Carpenter, Frances, 1890-1972

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Frances Carpenter was born in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 1890 to Joanna Condict and Frank G. Carpenter. She graduated from Smith College in 1912. Her father was a foreign correspondent and travelled extensively. Frances accompanied him on many of his travels as secretary and photographer. They co-authored several books including The Foods We Eat (1925), The Clothes We Wear (1926), and The Houses We Live In (1926). She also wrote Ourselves and Our City (1928), The Ways We Travel (1929), Tales of a Basque Grandmother (1930) Our Little Friends of Eskimo Land (1931) Our Neighbors Near and Far, An Elementary Geography (1932), and other books. In 1960 she edited a book of articles her father had written in the 1880s about life in Washington, D.C. entitled Carp's Washington (1960). She married W. Chapin Huntington, commercial attaché at the American Embassy in Paris. She was Vice President of the International Society of Woman Geographers, a Fellow of the Royal Geography Society of London, and President of the Smith College Alumnae Association and on the Smith College Board of Trustees. She died November 2, 1972.

From the guide to the Frances Carpenter Papers MS 81., 1917-1972, (Sophia Smith Collection)

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Frances Carpenter (Huntington) was born in Washington, D.C., 1890; graduated Smith College, 1912; Vice President of International Society of Woman Geographers; Fellow of Royal Geography Society of London; President of Smith Alumnae Association and on Smith Board of Trustees. With her father, Frank G. Carpenter, she wrote The Foods We Eat (1925), The Clothes We Wear (1926), and The Houses We Live In (1926). She also wrote Ourselves and Our City (1928), The Ways We Travel (1929), Tales of a Basque Grandmother (1930) Our Little Friends of Eskimo Land (1931) Our Neighbors Near and Far, an Elementary Geography (1932), and other books.

From the description of Frances Carpenter Papers, 1917-1971. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 50118186

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Frank G. Carpenter

  • 1855, May 8: Born, Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1877: A.B., Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio
  • 1879: Legislative correspondent, Cleveland Leader
  • 1880: A.M., Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio
  • 1881: Traveled in Europe and Egypt
  • 1882: Washington correspondent, Cleveland Leader
  • 1883: Married Joanna D. Condict
  • 1884: American Press Association correspondent
  • 1887: Correspondent, New York World
  • 1888 - 1889 : Traveled around the world
  • 1891: Toured Mexico
  • 1892: Toured Russia, Germany, and England
  • 1894: Toured China, Japan, and Korea
  • 1898: Toured South America
  • 1900: Toured the Philippines, China, Java, Australia, and New Zealand
  • 1902: Toured Western Europe to investigate American "economic invasion"
  • 1905: Toured Panama, Cuba, and Canada
  • 1906 - 1907 : Toured Africa
  • 1908: Toured China, Korea, and Japan
  • 1909: Toured India, Turkey, Palestine, and Egypt
  • 1911: Litt. D., Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio
  • 1912: Toured Central America
  • 1913: Toured Mexico
  • 1914: Made letter-writing tour of South America
  • 1915 - 1916 : Toured Alaska
  • 1922 - 193 : Toured Europe
  • 1924: Began trip to the Orient
  • 1924, June 18: Died, Nanking, China

Frances Carpenter

  • 1890, Apr. 30: Born, Washington, D.C.
  • 1912: Graduated, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
  • circa 1918: Married William Chapin Huntington (d. 1958)
  • 1960: Arranged and edited Carp's Washington. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • 1972, Nov. 2: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Frances Carpenter Collection Relating to Frank G. Carpenter, 1875-1960, (bulk 1883-1924), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Carpenter, Frances, 1890-1972. Frances Carpenter Papers, 1917-1971. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Carpenter, Frank G. (Frank George), 1855-1924. Frances Carpenter collection, 1875-1960. Library of Congress
referencedIn Society of Woman Geographers. Records, 1925-1987. Library of Congress
referencedIn Society of Woman Geographers. Society of Woman Geographers records, 1925-1998. Library of Congress
creatorOf Spier, Peter. Wonder tales of seas and ships : production material, 1959. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Frances Carpenter Collection Relating to Frank G. Carpenter, 1875-1960, (bulk 1883-1924) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
creatorOf Frances Carpenter Papers MS 81., 1917-1972 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Society of Woman Geographers Records, 1910-1998 Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
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correspondedWith Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922 person
associatedWith Carpenter, Frank G. (Frank George), 1855-1924 person
correspondedWith Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933 person
correspondedWith Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895 person
correspondedWith Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923 person
correspondedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 person
associatedWith Society of Woman Geographers. corporateBody
associatedWith Spier, Peter. person
correspondedWith Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915 person
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Geographers--United States--Biography--Sources
Women geographers--United States--Biography--Sources
Geographers--History--Sources
Women authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
Women authors, American--20th century--Sources
Women geographers--History--Sources
Children's literature--Authorship
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Birth 1890-04-30

Death 1972-11-02

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