Frankie Welch textile collection

Frankie Welch textile collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Welch, Frankie, 1923?-
Title: Frankie Welch textile collection
Dates: circa 1972-1982
Quantity: 12.8 Linear feet (8 document boxes, 1 half box, 3 oversized boxes, 1 carton, 1 oversized folder A, 1 oversized folder B, 15 framed items)
Coll. Number: ms2003

Biographical/Historical Note

Frankie Welch (Mary Frances Barnett), a noted 20th century Washington, D.C. area textile designer who hails from Rome, GA, designed and created scarves that were the height of fashion from the early 1960s to the late 1980s and beyond. Frankie Welch was honored by Betty Ford who chose her to design her Inaugural gown. It is now displayed in the First Ladies’ Hall at the Smithsonian Institution. Working mainly out of Alexandria, Virgina, Welch designed more than 4,000 scarves for business, colleges, cities and individuals. Among those were the Cherokee Alphabet scarves for U.S. embassies overseas, and scarves for Time Life Books, the University of Georgia, National Geographic, McCormick Spice Company, and McDonald's first franchise outside the United States. Welch began her custom scarf designing in 1966 when Virginia Rusk, wife of then Secretary of State Dean Rusk asked Mrs. Welch to make a gift for visiting foreign dignitaries from the State Department.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of scarves, handkerchiefs (some framed), garments and canvas bags by fashion designer Frankie Welch; these are identified in thist listing by name of organization, event, or individual. While the bulk of the collection consists of sample textiles with designs, some files also contain preliminary designs on paper and related design contracts. Also included in the collection is a small amount of correspondence and photographs.


Arrangement

Design files (including several textile samples interfiled) make up the bulk of the collection and are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the organization or individual commissioning the design, and/or event. Other materials are roughly arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Bags--Virginia--History--20th century--Sources.
Canvas--Virginia--History--20th century--Sources.
Clothing and dress--Virginia--History--20th century--Sources.
Clothing.
Correspondence
Design drawings.
Designers--Virginia--Correspondence.
Designers--Virginia--Photographs.
Fashion design--Virginia--History--20th century--Sources.
Fashion design.
Handkerchiefs--Virginia--History--20th century--Sources.
Handkerchiefs.
Scarves (costume accessories)
Scarves--Virginia--History--20th century--Sources.
Welch, Frankie, 1923?- -- Photographs
Women designers--Virginia--Photographs.
Women designers--Viriginia--Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frankie Welch textile collection, MS 2003. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Design Files

BoxFolder
1181st Airborne Division - Fort Bragg, N.C.
Fabric
2John Adams
8 scarf squares in various colors
4 scarves in various colors
3A.A.U.W, 1981
Scarf
4American Family Life Assurance
5Andy Miller
Scarf
6Agnes Scott Alumnae Association
Fabric
7Air and Space Museum
Scarf
8Airclaims, 1981
Scarf
9Air Force Officer's Wives Club, 1975
4 scarf squares in various colors
10Air Force Academy, 1976
Scarf
11Alexandria, 1974
2 scarf squares in various colors
12Alphabet
Large square scarf
13A.M.A.E.R.F
4 scarf squares
Scarf
14American Cancer Society
Scarf
15American Short Line Railroad Association
Fabric
Scarf
16American Revolution Bicentennial Organization, 1976
Fabric
17American Waterworks Association - Convention
Scarf
18Appleseed, 1981
Fabric
19Art Deco
Large square scarf
20Associated General Contractors of America
Oversize_BoxItem
117Medium tote bag
Object
4Framed scarf
BoxFolder
121Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Scarf
22Bell System Home Consultant
1 scarf square
Fabric
23Auto-Train, 1974
1 scarf square
Fabric
Bank of Virginia
Oversize_BoxItem
113Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
124Bendix for the Paris Air Show
Fabric
25Benedictine Hospital
Scarf
26Bicentennial Council of 13 Original States, 1974
Fabric
1 scarf square
Oversize_BoxItem
1113Canvas tea towel
Fabric Scrap
ObjectObject
32Framed Scarf
BoxFolder
127Blount International, 1981
Scarf
28Bozell + Jacobs
Scarf
29Bridge, 1975
Object
13Framed scarf
BoxFolder
130Broad Run, VA
Fabric
31Burte and Herbert
Scarf
32Business and Professional Women's Clubs - District of Columbia Federation
Scarf
33Calhoun National Bank
Large square scarf
BoxFolder
21Jimmy Carter
Fabric
Scarf
3 small peanut scarves
1 large peanut scarf
Tie
Central Fidelity Bank - Charlottesville, VA
Oversize_BoxItem
128Tote bag
BoxFolder
22Cherokee Alphabet
Oversize_BoxItem
108Dress - Green
9Dress - Brown
Fabric with green border
3 small scarf squares in brown, green, and blue
Scarf - 4 squares with orange border
7 medium square scarves in various colors including brown, red, orange, and green
3 large square scarves in various colors including red and blue
2 large banner scarves in brown
14 small banner scarves in fuschia, teal, orange, navy, violet, and brown
Fabric - early design
Oversize_BoxItem
126Small tote bag
BoxFolder
23Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, D.C.
Oversize_BoxItem
104Skirt
5Top
Fabric
4Chesire- A Xerox Company, 1977
1 scarf square
5Christmas
1 mounted scarf square
Scarf
Fabric - Frankie Welch early design
CartonItem
17Framed scarf square
BoxFolder
26Citadel, 1975
1 scarf square
Ed Clark - Presidential campaign, 1980
Oversize_BoxItem
116Medium tote bag
Cloister
Oversize_BoxItem
101Apron
BoxFolder
27Clyde's Restaurant
Large scarf
Large scarf
8Colonial Parking
Fabric
9Continental Quilting Congress- Mrs. Hazel Carter
Scarf
10Cotton Council
11County Curtains
Scarf
12Governor John Dalton
Scarf
13Lear Fan (Moya Lear)
Fabric
Scarf
14Degesch, 1977
Fabric
Scarf
15Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Sorority, 1977
Scarf
16Dina Merrill
1 large square with blue border
17Dorothy Gray Cosmetics, 1968
Large square scarf
18Doll Club
Fabric
BoxFolder
31Drayton Hall
Scarf
1 scarf square
2Executive Jet Aviation, Inc., 1972
Written on original folder:
Mr. Bruce G. Sundlun - President Port Columbus International Airport Columbus, Ohio 43219
1 scarf square
3Eastern Star
1 scarf square
Elizabeth Taylor
Oversize_BoxItem
129Small tote bag
BoxFolder
34Federal Emergency Management Agency
Fabric
5Folger Shakespeare Library, 1978
Fabric
Scarf
5Betty Ford, 1975 January 2
Large square scarf
Scarf
Scarf - Blue straw flowers
Scarf - Pink straw flowers (Betty Ford gift to Mrs. Rockefeller)
Scarf - Green straw flowers
6Foremost McKesson by Anspach Grossman Portugal, 1979
Scarf
7Foundry, 1977
1 scarf square
8Four-H, 1980 May
1 scarf square
9Frankie Doll
Large square scarf
Frederick Memorial Hospital
Oversize_BoxItem
124Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
310Freedom Train, 1976
1 scarf square
11Future Farmers of America
1 scarf square
12Future Homemakers of America
Scarf
13Garden Club of Georgia, 1978
Scarf
14Georgia Home Economics Association, 1979 April
Scarf
15Governor Mills Godwin of Virginia
Scarf
16Graham Wright family in Rome, Georgia, 1969
Fabric
Scarf
Large square scarf
Large rectangular scarf
Fabric with rectangular and square scarves
17Greek Alphabet, 1978
1 scarf square
Scarf
18Grocery Manufacturers of America, 1978
Object
5Framed scarf
BoxFolder
319Gumdrop Square
Scarf
Fabric
20Harlequin
Scarf - blue
Scarf - red and purple
21Home Economics (Virginia Home Economics Association), 1970, 1973, 1975
2 scarf fragments of various colors
Hotel/Motel Association (Now American Hotel & Lodging Association)
Oversize_BoxItemOversize_BoxItem
118122Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
322Hubert H. Humphrey
Extra-large Scarf
Fabric
Large square scarf
23Hyatt Hotels
Fabric
24Iberian Tiles
Large square scarf
25Indian Jewelry
Dress
Scarf - white with blue accents
Scarf - orange Indian basket weave
2 scarf squares - brown indian basket weave
Scarf - tan with orange accents
Scarf - white with blue accents
Scarf - brown indian basket weave
Oversize_BoxItem
1111Canvas place setting - brown and white
Object
1Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Framed scarf
BoxFolder
326International Oceanographic Foundation, 1976
Scarf
27International Toast Mistress Clubs, 1977
1 scarf square
28International Women's Year Virginia Meeting, 1977
1 scarf square
BoxFolder
41Irish Georgian, 1979 March
1 scarf square
Scarf
2Islam Centennial Fourteen, 1982
1 scarf square
3Lyndon Johnson
BoxFolderItem
23211 scarf square
1Large square scarf
BoxFolder
44Judson College
Scarf
Fabric
5Junior League of D.C. Christmas Shop, 1977 December
Object
14Framed Scarf
BoxFolder
46Kappa Delta Pi
Fabric
7Kappa Kappa Gamma, 1979
Scarf
Fabric
8Kenmore
1 scarf square
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy Presidential Campaign, 1980
Oversize_BoxItem
114Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
49Lakeland Tours, 1980 April 7
Tie
10Abraham Lincoln, 1975 Fall
Object
6Framed scarf
BoxFolder
411Knouse Foods Lucky Leaf, 1978
Tie
Scarf
Fabric
12Jeanie Lody's 80th Birthday, 1982 April
13Bert Lance Governor Campaign, 1974 May
Scarf
14Lawyer's Scarf (Second Panel Sheriff's Jury)
Fabric
Scarfs
15Lazy Corners - William Frogale, 1976 October
1 scarf square
16Lear Fan
CartonItem
15Framed scarf square
Scarf
Oversize_BoxItem
121Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
417Library Association for the State of Georgia
Scarf
1 scarf square
18McCormick Spice, 1977 June
Fabric scrap
Scarf
Object
8Framed scarf
BoxFolder
419Machine Tool Builders, 1978
Fabric
20Male-Female, 1975
Scarf
21Marine Corps Quantico (Education and Development Command), 1981
Fabric (2 pieces)
Oversize_BoxItem
1213Small tote bag
BoxFolder
422Marine Corps Sargents, 1979, 1982
Object
11Framed scarf
BoxFolder
423Mary Mount College Arlington VA, 1974
1 scarf square
24Mayflower Hotel, 1978
Fabric
25McDonald's
Scarf
26Member of Congress, 1975
Scarf
CartonItem
16Framed scarf square
BoxFolder
427Mental Health Association, 1977
1 scarf square
28Mills College
1 scarf square
Fabric
29Mrs. Walter Mondale Old Executive Office, 1978
Scarf square
Scarf
30Monsanto Polka-dot, 1979
Fabric
31Monumental Life, 1980
Tie
32Mount Vernon College
Scarf
Mortar Board
Oversize_BoxFolder
111Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
433National Association of Counties, 1981
Tie
34National Association of Secondary School Principals
Scarf
35National City Bank, Rome, Georgia
BoxFolder
51National Grain and Feed Association, 1977
Scarf
2National Press Club, 1977
Scarf
1 scarf square
3National Trucking Association
Scarf
Fabric
4National War College
Scarf
5Naval Officer's Wives Club of Washington, 1976
1 scarf square
6Navy Nurses Corps
Tie
7New York Jets, 1978
Scarf
Fabric
8George Nigh, 1978
1 scarf square
9Richard Nixon
Large square scarf
10National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, 1973
1 scarf square
11Northern Virginia Natural Gas, 1974 November
CartonItem
18Framed scarf square
Old Port Cove Marina
Oversize_BoxItem
1212Small tote bag
BoxFolder
512Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Auxiliary - Anne D. Sorells
Scarf
Fabric
13Owassa Savings Bank, 1978 December
Scarf
14Owls
Scarf
15Peter's Restaurant - Bobe Hope's nephew, 1972
2 scarf squares
Scarf
16Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Fabric
17P.G.A Tour, 1976, 1977, 1981
Scarf
2 scarf squares
Oversize_BoxItem
123Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
518Printing Industries of America
Fabric
19Poppies
Fabric
Portofino Restaurant - Arlington, VA
Oversize_BoxItem
112Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
520Radford College Foundation, 1979
Fabric
21Railroad Co.
22Robert D. Ray - Governor of Iowa, 1974
Fabric
23Reader's Digest, 1977 March
Large square scarf
24President Ronald Reagan (Reagan - Bush)
Scarf
Tie
Oversize_BoxItem
127Medium tote bag - the Boxcar
BoxFolder
525Red Cross
Scarf
Scarf square
26Reiss Coal, 1979
Scarf
27Republican National Convention, 1968 August 5
Fabric
Oversize_BoxItem
102Dress
BoxFolder
528Blanca Rosensteil - Blandemar Farm, 1982
Fabric
BoxFolder
61Rome, GA
Fabric
Scarf
Oversize_BoxItem
119Medium tote bag
12Medium tote bag - The Early Churches of Rome, Goorgia
BoxFolder
62Theodore Roosevelt, 1975 Fall
1 scarf square - canvas
Scarf
Object
15Framed Scarf
BoxFolder
63Kitty Rotruck, 1977
Scarf
Fabric
4Royal Wedding Lancaster Wedding, 1981 July
1 tote bag fragment
5Runnels Drilling, 1975
Scarf
6Rural Postal Carriers
Fabric
7Sailing
Scarf
1 scarf square
Object
9Framed scarf
BoxFolder
68St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1978
9Saints and Sinners, 1979
Scarf
Fabric
10Salvation Army, 1980
Fabric
11San Antonio
Scarf
12See Georgia First/Discover America, 1978
Square scarf
13Sikorsky, 1978
CartonItem
12Framed scarf square
BoxFolder
614Silver Liners, 1980 March
15Shells
1 scarf square
16Shorter College
1 scarf square
17Smith College
1 scarf square
18Smithsonian
Scarf
19Southern Furniture Manufacturer's Association
Scarf
2050 State Flowers
Fabric
21Strategic Air Command, 1978
Scarf
22Paula Stringer
Scarf
Fabric
23Supima Cotton
Scarf
24Tandem Computers, 1981 April, 1982
Scarf
25Tennessee Walking Horse
Scarf
26Tennis, 1976
Scarf
27Texas Dental Association, Women's Auxiliary, 1978
Scarf
BoxFolder
431Textile Museum
Oversize_BoxItem
107Dress
BoxFolderItem
6281Scarf
2Fabric
29Textile Museum Umbrella
30Thunderbirds
Scarf
BoxFolder
71Time-Life Books, 1980
Fabric
Scarf
Object
12Framed scarf
BoxFolder
72Tobacco Institute
Scarf
3Turtles- Frankie Welch Private Stock
Fabric fragment
2 scarf squares
3 scarves in various colors
Oversize_BoxItem
106Dress
BoxFolder
74Unifirst Banks
Scarf
Framed scarf square
BoxFolder
75Union Warren Savings Bank, 1978
1 scarf square
6United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Assoc, 1979
Fabric (2 pieces)
1 scarf square
7U.S. Armed Forces Industrial College, 1970
Silk banners
8United States Fire Administration
1 scarf square
9United States Marine Corps, 1977
Fabric
Object
10Framed scarf
BoxFolder
710U.S. Navy
Fabric
1 small tote bag
Scarf
CartonItem
11Framed scarf square
BoxFolder
711U.S. Savings Bonds, 1977
Scarf
12United Virginia Bank, 1978
Scarf
13United Way, 1976 August, 1978
Scarf
Fabric
14University of Alabama
Scarf
15University of Georgia
Fabric
16University of Maryland
Fabric
17University of Virginia, 1977
Scarf
18Valentine Museum, 1977 February
Scarf
19Virginia Association of Extension Home Economist, 1979 April
Scarf
20Virginia Education Association, 1975, 1978
Scarf
Oversize_BoxItem
115Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
721Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1976 August
Scarf
22WABCO, Union Switch & Signal Division, 1977 April 26
Fabric
23George Washington, 1975
Framed scarf
BoxFolder
724Watergate, 1978
This design was used in the Frankie Welch Watergate studio in Washington, D.C.
Scarf
Fabric
25Watergate (Washington, D.C.)
This design was used in the Frankie Welch Watergate studio in Washington, D.C.
Small tote bag
Fabric
Canvas fabric
Scarf squares
Scarf
Oversize_BoxItem
1110Medium tote bag
BoxFolder
726Washington Press Club, 1980 March
Oversize_BoxItem
1114-15Canvas fabric
BoxFolder
727Washington and Lee, 1978
Scarf
28Frankie Welch Private Design
BoxFolderItem
5241Large square scarf - Black, white and red
2Large square scarf - Orange, black and white
3Large square scarf - Plaid horse gear
BoxFolder
729Frankie Welch
Canvas fabric
Fabric
Scarf
Peggy Glynn Welch and James Page Williams marriage, 1974 August 10
CartonItem
13Framed scarf square
BoxFolder
730West Point Class of 1946, 1981
Scarf
Oversize_BoxItem
1210-11Small tote bag
BoxFolder
731West Point Class of 1949, 1979 January
Scarf
32Wintergreen, 1981 January
Scarf
Tie
Oversize_BoxItem
125Small tote bag
BoxFolder
81Wolftrap
Scarf
2Women's National Bank, 1977 October
Scarf
3World Bank
Scarf
4Young Presidents Club, 1978
5Zonta Club (women executives), 1980
Scarf
BoxFolder
86Genie Welch Designs
Genie Welch created the "Genie" design at age 12 as a present for her parents.
BoxFolderItem
5331Genie design with green border
2Genie design with white border
3-4Genie design scarf with yellow border
5Genie 69 design scarf with yellow border
Genie 69 design large scarf with yellow border
7Genie 69 design large scarf with green border
Genie 69 design scarf with grey border
9-10Genie double design scarf with yellow border
11Genie 69 design scarf with green border
BoxFolder
87Unidentified prints
Scarf
Fabric
Unidentified framed textiles
CartonItem
19Framed scarf square - white with blue buildings surrounding fountain
10Framed scarf square - burgundy with lion heads and cursive L's
Box
13Framed handkerchiefs
 

Miscellaneous

BoxFolder
91Library index cards
2Correspondence
3Presidential clippings
4Brochures and Certificates
5Photographs
6-7Clippings
8Custom postcards
9Indian Jewelry by Frankie Welch
10Exhibit and fabric tags
OS Folder
2AOversized clippings
OS Folder
1BPoster, Cherokee Alphabet
Poster, Mrs. Welch Ambassador for Textiles