Manuscript Collection

Mary Elizabeth Frayser Papers - Accession 17 - M4 (4-14)

Mary Elizabeth Frayser Papers - Accession 17 - M4 (4-14)



Accession 17 - M4 (4-14)

Inclusive Dates



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

Collection Size

350 pieces



Historical Note

Mary Elizabeth Frayser was and educator, home economist, social worker and club woman. She was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1868. She received her B.S. degree from Columbia University in 1911. After serving as Head of the Home Economics Department at Bessie Tift College in Forsyth, Georgia 1911-1912, she became the State Agent for Rural and Mill Village Community Extension Work at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1912. Frayser subsequently held positions with Georgia Federal Children's Bureau, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Virginia Tuberculosis Association, She returned to Winthrop in 1922 resuming her mill village work as well as teaching Sociology. In 1926 Frayser began research projects in Home Economics through a co-operative program between Winthrop and Clemson, a position she held for the next 20 years. Miss Frayser was a member of and participated in numerous organizations concerning social issues in South Carolina. She died just short of her 100th birthday in 1968.

Scope and Content Note

The Mary Elizabeth Frayser Papers consist of correspondence, related records, and newspaper and magazine clippings. Most of the correspondence is between Estellene Walker and Mary Frayser concerning the work of the State Library Board and the movement for better libraries in South Carolina.


The Mary Elizabeth Frayser papers were given as a gift to the Archives on August 26, 1974 by Miss Estellene Walker, South Carolina State Library


Public Libraries, South Carolina State Library Board, Estellene Walker


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

Mary Elizabeth Frayser Papers - Accession 17 - M4 (4-14)

LC Subject Headings

Frayser, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1868-1968--Archives; Walker, Estellene P.--Correspondence; South Carolina. State Library Board; Libraries--South Carolina; Public libraries--South Carolina