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Identifier

Accession 519

Inclusive Dates

1948-1980

Restrictions

Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

4,500 pieces, 2.25 linear feet

Language

English;

Historical Note

Frankie Welch, born Mary Frances Barnett (1923- ), was a fashion designer and a former Distinguished Visiting Professor of Merchandising and Design in the School of Consumer Science at Winthrop College from 1982 through 1985. She became well-known for designing scarves for many prominent political figures from 1960s to 1990s, a dress design known as “The Frankie,” and a dress worn by First Lady Betty Ford in her official portrait.

Scope and Content Note

The Frankie Welch Papers consists of correspondence, financial records, stock inventories, newspaper clippings, newsletters, monograms and fabrics, correspondence relating to commissioned artwork, designer scarf donations, and business associates of Frankie Welch’s business venture, Frankie Welch of America. The largest part of the collection consists of financial records dealing with the designing and manufacturing of the products made and sold by Frankie Welch of America. Frankie Welch, born Mary Frances Barnett (1923- ), was a fashion designer and a former Distinguished Visiting Professor of Merchandising and Design in the School of Consumer Science at Winthrop College from 1982 through 1985. She became well-known for designing scarves for many prominent political figures from 1960s to 1990s, a dress design known as “The Frankie,” and a dress worn by First Lady Betty Ford in her official portrait.

Provenance

The papers of Frankie Welch, designer, were deposited with the Winthrop University Archives on September 9, 1983, by Ms. Welch.

Copyright

For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Frankie Welch Papers - Accession 519

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