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|title||Hooper, Frances. Papers, 1928-1976|
|location||University of Chicago, Library|
|collection title||Frances Hooper (1892-1986) was a journalist and advertising executive. She was founder and president of the Frances Hooper Advertising Agency. Hooper was also an author and avid collector of books and art. |
Correspondence, books, photographs, and notes in the collection reflect Hooperâ€™s personal life between the 1920s and 1970s. Correspondence, memorandum, records, layouts, and mockups describe the professional work of Frances Hooper, Inc., between the 1940s and 1970s. The major accounts of Frances Hooper Inc. included the Wrigley Company, the related Good Teeth Council for Children, and the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.
Frances Milliken Hooper was born on September 18, 1892, in Chicago, Illinois to James Hooper and Mary (Milliken) Hooper.
Hooper studied at the University of Chicago for one year before leaving to attend Smith College in Massachusetts, where she graduated in 1914.
Hooper began her professional career as a journalist for the Chicago Herald newspaper. She left that job to work in the promotions department at Marshall Fieldâ€™s, employment that led to her interest in advertising. In the 1920s, Hooper founded the Frances Hooper Advertising Agency, becoming one of the first female advertising executives in the United States. The agencyâ€™s largest account was with the Wrigley Company. Hooper Advertising produced specialized campaigns for educational, parenting, and womenâ€™s magazines including Redbook, Family Circle, Teacherâ€™s Magazine, and Parentâ€™s Magazine. The agency also handled advertising for Wrigleyâ€™s public service dental promotions including the Good Teeth Council for Children.
Hooper was a collector of art and books. Her collections included photographs by Tina Modotti, as well as books, manuscripts, and drawings by Carl Linnaeus, George Cruikshank, Kate Greenaway, Lewis Carroll, Virginia Woolf, Selma Lagerlof, and Emily and Anne Bronte. Hooper donated her collections to multiple institutions. Her Kate Greenaway collection was given to the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her Linnaeus materials were donated to the Chicago Horticulture Society, and the bulk of her Virginia Woolf materials went to Smith College. Five photographs by Italian photographer and student of Frederick Weston, Tina Modotti remain with Hooperâ€™s papers.
In her catalog â€śCollecting Kate Greenaway, and Meâ€ť (1980) written for an exhibit at the Hunt Institute, and in her book A Collector in Being (1973), Hooper reflects the motivations of the collector as well as the contents of her own collections. A Collector in Being was published by Hooperâ€™s small, independent press, the Chihuahua Press located in Kenilworth, Illinois. Other books written by Hooper and published by Chihuahua Press include Penny Candy (1970); The Bonnet (1972); and A Pilgrimage to Gosta Berlingâ€™s Varmland (1976).
Active in many organizations, Hooper was a member of the Hroswitha Club, a group of women book collectors. She was also a member of the Womanâ€™s Athletic Club of Chicago, the Post and Paddock Club, and a co-founder of Kayâ€™s Animal Shelter.
Frances Hooper died on April 30, 1986 in Kenilworth, Illinois.
|extent||26.5 linear feet (29 boxes)|
|formats||Correspondence Printed Materials Business Papers|
|finding aid||There is an online guide to the Frances Hooper Papers on the repositories Web site.|
|title||The Frances Hooper Kate Greenaway collection, 1880-1900.|
|location||Special Collections, Hunt Library|
|collection title||Published illustrated books, original artwork, journal, correspondence, realia of Kate Greenaway and records and papers of Frances Hooper. Greenaway artwork includes original watercolors, wood blocks, sketches, sketchbooks, layout designs, and engraved prints. Includes autobiographical journal in pencil; correspondence with John Ruskin, Violet Dickinson, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Dobson, Edmund Evans, Miss Lily Evans, John Greenaway, Frederick Locker-Lampson, Lady Maria Ponsonby, Lily Severn. |
Hooper papers include correspondence with dealers and other collectors, notes, and sale catalogs.
Microfilm copies of John Ruskin letters to Kate Greenaway, 1880-1889.
|extent||15 linear ft.|
|formats||Printed Materials Artwork Correspondence Ephemera|
|access||Contact repository for restrictions and policies.|
|finding aid||Partial register of the collection by Laurence Gomme.|
|title||Frances Hooper Papers on Virginia Woolf, 1915-1986 (MS 6)|
|collection title||Journalist, book collector, author, advertising executive, and owner of a printing press. Contains correspondence, notes, scholarly articles, reviews, and background material that Frances Hooper used to acquire her important collection of books and manuscripts by Virginia Woolf. Early material includes printed articles by Virginia Woolf, catalog cards from the Library of Congress, and artifacts removed from the books in the collection. |
Hooper was born on Sept. 18, 1892 in Illinois, graduated from Smith College, 1914, and worked as a journalist and advertising executive. She was an avid book collector. Among the collections she assembled was the Virginia Woolf papers now held by the Smith College Mortimer Rare Book Room. Hooper died April 20, 1986.
Frances Hooper Papers on Virginia Woolf, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.
|extent||1.5 Linear feet|
|formats||Correspondence Personal Papers Manuscript Subject Files Photographs|
|access||Access in unrestricted, unless otherwise noted.|
|finding aid||Finding aid is available in the Smith College Mortimer Rare Book Room and on repositories Web site.|
|acquisition information||The papers were bequeathed to Smith College by Frances Hooper with the Frances Hooper Collection of Virginia Woolf Books and Manuscripts and received by the Rare Book Room in July 1986. Custodial history: Hooper presented Smith College with the correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey in 1985. The rest of Hooper's extensive Virginia Woolf collection came to Smith College after her death. The Frances Hooper Papers on Virginia Woolf are the physical property of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.|