The University Record, July 3, 2000
Photo Stories: Bentley showcases National Housewives League
The National Housewives League of
America, an exhibition of materials from the historically
significant League, will be on display July 11 through September at the
Bentley Historical Library. The Housewives League of Detroit, founded by
Fannie B. Peck in 1930, focused on ways African American housewives could
use their purchasing power to support and strengthen African
American-owned businesses. The concept quickly spread to other cities,
and the local League evolved into the National Housewives League of
America, which stressed economic self-empowerment to African Americans for
more than 60 years.
The Bentleys exhibition includes photographs, correspondence, publications and other materials that demonstrate the significant impact the women of the Housewives League made on the development of African American business in the early 20th century, many times working with other organizations such as the National Negro Business League in the 1950s.
At right, Jacqi Haun (left), archivist and recent graduate of the
Archives and Records Management Program at the School of Information, and
Bentley archivist Kathy Marquis choose photographs of Fannie Peck to
include in the exhibition.
The Librarys summer hours are 8:30 a.m.5 p.m.
MondayFriday. Photo by Rebecca A. Doyle