PCL MS 151 Dorothy Price Collection
|Title||PCL MS 151 Dorothy Price Collection|
The Dorothy Price Collection consists of approximately 3 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Dorothy Price in 1997. This collection is unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection. The finding aid was prepared by Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown in May 2017.
|Biographical Sketch||Dorothy Price (1926-2016) was a philanthropist and traveler born and raised in the Toledo area. She traveled to more than 100 countries and supported numerous arts and music organizations in Northwest Ohio and around the world. She supported music scholarship programs at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, as well as establishing the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Medical Missionary Scholarship at the University of Toledo Medical School.|
Price graduated from the University of Toledo in 1948 with a degree in Secretarial Science. After college she worked as an executive secretary and spent time traveling the United States with her friends. She married William H. Price II in 1960, became a stay-at-home mother shortly thereafter and took up her philanthropy work. She traveled extensively throughout her adult life, and donated a considerable number of travel materials to the Browne Popular Culture Library from that time.
|Scope and Content||The collection mainly consists of travel scrapbooks from the 1950s, but also include a scrapbook from the Price's honeymoon trip to San Francisco and Hawaii. There is also an undated newspaper scrapbook bearing the name Belle Baker Price.|
The collection represents a fascinating slice of American travel culture during the 1950s, primarily from the northeastern United States, though a trip to the western US is included here as well. This will be of interest to those studying the history of travel marketing as well as the history of mid-20th century United States tourism.
|Transfers||Over the years, Dorothy Price donated a substantial amount of materials related to travel, popular culture and music to the Browne Popular Culture Library and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. Per her request, these items are not cataloged with her name, but we are grateful to have received them.|
Dorothy Price also donated a significant collection of materials relating to the Price family, an important industrial family in the Toledo area. Those items, including correspondence and scrapbooks, have been added as a collection bearing her name to the Northwest Ohio Collection of the Center for Archival Collections.