Frances Carpenter

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Frances Carpenter
Frances Aretta Carpenter

(1890-04-30)April 30, 1890
Washington, D.C.
DiedNovember 2, 1972(1972-11-02) (aged 82)
Resting placeOak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Known forChildren's books; illustrating her father's works on travel and world geography
Board member ofBoard of Trustees, Smith College; Vice President, International Society of Woman Geographers; member of the Sulgrave Club, the Cosmos Club, the Chevy Chase Club and the Cosmopolitan Club
Spouse(s)William Chapin Huntington
ChildrenJoanna Huntington Noel and Edith Chapin Huntington Williams
Parent(s)Frank G. Carpenter, Joanna Condict.

Frances Aretta Carpenter (April 30, 1890 – November 2, 1972) was an American photographer and author. She was the daughter of, and worked closely with, Frank G. Carpenter.

Early life[edit]

Frances Aretta Carpenter was born in Washington, D.C. in 1890. Her mother was Joanna Condict. Her father was Frank G. Carpenter. In 1912 she graduated from Smith College.[1]

Photography, writing, and a life of travel[edit]

She photographed subjects for her father's books.[2] She traveled with him from 1908 until 1915. They traveled throughout the world.[3] On April 6, 1920, Carpenter married William Chapin Huntington.[3] He worked at the Embassy of the United States, Paris and the United States Foreign Service from 1920 until 1961.[1][3] Carpenter traveled with Huntington. W. Chapin Huntington died in 1958. The couple had two children: Joanna Huntington Noel and Edith Chapin Huntington Williams.[4]

Frances Carpenter. Tales of a Russian Grandmother (Bilibin) - cover.jpg

In the early 1960s, she visited Canada and the Mediterranean. In 1964 she visited Africa and traveled throughout the continent by car. In 1966 they visited Japan and Korea.[3] She edited work for her father, including Carp's Washington, a memoir of his about working in Washington, D.C. It was published in 1960. She wrote children's books and work about women artists.[1] Carpenter was a fellow for the Royal Geographical Society. She was president of the Smith College Alumnae Association.[1] She was also on their Board of Trustees from 1936 until 1944. From 1960 until 1930 she was on the Board of Counselors. She also served as vice president of the International Society of Woman Geographers from 1939 until 1942. She was also a member of the Sulgrave Club, the Cosmos Club, the Chevy Chase Club and the Cosmopolitan Club.[3]

Death and legacy[edit]

She died on November 2, 1972.[1] Carpenter is interred at Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.[4] The Frances Carpenter Papers are held in the collection of the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College.[1] The Library of Congress has a collection of approximately 7,000 negatives and 16,800 photographs taken by Carpenter to document her fathers writing.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Carpenter, Frances. South American Wonder Tales. Chicago: Follett Publishing (1969). ISBN 0695482149
  • Carpenter, Frances. Tales of a Chinese Grandmother: 30 Traditional Tales from China. Clarendon: Tuttle Publishing (2001). ISBN 0804834091
  • Carpenter, Frances. Tales of a Korean Grandmother: 32 Traditional Tales from Korea. Clarendon: Tuttle Publishing (1989). ISBN 0804810435
  • Carpenter, Frances. Tales of a Russian Grandmother. 1933

Additional Information[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Denham, Rachel. "Frances Carpenter Papers". Sophia Smith Collection. Smith College. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Eskimo Girl Wearing Clothes of All Fur". World Digital Library. 1915. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e Park, Sarah. "Author Biography". University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Frances Carpenter Huntington". Find A Grave. Retrieved June 2, 2013.[non-primary source needed]

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