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Bernice Redington papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 092

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, writings, cookbooks, printed matter regarding home economics, a scrapbook, and subject files, 1930s-1950s.

The collection is organized generally by subject file name and subjects run the gamut of home economics issues including food preparation, freezing, kitchen rules, careers in home economics and recipes. Files include printed matter, notes and other writings, and tearsheets.

There is also a personal scrapbook containing photographs and articles.

The collection also contains numerous cookbooks from the 1930s-1950s.


  • 1930s-1950s


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Bernice Redington (1891-1966) was a journalist and home economist.

"Bernice Redington began working for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (P-I) in 1923, while attending the University of Washington part-time. She had worked for a time as a dietitian for the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Washington and at Seattle advertising agencies before joining the staff of the P-I. She published a weekly food page and a daily column under her own byline for about two years, but her role began to expand during the time of Royal Brougham’s editorship of the newspaper (1925-1928). By the early 1930s, Bernice had added the moniker “Prudence Penny” to her column, sometimes in tandem with her own name, sometimes on its own. Prudence Penny was a pseudonym shared by numerous home economics columnists at various Hearst publications."

"As Bernice Redington recounts her own experience ...she had grown dissatisfied with working conditions at the P-I by the end of 1935, not having much of a say as the more experienced women on her staff were suddenly being replaced by lower-paid, less experienced ones. Perhaps sensing the writing on the wall, she decided to quit her P-I job to focus on finally completing her degree and quit abruptly in early 1936. Although she professed not to be much of a union sympathizer (“because my father was a small-town newspaper publisher and didn’t allow you to even mention the word unions”), she did testify before the National Labor Federation and supplied the “Molly Mixer” food columns for the Guild Daily newspaper (put out by the Guild during the strike)."

"After receiving her degree, Bernice found employment for part of the year with the Ball Brothers (glass fruit jar) company and the rest of the time as a social worker in Kitsap County. She eventually left for Hawaii, where she returned to journalism, working for several publications, including the Honolulu Star Bulletin (1946-1948) and also completing an (unpublished) novel. She returned to Washington State in 1948 and became the head of the test kitchen for the Fisher Flouring Mills, also appearing on radio broadcasts for Fisher. She settled in Normandy Park, where she continued to do freelance writing and also was involved in community affairs until her death."

[Source: Unknown author. “Live dangerously and follow your convictions: Seattle’s First Prudence Penny.” PNW Blog. The Pacific Northwest Collection of the Special Collections Division, University of Washington Libraries. February 13, 2013.]


3.5 linear feet (7 containers) : 7 manuscript boxes

Language of Materials



Bernice Redington (1891-1966) was a journalist and home economist. The collection contains correspondence, writings, cookbooks, printed matter regarding home economics, a scrapbook and subject files, 1930s-1950s.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to John Redington at Special Collections and University Archives include: John W. Redington papers, Ax 093.

The Pacific Northwest Collection of the Special Collections Division, University of Washington, holds additional Bernice Redington materials, and also holds a John Redington collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA