Anna Barrows Papers, 1861-1948

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Volume: .5 linear feet

Organization/Arrangement: Organized as a single series.

Biographical Note: Born in Fryeburg, Maine in 1861 to Georgiana Souther Barrows, Anna Barrows was educated at Fryeburg Academy, which was founded by her parents. Barrows began her teaching career in the public schools of Fryeburg and Conway, New Hampshire. After taking a course at the Boston Cooking School in 1886, she began teaching cooking and home economics, before these were standard courses in the public schools. Barrows taught in a number of schools in the Boston area, including Lasell Seminary in Auburndale. She became director of the summer school of domestic science in Chautauqua, NY, and taught for many years at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Barrows' humorous and philosophical "demonstration lectures" were in high demand among women's clubs, church and community organizations. In the 1920's, Barrows became more widely known when she began lecturing on the radio. Barrows published a number of volumes on home economics (Eggs: Facts and Fancies About Them, 1890; Principles of Cookery, 1907; The Farm Kitchen as Workshop, 1914) and co-founded the New England Kitchen Magazine, the first professional home economics journal. She was a charter member of the American Home Economics Association and served on numerous other organizations and committees throughout her life, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the School Committee of the City of Boston, and New England Women's Press Association. Barrows died at the age of 86 in Fryeburg, Maine.

Description: This collection includes several folders of Barrows' notes and drafts of lectures on the subject of demonstration lectures. Also included are some of Barrows' published articles and other ephemeral material on the topic of home economics education. There is correspondence between family members, a number of Barrows' vital records (birth certificate, will, etc.), and material relating to Barrows' interest in gardening, antiques, and rare books. The collection includes over 30 original photographs of Barrows from young adulthood until her later years, including several of her posing at the microphone for her WEAF lectures. Reference can be found to her mother, Georgiana Souther Barrows, about whom the MWWC also holds material.

Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Anna Barrows papers, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine

Container List:
001.  Personal and academic notes, undated
002.  Poetry and quotes from books, undated
003.  Address book with notes to self, undated
004.  Notes and correspondence re: lectures, 1839, 1886-1927, undated
005.  Information about lectures and programs, undated
006.  Published articles, 1914, undated
007.  [Home economics and teaching], 1890?, 1916-1925, undated
008.  Home economics pamphlets, 1901
009.  Clippings about lectures, 1917, 1931
010.  Columbia University Registrar envelopes, undated
011.  Personal and family correspondence, 1861-1935
012.  Letters to father, ca. 1886
012a.  Letter to Pres. Butterfield, 1910
013.  2 letters to Mary Barrows from Lew, 1880, 1886
014.  Vital records and insurance information, 1861, 1909-1944, undated
015.  Gardening articles, ca. 1919, undated
016.  Gardening notes, 1912, undated
017.  Seed packets, 1921-1922, undated
018.  Seed packets?, undated
019.  Folded paper objects, undated
020.  Daughters of the American Revolution documents, 1919
021.  Women's Literary Union Field Day program, remembrance card, 1895, undated
022.  Family book dealings, 1904, 1940-1947, undated
023.  Family book dealings, 1904-1937, undated
024.  Rare book catalogs, 1933, undated
025.  Book lists, undated
026.  Antique dealings, 1935, undated
027.  Anna Barrows in memoriam, 1948
028.  George Barrows clippings - death notice, 1904
029.  Isaac Barrow D.D. (ancestor), undated
030.  "Taps for Leonard Wood" article, 1927
031.  [Early photographs of ancestors?], undated
032.  Photographs - as a young woman, undated
033.  Portrait - A.B. as a young woman, undated
034.  Portraits - A.B. as a young woman, undated
035.  Portraits of A.B. at desk, undated
036.  Portraits - middle years, undated
037.  Portrait - middle years, undated
038.  Portrait - seated with book, undated
039.  Portraits - later years, undated
040.  Portraits for WEAF lectures, 1927
042.  Snapshots, later years, undated
043.  Large portrait - Bachrach unfinished proof, undated
044.  Clippings re: antiques and books, 192?-1940, undated
045.  Clippings re: antiques and books, 1925-1935, undated
046.  Programme of Lectures, undated
047.  Letter from F. Lewis to Jane Coolidge, [1904]
048.  Article "Fryeburg's aged men celebrate birthdays," Portland Daily Press, 1904/08/10