tri-cities Market Analysis, Western Washington shopping Center comparisons, Seattle downtown Shoppers' survey summary; Batus, Inc.1983 Annual Report; data on store opening dates and square footage
1980-1983
1128
Marketing report prepared by Komo/Katu Market Audits
1991 March
Subseries C: Special Events
Folders include press releases, plans and clippings as well as promotional materials and publicity photographs received by Frederick & Nelson for the event. Photographs documenting many of these events are in the "Historical materials" subseries of the "Photographs" series under "Events and Promotions."
1946-1980
BoxFolder
121
DuBarry Success School
1946 June
122
Esther Dorothy show
1946 August
123
Northwest Watercolor Society Exhibition
1954-1961
124
Navy Exhibit and Luncheon during August open house
1957-1969
125
Miss America fashion shows
1957-1968
126
Easter Bunny breakfasts
1957-1963
127
J.O.G. Fashion show
1957-1967
128
Boeing's dinner and fashion show
1957 September 7
129
Armed Forces Exhibition
1958 August 1-11
1210
Kobe Children's Art Festival
1958 August 13-23
1211
Home Economics teachers' dessert
1958 September 29
1212
Victor Borge personal appearance
1959 March 21
1213
"Pappy" Boyington autograph party
1959 May 27
1214
Shirley Temple personal visit
1960 March 26
1215
Personal appearance of two Seattle Rainier ballplayers
1960 August 15
1216
Murray Morgan autograph party
1960, 1962, 1967
1217
Boeing week, featuring Western airlines' 707 jets
1960 May-June
1218
Cake decorating contest as part of Boeing week
1960 May 25-28
1219
Automated broadcast KGMJ-FM, Window #3
1961 February 20-27
1220
Pacific Northwest Writers" Conference Book Fair & Tea
1958-1961
1221
Navy Yard sketch trip paintings
1961 July 28-August 7
1222
Annual Spring teenage charm course
1962
1223
Richard Nixon autograph party
1962 August 10
1224
"For More Than Bread" exhibit
1963 May 23-June 8
1225
Puget Soundings magazine
1964
1226
James Michener autograph party
1965 September
1227
Champagne opening of the art gallery
1965 September 1965
1228
Marguerite Henry autograph party
1965 November 5-6
1229
Revised plan for Lena Horne autograph party
1966 February
1230
The Wonderful World of Celanese
1962; 1966
1231
Champagne brunch and fashion show in honor of the Boeing Company's 50th anniversary
1966 July 16
1232
Southcenter opening ceremonies
1968 July 30-31
1233
Ruth Kirk autograph Part
1968 June 15-16
1234
Seattle fashion group shows
1969 February 13
1235
Ikenobo School flower arrangement
1969 April 11-12
1236
Gift advisory shop opening
1970 November 27
1237
Henry Gallery benefit
1971 March 3
1238
Walter Hickel autograph party
1971 November 5
1239
Julia Child autograph parties and cooking demonstrations
1971 November 16; 1974 March 15
1240
Museum of History & Industry fashion show
1971 December 10
1241
Children's Orthopedic Hospital designer shows
1971-1973
1242
Seattle Art Museum benefit
1972 March 9
1243
Campfire Girls Horizon Club fashion show
1972 May 13
1244
Oswald Jacoby personal appearance
1973 May 14
1245
Victor Steinbrueck autograph party
1973 December 5
1246
Puget Sound group of Northwest painters
1974 July 1-31
1247
George Newell autograph party
1974 August 12
1248
James Beard autograph party and cooking demonstration
1972 October 21
1249
The Good Cooking School at F & N
1974 September-October
1250
Justice William O. Douglas autograph party
1974 September 26
1251
Buster Brown memorabilia exhibit
1975 January
1252
Bob Hope autograph party
1975 February 24
1253
Intermediate sewing classes
1975 September
1254
Tom Robbins autograph party
1976 April
1255
Peter Schickele autograph party
1976 June 7
1256
Joan Roberts Taylor Guild of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center fashion show
1976 November 13
1257
Bob and Ira Spring autograph party
1976 December 10
1258
Easter Fashion for Children
1977 March
1259
"Meet the author" Willard R. Espy "Oysterville" autograph party
1977 May 3
1260
Mama D's autographing and cooking demonstration
1977 November 19
1261
Boehm porcelain King Tutankhamen collection
1977 December
1262
Preliminary plan, International fashion show benefit for Pacific Northwest Ballet League
1978 February 21
1263
Easter Bunny breakfasts
1978 March
1264
Bill Speidel autograph party
1978 October 30
1265
Charlton Heston "Meet the Author"
1978 November 30
1266
Cinnamon Bear
1979 May
1267
Women painters of Washington
1978
1268
Imagination celebration
1979 May 114-20
1269
Fifth annual downtown Seattle bed race
1979 August 25
1270
"Focus on Oregon", OMSI benefit opening, downtown Portland store
1979 September 19
1271
Third floor opening
1979 October 10
1272
Capital (Olympia) Mall grand opening
1980 March
1273
Preliminary plan for Tacoma Art Museum benefit fashion show
1980 March 25
1274
Allessandro personal appearance, designer of Baker furniture
1980 March-April
1275
Preliminary plan for International fashion show benefit preview, Pacific Northwest Dance Ballet League
1980 March 3
1276
Easter Bunny breakfasts
1980 March-April
1277
Artists in action
1980 April
1278
"Celebrity Tables," Pacific Northwest Ballet
1980 May
1279
Everett Mall grand opening
1980 August 1
1280
Penhaligon's Fragrance Promotion
1980 September
1281
Merv Griffin personal appearance
1980 October
1282
Robert Goulet personal appearance
1980 November 25
131
"The Heart Beats" jump rope demonstration, Everett
1981 January 24
132
Seattle Art Museum benefit
1981 March 2
133
Seattle Repertory Theatre
1981 March 20
134
Seattle Symphony Fundathon
1981 March 20-22
135
Seattle Opera Makeup Artists Demonstration ("Ring of the Nibelung" promotion)
1981 June
136
Best of Britain
1981 October
137
Children's Orthopedic Hospital Benefit
1982 February 22
137b
Special events schedule for Washington stores
1982 February 22 - March 13
138
New Bellevue Square store
1982 Fall
139
Strawberry celebration
1983 June
1310
Strawberry celebration slides
1983 June 18
1311
American Tourister Gorilla
1983 November 16
1312
Easter Bunny breakfast
1985 March, April
1313
Bridal event
1986
1314
Expo 86
1986
1315
August Fashion workshop
1989 August
1316-17
Goodwill games
1990
1318
Textiles presentation
1991
Subseries D: Other publicity files
BoxFolder
141
Wedding Embassy Yearbook, guide to wedding planning published by Frederick & Nelson
1952; 1968
142
Wedding planning guides and "Bridal Fair" programs
1988-1992
143-8
Fashion show programs
1970-1989
149
Fashion show invitations and announcements
circa 1970-1990
1410
Frango fan club membership information and newsletters
1986
1411
Press kits about Bellevue store and Arcade openings
1981-1983
1412-13
Samples of corporate letterhead, envelopes and forms
15
"Memories" campaign
Eight folders of letters sent to Frederick & Nelson from customers as part of the "Memories" advertising campaign. The store received over 2500 responses to its request for letters about customers' Frederick & Nelson memories. The campaign took place before Christmas in the first year that the Store was back under local ownership.
1986
Subseries E: Historical Materials
Historical materials appear to have been held by the Sales Promotion Department for use in promotional publications and anniversary materials. Many of the materials in this subseries appear to have been collected or solicited in preparation for the Store's 100th anniversary events and for potential use in the Frederick & Nelson centennial book, written by Robert Spector, More Than a Store. Photographs found with the historical materials were separated and arranged into a subseries in the "Photographs" series.
BoxFolder
161
Miscellaneous: catalogs, guides, training manuals, merchandise coupons, correspondence and other materials
1901-1948; 1963; 1979; 1988
162
Ledger book
Record of purchases and sales of horses, wagons, harnesses, whips, automobiles, motorcycles and trunks.
circa 1907-1933
163
Programs for long time service dinners
1918-1922
164
Marshall Fields & Company employee manual
1927
165
Newspaper clippings
1933-1968
166
Clippings about store expansion
1946-1949
167
Postcards
168
Financial statements for sales to Norris Safe Lock Co.
1904-1914
169
Frederick & Nelson Choral Society
1919-1931
1610
Buyer's manual
1930 October
1611
50th anniversary: memos, banquet program, speeches and other materials
1940
1612
Letter to Seattle Times editor from James G. Mecham clarifying historical information
1940 April 16
1613
Marshall Fields & Co.
Historical article and clippings
1940s
1614
Standard Oil Co. presentation of scenic photographs
1941 May
1615
War Bonds promotion
1944
1616
Booklet "On Being a Supervisor" from a group of talks given by Reginald H. Biggs
1945
1617
Retirement dinner programs
1946
1618
Store expansion
Press releases, clippings and other material
1946
1618b
Correspondence about electrical sign for Bellevue store
1946
1619
Thirty Year group
Luncheon programs, member lists
1948-1961
1620
Symphoneve programs
1950-1951
1621
60th anniversary: plans, programs, clippings and promotional materials
1950
1622
Bell Telephone publication on telephone shopping
1950s
1623
Parking garage
Memos, plans, blueprints and publicity
1950s
1624
Grand opening
Store guidebooks and directories
1952 August
17
Town and Country magazine Frederick & Nelson edition
1952 August
Folder
1625
Christmas play scripts
1954; undated
box:oversize
46
Certificate from National Association of Radio and Television broadcasters for sponsorship of Frederick & Nelson Concert Hour
1956
BoxFolder
1626
Fliers and pamphlet for Seattle World's Fair
1962
1627
Aurora Village groundbreaking and store opening
1962-1963
1628
Opening of Bellevue store
Clippings and floor plans
1964
1629
75th Anniversary
Notes and clippings
1965
1630
"Between Ourselves" materials
1940-1978
1631
"Between Ourselves" materials
1980-1982
1632
Annual Northwest Suppliers Breakfast plans and programs
1952-1982
1633
Tukwila Distribution Center
Memos, clippings and other materials
1968-1969
1634
Letters to Santa
1975-1976
1634b
Marshall Field & Co. annual report
1975
1635
Executive background materials
1968-1970
1636
Press releases regarding G. Arthur Henkens, C.E.O.
1978-1981
1637
Press releases regarding Wayne Badovinus, C.E.O. and Badovinus' first monthly meeting notes
1981
1638
Press releases regarding executives
1979-1990
1639
Lipmans Store acquisition
Clippings and memos
1979
1640
Third Floor opening
Clippings, menus and press releases
1979 November
1641
Batus/Marshall Field and Co. merger
Clippings and press releases
1982
171
97th Anniversary
Chronology, history, fact sheets
1987
172
Lakewood Mall store opening
Blueprint, publicity, menus
1989
173-4
100th anniversary celebration.
Memos, clippings and correspondence regarding memorabilia collected for Centennial
1990
175
Correspondence about opportunities for commemorative merchandise
1990
176
100th anniversary exhibits.
Inventories and correspondence
1990
177
Materials gathered in preparation for 100th anniversary
Clippings, letters, previous anniversary materials
1903-1970s
178
Memorabilia collected for centennial
1990
179
100th anniversary event memorabilia
1990
1710
Store history narratives
1940s-1980s
1711
Correspondence about book More than a Store by Robert Spector
1990
1712
Clippings
1990
1713
Definitions of Chapter 11 proceedings terms and sequence of events
1992
1714
"Greetings from Seattle," picture booklet for business associates of Frederick and Nelson
1715-16
Wanda Ashley files.
2 folders of memorabilia which seem to have been saved by Training manager (?) Wanda Ashley. Includes Ashley's long-time service and other awards and personalized luncheon programs among other materials. Photographs were removed and placed in the "Photographs" series.
17
Washington State Centennial Cookbook
Sponsored by Frederick & Nelson
1989
17
Animal Alphabet
Sponsored by Frederick & Nelson
18
Box of unsorted newspaper clippings from Public Relations office
1910s-1990

Series 4:  Display and Sign Departments Return to Top

Container(s)DescriptionDates
BoxFolder
191
Correspondence of Joe Sjursen, Display Director
1946-1948
192
Correspondence of Joe Sjursen, Display Director, with the International Association of Display.
1946-1947
193-6
Correspondence, memos, bulletins and plans regarding exhibits
1946
197
Christmas display plans
1946
198
Window schedule for store opening
1952
199
Christmas display plans
Photographs and blueprint
1952
1910-13
Merchandise presentation standards and guidelines
undated
1914
Signing standards and guidelines
undated
1915
Examples of signatures of Frederick & Nelson executives
undated
1916
Announcement of appointment of Douglas Lemens Vie as President of Visual Presentation
1990
1917
Miscellaneous papers
circa 1950s
unboxed
Plans and renderings of display racks and showcases
oversize
box:oversize
46
Modern Display annual awards issue
1955
BoxFolder
1918
Examples of Frederick & Nelson trademarks
1950s
1919
Sign shop
Artwork for signs
circa 1951
1920
Christmas
Artwork and proofs
1954
1921
October promotions
1954
1922
Christmas
1956
1923
Easter
Artwork and proofs
circa 1950
1924
Type proofs from Printasign Company
1954
1925-28
Sign samples
circa 1950s-1980s
1929
Photographs mounted on cardboard with stand up foldout for display
Harold Mansfield, John Edwards of ABC, the University of Washington crew team and student portraits

Series 5:  Photographs Return to Top

Container(s)DescriptionDates
Subseries A: Historical Photos
People
Executives
BoxFolder
201
Founders D.E. Frederick and Nels Nelson.
Includes photograph of D.E. Frederick with store owners at 1927 meeting of Retail Research Association.
late 19th century-1927
box:oversize
45
William St. Clair
circa 1925
BoxFolder
202
William Street
1930s
203
William Street with others
1949-1950s
204
Hector Escoboja
1938; undated
205
Stanley Field
1949
206
Jasper Utz
undated
207
Cornelius Byrne
1950s-1960s
208
Executives
Eric Krogh, David Davidson, Myron Law
208b
James Palmer
undated
209
Robert L. Paterson
1970s
2010
G. Arthur Henken
1978; undated
2011
Wayne L. Badovinus
1981
2012
Richard Ray
circa 1980
2013
Donald Midkiff
circa 1985
2014
David Sabey
circa 1989
2015
Executives with Marshall Field & Co. Board of Directors at first board meeting in Seattle
1949
2016
Executives at Annual Northwest Suppliers' Breakfast
1969; undated
2017
Executives at events.
Photographs which prominently feature executives at meetings, banquets, awards ceremonies, ribbon cuttings and other events
circa 1940s-1960s
unboxed
Black and white portraits of executives mounted on plywood for display: Cornelius Byrne, Myron Law, Roy Leighton, Mr. Ross, M.L. "Len" Storhow, William Street, Jack Utz
oversize
Managers
BoxFolder
2018
Roy Leighton, personnel manager
circa 1950s-1960s
2019
Lex McAtee, advertising manager
circa 1950s
2020
Anita McAtee, merchandise manager
circa 1950s
2021
Anita McAtee with Hubert Givenchy at airport
2022
Joseph Sjursen, display manager
1957; 1972; undated
2023
Managers
15 photographs of store managers mounted on cardboard and labeled with name and title
1950s
Staff
BoxFolder
2024
Staff
early 1900s
2025
Sidney H. Clemens.
Clemens ("Clem") is thought to be Frederick & Nelson's first employee.
1940s, undated
47
William Street and Governor Langlie with Sidney H. Clemens
undated
Folder
2026
Staff sports teams
1904-1960s
2027
Elevator operators
undated
2028
Frederick & Nelson chorus
circa 1940s-1950s
2029
Various employees receiving "Shipshape Week" award
1956; 1978
2030
Operators taking "telephone shopping" orders
circa 1950s
2031
Staff at work
Individuals and groups of staff members at work in various non-sales jobs, such as food service staff, switchboard operators, printers, seamstresses and warehouse staff.
circa 1950s-1960s
2032
Staff
Miscellaneous photos probably of staff. Includes large groups, meetings, training sessions and awards presentation.
circa 1930s-1960s
2033
Staff members
Some individuals identified on verso; others are probably staff but not identified as such
circa 1970s-1980s
2034
Staff working in store
10 contact sheets
1981 February 5
2035
Staff making chocolates
Color snapshots
1984-1985
2036
Staff identification cards
2037
Wanda Ashley photographs
Photographs removed from box of materials collected by Wanda Ashley of the Training Department. Includes images of Ashley with others at long-term service luncheons, at a Sponsors' breakfast and posed with other staff in store.
1940s-1960s
Stores
Historic background and early stores
1872-1930s
BoxFolder
2038
Historical Seattle photographs
Aftermath of great fire; retail district on Second Avenue in 1914; and parades, including Fourth of July parade in 1872
1872-early 1900s
box:oversize
45
Historical Seattle photographs
Eddie Hubbard and plane for first international air mail flight.
1917
Early stores
BoxFolder
2039
Frederick, Nelson & Munro float in Seattle parade
1890
2039
D.E. Frederick and others in front of City Furniture building
1891
2039
D.E. Frederick and Nels Nelson in front of store
1892
2039
Frederick & Nelson in the Rialto building
circa 1900-1918
box:oversize
45
Frederick & Nelson store in Rialto building, decorated for Potlatch celebration
1912
45
Frederick & Nelson store in Rialto building, furniture department
circa 1910
45
Frederick & Nelson store in Rialto building, fur department
ca. 1900
Box
47
Tea room staff
1919
47
BoxFolder
2040
Frederick & Nelson store exteriors
35mm slides
1890-1918; 1983
Horse drawn delivery carts and early delivery trucks
early 1900s-1930s
BoxFolder
2041
Driver William Jones with horse drawn cart
early 1900s
2041
Driver William Jones with delivery truck
1916
2041
D.E. Frederick driving horse-drawn delivery cart
early 1900s
2041
Pat Brennan delivering packages in Hoquiam during 1933 flood
1933
2041
"The Club Stable" where horse and wagon teams were kept
early 1900s
2041
Early delivery truck: "Frederick & Nelson Furniture--Dry Goods"
early 1900s
2041
Horse team "Bess and Bell," driven by William Edward Jones
early 1900s
box:oversize
47
Four horse team and cart
early 1900s
BoxFolder
2042
Men posed near delivery truck outside 5th and Pine store on moving day.
Frederick & Nelson employees moved all the merchandise from the Rialto building store to the new store at 5th and Pine.
1918
Folder
45
Frederick & Nelson trucks making deliveries after Aberdeen flood
4 photographs
1933
BoxFolder
2043
Wrecking of the Rialto buildingundated
Store buildings
1952-1980s
BoxFolder
2044
Downtown Seattle building at 5th and Pine
before 1952
2045
Remodel of building at 5th and Pine
1950-1952
2046
Exterior of downtown Seattle building after 1952 remodel
1950s-1980s
2047
Bellevue store exteriors
circa 1946-1960s
box:oversize
45
Aerial views of various store
16 photographs
circa 1946-1960s
BoxFolder
2048
Bellevue store interiors
undated
2049
Parking garage
1950s
2050
Roof garden for staff members
1950s
2051
Café Frederick patio
circa 1962
2052
Streets and buildings near downtown store and parking garage
circa 1952
2053
William Street presenting plans for new Bellevue Square store
circa 1955
2054
Aurora Village store
1963
2055
Southcenter store
circa 1968
2056
Distribution Center in Tukwila
circa 1970s
2057
Service buildings
circa 1950-1960
2058
Loading area with roll up doors
undated
2059-60
Branch store exteriors
Aurora Village, Capital Mall, Southcenter, Bellevue Square, Everett Mall, Villa Plaza, Distribution Center, Tacoma Mall. Includes some color transparencies and drawings.
circa 1960s-1980s
box:oversize
45
Branch store exteriors
circa 1960s-1980s
BoxFolder
2061
Telephone shopping service storefront in Bellingham
undated
2062
Other department store exteriors
Halle Bros., The Crescent, Marshall Field & Co.
undated
Store openings
BoxFolder
2063
Bellevue store opening
1946
2064
Downtown store opening after remodel
1952 August 4
2065
Bellevue store opening
1956 August
2066
Aurora Village store groundbreaking and opening
1962; 1963 July
2067
Bellevue store opening after remodel
1964 July
2068
Southcenter store opening
1968
Interiors and display
Photographs of store interiors, particular store displays and store windows. These photographs are similar in type to the photographs in the “Display” subseries. Photographs which were stamped with the date on verso were integrated with the “Display” subseries photographs, all of which are also stamped with dates.
BoxFolder
211
Store interiors
1940s and earlier
212-3
Store interiors
circa 1940s-1980s
214
Soda shop
circa 1940s-1950s
215
Medical office
circa 1940s-1950s
216
Tea Room
circa 1940s-1950s
217
"Dog Bar" at Bellevue store
1956 August
218
The Arcade
Gourmet stores, restaurants, bookstore and other spaces in the basement of downtown Seattle store.
circa 1980
219
Store displays
Photographs of merchandise on display inside store
circa 1940s-1980s
box:oversize
45
Store displays
circa 1940s-1980s
BoxFolder
2110
Store displays
1980s
2111
Christmas themed store displays and interior trim, store windows and exterior decoration
1930s-1960s
2112
Live animals in Christmas displays
circa 1950s
2113-14
Store window displays
circa 1940s-1960s
2115
Crowds looking at store window displays
circa 1940s
2116
50th Anniversary display windows
1940
2117
"Milkmaid Beauty Clinic" window and store displays
1946
2118
Army Corps of Engineers window display
1946
2119
"Daffodils" window displays
circa 1950s
2120
Food Festival display in Exhibition Hall
undated
2121
"Round the World in Toys and Books" display
5x7 black & white negatives and contact prints
undated
Events and promotions
BoxFolder
2122
Luncheons and banquet events
Long time service luncheons, retirement luncheons, "Between Ourselves" luncheons, buyers' banquets, Sponsor's Breakfast and other banquet events
1919-1975
2123
50th anniversary celebrations
1940
2124
Installation of first escalators
1946
2125
Montreal World's Fair "Expo 67" themed exhibit and events
1967
2126-28
Fashion shows
circa 1940s-1960s
2129
War Bonds promotions
Displays in store, store windows and exterior of store building promoting the purchase of war bonds
1940s
2130
Santa photographs
Portraits of children sitting in Santa's lap in the Frederick & Nelson's window. Includes several photographs in Frederick & Nelson holiday card mats.
1940s-1980s
2131
60th anniversary celebrations
1950
2132
Christmas events
Santa in window, "Uncle Mistletoe" and "Aunt Holly", minstrels, choir and other Christmas events
circa 1940s-1960s
2133
Men holding two calves on leads outside store
circa 1940s
2134
Seattle Symphony
1950
2135
Women ("Seafair queens") on Frederick & Nelson parade float
circa 1950s
box:oversize
45
KING radio personalities
3 photographs
Photographs of Bill O'Mara, Warren Saunders and Harry Jordan.
circa 1950s
BoxFolder
2136
Horse drawn cart outside store for 65th anniversary
1955
2137
Christmas celebration
1960s
2138
Joseph Sjursen and seller at 5th and Pine newsstand
On verso: "Downtown beautification"
1960
2139-40
Autograph parties
Book signings and autograph events featuring authors, entertainers, sports figures and others : James Selvidge, Peter Schickele, James Horan, Judie Geise, Victor Borge, Richard Nixon, Ralph Bushnell Potts, Alex Comfort, Bob Hope, Marge Stav, Eugene Kozloff, Chrystie Jenner, Desi Arnaz, Judith Guest, Tom Stockley, Mary Martin, Charleton Heston, Robert Goulet, Judy Hymes, Merv Griffin, Jim Davis, Erma Bombeck, and others.
1959-1980
2141-42
Demonstrations, exhibits, performances and other in-store events
circa 1950s-1980s
2143
Children
Includes children's events such as Raggedy Ann event, Mickey Mouse birthday event and Easter bunny breakfasts.
circa 1950s-1960s
2144
Photos for "Frederick & Nelson Story"
Photographs apparently collected for a publication titled "The Frederick & Nelson Story." Many include typewritten captions probably intended for use in the publication. Includes images of the 1952 store remodel, store exteriors, elevator control room, kitchen staff, disaster control center, fashion shows, events and displays.
1950s-1970s
2145
Concert hall
Concert hall hung with international flags being prepared for dinner event, possibly a Frederick & Nelson sponsored benefit.
circa 1960s
2146
75th anniversary event
1965
2147
Governor Dan Evans and wife at event
circa 1970
2148
Christmas displays and events
35 mm slides
1984; 1985
2149
Jane Russell photograph party
35 mm slides
1985
2150
Slides for Centennial
35 mm slides
Images of staff working on mannequin displays and making chocolates, David Sabey at event, and a Frango ice cream sundae. Several of these photographs appear in More Than a Store, the Frederick & Nelson centennial book by Robert Spector.
1989-1990
Marshall Fields & Co.
BoxFolder
2151
Executives
Marshall Field, Hughston McBain, Ralph Bowers
undated
2152
Store interiors
1900
box:oversize
45
Store interiors
1940s
Miscellaneous
BoxFolder
2153
Photographs from Life magazine Seattle fashion issue
1948
2154
Photographs of print and television ads
1902-1980s
2155
Commercial photographs of products
undated
box:oversize
45
Frederick & Nelson float in parade
circa 1940s
47
Charities
4 photographs
Four photographs of people from various social welfare organizations, possibly charities supported by Frederick & Nelson: Theodora Home; Seattle Day Nursery; Washington Children's Home Society; Lighthouse for the Blind.
undated
BoxFolder
2156-57
Miscellaneous
undated
Subseries B: Publicity Photographs
These are largely negatives and transparencies found with the publicity files.
BoxFolder
221
Copy negatives
Copy negatives of historic photographs and store photographs mostly prior to the 1950s, many of which were used in the centennial book More Than a Store by Robert Spector.
222
Store displays; Christmas ornaments and gift basket
Color transparencies
circa 1980s
223
Holiday gift products
Color transparencies
circa 1980s
224
Merchandise: pots and pans; mattress; sofa
Color transparencies
circa 1970s-1980s
225
Clothing model; store interiors and exterior
Color transparencies
circa 1970s-1980s
226
Seattle Times ad; photo from 1931 Between Ourselves
4x5 black & white negative
227
Model in pink coat
Color transparencies
circa 1980s
228
Santa with redheaded boy and girl
Color transparencies
circa 1980s
22
Book: Pictorial Presentation of Frederick & Nelson's Downstairs store
Webster and Stevens
Subseries C: "Between Ourselves"
These appear to be photographs taken or collected for publication in the staff newsletter "Between Ourselves". Many are duplicates of photos in the "Historical photographs" subseries, or document the same events and people. This subseries includes many contact sheets.
BoxFolder
229
Photos for winter issue
1960s
2210
Photos for issue
circa 1968
2211
Photos for issue
Summer 1969
2212-15
Photos for issue
1978
2216
Fashion show photographs
1978
2217
Christmas
1978
2218
Christmas
1979
2219
Photos for issue
August 1980
2220
Photos for issue
October 1980
2221
Photos for issue
November 1980
2222
Christmas
1980
2223
Photos for issue
April 1981
2224
Photos for issue
May 1981
2225
Photos for issue
June 1981
2226
Photos for issue
1981
2227
Christmas
1981
2228
Photos for issue
1981
2229
Photos for issue
February 1982
2230
Photos for issue
March 1982
2231
"Cinnamon Bear"
Subseries D: Centennial Book
This subseries consists of materials related to the production of the Frederick & Nelson history More Than A Store, by Robert Spector, published for the store's centennial.
1990
Box
22
Centennial book materials
87 folders
These folders are organized in order by page number corresponding to the pages of the book. Each folder contains graphic materials used on the corresponding page -- largely photographs, but also including images and text from clippings, advertisements and letters.
Entries below represent only the portion of folders that include photographs that have been digitized.
circa 1990
Page 4: Queen City Furniture Co.
circa 1891
Page 58: French gown shop
undated
Page 63: Store exterior decorated with flag for war bonds drive
circa 1943
Page 70: Toy department
circa 1948
Page 72: Woman with seafood and gift basket from Frederick & Nelson
circa 1947
Page 76: Bernie Hall working in sporting goods department
circa 1948
Page 89: Workers installing escalators
1951
Page 91: 1951 Buick on display
circa 1951
Page 91: Shoppers on escalator
circa 1952
Page 92: Bird's-eye view of Seattle store
1952
22
More Than a Store: Frederick & Nelson 1890-1990 by Robert Spector.
1990
22
2014.55.1: Letter and speech from first Frederick & Nelson employee, Samuel H. Clement
1940
22
2014.55.2: Frederick & Nelson guide to new store after expansion
circa 1950
22
2014.55.3: Robert Spector's research file on Frango candy
circa 1989
box:oversize
47
Oversize materials removed from folders
7 folders
Oversized photographs, a poster and an issue of Life magazine from May 13, 1946. Folders labeled by page number.
Subseries E: Display
Greneker Corp, NY; Dudley, Hardin & Yang; Roy M. Peak; Webster & Stevens; Forde Photographers; Pete Liddell; Fred Milkie (photographers)
Consists largely of photographs of Frederick & Nelson store window displays and interior displays of merchandise. Folders arranged chronologically by month and year with separate folders for each year for Christmas displays and for occasional special events. Includes some photos of building exteriors and events in and outside of the store
Box
23
Store windows and displays
1939-1943
24
Store windows and displays
1944-1945
25
Store windows and displays
1946-1947
26
Store windows and displays
Includes the image below, which is part of the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections:
1948-1949
Frederick & Nelson exterior decorated with ribbon for Christmas
1948
27
Store windows and displays
1950-1953
28
Store windows and displays
1954-1957
29
Store windows and displays
1958-1962
30
Store windows and displays
1963-1967
31
Store windows and displays
1968-1971; 1976
31
Undated store window and display photographs arranged by photographer
24 folders
32-34
Store windows and store interiors
3x5 snapshots of store windows, arranged chronologically by month and year of processing as printed on back of photograph. Includes undated Polaroids of store interiors arranged by store location: Bellevue, Aurora Village, Southcenter, Tacoma Mall and Everett Mall
1971 May-1978 March
34
Joseph Charlton event
slides
circa 1986
34
Swatch Nefertiti ads
slides
undated
34
Expo 86 press conference
slides
1986 June 4
34
Father's Day events at store
slides
1986 June
34
Store exterior; renderings of Lakewood Mall store; store interiors
slides
1989
34
Christmas display
slides
1988
34
"La France" themed displays
slides
35
Store windows
8" x 10" color photographs of window displays. Includes one folder of merchandise on display in various departments. 22 folders arranged chronologically with three months per folder.
1972-1977

Series 6:  Audiovisual materials Return to Top

Container(s)DescriptionDates
Subseries A: Videotape
Box
36
Frederick & Nelson "Its History and Policies"
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette
1976
36
Frederick & Nelson "Its History and Policies"
2 U-Matic 3/4" videocassettes
1978
36
"Arcade"
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette
1981 January
36
Symphoneve fashion show on King TV
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette
1982
36
"1982 Preview"
1982 February
37
AMNW/Frederick & Nelson Show
1983 March 4
37
Spring Fashions
Videocassette
1984 March
36
"Bridal Video" and revision
Produced by Merwin Productions
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette; 2 VHS videocassettes
1987-1988
36
Christmas Rally Tape
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette; VHS videocassette
1987
36
Employee videos
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette; 2 VHS videocassettes
1989
36
"Mattress"
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette
37
Television news stories about Frederick & Nelson
8 VHS videocassettes
1987-1990
37 & 38
Television commercials advertising store sales
Most produced by Evans/Kraft
27 VHS videocassettes (30-60 seconds per cassette)
1987-1989
39
Collections of short television spots
12 1 inch videotape master and submaster tapes
4 Betacam videocassettes
37
Television ads
2 Betacam videocassettes
1991
37
Investor and vendor video
VHS videocassettes
1989 January
37
"What is Frederick & Nelson"
1989 October
37
"Video Conference"
VHS videocassette
1989
37
"What is Frederick & Nelson"
Videocassette
1989 October
37
"Teleconference"
VHS videocassette
1989 November
37
Birthday tapes
3 Betacam videocassettes
1900 April
37
International tape
VHS videocassette
1990
37
"Frederick & Nelson and You"
VHS videocassette
undated
37
"The Customer's Choice"
VHS videocassette
undated
Subseries B: Audiotape
Box
40-41
"Broadcast tapes and commercials"
80 audio cassettes
1988-1989
39
TV spots, including the Frederick & Nelson Christmas theme
4 audiotapes
1988-1991
41
Santa breakfasts
1990
41
"Mini" Nutcracker, Olympic Ballet
undated
Subseries C: Films
16 mm films
Items 1993.43.12-.13 and 1993.43.15-.16 appear to be in good condition but have not been viewed .
1993.43.1-7: "Uncle Mistletoe"
Kling Studio Productions (producer)
Seven black and white films on children's puppet shows performed at store. (Additional copies on VHS and Beta videocassettes.)
circa 1960s
1993.43.9: "Frederick Nelson Presents (Invitation to Quality)"
Color
Content identical to 1993.43.11
circa 1952
1993.43.10: "Private Wilbur Brown"
circa 1950s
1993.43.11: "Invitation to Quality"
Criterion Films, Seattle (producer)
Color
Footage of downtown Seattle, store renovation and store interiors. Preservation performed in March 2006
circa 1953
1993.43.12: "African Safari"
circa 1955
1993.43.13: "Boehm Birds"
circa 1965
1993.43.14: "Bing Crosby's Washington".
Preservation performed in March 2006
circa 1967
1993.43.15: "Where the Governor Lives"
Historical film about preservation and renovation of Executive Mansion in Olympia, Washington.
circa 1978
1993.43.16: "You Can Win Elections"
circa 1970s?
Subseries D: Phonograph Records
Box
42
Anniversary disc
1939 December 29
43
CBS program "Meet the Missus" at the Orpheum Theater, Seattle
2 discs
1946 April 12
43
Reception for fashion celebrities at Olympic Hotel, Seattle
2 discs
1946 April 12
43
KIRO radio program on New Bellevue store
1955 January 31
43
Frederick & Nelson "Concert Hour"
2 discs
1955 December 1
43
"Seattle Speaks Program"
Frederick & Nelson Concert Hour, 25th Anniversary Program
1956 January 27-1956 February 1
43
"Seattle Speaks Program"
1956 January 27
43
"Pay the Price" by Earl Nightingale
circa 1956
43
"The Exit Interview"
undated
43
"Fashion Show Song"
undated
43
"Give the Lady What She Wants"
undated
43
"Interviewing the Potential Employee"
undated
43
"Songs of Helen Owen Hutchins"
2 discs
undated
43
The Shrimps
undated
43
"Your attitude is showing"
2 discs
undated

Series 7:  Scrapbooks Return to Top

Container(s)DescriptionDates
Box
44
Scrapbook
This scrapbook contains a variety of publicity for Frederick & Nelson, such as brochures, fliers, cards and materials that feature a Frederick & Nelson ad. The second part of the album contains comparable materials from other department stores, mostly from Filene's and Marshall Fields. Also includes blank forms related to employment and customer service at the store.
Scrapbook was disassembled due to deterioration. This scrapbook was a 12"x18" 400 page hardbound ledger book; materials were attached to 53 pages. These pages were removed and placed individually in folders in their original order. Loose items were also foldered.
1910s
46
Beauty Forum scrapbook
This scrapbook documents Frederick & Nelson's second annual Beauty Forum, February 12-16, 1951
1951
unboxed
Supply Purchasing Department Scrapbook
19"x 24" (oversize)
Packaging samples including boxes, bags and wrappers; also order forms, blank copies of business forms, envelopes, stickers and tags.
undated
unboxed
Scrapbook
oversize
Documentation portfolio for Seventeen Magazine and Frederick & Nelson Road Show
1977
Publicity Scrapbooks
16 ½"x18" (oversize)
Postcards, enclosures, invitations, mailings, fliers, and catalogs are organized within the scrapbooks chronologically by month. Each item is labeled with the date and number of copies mailed.
Publicity scrapbook
1951-1952
Publicity scrapbook
1955
Publicity scrapbook
1959
Publicity scrapbook
1960
Publicity scrapbook
1961
Publicity scrapbook
1962-1964