Scope and arrangement
The Fran Lee papers date from 1925 to 1994 and document her career as an actress and consumer advocate. The collection contains correspondence, professional files, and video tapes and films of her appearances on television.
The films and video tapes make up the bulk of the collection. They document Fran Lee's career from the 1940s to the 1970s and include her appearances on early television programs, such as The Skitch Henderson Show, Who Do You Trust? (with Johnny Carson), The Steve Allen Show, and The Frances Langford - Don Ameche Show. There are also recordings of commercials in which she appeared, regular consumer news segments she hosted for WPIX and WNEW in New York City, and segments from The Ladies Day Movie with Fran Lee.
Professional files contain photographs, articles, contracts, press releases, and printed material pertaining to Fran Lee's career as a consumer advocate, model, and actress.
The Fran Lee papers are arranged in three series:
- 1948-19583 linear feet
This series consists of correspondence received and sent by Fran Lee. Included are letters from Fran Lee's time with the touring company of Medea, as well as letters from viewers of her program, Mrs. Fix-It. Professional correspondence documents her acting, modeling, and consumer advocacy.
This series consists of Fran Lee's television appearances in her role as a consumer advocate. They document her career and also highlight some of the celebrities she worked with.
The films and video tapes were all transferred to VHS viewer access copies.
Professional files contain photographs, articles, contracts, press releases, and printed material pertaining to Fran Lee's career as a consumer advocate, model, and actress. Photographs consist of headshots, production stills from Lee's appearances on talk shows, publicity photographs, and snapshots of her craft projects. Other files generally contain a scattering of articles, printed material, and advertisements featuring Lee. The file pertaining to dog issues contains a small amount of correspondence in addition to brochures, articles, and statistical and medical information that Lee acquired for her research.