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Frances Smallwood Wadsworth collection on Mechanics Institute Dietician training

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0710

Scope and Contents

The Frances Smallwood Wadsworth collection on Mechanics' Institute Dietician training contains three photographs of Smallwood Wadsworth, and one biographical sheet filled out for the Bureau of Educational Service, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Two photographs are portraits, one of which was probably taken later, possibly when Smallwood Wadsworth worked at New York University. One photograph was taken, according to Frances Smallwood Wadsworth's granddaughter: "in the kitchen of the Mechanics Institute somewhere between 1905 and 1907. It is of 13 young women, each at a food prep station, wearing their (I guess) official uniform of long dress, full white apron and organdy cap. It is 8x10."

The biographical sheet lists Smallwood Wadsworth's time at the Mechanics' Institute from 1905-1907 where she studied to be a dietician.


  • Creation: circa 1899-1925

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical information on Frances Smallwood Wadsworth

From Frances Smallwood Wadsworth's granddaughter: "She was from Warsaw, NY. She trained to be a dietician [at the Mechanics Institute] and went on to run the food service at NYU in New York. I also have her educational records. I think it might be of interest to show a type of professional career for which young women in Western Ny were training. She was very proud of having gone to the Mechanics Institute and made life long friends while she was there."


1 Folder(s) (1 folder put in small flat box with RITArc.0592)




This collection contains personal and education items featuring Mechanics' Institute graduate Frances Smallwood Wadsworth.


The collection is arranged in one folder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by the daughter of Frances Smallwood Wadsworth.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ella von Holtum in December of 2018.

Frances Smallwood Wadsworth collection on Mechanics' Institute Dietician training
Ella von Holtum
14 December 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA