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    Frito Company Records, 1924-1961
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    Frito Company (creator).
    Frito Company Records, 1924-1961
    Phy. Description: 
    5.6 cu. ft. : 9 boxes.
    Bio / His Notes: 
    The Fritos snack food was developed in 1932 when Charles Elmer Doolin of San Antonio, Texas, bought a corn chip recipe and began delivering the chips to local stores. He later moved the enterprise to Dallas, hired sales people and delivery trucks, and started advertising. In 1961, Doolin's company merged with potato chip manufacuter H.W. Lay and Company, creating Frito-Lay.
    Scope and Content: 
    Archival materials documenting Charles Elmer Doolin and the Doolin Family, their development of the Fritos snack food, and the Fritos Company. The papers include books, correspondence, business and financial papers, a print, product packaging, photographs and photograph albums, scrapbooks, printed materials including company newsletters, clippings, recipes, letters, an address book, and miscellaneous other papers.
    1 series.
    The collection was donated in 2011 and 2012 by Kaleta Doolin.
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    Frito Company Records, 1924-1961, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
    Fees for commercial reproduction.
    Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
    Ethnic food industry
    Family-owned business enterprises
    Snack foods
    Frito-Lay, Inc.
    Form / Genre: 
    Address books
    Books -- 20th century
    Business records -- 20th century.
    Clippings -- 20th century
    Correspondence -- 20th century
    Financial records -- 20th century.
    Newsletters -- 20th century
    Photograph albums -- 20th century
    Photographs -- 20th century
    Scrapbooks -- 20th century
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Local Number: 
    2012.3048 (NMAH Acc.)
    2012.3049 (NMAH Acc.)
    Doolin, Charles Elmer 1903-1959 (creator).
    Doolin, Kaleta (donor).
    Doolin Family (creators).
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 1263Add Copy to MyList

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