UA 53.60


1966-1971, 1994, 1996


0.21 linear feet [1 document case, small]


Janet Cressman Stofferan, a graduate of South Dakota State University, worked as a museum curator of the Snellman Hsia Collection from 1994-2008. The collection is mainly composed of material collected during her employment of the Simplicity Pattern Company in the late 1960s.

Historical Note

Janet Cressman Stofferan graduated from South Dakota State University in 1966 with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Activities she was involved in during college were Little International, Home Economics Club, and Episcopal Church Youth Group. Stofferan received a Master of Science in Apparel and Textiles, Cooperative Extension Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1972.

Stofferan worked for the Simplicity Pattern Company following graduating from South Dakota State University. She became the museum curator of the Snellman Hsia Collection at South Dakota State University in 1994 where she managed a historical costume collection. She retired from this position in 2008.

Content Notes

This collection is mainly composed of material collected by Janet Stofferan while employed by the Simplicity Pattern Company. The material give researchers a look at the day-to-day workings of field staff traveling for the company. Included is correspondence, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, information regarding insurance, travel policies, routing and payments, schedules and promotions for stylists in the fashion promotion department.

Researchers will also find a small amount of material related to Adaline Snellman Hsia, a history of home economics at South Dakota State University, course syllabi from the 1960s, and material for judges at the Little International Agricultural Exposition at South Dakota State University.

SDSU Archives and Special Collections

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South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


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