The Fritos snack food was developed in 1932 when Charles Elmer Doolin of San Antonio, Texas, bought a corn chip recipe and began delivering the chips to local stores. He later moved the enterprise to Dallas, hired sales people and delivery trucks, and started advertising. In 1961, Doolin's company merged with potato chip manufacuter H.W. Lay and Company, creating Frito-Lay.
Archival materials documenting Charles Elmer Doolin and the Doolin Family, their development of the Fritos snack food, and the Fritos Company. The papers include books, correspondence, business and financial papers, a print, product packaging, photographs and photograph albums, scrapbooks, printed materials including company newsletters, clippings, recipes, letters, an address book, and miscellaneous other papers.
Frito Company Records, 1924-1961, Archives Center, National Museum of American History