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Marion O'Brien Donovan Papers, 1917-1999 (primarily 1949-1996)

view Marion O'Brien Donovan Papers, 1917-1999 (primarily 1949-1996) digital asset number 1
Creator:
Donovan, Marion O'Brien (woman inventor) 1917-1998
Donor:
Donovan, James F. Jr. Dr
Dodd, Sharon Donovan
Donovan, Christine
Interviewer:
Walters, Barbara
Interviewee:
Rabinow, Jacob 1910-
Subject:
Saks Fifth Avenue
Keko Corporation
Physical description:
7 cu. ft. : 21 boxes
Type:
Videotapes
Color prints (photographs)
Photographs
Publicity photographs
Publications
Sketches
Dye diffusion transfer prints
Scrapbooks
Advertising mail
Clippings
Patent drawings
Correspondence
Marriage certificates
Birth certificates
Date:
1917
1917-1999
primarily 1949-1996
20th century
1970-1980
19th-20th century
1900-2000
Notes:
Remembered as the "grandmother of the disposable diaper," Donovan was an inventor and entrepreneur who held over a dozen U.S. and foreign patents on products that addressed problems of personal health, beauty, and household needs. Her "Boater" diaper cover became a commercial success when she began selling it at Saks Fifth Avenue, 1949. She sold her company and diaper patents to children's clothing manufacturer Keko Corporation. Born Oct. 15, 1917 in South Bend, Ind., died November 4, 1998.
Summary:
Correspondence, patents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and subject files about various inventors and ideas. Collection documents women inventors, American culture, 1950s-1970s, and products designed for women and the home. Donovan papers offer a near complete invention record, including both successes and failures, as well as partent and trademark correspondence.
Collection includes a videotape featuring Marion Donovan and Jacob Rabinow, interviewed by Barbara Walters, 1975.
Cite as:
Marion O'Brien Donovan Papers, 1949-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Trademarks
Women architects
Advertising
Women in technology
Dental hygiene
Women in marketing
Women in advertising
Diapers
Inventions
Inventors
Women inventors
Local number:
2000.3006 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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