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Tupperware Home Parties. Zimmerman, Mary Ann. The Tupperware Book of Picnics, Parties, and Snacks Around the World

Collection Creator:
Wells, Ellen B.  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 50
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1967
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Product Cookbooks Collection, 1874-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Product Cookbooks Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0396-ref935

Award

Maker:
L.G. Balfour Company  Search this
Physical Description:
silver plate (overall material)
metal (internal rod, nut material)
plastic (base material)
Measurements:
overall: 19 3/8 in x 13 1/2 in x 9 in; 49.2125 cm x 34.29 cm x 22.86 cm
Object Name:
award
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Attleboro
Date made:
ca 1950
Date made:
1959
Credit Line:
Gift of Marjorie J. Burns
ID Number:
2002.0274.01A
Accession number:
2002.0274
Catalog number:
2002.0274.01A
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-bde9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1296189
Online Media:

Marjorie Last Rogers Tupperware Records

Creator:
Rogers, Marjorie Last  Search this
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1951-1953
Summary:
Collection documents the planning and filming of 1952 motion picture "A Tupperware Home Party," starring Marjorie L. Rogers.
Content Description:
Photos and documents re: the planning and filming of 1952 motion picture "A Tupperware Home Party," starring Marjorie L. Rogers.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into one series.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Catherine Rogers, representative for the Edstate of Marjorie Last Rogers, October 2020.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Tupperware Home Parties -- 1950-1960  Search this
Citation:
Marjorie Last Rogers Tupperware Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1500
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1500

"Tupperware Home Parties," 44-page catalogue

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection / Series 1: Catalogs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref22

Tupperware Home Parties Ultra 21 "Reactions '85"

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Container:
Box OV 583.47, Folder RV 583.47
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
c. 1985
Scope and Contents note:
Deluxe Tumblers commercial.
Arrangement note:
½" videocassette, 30 secs.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection / Series 10: Moving Images / 10.4: Commericals
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref237

"'A Hunting We Will Go--Tupperware Home Parties'" 33-1/3 rpm record

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection / Series 6: Sound Recordings
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref66

Welcome address, Tupperware distributors first conference

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.2: Speeches to Tupperware Sales Force
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref120

Brownie Wise "Idea" files

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0509, Subseries 3.5
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Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref185

"The modern way to shop for your houseware needs...The Tupperware Home Party Way". 4-page brochure

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950s.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection / Series 1: Catalogs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref16

A Tupperware Home Party

Collection Creator:
Damigella, Ann.  Search this
Damigella, Thomas  Search this
Container:
Box OF 583.27, Folder RV 583.27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
c. 1952
Scope and Contents note:
Introduction by Brownie Wise, holds up "Know How" booklet. Then: "Welcome to Tupperware Party with Marge Rogers" sign; Rogers demonstrates how to hold a Tupperware party and highlights specific Tupperware products.
Arrangement note:
16mm color composite optical track print, 1526 feet
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the fils are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Most items have copyright and/or trademark restrictions. Tupperware films: Most duplication and use of films in commercial and non-commercial productions requires written permission from the Tupperware Corporation. See repository for details.
Collection Citation:
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection, 1951-1997, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection
Ann and Thomas Damigella Collection / Series 10: Moving Images / 10.2: Training Films
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0583-ref175

Brownie Wise Papers

Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Names:
Stanley Home Products  Search this
Tupperware (Firm).  Search this
Vivian Woodward Cosmetics  Search this
Extent:
15 Cubic feet (42 boxes, 33 sound recordings)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Personal papers
Business records
Speeches
Audiovisual materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1928-1968
Summary:
The papers consist of business records documenting the history of Tupperware from 1951-1958, during which Brownie Wise served as vice president of the Tupperware Company. Also, personal papers and business records documenting her marketing activities for Stanley Home Products, Vivian Woodard Cosmetics, and others.
Scope and Contents:
The Brownie Wise Papers constitute an essential complement to the Earl Tupper Papers, acquired in 1992, and to the museums rich collections of Tupperware products. Together these collections document not only the founding and early business history of Tupperware, but also significant areas of American history in which the museum has a demonstrated interest. The Brownie Wise Papers illuminate aspects of an American consumer culture which achieved its apex in the post-World War II years; in many ways, Tupperware and the Tupperware party reflect the key defining elements of the fifties. Of special significance is the story these papers tell of a successful woman business executive and working mother, in an era whose women have more often been characterized by June Cleaver and Harriet Nelson. The Tupperware story offers rich insights into the society and culture of the era, illuminating issues of gender, consumerism, and technological development.

There are approximately 15 cubic feet of materials, including photographic and audiovisual materials. The collection is organized into eight series.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight series.

Series 1: Personal Papers, circa 1928-1968

Series 2: Stanley Home Products, Patio Parties, circa 1947-1959

Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties, circa 1951-1959

Series 4: Direct Sales consulting, circa 1958-1969

Series 5: Other Direct Sales Consulting, circa 1958-1971

Series 6: Other Business ventures, circa 1958-1967

Series 7: Photographs, 1930-1968

Series 8: Audiovisual Materials, 1953-1957; 1977
Biographical Note:
Brownie Humphrey was born in Buford, Georgia in 1913, the daughter of Rosabelle Stroud Humphrey and Jerome Humphrey, a plumber. According to longtime friend Kay Robinson, Brownie knew that there were few business opportunities for women in the South, and that "unless she wanted to work in sales, she would have to leave the South." After meeting Robert Wise at the Texas Centennial in 1936, where the couple saw an exhibition highlighting a bright future at Ford Motors, Brownie and Robert married and moved to the Detroit area where he worked as a machinist, later opening a small machine shop. The couple divorced in 1941, about three years after the birth of their only child, Jerry. Brownie Wise never remarried.

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Brownie contributed to a correspondence column of the Detroit News under the pen name "Hibiscus." Her columns were largely autobiographical, but used elements of fantasy and romance to address a uniquely female urban community. In Detroit, Wise worked briefly at an ad agency and in a millinery shop. During World War II, Wise got a job as an executive secretary at Bendix. After the war, Brownie and her mother, Rose Stroud Humphrey, began selling Stanley Home Products. When Jerry became ill in 1949, they followed a doctor's advice and moved to Miami where they began a direct selling business they called Patio Parties. Through this business, the mother daughter team distributed Poly-T (Tupperware), Stanley Home Products, West Bend, and other household goods through an innovative home party plan adopted by Brownie.

Thomas Damigella in Massachusetts, and Brownie Wise in South Florida, quickly became among the fastest movers of Tupperware products, attracting the attention of Earl Tupper, who was still searching for a profitable outlet for his plastic containers. Because Americans were still skeptical of plastics and because the Tupper seal required demonstration, early attempts at department store sales had been unsuccessful. Some independent dealers had more success selling through demonstrations at state fairs or door-to-door, but sales and distribution remained low. The experiences of Damigella and Wise convinced Tupper to offer the products on a home party plan. He partnered with Norman Squires, the originator of Hostess Home Parties, to pursue this strategy.

In 1951, Tupper recruited Brownie to develop the Hostess party plan for Tupperware, and named her vice president of the company. She is credited with developing the party plan and sales organization, and with creating the annual Jubilee, a pep-rally and awards ceremony for dealers and distributors; it was her idea to locate company headquarters in Kissimmee, and she oversaw the design and construction of the campus. With the company's meteoric success came national recognition. Her public role was all the greater because Earl Tupper shunned all public exposure; Wise was the public head of the company throughout the 1950s. She was both honored guest and invited speaker at national sales and marketing conferences, where she was often the only woman in attendance. Scores of laudatory articles about her appeared in the sales industry and general business press, and she became the darling of the women's magazines, including features in McCalls, Charm and Companion.

Tupper and Wise clashed over the management and direction of the business in late 1957 and the board of directors forced her out in January, 1958. She filed a $1,600,000 suit against the company for conspiracy and breach of contract, but settled out of court for a year's salary -- about $30,000. Shortly thereafter, Tupper sold the company to Dart/Rexall and relinquished all involvement with it.

Beginning in 1958 and through the 1960s, Brownie co-founded three direct sales cosmetics companies, Cinderella (1958-59), Carissa (1963) and Sovera/Trivera (1966-69). She also was president of Viviane Woodard Cosmetics (1960-62), and consulted for Artex and others. In addition, she undertook a real estate development venture in Kissimmee with Charles McBurney and George Reynolds (both former Tupperware executives). She seems never to have achieved the same level of success in these later business ventures. Wise continued to live in the Kissimmee area, moving from Waters' Edge, the spectacular 1920s mansion she occupied during the Tupperware years, to a home George Reynolds designed for her in. She was active in her church and as an artist, working in clay and textiles. During the last eight years of her life she was in declining health. She died in December 1992.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History in March 1994 by Brownie Wise's son, Jerry Wise, of Kissimmee, Florida.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Direct selling  Search this
Women in marketing  Search this
Sales promotion  Search this
Product demonstrations  Search this
Plastics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Personal papers -- 20th century
Business records -- 20th century
Speeches
Audiovisual materials
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0509
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Brownie Wise Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0509
Online Media:

Training seminar diploma

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.1: Business Files and Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref100

The Lantern Club

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.1: Business Files and Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref101

Vanguard units

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.1: Business Files and Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref102

Vanguard promotion

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.1: Business Files and Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref103

Fall promotion

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.1: Business Files and Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref104

Tupperware promotions

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.1: Business Files and Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref105

Bulletin material

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.1: Business Files and Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref106

Preview parties

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.1: Business Files and Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref107

Notes for Tupperware demonstrations

Collection Inventor:
Wise, Brownie Humphrey, 1913-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Brownie Wise Papers, 1938-1968, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Brownie Wise Papers
Brownie Wise Papers / Series 3: Tupperware Home Parties / 3.1: Business Files and Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0509-ref108

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