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Title: Dorothy Shaver Papers

Collection Date(s): circa 1920–1959; undated (bulk 1945–1959)

Extent and Forms of Material: 6 cubic feet, including photographs and audio recordings (22 boxes, 32 audiocassette tapes, 14 audio tapes and 1 CD)

Creator: Dorothy Shaver

Abstract: This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Dorothy Shaver, one of the best-known female executives in the 1950s; Shaver became the first female president of Lord & Taylor in 1945.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. archivescenter@si.edu 202 633 3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC0631

Processing Note: Processed by Mimi Minnick, January 1993. Revised by Mimi Minnick, June 1997. Reviewed by Julie Pepera (intern), March 2006. Re-processed by Danleigh Kaplan (intern), February, 2007; supervised by Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, archivist.

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an “as needed” basis, as resources allow.

Technical Access: Do not use originals when original materials are available on reference video or audio tapes.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Dorothy Shaver Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Biographical History:

Dorothy Shaver was born on July 29, 1893 in Center Point, Arkansas to, Sallie Borden and James D. Shaver, a lawyer and judge. After graduating from Mena High School in 1910, Dorothy went on to study at the University of Arkansas and the University of Chicago. She moved to New York City with her sister Elsie, an artist, in the 1920s. Acting as an agent for her sister, Dorothy sold some of Elsie’s fashion drawings to the department store Lord & Taylor. Dorothy also promoted Elsie’s “Five Little Shaver” dolls, which became a major fad after Lord & Taylor introduced them.

Impressed, Lord & Taylor hired Dorothy Shaver to head its Comparative Shopping Bureau, the main purpose of which was to spy on other department stores. Shaver eventually reorganized this department to create a Bureau of Stylists in an effort to improve Lord & Taylor’s merchandising strategy and set the pace for style in New York. Her career with Lord & Taylor skyrocketed from there. In 1927, Shaver became a member of Lord & Taylor’s board of directors and in 1931, she was named a vice president. In 1937, she was elevated to first vice president and on December 19, 1945, she was named president of Lord &Taylor, becoming one of the first female executives of a large department store. One year later, she was elected to the board of directors of the Associated Dry Goods Corporation, of which Lord & Taylor was a division.

Under Shaver’s direction, Lord & Taylor became one of the first department stores to sell clothing specifically designed for different subsets of their customer base; teenaged girls, young adult women, petite women, and career women. She also introduced a bridal shop and a maternity department. She was known for her unique merchandising techniques, such as spraying perfume from the store’s marquee in an effort to sell perfume and attract customers. Six suburban branches were opened under her leadership (Manhasset, New York, 1941; Scarsdale, New York, 1948; Millburn, New Jersey, 1949; West Hartford, Connecticut, 1953; Bala-Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, 1954; and Garden City, New York, 1956).

Shaver was also known for her early recognition of American fashion designers. She promoted the “American Look” as a fashion trend, putting American designers on par with French designers. Her efforts fueled the careers of many American designers including Clare Potter, Claire McCardle, and Nettie Rosenstein. In 1937, Shaver established the American Design Awards, an annual event hosted by Lord & Taylor highlighting the achievements of innovators in the fields of design, the arts, housing, education, the sciences, and international relations.

Shaver also helped establish the Museum of Costume Art, which became the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1944. She was chairman of the institute’s executive committee and was a member of the Museum’s board of trustees. In 1942, as a merchandising consultant to the office of Quartermaster General, Shaver supervised the design of new uniforms and accessories for nurses in the military.

Shaver received numerous citations and awards over the course of her life, including honorary degrees from Syracuse University (1947), Bates College (1949), New York University (1950), Russell Sage College (1951), Lafayette College (1957), and Wheaton College (1957).

Shaver suffered a stroke and died soon after on June 28, 1959; she is buried in Texarkana, Arkansas. Her gravestone has the year of her birth as 1897, four years later than her actual birth date. This error apparently was done on the instruction of her sister, Elsie, because the two women enjoyed misrepresenting their ages.

Scope and Content: This collection documents the personal and professional life of Dorothy Shaver. Types of materials include correspondence, clippings, biographical narratives, interviews, statements to the press, event programs, speeches, certificates, obituaries, awards and honorary degrees, souvenir publications, advertisements, scrapbooks, planning documents, travel itineraries, notes, invitations, seating lists, photographs, and audio recordings. These materials range in date from 1920 to 1959, but the bulk date is from 1945 to 1959. Those interested in the history of women in business, fashion merchandising, the department store Lord & Taylor, the “American Look” as a fashion trend, and the creation of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will find this collection useful.

Series 1, Personal Papers and Biographical Information, 1920s–1959; undated, includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, biographical narratives, interviews, statements to the press, event programs, speeches, certificates, memorials and obituaries. Together, these materials document Shaver’s personal life, her achievements and interests, and the awards and honors she received. This series is divided into three subseries; 1) Biographical Information, 2) Correspondence, and 3) Awards and Honorary Degrees.

Subseries 1, Biographical Information, 1920s–1959; undated, contains documents about Shaver’s life, accomplishments, and personal philosophies. Types of materials include clippings, biographical narratives, and interviews, statements to the press, memorials and obituaries.

Many of the articles, interviews, and typed statements focus on her philosophies and opinions on business in general, women in business, personal and professional growth, creativity, fashion, and public service. A transcript of her This I Believe statement written and recorded for presentation as part of Edward R. Murrow’s “This I Believe” daily radio series and weekly newspaper feature is included in this subseries. The subject of this statement is about being an active citizen of society and making a personal contribution to the world. Also included in this subseries is a minimal amount of information on “Little Shaver” dolls in the form of clippings. Items in this series are arranged chronologically.

Subseries 2, Correspondence, 1942–1959; undated, consists of incoming and outgoing letters between Shaver and her friends and colleagues. Subjects addressed in the correspondence include personal matters, travel, current events, congratulatory letters, and invitations. This series is arranged chronologically.

Subseries 3, Awards and Honorary Degrees, 1930–1958; undated, includes newspaper clippings, event programs, speeches, correspondence, honorary diplomas, and commemorative publications associated with awards and honorary degrees bestowed on Shaver throughout the course of her life. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically.

Series 2, Professional Papers, 1927–1959; undated, includes the professional papers of Shaver as an employee and president of Lord & Taylor. Types of materials include correspondence, clippings, policy statements, press releases, travel itineraries, speeches, advertisements, souvenir publications, planning documents, invitations, scrapbooks, event programs, and notes related to Lord & Taylor operations, promotions, and events. This series is divided into four subseries: 1) Lord & Taylor Operations, 2) The “American Look,” 3) American Design Awards, and 4) Major Exhibitions and Special Events.

Subseries 1, Lord & Taylor Operations, 1927–1959; undated, includes correspondence, clippings, policy statements, press releases, travel itineraries, speeches, advertisements, souvenir publications and other papers related to Lord & Taylor operations. These materials document Lord & Taylor’s selling techniques and philosophies on store aesthetics, their corporate standards and goals, employee relations, store openings, awards, and their views and strategies regarding fashion, marketing, and consumer trends.

Correspondence in this subseries is both incoming and outgoing; topics discussed include upcoming promotions and events, possible locations for new Lord & Taylor stores, advertising ideas, VIP visits, meetings with other department store executives, and public relations. Also present in this subseries is a minimal number of clippings, itineraries, and correspondence related to Shaver’s travel on official company business to view fashion shows, learn about fashion trends, and attend corporate board meetings. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by type of document or subject.

Subseries 2, The “American Look,” about 1930–1959; undated, includes newspaper clippings, advertisements, press releases, correspondence, and speeches related to Shaver’s promotion of American fashion designers and the “American Look” as a fashion trend. Materials in this series are arranged chronologically.

Subseries 3, American Design Awards, 1945–1958; undated, includes papers associated with the American Design Awards, an annual event established by Lord & Taylor in 1937 to highlight the achievements of American fashion and industrial designers. In the 1940s, the focus of the awards changed to highlight innovations related to the war effort and, later, world affairs and research initiatives. This subseries includes correspondence, notes, planning documents, lists of organizing committee members, invitations, event programs, seating lists, speeches, press releases, souvenir publications, and clippings associated with this event.

Of special note is the 1955 American Design Awards luncheon which was themed “The Story of New York.” At this ceremony, Shaver delivered a speech accompanied by images of New York City that focused on its energy and vitality. This presentation was so well received that the text of her speech and the images were published in book format by Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (former president of International Business Machines) and given to various organizers and attendees of the event as a souvenir. A copy of this publication is in the collection. Items in this subseries are arranged chronologically. Photographs taken at these events can be found in Series 4.

Subseries 4, Major Exhibitions and Special Events, 1928–1958, includes correspondence, press releases, invitations, event programs, schedules, and clippings related to major exhibitions and special events held by Lord & Taylor. These events typically showcased home furnishings, art, clothing, and textiles from around the world and offered for sale to Lord & Taylor customers. Also present is an oversized scrapbook documenting Lord & Taylor’s 1928 Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art. It includes clippings, event programs, and photographs of the event. Photographs related to this event and as other Lord & Taylor events can be found in series 4. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by title of event.

Series 3, Social and Professional Activities, 1928–1959; undated, includes correspondence, invitations, clippings, event programs, meeting minutes, brochures, and speeches related to Shaver’s social, professional, and philanthropic activities. These activities include the boards she served on, events she helped organize, organizations she was a member of and/or established, and fundraising campaigns with which she was associated.

Materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by title of organization. A miscellaneous folder filed at the end of this series includes fragments of information about various events and organizations. Also at the end of this series are administrative files that tracked invitations received by Shaver and her responses.

Series 4, Photographs, about 1920–1959; undated, documents Shaver’s personal and professional life. It is arranged into three subseries: 1) Personal, 2) Lord & Taylor, and 3) Social and Professional Activities.

Subseries 1, Personal, 1950 – 1959; undated, include professional portraits of Shaver, images of “Little Shaver” dolls, paintings by Elsie Shaver, an exhibition of Elsie’s paintings and sculptures, images of Dorothy Shaver accepting awards and honorary degrees, and an image of a memorial window display set up by Lord & Taylor after Dorothy Shaver’s death. Some of the photographs have captions describing the image. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Subseries 2, Lord & Taylor, circa 1920–1959; undated, includes photographs of Dorothy Shaver’s office, Lord & Taylor store openings, window displays, Lord & Taylor events and exhibitions, and the annual American Design Awards luncheon. Some of these images were annotated by Lord & Taylor employees, Elsie Shaver, or news reporting services.

The window displays are arranged by date and feature clothing for sale at Lord & Taylor. Many of the window displays focus on specific American designers such as Tom Brigance, Hattie Carnegie, Herbert Kasper, Claire McCardell, Monte-Sano and Pruzan, Clare Potter, and Ben Zuckerman. Other designers such as Emilio Pucci and Christian Dior are also featured. Some of the window displays feature clothing and other wares from France, Italy, and England. Another display promotes the New York Philharmonic. Window displays featuring Elsie Shaver’s cotton sculptures are also present. Accompanying a few of these images are printed “Views & Reviews” cards from the Retail Reporting Bureau featuring a color image of the window display and a description of its contents.

Images of Lord & Taylor exhibitions and events include photographs of the British Fortnight event held in 1958, the Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art held in 1928, the annual “Hello Spring” event, and the “Antiques Shop” which Dorothy Shaver established early in her career at Lord & Taylor. It is unclear whether the “Antiques Shop” was a one-time event, a distinct department of Lord & Taylor, or an annual event. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Subseries 3, Social and Professional Activities, 1942–1957; undated, includes photographs of Shaver attending various events associated with her social and professional activities. Eleanor Roosevelt is featured in some images. Photographs in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by name of organization, event, or activity.

Series 5, Audio Recordings, 1946–1948; 1956, 1973, consists of speeches by Shaver, presentations at the American Design Awards Luncheons, and interviews.

Subseries 1, Reference Audio Cassette Tapes and CD, 1946–1948; 1956 containsreference copies created by the Archives Center of the original speeches, presentations, and interviews.

Subseries 2,MasterAudio Tapes, 1946–1948; 1956, 1973, containspreservation master copies not intended for research use.

Subseries 3, Original Audio Cassette Tapes, 1946–1948; 1956, contains the original copies of the speeches, presentations, and interviews.

System of Arrangement:

Series 1, Personal Papers, 1920s–1959; undated
Subseries 1, Biographical Information, 1920s–1959; undated
Subseries 2, Correspondence, 1942–1959; undated
Subseries 3, Awards and Honorary Degrees, circa 1930–1958; undated
Series 2, Professional Papers, 1927–1959; undated
Subseries 1, Lord & Taylor Operations, 1927–1959; undated
Subseries 2, The “American Look,” circa 1930–1959; undated
Subseries 3, American Design Awards, 1945–1958; undated
Subseries 4, Exhibitions and events, 1928–1958
Series 3, Social and Professional Activities, 1928–1959; undated
Series 4, Photographs, about 1920–1959; undated
Subseries 1, Personal, 1950–1959; undated
Subseries 2, Lord & Taylor, circa 1920–1959; undated
Subseries 3, Social and Professional Activities, 1942–1957; undated
Series 5, Audio Recordings, 1946-1948; 1956, 1973
Subseries 1, Reference Audio Cassette Tapes and CD, 1946-1948; 1956
Subseries 2, Master Audio Tapes, 1946-1948; 1956, 1973
Subseries 3, Original Audio Cassette Tapes, 1946–1948; 1956

Languages: Some articles and correspondence in French. One article is in either Persian or Arabic.

Acquisition Information: This collection was donated to the Museum’s Division of Home and Community Life by Dorothy Shaver’s sister, Elsie Shaver, in 1973, at which time an oral history interview was conducted with Elsie Shaver.

Custodial History: Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Home and Community Life, 1998.

Related Archival Materials: The Archives Center possesses a variety of collections and an online exhibit that relate to the Dorothy Shaver Papers in subject matter and sphere of activity. They include: Freda Diamond Collection, circa 1945–1984, #616, Estelle Ellis Collection, 1944–1994, #423, Brownie Wise Papers, circa 1928–1968, #509, and California Shop Records, 1938–1942, #572

There is an online exhibit, Setting the Precedent: Four Women Who Excelled in Business, featuring Freda Diamond, Estelle Ellis, Dorothy Shaver, and Brownie Wise. http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/WIB-tour/mainMovie.html acessed on November 27, 2007.

Related Artifacts: The Division of Home and Community Life holds artifacts related to this collection including an inkstand, two pencils, a cigarette case, and a charm bracelet owned by Dorothy Shaver.

Access Points:

Subject/Topical:
Costume design
Women in business – 20th century

Subject/Name:
Lord & Taylor
Brigance, Tom
Carnegie, Hattie
Dior, Christian
Kasper, Herbert
McCardell, Claire
Monte-Sano
Potter, Clare
Pucci, Emilio
Zuckerman, Ben

Form/Genre:
Photographs-1900-2000
Scrapbooks-20th century
Clippings – 20th century
Professional Papers
Audiotapes

CONTAINER LISTING

Box

Folder

 

 

 

Series 1, Personal Papers, 1920s–1959; undated

 

 

Subseries 1, Biographical Information, 1920s–1959; undated

1

1

Little Shavers, circa 1920s

16

1

Little Shavers, circa 1920s

1

2

Personal philosophies, 1930-1958; undated

14

1

Personal philosophies,1932-1952; undated

1

3

Biographical clippings and articles, 1931-1959; undated

14

2

Biographical clippings and articles, 1928-1956; undated

16

2

Biographical clippings and articles, undated

1

4

“This I Believe,” 1953-1955

 

5

Biographical information, 1954-1957; undated

 

6

Obituaries and articles about Shaver’s death, 1959

14

3

Obituaries and articles about Shaver’s death, 1959

1

7

Correspondence, resolutions, and other papers related to Shaver’s death, 1959

14

4

Correspondence, resolutions, and other papers related to Shaver’s death, 1959

 

5

Materials relating to Elsie Shaver, 1942

 

6

Elsie Shaver paintings, undated

 

7

Clippings about Elsie Shaver

 

 

Subseries 2, Correspondence, 1942–1959; undated

1

8

Correspondence, 1942-1954

 

9

Correspondence, 1955-1959

 

10

Correspondence, undated

 

 

Subseries 3, Awards and Honorary Degrees, circa 1930–1958; undated

 

11

Advertising Club of Washington, Award of Achievement, 1957

 

12

Arkansas State Society Certificate of Merit, 1949

 

13

Arkansas Traveler Award, 1949

 

 

Arkansas Traveler Award, 1949

 

14

Art Directors Club Award, 1955

 

 

Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation, Certificate of Appreciation, undated

 

15

American Woman’s Association Award for Eminent Achievement, 1950

16

3

Awards and Honorary Degrees, A-M, 1930-1958

 

4

Awards and Honorary Degrees, N-Z, 1930-1958

1

16

Bates College Honorary Degree, 1949

2

1

Bates College Honorary Degree, 1949

 

 

Boston Conference on Distribution, Hall of Fame Award, 1953

 

2

British Leather Goods Export Group Award, 1955

 

3

Brotherhood Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1954

 

4

Cross of the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, 1950

 

 

Crusade for Freedom, Citation, 1951

 

 

Department of the Army, Certificate of Appreciation, and Citation, 1950

 

 

Elmira College, Centennial Commission Member, 1955

 

5

Eta Mu Pi, Alpha Chapter, New York University, Honorary Membership, 1957

 

6

Fashion Originators’ Guild of America, Incorporated Award, 1947

 

 

Fashion Trades, Statesman of Industry Award, 1946

 

 

Fashion Trade Group, Incorporated, Certificate of Tribute, 1951

 

7

Golden Cup of Good Taste Award, 1958

 

 

Golden Slipper Square Club, Citation of Achievement, 1956

 

8

Hall of Fame of Distribution, 1953

 

9

Horatio Alger Award, 1948

 

10

Interfaith Award, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, 1954

 

 

Journal American, Certificate of Appreciation, 1956

 

11

Lafayette College Honorary Degree, 1952

 

 

Lafayette College Honorary Degree, 1952

 

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Honorary Fellow, 1945

 

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Industrial Fellowship Member, 1945

 

 

Metropolitan Opera Fund, Certificate of Appreciation, 1951-52

 

12

National Jewish Hospital at Denver Award, 1957

 

13

New York Board of Trade Mercantile Award, 1958

 

 

New York City, Mayor’s Committee, 1948

 

 

New York City, Salute to Seasons Honor Citation, 1959

 

 

New York Committee, Distinguished Service Certificate, 1956

 

 

New York State, Honorary Economic Commission Appointment, 1959

 

 

New York Public Library, Certificate of Appreciation, 1951

 

 

New York University Honorary Degree, 1950

 

14

New York University Honorary Degree, 1950

 

15

New York University Honorary Degree, 1950

 

16

New York University Honorary Degree, 1950

14

8

New York University Honorary Degree, 1950

2

17

Public Relations Society of America Citation, 1958

 

 

Public Relations Society of America Citation, 1958

 

 

Quartermaster General, Certificate of Appreciation, 1944

 

18

Russell Sage College Honorary Degree, 1951

 

19

Russell Sage College Honorary Degree, 1951

 

20

Society of New York Dress Designers Award, 1953

 

 

Society of New York Dress Designers Award, 1953

 

21

Star of Solidarity, Republic of Italy, 1954

 

 

Star of Solidarity, Republic of Italy, 1954

 

22

Syracuse University Honorary Degree, 1947

 

 

Syracuse University Honorary Degree, 1947

3

1

Treasury Silver Medal Award, 1946

 

2

United States Navy, Civil Citation, 1957

 

 

War Department, Certificate of Appreciation, 1946

 

3

Washington Advertising Club Award of Achievement, 1957

 

4

Wheaton College Honorary Degree, 1957

 

5

Wheaton College Honorary Degree, 1957

 

6

Woman of Achievement Citation, Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations, 1950

 

7

Women’s City Club of New York, Incorporated, Guest of Honor, 1946

 

8

Women’s International Institute Exposition, Achievement Award, 1956

 

 

Women’s National Institute Incorporated, Women in Industry Award, 1956

 

 

Series 2, Professional Papers, 1927-1959; undated

 

 

Subseries 1, Lord & Taylor Operations, 1927-1959; undated

14

9

Advertising-General, 1938, 1951; undated

3

9

Advertising-Radio, 1937-1959; undated

 

10

Advertising-Reader’s Digest, 1957

 

11

Award, Golden Slipper Square Club, 1956

 

12

Clippings, 1932-1958; undated

14

10

Clippings, 1933-1958; undated

3

13

Correspondence, 1946-1959; undated

 

14

Employee relations, benefits, and honors, 1947-1958; undated

 

15

Events and displays, 1950-1958; undated

 

16

History of Lord & Taylor, undated

 

17

International Council of Women Luncheon, 1957

 

18

J.W. Robinson Company Advisory Board, 1955-1956

 

19

Lord & Taylor Laboratory, 1944-1945

 

20

Policies and store philosophies, 1948-1958; undated

 

21

Retail as a career option, 1944-1957; undated

 

22

Speeches to executive training classes, 1927-1957; undated

4

1

Statements to the press and interviews, 1953-1954; undated

18

1

Store opening, Manhasset, New York, undated

 

 

Store opening, West Hartford, Connecticut, 1953 February 26

4

2

Store openings, 1953–1955; undated

 

3

Travel abroad, 1932–1957; undated

 

4

Trends–fashion, 1930–1945; undated

14

11

Trends–fashion, undated

4

5

Trends–marketing and consumer buying, 1957

 

 

Subseries 2, The “American Look,” circa 1930s–1959; undated

4

6

Clippings and articles about American designers, 1931-1959; undated

14

12

Clippings and articles about American designers, 1933-1947; undated

4

7

Speeches about American designers, circa 1930s-1940s

 

8

Clippings and articles about the “American Look,” 1932-1954; undated

14

13

Clippings and articles about the “American Look,” undated

 

14

Clippings and articles about the “American Look,” 1933-1953, undated

18

2

Advertisement, American Designer Movement, April 9, 1933

4

9

“American Look” binder with press release and correspondence, 1945

 

10

Other papers related to the American Designer Movement, undated

 

 

Subseries 3, American Design Awards, 1945-1958; undated

4

11

American Design Awards, 1945

 

12

American Design Awards, 1946

 

13

American Design Awards, 1947

 

14

American Design Awards, 1948

5

1

American Design Awards, 1949

 

2

American Design Awards, 1950

 

3

American Design Awards, 1951

 

4

American Design Awards, 1952

 

5

American Design Awards, 1952 (copy of speech requests)

 

6

American Design Awards, 1953

 

7

American Design Awards, 1954

6

1

American Design Awards, 1955 (The Story of New York)

 

2

American Design Awards, 1955 (The Story of New York)

13

1

American Design Awards, 1955 (The Story of New York)

 

2

American Design Awards, 1955 (The Story of New York)

6

3

American Design Awards, 1956

 

4

American Design Awards, 1957

 

5

American Design Awards, 1958

 

6

American Design Awards, undated

17

1

American Design Awards, 1948-1958, undated

 

 

Subseries 4, Major exhibitions and special events, 1928–1958

7

1

British Fortnight, 1958

13

3

British Fortnight, 1958

17

2

British Fortnight, 1958

7

2

Exhibition of Imports, 1956

 

3

Exhibition of Imports, 1957

 

4

Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art, 1928

15

1

Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art scrapbook pages 1-18, 1928

 

2

Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art scrapbook pages 19-38, 1928

 

3

Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art scrapbook pages 39-56, 1928

 

4

Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art scrapbook pages 57-76, 1928

 

 

Series 3, Social and Professional Activities, 1928–1959; undated

7

5

Advertising Federation of America, 1942

 

6

Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, 1951

 

7

American Association for the United Nations, Incorporated, 1952–1958

 

8

American Council on Education, Conference on Women in the Defense Decade, 1951

 

9

American Council NATO, Incorporated, 1958–1959

 

10

American Craftsman, 1948

 

11

American Federation of Arts, 1953

 

12

American Heart Association, Heart Fund Campaign, 1959

 

13

American–Korean Foundation, 1953–1954

 

14

American National Exhibit in Moscow, 1959

 

15

American–Scandinavian Foundation, 1954; undated

 

16

American Theatre Wing, 1957–1958

 

17

April in Paris Ball, 1958

 

18

Art in Industry Associates, 1928

 

19

Arts Directors Club, 1942

 

20

Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation, 1949

 

21

Boys Harbor, 1955 and undated

14

15

Boys Harbor, 1955

7

22

Columbia University, Council of the School of General Studies, 1952–1959

 

23

Commerce and Industry Association of New York, Committee on Housing, 1955

 

24

Committee for Economic Development, 1951–1959; undated

 

25

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 1956–1957

 

26

Crusade for Freedom, 1951–1956; undated

 

27

Elmira College Centennial Commission, 1955

 

28

Eternal Light Award, dinner honoring Ogden R. Reid, 1957

 

29

Experiment in International Living, 1956–1957

 

30

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Incorporated, 1954–1958; undated

 

31

Fifth Avenue Association, 1957–1958; undated

 

32

Foreign Press Association, 1958

 

33

Benjamin Franklin 250 th Anniversary Celebration, Incorporated, 1956

 

34

Fashion Group, 1934–1959; undated

 

35

Girls Clubs of America, 1955–1957; undated

 

36

Greater New York Fund, 1950–1957

 

37

Handicraft Development, Incorporated, 1947

 

38

Hudson Celebration of 1959

 

39

Home Fashions League Incorporated, 1951–1955

 

40

Hundred Year Association of New York, Incorporated, 1952–1959

 

41

Institute of Contemporary Art, 1949

 

42

International Rescue Committee, Incorporated,1958

 

43

Israel’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration, 1957

 

44

Italian – American Marketing Council, 1950–1951; undated

 

45

Jewish War Veterans of the United States, 1946

8

1

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, 1951–1954; undated

 

2

Lafayette Bicentennial, 1957

 

3

Lafayette Fellowship Foundation, Inc., National Citizens Committee, 1956

 

4

Lincoln Center, 1958–1959

 

5

Memorial Cancer Center (Society of), 1957–1959

 

6

Menninger Foundation, 1949–1959

 

7

Merchandise Mart, 1949–1953

 

8

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944–1959; undated

 

9

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, 1944–1955

17

3

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, 1944

8

10

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, 1956–1959; undated

 

11

Museum of Costume Art, undated

 

 

Museum of Modern Art, 1949–1958

 

12

Musicians Emergency Fund, Incorporated, Hospitalized Veterans Music Service, 1948

13

4

National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1954

8

13

National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1954–1956

 

14

National Committee for Mental Hygiene, 1945–1946

 

15

National Council of Women of the United States, 1957

 

16

National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1951–1957; undated

 

17

National Fund for Medical Education, 1955–1957; undated

 

18

National Jewish Hospital at Denver, 1957–1958

 

19

National Planning Association, 1954–1959; undated

 

20

New York Board of Trade, 1952; undated

 

21

New York (City of), Citizens Committee to Keep New York Clean, 1955

 

22

New York (City of ), Committee for the 1956 Olympics, 1955

 

23

New York (City of), Department of Commerce and Public Events, Consular Corps Hospitality Committee, 1956–1957

 

24

New York (City of), Mayor’s Advisory Council, Business and Finance Subcommittee, 1954–1959

 

25

New York (City of), Office of Civil Defense, Advisory Committee of Recruiting and Public Information, 1950–1955

 

26

New York Public Library, 1950–1957

 

27

New York State Citizens Committee for the Public Schools, Financial Advisory Committee, 1956

 

28

New York (State of), Commission on Economic Expansion, 1959

 

29

New York (State of), Committee on “Employ the Physically Handicapped,” undated

 

30

New York (State of), Department of Commerce, Business Advisory Council, 1958

 

31

New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations of Cornell University, 1946

 

32

New York University, Arts Center Development Committee, 1955–1957

 

33

New York University–Bellevue Medical Center Completion Program, 1957

 

34

New York World’s Fair of 1939, Fashion Council, 1937

 

35

Order of Lafayette, 1958–1959

 

36

Outdoor Cleanliness Association, 1956

 

37

Paris Birthday Ball–Gala Dinner, 1951

 

38

Parsons School of Design, 1958–1959

 

39

Red Cross Fund Campaign, 1949–1959

14

16

Scrapbook of Professional Activities, 1940-1956; undated

8

40

Society of American Fashion Designers, Incorporated,1955

 

41

Society of Industrial Designers, 1955

 

42

Society of New York Dress Designers Incorporated,1953; undated

 

43

Spanish–American Board of Trade, Incorporated,1956

 

44

Sports Illustrated, American Sportswear Design Awards Committee, 1958; undated

9

1

Tobe–Coburn School graduation speech, 1941

 

2

United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York, 1951–1953

 

3

United Nations Club Committee, 1946

 

4

United Nations Committee of the City of New York, Hospitality Committee, 1954

14

17

United States Armed Forces Uniform Design, 1942

9

5

United States Treasury Department, United States Savings Bond Division, National Women’s Advisory Committee, 1957

 

6

United States War Department, Office of the Quartermaster General, 1942–1954

17

4

United States War Department, Office of the Quartermaster General, 1943; undated

9

7

United States World Trade Fair; 1957, 1958

 

8

Waldorf-Astoria’s Silver Anniversary Ball for the Benefit of the United Nations Children’s Fund, 1956

 

9

West Side Association, 1955

 

10

Whitney Museum of American Art, 1946

 

11

World Fashion Center, 1955–1956

 

12

Young Men’s Board of Trade, “Invest in America Week,” 1956

 

13

Young Men’s Real Estate Association, 1954

 

14

Miscellaneous, 1956–1958; undated

14

18

Miscellaneous, 1940-1957; undated

17

5

Miscellaneous, 1945; undated

9

15

Invitations and acceptances, 1946–1959

 

16

Invitations and regrets, 1946–1954

 

17

Invitations and regrets, 1955–1959

 

 

Series 4, Photographs, circa 1920–1959; undated

 

 

Subseries 1, Personal, 1950–1959; undated

10

 

Awards and honorary degrees, 1950–1958; undated

14

19

Awards and honorary degrees, 1950–1958; undated

 

 

Shaver portraits; undated

14

20

Shaver portraits; undated

10

 

Elsie Shaver exhibition of paintings & sculptures; undated

 

 

Elsie Shaver paintings; undated

 

 

Little Shavers; undated

 

 

Memorial for Shaver, Lord & Taylor, 1959

 

 

Subseries 2, Lord & Taylor, circa 1920–1959; undated

10

 

American Design Awards, 1949–1958; undated

12

 

Exhibitions and Events, circa 1920–1958
Antiques Shop, about 1920s
Exposition of Modern French Decorative Art, 1928
Hello Spring, 1956, 1957; undated
British Fortnight, 1958

14

21

British Fortnight, 1958

11

 

New York University School of Retailing event, undated

 

 

Office of Dorothy Shaver, undated

14

22

Office of Dorothy Shaver, undated

11

 

Song, “There is a store named L & T…” with image of Elsie Shaver, undated

 

 

Store openings, 1947; undated

 

 

Window displays, 1942–1959; undated
Window displays, Elsie Shaver’s cotton sculptures, Valentine’s Day, 1942
Window displays, Elsie Shaver’s cotton sculptures, circa June 1942
Window displays, 1954–1959; undated

 

 

Subseries 3, Social and Professional Activities, 1942–1957; undated

12

 

Girls Clubs of America, February 1957

 

 

Hundred Year Association of New York, Incorporated, November 1952

 

 

Lord Mayor of Dublin, undated

 

 

National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1956

 

 

New York (City of), Department of Commerce and Public Events, Consular Corps Hospitality Committee, undated

 

 

New York University School of Retailing, undated

 

 

Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, undated

 

 

United States Armed Forces uniform design, 1942

 

 

Unknown events, undated

 

 

Series 5, Audio Recordings, 1946–1948; 1956, 1973

 

 

Subseries 1, Reference Audio Cassette Tapes and CD, 1946-1948; 1956

19

RTC
631.1

 

 

Dorothy Shaver Speech , 1946 January 19
Participants: Thomas J. Watson and Dorothy Shaver
Speech by Shaver discussing expansion plans for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the possibility of establishing a costume institute.

 

RTC
631.2-5

 

Lord & Taylor Tenth Annual American Design Awards Luncheon, 1947 April 17
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, Alfred H. Bard, Jr., Frank White (accepting on behalf of Bernard Herman) , Louis D’ Rochma, Agnes de Mille and Ralph A. Beals
Awards luncheon designed to honor and encourage creative expression in America. Awards presented to Alfred H. Bard, Jr., an art professor at Princeton University, Wellesley College, and Bryn Mawr College; Bernard Herrmann, film and radio composer; Louis de Rochemont, producer of documentary films; Agnes de Mille, choreographer; and Ralph A. Beals, director of the New York Public Library.

 

RTC
631.6-9

 

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1947 April 23
Participants: Dr. Wilbur Miller, Donald Watt and Dr. Fairfield Osborn
Awards presented to Dr. Wilbur Miller for community action, international relations and atomic energy; Dr. Fairfield Osborn, author of Our Plundered Planet for environmentalism, Experiment in International Living, for an international exchange program; President of the New York Zoological Society; and Nijmegen, Holland and Donald Watt, biochemist from Stanford, Connecticut, for organizing the Standard Forum for World Affairs.

 

RTC
631.6-9

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1948 April 23
Participants: Dorothy Shaver
Shaver speaks about the wartime experience of residents of Nijmegen, Holland.

 

RTC
631.10

 

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1956 May 18
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, John Sherman Cooper, Dr. Ralph Bunch, Roger William, Joseph Welsh, David Sarnoff, John de le Guard, Sir Francis Rundel, and Whitney North Seymour.
Awards luncheon including a discussion of the 19th Lord and Taylor Awards, which acknowledges creative achievements that bring a new dimension to American lives. The specific focus of the 1956 awards was the spiritual heritage of the country. Shaver spoke about freedom and the spirit of liberty. Awards were presented to Margaret Chase Smith, Senator from Maine; John Sherman Cooper, former United States Senator and Ambassador to India; Dr. Ralph Bunch, former Secretary of the United Nations; Roger William, author of Religious Liberty and Democracy; Joseph Welsh, television personality and teacher to 12 million citizens in a class on Governmental Law; David Sarnoff, president of RCA (NBC); John de le Guard; Sir Francis Rundel and Whitney North Seymour.

 

RTC
631.11

 

Welsh and Shaver Interview, 18 May 1956
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, John Welsh and David Sarnoff
Shaver speaks with David Sarnoff and Joseph Welsh about the 19th Lord & Taylor American Design Awards given for creative achievements.

 

RTC
631.12

 

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1953 May 4
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, Edward R. Murrow, Dr. George S. Stevenson, Professor Theodore Von Caman, Professor Albert Einstein and Professor William Albright
American Design Awards luncheon honoring individuals who think originally and are intellectual adventurers. Awards were presented to William Albright, archeology professor, Johns Hopkins University; Edward R. Murrow, CBS News reporter; Dr. George S. Stevenson, the Medical Director for the National Association for Mental Health; Professor Theodore Von Caman, Chair of Scientific Advisory Board to the Air Force and a similar panel for NATO; and Professor Albert Einstein.

 

RTC
631.13

 

Lord & Taylor Interview, 1956 May 21
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, John Welsh and David Sarnoff
Mostly includes a discussion on the areas in which awards are given.

 

RTC
631.14

 

Lord & Taylor Interview, 1956 May 21
Participants: Basil Rathbone (narrator) and Alan Sands (producer)
Basil Rathbone recounts Shaver’s life story and her attitude about business.

21

RCD
631.15

 

Interview, 1973 May 16
Participants: Claudia Kidwell and Elsie Shaver
Claudia Kidwell, costume curator of the National Museum of American History, interview Elsie Shaver.

 

 

Subseries 2, Master Audio Tapes, 1946–1948; 1956, 1973

20

MT7
631.1

 

Dorothy Shaver Speech , 1946 January 19
Participants: Thomas J. Watson and Dorothy Shaver
Speech by Shaver discussing expansion plans for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the possibility of establishing a costume institute.

 

MT7
631.2-5

Lord & Taylor Tenth Annual American Design Awards Luncheon, 1947 April 17
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, Alfred H. Bard, Jr., Frank White (accepting on behalf of Bernard Herman) , Louis D’ Rochma, Agnes de Mille and Ralph A. Beals
Awards luncheon designed to honor and encourage creative expression in America. Awards presented to Alfred H. Bard, Jr., an art professor at Princeton University, Wellesley College, and Bryn Mawr College; Bernard Herrmann, film and radio composer; Louis de Rochemont, producer of documentary films; Agnes de Mille, choreographer; and Ralph A. Beals, director of the New York Public Library.

 

MT7
631.6-9

 

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1948 April 23
Participants: Dorothy Shaver
Shaver speaks about the wartime experience of residents of Nijmegen, Holland.

 

MT7
631.10

 

 

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1956 May 18
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, John Sherman Cooper, Dr. Ralph Bunch, Roger William, Joseph Welsh, David Sarnoff, John de le Guard, Sir Francis Rundel, and Whitney North Seymour.
Awards luncheon including a discussion of the 19 th Lord and Taylor Awards, which acknowledges creative achievements that bring a new dimension to American lives. The specific focus of the 1956 awards was the spiritual heritage of the country. Shaver spoke about freedom and the spirit of liberty. Awards were presented to Margaret Chase Smith, Senator from Maine; John Sherman Cooper, former United States Senator and Ambassador to India; Dr. Ralph Bunch, former Secretary of the United Nations; Roger William, author of Religious Liberty and Democracy; Joseph Welsh, television personality and teacher to 12 million citizens in a class on Governmental Law; David Sarnoff, president of RCA (NBC); John de le Guard; Sir Francis Rundel and Whitney North Seymour.

 

MT7
631.11

 

Welsh and Shaver Interview, 18 May 1956
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, John Welsh and David Sarnoff
Shaver speaks with David Sarnoff and Joseph Welsh about the 19th Lord & Taylor American Design Awards given for creative achievements.

21

MT7
631.12

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1953 May 4
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, Edward R. Murrow, Dr. George S. Stevenson, Professor Theodore Von Caman, Professor Albert Einstein and Professor William Albright
American Design Awards luncheon honoring individuals who think originally and are intellectual adventurers. Awards were presented to William Albright, archeology professor, Johns Hopkins University; Edward R. Murrow, CBS News reporter; Dr. George S. Stevenson, the Medical Director for the National Association for Mental Health; Professor Theodore Von Caman, Chair of Scientific Advisory Board to the Air Force and a similar panel for NATO; and Professor Albert Einstein.

 

MT7
631.13

 

Lord & Taylor Interview, 1956 May 21
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, John Welsh and David Sarnoff
Mostly includes a discussion on the areas in which awards are given.

 

MT7
631.14

 

Lord & Taylor Interview, 1956 May 21
Participants: Basil Rathbone (narrator) and Alan Sands (producer)
Basil Rathbone recounts Shaver’s life story and her attitude about business.

 

 

Subseries 3, Original Audio Cassette Tapes, 1946–1948; 1956

22

631.1

 

Dorothy Shaver Speech , 1946 January 19
Participants: Thomas J. Watson and Dorothy Shaver
Speech by Shaver discussing expansion plans for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the possibility of establishing a costume institute.

 

631.2-5

 

Lord & Taylor Tenth Annual American Design Awards Luncheon, 1947 April 17
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, Alfred H. Bard, Jr., Frank White (accepting on behalf of Bernard Herman) , Louis D’ Rochma, Agnes de Mille and Ralph A. Beals
Awards luncheon designed to honor and encourage creative expression in America. Awards presented to Alfred H. Bard, Jr., an art professor at Princeton University, Wellesley College, and Bryn Mawr College; Bernard Herrmann, film and radio composer; Louis de Rochemont, producer of documentary films; Agnes de Mille, choreographer; and Ralph A. Beals, director of the New York Public Library.

 

631.6-9

 

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1947 April 23
Participants: Dr. Wilbur Miller, Donald Watt and Dr. Fairfield Osborn
Awards presented to Dr. Wilbur Miller for community action, international relations and atomic energy; Dr. Fairfield Osborn, author of Our Plundered Planet for environmentalism, Experiment in International Living, for an international exchange program; President of the New York Zoological Society; and Nijmegen, Holland and Donald Watt, biochemist from Stanford, Connecticut, for organizing the Standard Forum for World Affairs.

 

631.6-9

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1948 April 23
Participants: Dorothy Shaver
Shaver speaks about the wartime experience of residents of Nijmegen, Holland.

 

631.10

 

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1956 May 18
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, John Sherman Cooper, Dr. Ralph Bunch, Roger William, Joseph Welsh, David Sarnoff, John de le Guard, Sir Francis Rundel, and Whitney North Seymour
Awards luncheon including a discussion of the 19th Lord and Taylor Awards, which acknowledges creative achievements that bring a new dimension to American lives. The specific focus of the 1956 awards was the spiritual heritage of the country. Shaver spoke about freedom and the spirit of liberty. Awards were presented to Margaret Chase Smith, Senator from Maine; John Sherman Cooper, former United States Senator and Ambassador to India; Dr. Ralph Bunch, former Secretary of the United Nations; Roger William, author of Religious Liberty and Democracy; Joseph Welsh, television personality and teacher to 12 million citizens in a class on Governmental Law; David Sarnoff, president of RCA (NBC); John de le Guard; Sir Francis Rundel and Whitney North Seymour.

 

631.11

 

Welsh and Shaver Interview, 18 May 1956
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, Joseph Welsh and David Sarnoff
Shaver speaks with David Sarnoff and John Welsh about the 19th Lord & Taylor American Design Awards given for creative achievements.

 

631.12

 

Lord & Taylor American Design Awards, 1953 May 4
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, Edward R. Murrow, Dr. George S. Stevenson, Professor Theodore Von Caman, Professor Albert Einstein and Professor William Albright
American Design Awards luncheon honoring individuals who think originally and are intellectual adventurers. Awards were presented to William Albright, archeology professor, Johns Hopkins University; Edward R. Murrow, CBS News reporter; Dr. George S. Stevenson, the Medical Director for the National Association for Mental Health; Professor Theodore Von Caman, Chair of Scientific Advisory Board to the Air Force and a similar panel for NATO; and Professor Albert Einstein.

 

631.13

 

Lord & Taylor Interview, 1956 May 21
Participants: Dorothy Shaver, John Welsh and David Sarnoff
Mostly includes a discussion on the areas in which awards are given.

 

631.14

 

Lord & Taylor Interview, 1956 May 21
Participants: Basil Rathbone (narrator) and Alan Sands (producer)
Basil Rathbone recounts Shaver’s life story and her attitude about business.

21

631.15

 

Interview, 1973 May 16
Participants: Claudia Kidwell and Elsie Shaver
Claudia Kidwell, costume curator of the National Museum of American History, interview with Elsie Shaver.

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