Frederick and Mary Hill Fried Folk Art Archives, ca. 1895-1985
Fried, Frederick 1909-1994
Fried, Mary Hill
National Carousel Association
36 cu. ft. : 43 boxes
Fred and Mary Fried were antiquarians and avid collectors and scholars of folk art. Frederick Fried wrote two books, "A Pictorial History of the Carousel" and "Artists in Wood", and together with his wife wrote "America's Forgotten Folk Art." The Frieds were politically active in efforts to save historic structures and were active members of the National Carousel Association.
The Frieds' research and writings on folk art. Subject files include photographs, drawings, advertising, books, articles, auction catalogs, blueprints, correspondence, notes and writings. The vast majority of the subject files relate to carousels and carousel animals, but there are also voluminous files on other folk art topics, including show figures, architectural ornamentation, signs, weather vanes, ship carvings, circus art, coin-operated machines and other forms of folk art.
Frederick and Mary Hill Fried Folk Art Archives, ca. 1895-1985, Archives Center, National Museum of American History