Guide to the Frederick & Nelson Records
1901-1991

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Frederick & Nelson
Title: Frederick & Nelson Records
Dates: 1901-1991 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 48 boxes (42 linear feet)
plus oversize materials
Location of Collection: 14a.1.10
14a.2.2-10
14a.3.2-8
14a.3.10
5A.3.3 and .5 (16 mm films)
Collection Number: 1993.43
Summary: Papers, photographs, scrapbooks, recordings and audio-visual materials from the Frederick & Nelson department store, primarily from the flagship store in Seattle. Photographs includes images of early Frederick & Nelson stores, the downtown Seattle store, and a large number of photographs of Frederick & Nelson window and store displays, including World War II related displays and the annual Santa Claus window.
Repository: Museum of History & Industry
Sophie Frye Bass Library

5933 6th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: 206-324-1126
URL: http://www.mohai.org

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Frederick & Nelson was one of Seattle’s foremost department stores and was considered by many to be a Seattle institution. Founded by partners D.E. Frederick and Nels Nelson in 1890 as a second hand furniture store on Seattle’s Front Street, the store expanded steadily in its early years, starting with the sale of new furniture after the acquisition of the Queen City Furniture Co. in 1891. Early on, the store provided home delivery service, using its fleet of horse drawn delivery wagons. Among the store’s early customers were the local Native Americans, prospectors heading to the Yukon and the new hotels which had sprung up to accommodate the prospectors.

The store moved into the Rialto building at 2nd and Madison in 1897; the business gradually developed into a department store under the partners’ philosophy that their store should provide whatever merchandise their customers ask for. By 1906, Frederick & Nelson had annexed more space in the Rialto building, opened its first tearoom and introduced ready-to-wear men’s and women’s fashions, a novel alternative to fine clothing made-to-order.

Founder Nels Nelson fell ill and died on a New York bound steamer in 1907. Under the leadership of D.E. Frederick, Frederick & Nelson continued to grow, and by 1914, D.E. decided to build a six-story store at 5th Avenue and Pine Street. Though detractors referred to the decision to build outside of the city’s retail district as “Frederick’s folly,” the store, designed by architect John Graham, was an instant success. The new store included a tearoom, beauty salon, post office, auditorium, nursery and a fully equipped medical facility. The store also hosted many events, such as the weekly fashion shows staged each Wednesday in the tearoom.

In 1929, at age 69, D.E. Frederick decided to retire, selling the store to Marshall Field & Co. for six million dollars. In spite of the initial concern of its customers about Frederick & Nelson becoming part of a vast retail system, the store continued to grow both as a business and as a Seattle tradition. Marshall Fields executive William Street was hired to run Frederick & Nelson in 1938, and he guided the store through its successful period from the recovery after the Great Depression, through the World War II period, the post-war boom and the store expansion and growth of the 1950s. For example, Frederick & Nelson became involved in the war effort in the 1940s, opening a temporary branch store on the grounds of the Boeing’s No. 2 plant and winning a special merit award for its promotion of war bonds and stamps in the war loan drive. Later, as people began moving to the suburbs after the war, the first of the suburban branches opened in the Bellevue Shopping Square in 1946. After a major renovation, the flagship Seattle store reopened with 10 floors above ground and 12 shopping levels.

Over the years, Frederick & Nelson had supported the local community, for example by promoting the Seattle Symphony with special display windows and its black tie “Symphoneve” benefits. Its auditorium was also used by art groups as well as by civic organizations.

Though the tradition of in-store Christmas caroling by staff began as early as1918, the store tradition of the Santa Claus window at 6th and Pine began in 1943, with children posing with Santa for a holiday photograph.

Business eventually began to decline as discount retailers attracted customers and increasing control by the Marshall Fields inhibited local decision-making. In 1982, Batus, Inc. bought Marshall Fields & Co. and Frederick & Nelson became part of Batus’ retail division. Continuing to lose money, Frederick & Nelson was sold in 1989 to local investors who sought to restore the store’s reputation. Losses continued to mount, however, and the store filed for bankruptcy in 1991, finally closing its doors on May 31, 1992. The building was sold to Nordstrom, which reopened the building as its flagship store in 1998.

Content Description

The collection is comprised of textual materials, photographs, scrapbooks and audio-visual materials from the Frederick & Nelson department store, primarily the Seattle store. The bulk of the collection seems to have originated from the Sales Promotion department, though the collection also includes materials from the Human Resources and Training departments, Food Service department, and Display and Sign department.

Sales Promotion materials include catalogs and mailers, and files about special events at the store such as autograph parties, fashion shows and other promotional events. This series also contains historical materials about the store which seem to have been collected for use in promotional and anniversary publications over the years, and specifically for use in the Frederick & Nelson centennial book “More than a Store” by Robert Specter. These materials include clippings, memos and ephemera such as menus and event programs.

Food service materials include a collection of menus from the various Frederick & Nelson eating establishments, such as the Tea Room and the Men’s Grill. Human Resources materials include over 70 years of the staff newsletter “Between Ourselves”, and training manuals and sales procedure guides, which illustrate the detailed attention that Frederick & Nelson paid to customer relations.

The Photographs series parallels the textual materials, containing photographs of in-store events such as book signings and fashion shows, and store anniversary events. Historical photos include images of store founders D.E. Frederick and Nels Nelson, and store executives, managers and staff over the years. Other photographs document the early Frederick & Nelson store, including the store in the Rialto building, and horse drawn delivery carts and delivery trucks from the early 1900s. Later store photos document the downtown Seattle flagship store as well as the several branch stores, including store openings and the remodel of the Seattle store in the early 1950s. The photographs also document interior store displays and window displays between 1939 and 1977, including the annual Christmas display and Santa Claus windows, and special displays such as the many war bonds promotional displays of the mid-1940s.

Audio-visual materials include recordings of radio and television ads, videotapes of fashion shows and films of Uncle Mistletoe puppet shows at the store in the 1960s.

Use of the Collection

Alternative Forms Available :  

Selected images available in digital format in the Museum of History & Industry online collections

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Restrictions on Use :  

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation :  

Frederick & Nelson Records, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries. Many subseries are further arranged into subdivisions in the complete inventory.Materials within series and subseries are arranged roughly chronologically.

  • Series 1: Human Resources and Training Department
    • Subseries A: Staff newsletters
    • Subseries B: Staff training manuals
    • Subseries C: Other staff manuals and employment related papers
  • Series 2: Food Service
    • Subseries A: Menus
    • Subseries B: Other materials
  • Series 3: Marketing and Sales Promotion Department
    • Subseries A: Advertising
    • Subseries B: Marketing
    • Subseries C: Special Events
    • Subseries D: Miscellaneous publicity files
    • Subseries E: Historical Materials
  • Series 4: Display and Sign Departments
  • Series 5: Photographs
    • Subseries A: Historical photographs
    • Subseries B: Publicity photographs
    • Subseries C: "Between Ourselves" photographs
    • Subseries D: Centennial Book
    • Subseries E: Display
  • Series 6: Audiovisual materials
    • Subseries A: Videotape
    • Subseries B: Audiotape
    • Subseries C: Film (16mm)
    • Subseries D: Phonograph records
  • Series 7: Scrapbooks

Acquisition Information :  

Donated by the Sabey Companies in 1993

Processing Note :  

Processed by Jackie Lawson in 1994, Jennifer Evans in 1996, and Jody Hendrickson in 2006.

At the time of the final processing of the collection, it was not clear how much of the arrangement was the result of original order and how much had been imposed during previous processing. Materials were arranged according to department of origin, to the extent that this could be discerned.

Separated Materials :  

These materials are part of a donation that also included a number of artifacts. These artifacts are cataloged and stored separately by MOHAI's Collections Department.

Bibliography :  

    Specter, Robert. More than a store: Frederick & Nelson, 1890 to 1990. Bellevue, Wash. Documentary Book Publishers Corp., 1990.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1:  Human Resources and Training Departments
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Staff newsletters
The Frederick & Nelson monthly staff newsletter "Between Ourselves" changed its name to "First" in 1986.
Box
Folder
1 1-12 "Between Ourselves" 1918-1978
2 1-2 "Between Ourselves" 1979-1986
2 3-5 "First" 1986-1991
2 6-7 Correspondence about "First" and proofs 1986-1991
Subseries B: Staff training manuals
Box
Folder
2 8 "Store Procedure" booklets 1929-1942
2 9-10 "System book" booklets (called "Floor Audit System Book" after 1960) 1929-1972
2 11 Pamphlets on selling principles and standards undated
2 12 Merchandise directory; store information for summer visitors 1933-1935
2 13 Employee manuals by department
4"x6" booklets for each employee position with directions about personal and departmental appearance, customer contact and descriptions of general responsibilities and particular duties.
1938-1969
2 14 The Frederick and Nelson Way (general employee manual) 1943-1990
2 15 Frederick and Nelson and You circa 1944
2 16 Guide to writing business letters circa 1945
2 18 Manual for Secretaries and Stenographers 1946
2 19 Manual of Sales Promotion Policies and Procedures guidelines for Sales Associate productivity reviews 1951; undated
3 1 Recruitment manual "Your career at Frederick and Nelson" before 1965
3 2 Guide to Good Leadership; leadership review 1948; 1965
3 3 Procedure for Catalog Orders 1970 October
3 4-6 Electronic Sales Register System Book 1979
3 7-10 Personnel policies and procedures circa 1980s
3 11 "Welcome to Frederick & Nelson," new employee brochure 1985 September
3 12-15 Selling floor procedures circa 1987
3 16 Associate training packet circa 1990
3 17 "Professional Representative of Service Training" 1990
3 18 "Training for our Future" training program 1990
3 19-22 Management training program 1990
3 23 "Reshaping the Present: Assessing our most valuable asset" 1991 February
3 24 Holiday guide for staff 1991
3 25 The Leadership Corps 1991
3 26 Preparing for the next step: job strategies that work from Outplacement services 1991
Subseries C: Other staff manuals and employment related papers
Box
Folder
3 27 Frederick & Nelson telephone directories 1972-1981
3 28 Frederick & Nelson management and organization directories 1969-1988
3 29 Daycare and Preschool Policies and Procedures Handbook undated
3 30 Employee insurance plan descriptions 1978-1981
3 31 Metro pass subsidy program correspondence and brochure 1981
3 32 Labor agreement 1984
3 33 Miscellaneous memos to staff from personnel office 1989
3 34 "Certification of Appreciation & Empowerment" circa 1990
3 35 Frederick & Nelson Employee Survey results prepared by Elway Research 1990 March
3 36 Miscellaneous employee and administrative papers undated
box:oversize
48 Employee poster "The Creation of Value"

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Series 2:  Food Service
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Menus
Menus by establishment
Box
Folder
4 1 Arcade Cafe 1982-1983
4 2 The Azalea Room (Aurora Village store) circa 1960s
4 3 Cafe Fredericks 1976
4 4 Caffetto Cafe 1980s
4 5 Deli Buffet 1985
4 6 Frango Restaurant 1980s
4 7-11 Frederick and Nelson Restaurant 1970-1983
4 12 Garden Room circa 1969
4 13 The Greenery 1983; 1895; undated
4 14 The Grill 1986
4 15 L'Express 1982-1990
4 16 Men's Grill 1963;undated
4 17-26 Paul Bunyan Room 1940; 1970s
4 27 Perkins Pub (Portland, Oregon) 1985
4 28-39 Tea Room and Grill 1927-1969
46 Oversize menus
Menus by type
Box
Folder
4 40 Beverage undated
4 41 Breakfast/brunch 1970s-1980s
4 42 Children's undated
4 43 Dessert undated
4 44 Specials 1969-1972; undated
Themed menus undated
Box
Folder
4 45 Fruit festivals
4 46-47 Holiday menus
4 48-51 National and regional menus
4 52 "Seafare" menu
Subseries B: Other materials
Box
Folder
4 53 Paul Bunyan Room non-menu item list; preparation guidelines 1974-1980
4 54-55 Tea Room special events programs 1947-1957
4 56 Tea Room pamphlet circa 1952
4 57 Frederick and Nelson Restaurant discount card undated
4 58-65 Rene Ferterer's menu planning files containing menus with notes undated

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Series 3:  Marketing & Sales Promotion Department
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Advertising
Box
5 Frederick & Nelson catalogs 1940-1972
6 Frederick & Nelson catalogs 1973-1979
7 Frederick & Nelson catalogs 1980-1982
8 Frederick & Nelson catalogs 1983-1985
9 Frederick & Nelson catalogs 1986-1991
Folder
10 1-2 Frederick & Nelson catalogs undated
10 3-5 Advertisements
Mostly newspaper clippings of Frederick and Nelson advertisements. Includes theater programs and a typewritten description of Frederick and Nelson newspaper ad campaigns between 1892-1918.
1913-1990
10 6 Advertising proofs 1958-1969
10 7 Correspondence and proofs for advertising in University of Washington publications 1961-1966
10 8 Original artwork and paste ups for Christmas and Easter advertising undated
10 9 Press release about Milkmaid Beauty Clinic undated
10 10-12 Catalog costs and sales figures 1951-1965
10 13 Christmas catalog-blank vendor agreement and copy information forms 1958
10 14 Sales figures for "Uncle Mistletoe" flyer figures 1958
10 15 Advertising copy for High School Shop mailer and Back-to-School Booklet circa 1960s
10 16 Timber Operator magazine ad for book by Stewart Holbrook 1961
10 17 World's Fair campaign 1962
10 18 Quotes for printing services for mailers and catalogs 1963-1968
11 1 Correspondence on production of "January Beauty Buys" advertising mailer 1962-1964
11 2 Correspondence on production of "Sale of sales" advertising mailer 1963
11 3 New Yorker magazine ads 1963
11 4 White Sale catalog
Correspondence on production of the annual White Sale catalog. Also includes sales figures and sales estimates.
1963-1970
11 5 Correspondence and proofs: Christmas catalog 1964-1965
11 6 Correspondence and proofs: Pre-Christmas mailers and enclosures 1964-1967
11 7 Correspondence on Christmas postcards 1964-1967
11 8 Ski School brochures 1965-1978
11 9 Correspondence on lending library book jackets 1966
11 10 Advertisements in American Camping Association camp directory
Correspondences and copies of directories
1966-1968
11 11 Christmas catalogs
Correspondence, production schedule, estimates
1964-1969
11 12 Direct mail information, including correspondence and receipts for bulk mailings using permit imprint 1964-1970
11 13 Direct mail costs, sales figures, advertising records and analyses of performance 1981-1986
11 14 Correspondence and proofs: television warranty 1970
11 15 "Cookin' in Style" sales campaign 1982
11 16 Examples of packaging from Frango products 1986 March
11 17 Miscellaneous correspondence and price lists 1965-1970
11 18 Internal sales promotion 1981 December
11 19 92nd anniversary advertising strategy 1982
11 20 "Downtown Seattle" volume of downtown store advertisements 1988
11 21 Christmas catalog sales analysis by Manus Direct Response Marketing 1989
11 22 "Uncle Mistletoe" and "Fearless Freddy" characters, original artwork and proofs for ads undated
11 23 "Freddy Bear" promotion
Press releases, correspondence, schedules, public relations plan
1987-1988
11 24 Direct mail samples and miscellaneous fliers 1980s-1991
11 25 "Focus," weekly department newsletter 1990 April
box:oversize
46 Layout and negative for Frango ad
oversize
undated
box:oversize
48 Artwork for ad with Huskie football team and Uncle Mistletoe undated
box:oversize
48 Posters
Fur Care Program, "You're First," holiday meal service, Christmas, Frango, Santa photos, Junior Seahawks Club, Garden Gazebo, Frederick & Nelson's credit card and the Frederick & Nelson Dick Tracy Look-alike contest.
undated
box:oversize
48 Stand-up advertisement for fur coats undated
Subseries B: Marketing
Box
Folder
11 26 Marketing reports
Competitive analyses, market analyses and income and spending estimates; recommendations for Oregon store
circa 1980s
11 27 Marketing reports
Tri-cities Market Analysis, Western Washington shopping Center comparisons, Seattle downtown Shoppers' survey summary; Batus, Inc.1983 Annual Report; data on store opening dates and square footage
1980-1983
11 28 Marketing report prepared by Komo/Katu Market Audits 1991 March
Subseries C: Special Events
Folders include press releases, plans and clippings as well as promotional materials and publicity photographs received by Frederick & Nelson for the event. Photographs documenting many of these events are in the "Historical materials" subseries of the "Photographs" series under "Events and Promotions."
1946-1980
Box
Folder
12 1 DuBarry Success School 1946 June
12 2 Esther Dorothy show 1946 August
12 3 Northwest Watercolor Society Exhibition 1954-1961
12 4 Navy Exhibit and Luncheon during August open house 1957-1969
12 5 Miss America fashion shows 1957-1968
12 6 Easter Bunny breakfasts 1957-1963
12 7 J.O.G. Fashion show 1957-1967
12 8 Boeing's dinner and fashion show 1957 September 7
12 9 Armed Forces Exhibition 1958 August 1-11
12 10 Kobe Children's Art Festival 1958 August 13-23
12 11 Home Economics teachers' dessert 1958 September 29
12 12 Victor Borge personal appearance 1959 March 21
12 13 "Pappy" Boyington autograph party 1959 May 27
12 14 Shirley Temple personal visit 1960 March 26
12 15 Personal appearance of two Seattle Rainier ballplayers 1960 August 15
12 16 Murray Morgan autograph party 1960, 1962, 1967
12 17 Boeing week, featuring Western airlines' 707 jets 1960 May-June
12 18 Cake decorating contest as part of Boeing week 1960 May 25-28
12 19 Automated broadcast KGMJ-FM, Window #3 1961 February 20-27
12 20 Pacific Northwest Writers" Conference Book Fair & Tea 1958-1961
12 21 Navy Yard sketch trip paintings 1961 July 28-August 7
12 22 Annual Spring teenage charm course 1962
12 23 Richard Nixon autograph party 1962 August 10
12 24 "For More Than Bread" exhibit 1963 May 23-June 8
12 25 Puget Soundings magazine 1964
12 26 James Michener autograph party 1965 September
12 27 Champagne opening of the art gallery 1965 September 1965
12 28 Marguerite Henry autograph party 1965 November 5-6
12 29 Revised plan for Lena Horne autograph party 1966 February
12 30 The Wonderful World of Celanese 1962; 1966
12 31 Champagne brunch and fashion show in honor of the Boeing Company's 50th anniversary 1966 July 16
12 32 Southcenter opening ceremonies 1968 July 30-31
12 33 Ruth Kirk autograph Part 1968 June 15-16
12 34 Seattle fashion group shows 1969 February 13
12 35 Ikenobo School flower arrangement 1969 April 11-12
12 36 Gift advisory shop opening 1970 November 27
12 37 Henry Gallery benefit 1971 March 3
12 38 Walter Hickel autograph party 1971 November 5
12 39 Julia Child autograph party and cooking demonstration 1971 November 16
12 40 Museum of History & Industry fashion show 1971 December 10
12 41 Children's Orthopedic Hospital designer shows 1971-1973
12 42 Seattle Art Museum benefit 1972 March 9
12 43 Campfire Girls Horizon Club fashion show 1972 May 13
12 44 Oswald Jacoby personal appearance 1973 May 14
12 45 Victor Steinbrueck autograph party 1973 December 5
12 46 Puget Sound group of Northwest painters 1974 July 1-31
12 47 George Newell autograph party 1974 August 12
12 48 James Beard autograph party and cooking demonstration 1972 October 21
12 49 The Good Cooking School at F & N 1974 September-October
12 50 Justice William O. Douglas autograph party 1974 September 26
12 51 Buster Brown memorabilia exhibit 1975 January
12 52 Bob Hope autograph party 1975 February 24
12 53 Intermediate sewing classes 1975 September
12 54 Tom Robbins autograph party 1976 April
12 55 Peter Schickele autograph party 1976 June 7
12 56 Joan Roberts Taylor Guild of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center fashion show 1976 November 13
12 57 Bob and Ira Spring autograph party 1976 December 10
12 58 Easter Fashion for Children 1977 March
12 59 "Meet the author" Willard R. Espy "Oysterville" autograph party 1977 May 3
12 60 Mama D's autographing and cooking demonstration 1977 November 19
12 61 Boehm porcelain King Tutankhamen collection 1977 December
12 62 Preliminary plan, International fashion show benefit for Pacific Northwest Ballet League 1978 February 21
12 63 Easter Bunny breakfasts 1978 March
12 64 Bill Speidel autograph party 1978 October 30
12 65 Charlton Heston "Meet the Author" 1978 November 30
12 66 Cinnamon Bear 1979 May
12 67 Women painters of Washington 1978
12 68 Imagination celebration 1979 May 114-20
12 69 Fifth annual downtown Seattle bed race 1979 August 25
12 70 "Focus on Oregon", OMSI benefit opening, downtown Portland store 1979 September 19
12 71 Third floor opening 1979 October 10
12 72 Capital (Olympia) Mall grand opening 1980 March
12 73 Preliminary plan for Tacoma Art Museum benefit fashion show 1980 March 25
12 74 Allessandro personal appearance, designer of Baker furniture 1980 March-April
12 75 Preliminary plan for International fashion show benefit preview, Pacific Northwest Dance Ballet League 1980 March 3
12 76 Easter Bunny breakfasts 1980 March-April
12 77 Artists in action 1980 April
12 78 "Celebrity Tables," Pacific Northwest Ballet 1980 May
12 79 Everett Mall grand opening 1980 August 1
12 80 Penhaligon's Fragrance Promotion 1980 September
12 81 Merv Griffin personal appearance 1980 October
12 82 Robert Goulet personal appearance 1980 November 25
13 1 "The Heart Beats" jump rope demonstration, Everett 1981 January 24
13 2 Seattle Art Museum benefit 1981 March 2
13 3 Seattle Repertory Theatre 1981 March 20
13 4 Seattle Symphony Fundathon 1981 March 20-22
13 5 Seattle Opera Makeup Artists Demonstration ("Ring of the Nibelung" promotion) 1981 June
13 6 Best of Britain 1981 October
13 7 Children's Orthopedic Hospital Benefit 1982 February 22
13 7b Special events schedule for Washington stores 1982 February 22 - March 13
13 8 New Bellevue Square store 1982 Fall
13 9 Strawberry celebration 1983 June
13 10 Strawberry celebration slides 1983 June 18
13 11 American Tourister Gorilla 1983 November 16
13 12 Easter Bunny breakfast 1985 March, April
13 13 Bridal event 1986
13 14 Expo 86 1986
13 15 August Fashion workshop 1989 August
13 16-17 Goodwill games 1990
13 18 Textiles presentation 1991
Subseries D: Other publicity files
Box
Folder
14 1 Wedding Embassy Yearbook, guide to wedding planning published by Frederick & Nelson 1952; 1968
14 2 Wedding planning guides and "Bridal Fair" programs 1988-1992
14 3-8 Fashion show programs 1970-1989
14 9 Fashion show invitations and announcements circa 1970-1990
14 10 Frango fan club membership information and newsletters 1986
14 11 Press kits about Bellevue store and Arcade openings 1981-1983
14 12-13 Samples of corporate letterhead, envelopes and forms
15 "Memories" campaign
Eight folders of letters sent to Frederick & Nelson from customers as part of the "Memories" advertising campaign. The store received over 2500 responses to its request for letters about customers' Frederick & Nelson memories. The campaign took place before Christmas in the first year that the Store was back under local ownership.
1986
Subseries E: Historical Materials
Historical materials appear to have been held by the Sales Promotion Department for use in promotional publications and anniversary materials. Many of the materials in this subseries appear to have been collected or solicited in preparation for the Store's 100th anniversary events and for potential use in the Frederick & Nelson centennial book More Than a Store.Photographs found with the historical materials were separated and arranged into a subseries in the "Photographs" series.
Box
Folder
16 1 Miscellaneous: catalogs, guides, training manuals, merchandise coupons, correspondence and other materials 1901-1948; 1963; 1979; 1988
16 2 Ledger book
Record of purchases and sales of horses, wagons, harnesses, whips, automobiles, motorcycles and trunks.
circa 1907-1933
16 3 Programs for long time service dinners 1918-1922
16 4 Marshall Fields & Company employee manual 1927
16 5 Newspaper clippings 1933-1968
16 6 Clippings about store expansion 1946-1949
16 7 Postcards
16 8 Financial statements for sales to Norris Safe Lock Co. 1904-1914
16 9 Frederick & Nelson Choral Society 1919-1931
16 10 Buyer's manual 1930 October
16 11 50th anniversary: memos, banquet program, speeches and other materials 1940
16 12 Letter to Seattle Times editor from James G. Mecham clarifying historical information 1940 April 16
16 13 Marshall Fields & Co.
Historical article and clippings
1940s
16 14 Standard Oil Co. presentation of scenic photographs 1941 May
16 15 War Bonds promotion 1944
16 16 Booklet "On Being a Supervisor" from a group of talks given by Reginald H. Biggs 1945
16 17 Retirement dinner programs 1946
16 18 Store expansion
Press releases, clippings and other material
1946
16 18b Correspondence about electrical sign for Bellevue store 1946
16 19 Thirty Year group
Luncheon programs, member lists
1948-1961
16 20 Symphoneve programs 1950-1951
16 21 60th anniversary: plans, programs, clippings and promotional materials 1950
16 22 Bell Telephone publication on telephone shopping 1950s
16 23 Parking garage
Memos, plans, blueprints and publicity
1950s
16 24 Grand opening
Store guidebooks and directories
1952 August
17 Town and Country magazine Frederick & Nelson edition 1952 August
16 25 Christmas play scripts 1954; undated
box:oversize
46 Certificate from National Association of Radio and Television broadcasters for sponsorship of Frederick & Nelson Concert Hour 1956
16 26 Fliers and pamphlet for Seattle World's Fair 1962
16 27 Aurora Village groundbreaking and store opening 1962-1963
16 28 Opening of Bellevue store
Clippings and floor plans
1964
16 29 75th Anniversary
Notes and clippings
1965
16 30 "Between Ourselves" materials 1940-1978
16 31 "Between Ourselves" materials 1980-1982
16 32 Annual Northwest Suppliers Breakfast plans and programs 1952-1982
16 33 Tukwila Distribution Center
Memos, clippings and other materials
1968-1969
16 34 Letters to Santa 1975-1976
16 34b Marshall Field & Co. annual report 1975
16 35 Executive background materials 1968-1970
16 36 Press releases regarding G. Arthur Henkens, C.E.O. 1978-1981
16 37 Press releases regarding Wayne Badovinus, C.E.O. and Badovinus' first monthly meeting notes 1981
16 38 Press releases regarding executives 1979-1990
16 39 Lipmans Store acquisition
Clippings and memos
1979
16 40 Third Floor opening
Clippings, menus and press releases
1979 November
16 41 Batus/Marshall Field and Co. merger
Clippings and press releases
1982
17 1 97th Anniversary
Chronology, history, fact sheets
1987
17 2 Lakewood Mall store opening
Blueprint, publicity, menus
1989
17 3-4 100th anniversary celebration.
Memos, clippings and correspondence regarding memorabilia collected for Centennial
1990
17 5 Correspondence about opportunities for commemorative merchandise 1990
17 6 100th anniversary exhibits.
Inventories and correspondence
1990
17 7 Materials gathered in preparation for 100th anniversary
Clippings, letters, previous anniversary materials
1903-1970s
17 8 Memorabilia collected for centennial 1990
17 9 100th anniversary event memorabilia 1990
17 10 Store history narratives 1940s-1980s
17 11 Correspondence about book More than a Store 1990
17 12 Clippings 1990
17 13 Definitions of Chapter 11 proceedings terms and sequence of events 1992
17 14 "Greetings from Seattle," picture booklet for business associates of Frederick and Nelson
17 15-16 Wanda Ashley files.
2 folders of memorabilia which seem to have been saved by Training manager (?) Wanda Ashley. Includes Ashley's long-time service and other awards and personalized luncheon programs among other materials. Photographs were removed and placed in the "Photographs" series.
17 Washington State Centennial Cookbook
Sponsored by Fredrick & Nelson
1989
17 Animal Alphabet
Sponsored by Frederick & Nelson
18 Box of unsorted newspaper clippings from Public Relations office 1910s-1990

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Series 4:  Display and Sign Departments
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
19 1 Correspondence of Joe Sjursen, Display Director 1946-1948
19 2 Correspondence of Joe Sjursen, Display Director, with the International Association of Display. 1946-1947
19 3-6 Correspondence, memos, bulletins and plans regarding exhibits 1946
19 7 Christmas display plans 1946
19 8 Window schedule for store opening 1952
19 9 Christmas display plans
Photographs and blueprint
1952
19 10-13 Merchandise presentation standards and guidelines undated
19 14 Signing standards and guidelines undated
19 15 Examples of signatures of Frederick & Nelson executives undated
19 16 Announcement of appointment of Douglas Lemens Vie as President of Visual Presentation 1990
19 17 Miscellaneous papers circa 1950s
unboxed Plans and renderings of display racks and showcases
oversize
box:oversize
46 Modern Display annual awards issue 1955
19 18 Examples of Frederick & Nelson trademarks 1950s
19 19 Sign shop
Artwork for signs
circa 1951
19 20 Christmas
Artwork and proofs
1954
19 21 October promotions 1954
19 22 Christmas 1956
19 23 Easter
Artwork and proofs
circa 1950
19 24 Type proofs from Printasign Company 1954
19 25-28 Sign samples circa 1950s-1980s
19 29 Photographs mounted on cardboard with stand up foldout for display
Harold Mansfield, John Edwards of ABC, the University of Washington crew team and student portraits

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Series 5:  Photographs
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Historical Photos
People
Executives
Box
Folder
20 1 Founders D.E. Frederick and Nels Nelson.
Includes photograph of D.E. Frederick with store owners at 1927 meeting of Retail Research Association.
late 19th century-1927
box:oversize
45 William St. Clair circa 1925
20 2 William Street 1930s
20 3 William Street with others 1949-1950s
20 4 Hector Escoboja 1938; undated
20 5 Stanley Field 1949
20 6 Jasper Utz undated
20 7 Cornelius Byrne 1950s-1960s
20 8 Executives
Eric Krogh, David Davidson, Myron Law
20 8b James Palmer undated
20 9 Robert L. Paterson 1970s
20 10 G. Arthur Henken 1978; undated
20 11 Wayne L. Badovinus 1981
20 12 Richard Rayl circa 1980
20 13 Donald Midkiff circa 1985
20 14 David Sabey circa 1989
20 15 Executives with Marshall Field & Co. Board of Directors at first board meeting in Seattle 1949
20 16 Executives at Annual Northwest Suppliers' Breakfast 1969; undated
20 17 Executives at events.
Photographs which prominently feature executives at meetings, banquets, awards ceremonies, ribbon cuttings and other events
circa 1940s-1960s
unboxed Black and white portraits of executives mounted on plywood for display: Cornelius Byrne, Myron Law, Roy Leighton, Mr. Ross, M.L. "Len" Storhow, William Street, Jack Utz
oversize
Managers
Box
Folder
20 18 Roy Leighton, personnel manager circa 1950s-1960s
20 19 Lex McAtee, advertising manager circa 1950s
20 20 Anita McAtee, merchandise manager circa 1950s
20 21 Anita McAtee with Hubert Givenchy at airport
20 22 Joseph Sjursen, display manager 1957; 1972; undated
20 23 Managers
15 photographs of store managers mounted on cardboard and labeled with name and title
1950s
Staff
Box
Folder
20 24 Staff early 1900s
20 25 Sidney H. Clemens.
Clemens ("Clem") is thought to be Frederick & Nelson's first employee.
1940s, undated
47 William Street and Governor Langlie with Sidney H. Clemens undated
20 26 Staff sports teams 1904-1960s
20 27 Elevator operators undated
20 28 Frederick & Nelson chorus circa 1940s-1950s
20 29 Various employees receiving "Shipshape Week" award 1956; 1978
20 30 Operators taking "telephone shopping" orders circa 1950s
20 31 Staff at work
Individuals and groups of staff members at work in various non-sales jobs, such as food service staff, switchboard operators, printers, seamstresses and warehouse staff.
circa 1950s-1960s
20 32 Staff
Miscellaneous photos probably of staff. Includes large groups, meetings, training sessions and awards presentation.
circa 1930s-1960s
20 33 Staff members
Some individuals identified on verso; others are probably staff but not identified as such
circa 1970s-1980s
20 34 Staff working in store
10 contact sheets
1981 February 5
20 35 Staff making chocolates
Color snapshots
1984-1985
20 36 Staff identification cards
20 37 Wanda Ashley photographs
Photographs removed from box of materials collected by Wanda Ashley of the Training Department. Includes images of Ashley with others at longterm service luncheons, at a Sponsors' breakfast and posed with other staff in store.
1940s-1960s
Stores
Historic background and early stores 1872-1930s
Box
Folder
20 38 Historical Seattle photographs
Aftermath of great fire; retail district on Second Avenue in 1914; and parades, including Fourth of July parade in 1872
1872-early 1900s
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45 Historical Seattle photographs
Eddie Hubbard and plane for first international air mail flight.
1917
Early stores
Box
Folder
20 39 Frederick, Nelson & Munro float in Seattle parade 1890
20 39 D.E. Frederick and others in front of City Furniture building 1891
20 39 D.E. Frederick and Nels Nelson in front of store 1892
20 39 Frederick & Nelson in the Rialto building circa 1900-1918
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45 Frederick & Nelson store in Rialto building, decorated for Potlatch celebration 1912
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45 Frederick & Nelson store in Rialto building, furniture department circa 1910
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45 Frederick & Nelson store in Rialto building, fur department ca. 1900
47 Tea room staff 1919
47
20 40 Frederick & Nelson store exteriors
35mm slides
1890-1918; 1983
Horse drawn delivery carts and early delivery trucks early 1900s-1930s
Box
Folder
20 41 Driver William Jones with horse drawn cart early 1900s
20 41 Driver William Jones with delivery truck 1916
20 41 D.E. Frederick driving horse-drawn delivery cart early 1900s
20 41 Pat Brennan delivering packages in Hoquiam during 1933 flood 1933
20 41 "The Club Stable" where horse and wagon teams were kept early 1900s
20 41 Early delivery truck: "Frederick & Nelson Furniture--Dry Goods" early 1900s
20 41 Horse team "Bess and Bell," driven by William Edward Jones early 1900s
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47 Four horse team and cart early 1900s
20 42 Men posed near delivery truck outside 5th and Pine store on moving day.
Frederick & Nelson employees moved all the merchandise from the Rialto building store to the new store at 5th and Pine.
1918
Folder
45 Frederick & Nelson trucks making deliveries after Aberdeen flood
4 photographs
1933
20 43 Wrecking of the Rialto buildingundated
Store buildings 1952-1980s
Box
Folder
20 44 Downtown Seattle building at 5th and Pine before 1952
20 45 Remodel of building at 5th and Pine 1950-1952
20 46 Exterior of downtown Seattle building after 1952 remodel 1950s-1980s
20 47 Bellevue store exteriors circa 1946-1960s
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45 Aerial views of various store
16 photographs
circa 1946-1960s
20 48 Bellevue store interiors undated
20 49 Parking garage 1950s
20 50 Roof garden for staff members 1950s
20 51 Cafe Frederick patio undated
20 52 Streets and buildings near downtown store and parking garage circa 1952
20 53 William Street presenting plans for new Bellevue Square store circa 1955
20 54 Aurora Village store 1963
20 55 Southcenter store circa 1968
20 56 Distribution Center in Tukwila circa 1970s
20 57 Service buildings circa 1950-1960
20 58 Loading area with roll up doors undated
20 59-60 Branch store exteriors
Aurora Village, Capital Mall, Southcenter, Bellevue Square, Everett Mall, Villa Plaza, Distribution Center, Tacoma Mall.Includes some color transparencies and drawings.
circa 1960s-1980s
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45 Branch store exteriors circa 1960s-1980s
20 61 Telephone shopping service storefront in Bellingham undated
20 62 Other department store exteriors
Halle Bros., The Crescent, Marshall Field & Co.
undated
Store openings
Box
Folder
20 63 Bellevue store opening 1946
20 64 Downtown store opening after remodel 1952 August 4
20 65 Bellevue store opening 1956 August
20 66 Aurora Village store groundbreaking and opening 1962; 1963 July
20 67 Bellevue store opening after remodel 1964 July
20 68 Southcenter store opening 1968
Interiors and display
Photographs of store interiors, particular store displays and store windows. These photographs are similar in type to the photographs in the “Display” subseries. Photographs which were stamped with the date on verso were integrated with the “Display” subseries photographs, all of which are also stamped with dates.
Box
Folder
21 1 Store interiors 1940s and earlier
21 2-3 Store interiors circa 1940s-1980s
21 4 Soda shop circa 1940s-1950s
21 5 Medical office circa 1940s-1950s
21 6 Tea Room circa 1940s-1950s
21 7 "Dog Bar" at Bellevue store 1956 August
21 8 The Arcade
Gourmet stores, restaurants, bookstore and other spaces in the basement of downtown Seattle store.
circa 1980
21 9 Store displays
Photographs of merchandise on display inside store
circa 1940s-1980s
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45 Store displays circa 1940s-1980s
21 10 Store displays
1980s
21 11 Christmas themed store displays and interior trim, store windows and exterior decoration 1930s-1960s
21 12 Live animals in Christmas displays circa 1950s
21 13-14 Store window displays circa 1940s-1960s
21 15 Crowds looking at store window displays circa 1940s
21 16 50th Anniversary display windows 1940
21 17 "Milkmaid Beauty Clinic" window and store displays 1946
21 18 Army Corps of Engineers window display 1946
21 19 "Daffodils" window displays circa 1950s
21 20 Food Festival display in Exhibition Hall undated
21 21 "Round the World in Toys and Books" display
5x7 black & white negatives and contact prints
undated
Events and promotions
Box
Folder
21 22 Luncheons and banquet events
Long time service luncheons, retirement luncheons, "Between Ourselves" luncheons, buyers' banquets, Sponsor's Breakfast and other banquet events
1919-1975
21 23 50th anniversary celebrations 1940
21 24 Installation of first escalators 1946
21 25 Montreal World's Fair "Expo 67" themed exhibit and events 1967
21 26-28 Fashion shows circa 1940s-1960s
21 29 War Bonds promotions
Displays in store, store windows and exterior of store building promoting the purchase of war bonds
1940s
21 30 Santa photographs
Portraits of children sitting in Santa's lap in the Frederick & Nelson's window. Includes several photographs in Frederick & Nelson holiday card mats.
1940s-1980s
21 31 60th anniversary celebrations 1950
21 32 Christmas events
Santa in window, "Uncle Mistletoe" and "Aunt Holly", minstrels, choir and other Christmas events
circa 1940s-1960s
21 33 Men holding two calves on leads outside store circa 1940s
21 34 Seattle Symphony 1950
21 35 Women ("Seafair queens") on Frederick & Nelson parade float circa 1950s
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45 KING radio personalities
3 photographs
Photographs of Bill O'Mara, Warren Saunders and Harry Jordan.
circa 1950s
21 36 Horse drawn cart outside store for 65th anniversary 1955
21 37 Christmas celebration 1960s
21 38 Joseph Sjursen and seller at 5th and Pine newsstand
On verso: "Downtown beautification"
1960
21 39-40 Autograph parties
Book signings and autograph events featuring authors, entertainers, sports figures and others : James Selvidge, Peter Schickele, James Horan, Judie Geise, Victor Borge, Richard Nixon, Ralph Bushnell Potts, Alex Comfort, Bob Hope, Marge Stav, Eugene Kozloff, Chrystie Jenner, Desi Arnaz, Judith Guest, Tom Stockley, Mary Martin, Charleton Heston, Robert Goulet, Judy Hymes, Merv Griffin, Jim Davis, Erma Bombeck, and others.
1959-1980
21 41-42 Demonstrations, exhibits, performances and other in-store events circa 1950s-1980s
21 43 Children
Includes children's events such as Raggedy Ann event, Mickey Mouse birthday event and Easter bunny breakfasts.
circa 1950s-1960s
21 44 Photos for "Frederick & Nelson Story"
Photographs apparently collected for a publication titled "The Frederick & Nelson Story." Many include typewritten captions probably intended for use in the publication. Includes images of the 1952 store remodel, store exteriors, elevator control room, kitchen staff, disaster control center, fashion shows, events and displays.
1950s-1970s
21 45 Concert hall
Concert hall hung with international flags being prepared for dinner event, possibly a Frederick & Nelson sponsored benefit.
circa 1960s
21 46 75th anniversary event 1965
21 47 Governor Dan Evans and wife at event circa 1970
21 48 Christmas displays and events
35 mm slides
1984; 1985
21 49 Jane Russell photograph party
35 mm slides
1985
21 50 Slides for Centennial
35 mm slides
Images of staff working on mannequin displays and making chocolates, David Sabey at event, and a Frango ice cream sundae. Several of these photographs appear in More Than a Store, the Frederick & Nelson centennial book.
1989-1990
Marshall Fields & Co.
Box
Folder
21 51 Executives
Marshall Field, Hughston McBain, Ralph Bowers
undated
21 52 Store interiors 1900
box:oversize
45 Store interiors 1940s
Miscellaneous
Box
Folder
21 53 Photographs from Life magazine Seattle fashion issue 1948
21 54 Photographs of print and television ads 1902-1980s
21 55 Commercial photographs of products undated
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45 Frederick & Nelson float in parade circa 1940s
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47 Charities
4 photographs
Four photographs of people from various social welfare organizations, possibly charities supported by Frederick & Nelson: Theodora Home; Seattle Day Nursery; Washington Children's Home Society; Lighthouse for the Blind.
undated
21 56-57 Miscellaneous undated
Subseries B: Publicity Photographs
These are largely negatives and transparencies found with the publicity files.
Box
Folder
22 1 Copy negatives
Copy negatives of historic photographs and store photographs mostly prior to the 1950s, many of which were used in the centennial book More Than a Store
22 2 Store displays; Christmas ornaments and gift basket
Color transparencies
circa 1980s
22 3 Holiday gift products
Color transparencies
circa 1980s
22 4 Merchandise: pots and pans; mattress; sofa
Color transparencies
circa 1970s-1980s
22 5 Clothing model; store interiors and exterior
Color transparencies
circa 1970s-1980s
22 6 Seattle Times ad; photo from 1931 Between Ourselves
4x5 black & white negative
22 7 Model in pink coat
Color transparencies
circa 1980s
22 8 Santa with redheaded boy and girl
Color transparencies
circa 1980s
22 Book: Pictorial Presentation of Frederick & Nelson's Downstairs store
Webster and Stevens
Subseries C: "Between Ourselves"
These appear to be photographs taken or collected for publication in the staff newsletter "Between Ourselves". Many are duplicates of photos in the "Historical photographs" subseries, or document the same events and people. THis subseries includes many contact sheets.
Box
Folder
22 9 Photos for winter issue 1960s
22 10 Photos for issue circa 1968
22 11 Photos for issue Summer 1969
22 12-15 Photos for issue 1978
22 16 Fashion show photographs 1978
22 17 Christmas 1978
22 18 Christmas 1979
22 19 Photos for issue August 1980
22 20 Photos for issue October 1980
22 21 Photos for issue November 1980
22 22 Christmas 1980
22 23 Photos for issue April 1981
22 24 Photos for issue May 1981
22 25 Photos for issue June 1981
22 26 Photos for issue 1981
22 27 Christmas 1981
22 28 Photos for issue 1981
22 29 Photos for issue February 1982
22 30 Photos for issue March 1982
22 31 "Cinnamon Bear"
Subseries D: Centennial Book
This subseries consists of materials related to the production of the Frederick & Nelson history More Than A Store, published for the store's centennial.
1990
Box
22 Centennial book materials
87 folders
These folders are organized in order by page number corresponding to the pages of the book. Each folder contains graphic materials used on the corresponding page -- largely photographs, but also including images and text from clippings, advertisements and letters.
circa 1990
Page 4: Queen City Furniture Co. circa 1891
Page 58: French gown shop undated
Page 70: Toy department circa 1948
Page 72: Woman with seafood and gift basket from Frederick & Nelson circa 1947
Page 76: Bernie Hall working in sporting goods department circa 1948
Page 89: Workers installing escalators 1951
Page 91: 1951 Buick on display circa 1951
Page 91: Shoppers on escalator circa 1952
Page 92: Bird's-eye view of Seattle store 1952
22 More Than a Store: Frederick & Nelson 1890-1990 by Robert Spector. 1990
box:oversize
47 Oversize materials removed from folders
7 folders
Oversized photographs, a poster and an issue of Life magazine from May 13, 1946. Folders labeled by page number.
Subseries E: Display
Greneker Corp, NY; Dudley, Hardin & Yang; Roy M. Peak; Webster & Stevens; Forde Photographers; Pete Liddell; Fred Milkie (photographers)
Consists largely of photographs of Frederick & Nelson store window displays and interior displays of merchandise. Folders arranged chronologically by month and year with separate folders for each year for Christmas displays and for occasional special events. Includes some photos of building exteriors and events in and outside of the store
Box
23 Store windows and displays 1939-1943
24 Store windows and displays 1944-1945
25 Store windows and displays 1946-1947
26 Store windows and displays
Includes the image below, which is part of the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections:
1948-1949
Frederick & Nelson exterior decorated with ribbon for Christmas 1948
27 Store windows and displays 1950-1953
28 Store windows and displays 1954-1957
29 Store windows and displays 1958-1962
30 Store windows and displays 1963-1967
31 Store windows and displays 1968-1971; 1976
31 Undated store window and display photographs arranged by photographer
24 folders
32-34 Store windows and store interiors
3x5 snapshots of store windows, arranged chronologically by month and year of processing as printed on back of photograph. Includes undated Polaroids of store interiors arranged by store location: Bellevue, Aurora Village, Southcenter, Tacoma Mall and Everett Mall
1971 May-1978 March
34 Joseph Charlton event
slides
circa 1986
34 Swatch Nefertiti ads
slides
undated
34 Expo 86 press conference
slides
1986 June 4
34 Father's Day events at store
slides
1986 June
34 Store exterior; renderings of Lakewood Mall store; store interiors
slides
1989
34 Christmas display
slides
1988
34 "La France" themed displays
slides
35 Store windows
8" x 10" color photographs of window displays. Includes one folder of merchandise on display in various departments.22 folders arranged chronologically with three months per folder.
1972-1977

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Series 6:  Audiovisual materials
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Videotape
Box
36 Frederick & Nelson "Its History and Policies"
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette
1976
36 Frederick & Nelson "Its History and Policies"
2 U-Matic 3/4" videocassettes
1978
36 "Arcade"
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette
1981 January
36 Symphoneve fashion show on King TV
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette
1982
36 "1982 Preview" 1982 February
37 AMNW/Frederick & Nelson Show 1983 March 4
37 Spring Fashions
Videocassette
1984 March
36 "Bridal Video" and revision
Produced by Merwin Productions
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette; 2 VHS videocassettes
1987-1988
36 Christmas Rally Tape
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette; VHS videocassette
1987
36 Employee videos
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette; 2 VHS videocassettes
1989
36 "Mattress"
U-Matic 3/4" videocassette
37 Television news stories about Frederick & Nelson
8 VHS videocassettes
1987-1990
37 & 38 Television commercials advertising store sales
Most produced by Evans/Kraft
27 VHS videocassettes (30-60 seconds per cassette)
1987-1989
39 Collections of short television spots
12 1 inch videotape master and submaster tapes
4 Betacam videocassettes
37 Television ads
2 Betacam videocassettes
1991
37 Investor and vendor video
VHS videocassettes
1989 January
37 "What is Frederick & Nelson" 1989 October
37 "Video Conference"
VHS videocassette
1989
37 "What is Frederick & Nelson"
Videocassette
1989 October
37 "Teleconference"
VHS videocassette
1989 November
37 Birthday tapes
3 Betacam videocassettes
1900 April
37 International tape
VHS videocassette
1990
37 "Frederick & Nelson and You"
VHS videocassette
undated
37 "The Customer's Choice"
VHS videocassette
undated
Subseries B: Audiotape
Box
40-41 "Broadcast tapes and commercials"
80 audio cassettes
1988-1989
39 TV spots, including the Frederick & Nelson Christmas theme
4 audiotapes
1988-1991
41 Santa breakfasts 1990
41 "Mini" Nutcracker, Olympic Ballet undated
Subseries C: Films
16 mm films
Items 1993.43.12-.13 and 1993.43.15-.16 appear to be in good condition but have not been viewed .
1993.43.1-7: "Uncle Mistletoe"
Kling Studio Productions (producer)
Seven black and white films on children's puppet shows performed at store. (Additional copies on VHS and Beta videocassettes.)
circa 1960s
1993.43.9: "Frederick Nelson Presents (Invitation to Quality)"
Color
Content identical to 1993.43.11
circa 1952
1993.43.10: "Private Wilbur Brown" circa 1950s
1993.43.11: "Invitation to Quality"
Criterion Films, Seattle (producer)
Color
Footage of downtown Seattle, store renovation and store interiors. Preservation performed in March 2006
circa 1953
1993.43.12: "African Safari" circa 1955
1993.43.13: "Boehm Birds" circa 1965
1993.43.14: "Bing Crosby's Washington".
Preservation performed in March 2006
circa 1967
1993.43.15: "Where the Governor Lives"
Historical film about preservation and renovation of Executive Mansion in Olympia, Washington.
circa 1978
1993.43.16: "You Can Win Elections" circa 1970s?
Subseries D: Phonograph Records
Box
42 Anniversary disc 1939 December 29
43 CBS program "Meet the Missus" at the Orpheum Theater, Seattle
2 discs
1946 April 12
43 Reception for fashion celebrities at Olympic Hotel, Seattle
2 discs
1946 April 12
43 KIRO radio program on New Bellevue store 1955 January 31
43 Frederick & Nelson "Concert Hour"
2 discs
1955 December 1
43 "Seattle Speaks Program"
Frederick & Nelson Concert Hour, 25th Anniversary Program
1956 January 27-1956 February 1
43 "Seattle Speaks Program" 1956 January 27
43 "Pay the Price" by Earl Nightingale circa 1956
43 "The Exit Interview" undated
43 "Fashion Show Song" undated
43 "Give the Lady What She Wants" undated
43 "Interviewing the Potential Employee" undated
43 "Songs of Helen Owen Hutchins"
2 discs
undated
43 The Shrimps undated
43 "Your attitude is showing"
2 discs
undated

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Series 7:  Scrapbooks
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
44 Scrapbook
This scrapbook contains a variety of publicity for Frederick & Nelson, such as brochures, fliers, cards and materials that feature a Frederick & Nelson ad. The second part of the album contains comparable materials from other department stores, mostly from Filene's and Marshall Fields. Also includes blank forms related to employment and customer service at the store.
Scrapbook was disassembled due to deterioration.This scrapbook was a 12"x18" 400 page hardbound ledger book; materials were attached to 53 pages. These pages were removed and placed individually in folders in their original order. Loose items were also foldered.
1910s
46 Beauty Forum scrapbook
This scrapbook documents Frederick & Nelson's second annual Beauty Forum, February 12-16, 1951
1951
unboxed Supply Purchasing Department Scrapbook
19"x 24" (oversize)
Packaging samples including boxes, bags and wrappers; also order forms, blank copies of business forms, envelopes, stickers and tags.
undatd
unboxed Scrapbook
oversize
Documentation portfolio for Seventeen Magazine and Frederick & Nelson Road Show
1977
Publicity Scrapbooks
16 1/2"x18" (oversize)
Postcards, enclosures, invitations, mailings, fliers, and catalogs are organized within the scrapbooks chronologically by month. Each item is labeled with the date and number of copies mailed.
Publicity scrapbook 1951-1952
Publicity scrapbook 1955
Publicity scrapbook 1959
Publicity scrapbook 1960
Publicity scrapbook 1961
Publicity scrapbook 1962-1964

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Frederick, Donald E.
  • Nelson, Nels B., 1854-1907
  • Corporate Names :
  • Marshall Field & Company
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints
  • Subject Terms :
  • Department store Santas--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Department stores--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Employees--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Shopping--Washington (State)--Seattle

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