Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Frito-Lay, Incorporated Records

Collection ID:
Capitol Frito Co., Inc.
1898-2009, undated
Collection is in
. Some materials in
Physical Description:
4 Cubic feet
Collection documents the history and business activities of Frito-Lay, Incorporated and the Doolin family, creators of the company. Materials consist primarily of correspondence, photographs, financial papers, scrapbooks, product packaging, advertisements, company newsletters, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and magazine articles.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Collection consists of materials relating to Frito-Lay, Incorporated's manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and selling of the snack food Fritos. The papers are particularly important in documenting the history of the company, employee relations, and community activities. The personal papers and business records of the Doolin family and their other business ventures can also be found among the materials. Materials include photographs, correspondence, property documents, annual reports, patents, financial records, recipe books, product packaging, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, interview transcripts, menus, company newsletters, advertising, and scrapbooks. The collection is arranged into six series: Subseries 1.1, Charles Bernard (CB) Doolin, 1898-1933; Series 2, Frito-Lay, Incorporated Records, 1934-2008, undated; Series 3, Rio Vista Farm Records, 1948-1965; Series 4, Scrapbooks, 1951, undated; Series 5, Other Materials, undated; and Series 6, Reference Books, 1902-1958, undated.

This collection is divided in six series.
Series 1: Doolin Family Papers, 1898-2009, undated
Subseries 1.1, Charles Bernard (CB) Doolin, 1898-1933
Subseries 1.2, Daisy Dean Stephenson Doolin, 1927-1951
Subseries 1.3, Charles Elmer (CE) Doolin, 1920-1959
Subseries 1.4, Mary Kathryn "Kitty" Coleman Doolin, 1952-2009
Subseries 1.5, Kate Irwin, 1915-2009
Subseries 1.6, Photographs and Artwork, undated
Series 2, Frito Company Records, 1934-2008, undated
Subseries 2.1, History and Background, 1934-2008, undated
Subseries 2.2, Office Files, 1941-1993, undated
Subseries 2.3, Sales and Marketing, 1939, undated
Series 3, Rio Vista Farm Records, 1948-1965
Series 4, Scrapbooks, 1951, undated
Series 5, Other Materials, undated
Series 6, Reference Books, 1902-1958, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Doolin family began manufacturing the snack food fritos from the kitchen and garage of the San Antonio, Texas family home in 1932. This business venture was the result of Charles Elmer (CE) Doolin's (1903-1959) purchase of the original recipe for a fried corn chip. Under the name the Frito Corporation, the family expanded the business to include plants in Dallas, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Los Angeles, California; and Denver, Colorado. As the company grew so too did the product line. In the 1960s the company merged with H. W. Lay and Company to become Frito-Lay and then later with the Pepsi-Cola Company.

Vanessa Broussard-Simmons
Processing Information
Processed by Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, supervisory archivist, July, 2012
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Kaleta Doolin in 2011 and 2012.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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.
Preferred Citation
Frito-Lay, Incorporated Records, 1892-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

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