Rodgers, Dorothy F.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
4 linear feet
Writer and inventor Dorothy Feiner Rodgers (1909-1992) graduated from the Horace Mann School (1926) and attended Wellesley College (1926-1928). In 1930 she married composer Richard Rodgers; they had two daughters, Mary and Linda. Richard Rodgers died in 1979. In the 1930s Rodgers ran a home decorating and repair business called Repairs, Inc. During World War II she was active in the Writers’ War Board, a branch of the Office of War Information that produced shows for U.S. servicemen. Rodgers is the inventor of the Johnny Mop (1945), the Basically Yours dress pattern (1958), and Turn and Learn Storybooks (1972). She has written four books: My Favorite Things (1964), The House in My Head (1967), A Word to the Wives (with her daughter, Mary, 1970), and A Personal Book (1977), and from 1971-1979 she and Mary wrote a column, "Of Two Minds," for McCall’s Magazine. For further biographical information, see her A Personal Book (1977). Series I includes letters to Rodgers from Richard Rodgers; diplomas, school papers, and the contents (mostly clippings) of seven scrapbooks kept by Rodgers. Series II contains photographs, notes, sketches, and correspondence pertaining to Rodgers’s professional endeavors, her volunteer activities, and her books. Series III includes general and political correspondence.