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titleHooper, Frances. Papers, 1928-1976
locationUniversity of Chicago, Library
collection titleFrances 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 Hooper’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.

Biographical Note
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 Field’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 agency’s largest account was with the Wrigley Company. Hooper Advertising produced specialized campaigns for educational, parenting, and women’s magazines including Redbook, Family Circle, Teacher’s Magazine, and Parent’s Magazine. The agency also handled advertising for Wrigley’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 Hooper’s papers.

In her catalog “Collecting Kate Greenaway, and Me” (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 Hooper’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 Berling’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 Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago, the Post and Paddock Club, and a co-founder of Kay’s Animal Shelter.

Frances Hooper died on April 30, 1986 in Kenilworth, Illinois.
extent26.5 linear feet (29 boxes)
formatsCorrespondence Printed Materials Business Papers
accessNo restrictions.
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finding aidThere is an online guide to the Frances Hooper Papers on the repositories Web site.
updated01/28/2019 15:36:20

titleThe Frances Hooper Kate Greenaway collection, 1880-1900.
locationSpecial Collections, Hunt Library
collection titlePublished 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.
extent15 linear ft.
formatsPrinted Materials Artwork Correspondence Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
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finding aidPartial register of the collection by Laurence Gomme.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:03

titleFrances Hooper Papers on Virginia Woolf, 1915-1986 (MS 6)
locationSmith College
collection titleJournalist, 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.

Biog./Hist. Note
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.

Preferred Citation
Frances Hooper Papers on Virginia Woolf, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.
extent1.5 Linear feet
formatsCorrespondence Personal Papers Manuscript Subject Files Photographs
accessAccess in unrestricted, unless otherwise noted.
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finding aidFinding aid is available in the Smith College Mortimer Rare Book Room and on repositories Web site.
acquisition informationThe 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.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:03