Scope and arrangement
The Olivia Pleasants Frost Papers, 1937-1994, provide information on Dr. Frost's career as a research consultant to numerous social organizations and educational institutions. The collection does not consist of the records of the organizations for which she worked, but rather documents her work and role with these organizations. The reports, articles and papers she wrote have been placed with the organizations for which they were created. Her master's thesis and doctoral dissertation and research leading to the latter are included.
The Olivia Pleasants Frost papers are arranged in five series:
The PERSONAL PAPERSseries, 1937-1994 (.4 lin. ft.)consists primarily of autobiographical information Frost prepared for various purposes such as resumes and letters concerning employment (mainly 1972-1983). In addition, the series contains family papers and certificates.
The PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT AND AFFILIATIONSseries (3 lin.ft.)is the largest, spanning the years 1937-1988 and covers nearly every position Frost held during her career. The first five positions represented in the collection were with government agencies and contain some personnel documents. In two cases, the National Research Project and the U.S. Department of Commerce files, examples of reports and studies she prepared are also included.
The ORGANIZATION series, 1949-1986 (.3 lin. ft.),reflects Frost's interests as an active community member and professional. Material in this series includes correspondence, proposals reports and memoranda. Letters in the National Urban League files note her relationships with leaders within that organization including Lester Granger, Arnold T. Hill, director of research of the League, and Whitney Young. Files for the Career Center for Social Services of the Social Work Recruiting Center show Frost's role on the advisory committee to recruit black students to the field of social work.
The EDUCATION series,1960-1977, (.6 lin. ft.) consists of files for her Columbia University Master's thesis, 1951, “Some Sociological Aspects of the Realty Market in New York's Harlem,” and for her dissertation from New York University, 1960-1978. The latter files consists of transcripts, papers submitted for coursework and incomplete drafts of her dissertation, “A Study of the Effect of Training Upon the Level of Occupational Aspirations and Upon Attitudes Toward Work for a Group of Young Negro Men from Low Income Families,” as well as interviews and preparatory material used in writing her dissertation. There is also administrative material regarding a grant she secured from the Manpower Administration, Department of Labor to fund her work on the dissertation.
The SUBJECT FILES series, 1950-1979 (.2 lin. ft.)reflects two of Frost's research interests - discrimination in housing in New York City and upgrading education for African-American students in New York City. Copies of her speeches and conference participation are included in this series.