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Cosmetics industry

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Avon Products Inc. photographs and audiovisual materials

Accession: 1997-209

Avon Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and direct selling company of beauty products. It is one of the oldest direct selling companies in America. The company was founded in 1886 by David H. McConnell (1856-1937) as the California Perfume Company (CPC). McConnell established a manufacturing headquarters and research laboratory in Suffern, New York, in the 1890s. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, CPC expanded its line of products to include cosmetics, household cleaners, food flavorings, and toiletries. The collection consists of photographs, negatives, slides, films, videos and sound recordings date from 1856 to 2000. The materials depict Avon products, their manufacture, packaging and sale, Avon employees and representatives and the offices, laboratories, factories and other structures owned by Avon Products, Inc. The collection is organized into ten series: Administration, Conferences, Non-sales employees, Domestic locations, International locations, Public relations, Sales managers and representatives, Selling methods and sales aids, Company history and philosophy, and Library, music, and museum.

Dates: 1858-2007

Avon Products Inc., Suwanee, Georgia site photographs

Accession: 2013-264

Avon Products, Inc., manufactures and sells beauty, household and personal care products. In 1989, ground was broken on a new distribution center and warehouse in Suwanee, Georgia. The construction of the site was completed in May 1991 and officially opened in February, 1992. This is a small collection of photographic color prints that document the construction of the Suwanee distribution and warehouse site

Dates: 1989-1992

Clarita V. Stubenbord design portfolio

Accession: 2499

Clarita Violet Stubenbord (1909-2010) was an artist and designer working in the 1930s through the 1960s in New York. Her design work was primarily packaging design for the cosmetics industry. This collection is Stubenbord's portfolio of design work for major cosmetics houses, primarily Dorothy Gray, but also Elizabeth Arden and Estee Lauder.

Dates: approximately 1960

Concetta "Tina" Cacciola's Avon artwork and ceramics

Accession: 2022-204

Avon Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and direct selling company of beauty products. It is one of the oldest direct selling companies in the United States. Avon diversified in the 1970s, introducing costume jewelry, fine jewelry, gift, and decorative items to the product line. Concetta "Tina" Cacciola (1924-2016) was an illustrator; she was employed at Avon Products from 1977 to 1985. This collection consists of photographic prints and sketches of figurines, prototypes, and final products of primarily "Precious Moments" figurines.

Dates: circa 1977-1983

Inez M. Gossett's Avon Products, Inc. papers

Accession: 2294

Inez M. Gossett (1907-2003) was employed by Avon Products, Inc. for thirty-one years. In 1939, she established the Atlanta City office. After the office closed, Gossett became a division sales counselor for district managers in Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans, and Memphis. Avon Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and direct selling company of beauty products. It is one of the oldest direct selling companies in the United States. This small collection documents the daily work of a city manager, most notably through Gossett's personal narrative, "A Week in the Life of a City Manager." As city manager, Gossett was responsible for hiring and training sales representatives. The collection contains sample sales representatives' contracts, order forms, and sales training materials.

Dates: 1920-1967

Marsay School of Beauty Culture promotional mailers

Accession: 2832

The Marsay School of Beauty Culture was a cosmetology school that offered at-home training courses and operated out of Chicago, Illinois. The school began advertising in newspapers across the country in 1925. In 1928, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged the school with unfair methods of competition. It issued a cease and desist order in 1929, but it appears that the school continued at least into 1930. This is a small collection of correspondence promoting the beauty school's courses between 1926 and 1930. This collection would be useful for researchers interested in cosmetology advertising campaigns and unfair trade practices.

Dates: 1926-1929

Original commercial art collection

Accession: 2000-221

Commercial art, or advertising art, is art created for an enterprise to communicate reasons to buy goods and services, to create a recognizable logo, or to detail the correct performance of a task. The collection consists of original drawings, sketches, and paintings for unidentified cosmetic, powder, and perfume packaging.

Dates: circa 1920-1940

Ruth Leverenz Avon Products scrapbook

Accession: 2014-259

Ruth (Bury) Leverenz (1912-2006) was a top Avon Sales Representative for twenty years, from 1958 to 1978. Avon Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and direct selling company of beauty products. For many years Leverenz was the number one sales representative in her district and won numerous sales campaigns. During Leverenz's time as an Avon Representative, she compiled sixty pages of historical communications from the company into a scrapbook. The collection provides insight into methods of direct selling, the daily work of an Avon representative, and the experience of women in small business.

Dates: 1958-1978; 1980

Susan Odell papers

Accession: 2784

Susan "Sue" Odell (1938-) worked in microbiology during the 1960s at Avon Products, Inc., a manufacturer and direct selling company of beauty products. This small collection of Avon materials primarily documents Odell's retirement and benefits; there are some employee newsletters and two group portrait photographs: a 1946 Christmas party and a 1947 group outing.

Dates: 1961-2007