Guide to the Stanley Home Products Collection
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0788
Creators:
Stanley Home Products
Beveridge, Frank Stanley
Perkins, Homer
O'Brien, Catherine L.
Dates:
1896 - 1999
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
18 Cubic feet
19 boxes
Repository:
The collection documents the development of the Stanley Home Products Company, Incorporated its activities and those of its employees. The materials include photographs and photograph albums, speeches and presentations, catalogs and other printed material, inspirational and motivational materials, annual reports, film and audio recordings.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The Stanley Home Products Company, Incorporated Records consist of photographs, financial papers and advertising materials documenting the history of Stanley Home Products its activities and those of its employees, its connection to the local community, and the philosophies of its founders and executives, especially Frank Stanley Beveridge and his close assistant Catherine L. O'Brien.
The majority of the materials date primarily from the 1960s and 1970s and includes photographs and photograph albums, speeches and presentations, catalogs and other printed material, inspirational and motivational materials, and annual reports. also film and audio recordings of Stanley "pilgrimages", meetings and other company events. There is a substantial amount of material relating to background information about Stanley Home Products and its founder Frank Stanley Beveridge.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into eleven series.
Series 1, Personal Papers, 1912-1980
Series 2, Corporate Records 1940-1999; undated
Series 3, Financial Records, 1942-1979; undated
Series 4, Sales Records, 1912-1980; undated
Series 5, Advertising Materials, 1935-1982; undated
Series 6, Speeches and Inspirational Material, 1951-1979; undated
Series 7, Department of Education Records, 1946-1988; undated
Series 8, Photographs Visual Images, circa 1906-1990; undated
Series 9, Newspaper Clippings, 1910-1999; undated
Series 10, Publications, circa 1896-1981; undated
Series 11, Audiovisual Materials, 1951-1971

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Company, started in 1931, which sold brushes and household products Stanley Home Products Company, Incorporated was founded by Frank Stanley Beveridge on August 15, 1931. The direct-selling company began in a small tobacco shed in Westfield, Massachusetts and eventually grew into a multi-million dollar, international business. Stanley Home Products is one of the founders of the direct-selling business. Unlike other direct-selling companies, Stanley Home Products has sold a large variety of products, including brushes, cleaners, small appliances, toiletries, beauty aids, clothes, and furniture.
One of Stanley's greatest contributions to the direct-selling business was the creation of the hostess party plan. The plan focuses on giving a party that allows a dealer to sell his or her products to several people at once instead of door-to-door. This system, which is used by companies like Tupperware, Avon, and Mary Kay, was created by Frank Stanley Beveridge and Catherine L. O'Brien in the early years of Stanley Home Products Company.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Alison Oswald, 2002.
Author
Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to the Archives Center by Homer G. Perkins on behalf of Stanley Home Products Company, Incorporated in October, 2001.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
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.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research but the audio discs in box 48 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.
Preferred Citation
Stanley Home Products Collection, 1931-1999, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Related Materials
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Brownie Wise Papers (AC0509)
Earl S. Tupper Papers (AC0470)

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Publications Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motion pictures (visual works) Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Product demonstrations Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marketing Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Direct selling Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sales promotion Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lectures Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Catalogs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives