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Fried Family Papers

Identifier: B150


For over 85 years, the Fried family in Denver, Colorado owned the Fried's Art & Gift Shop. It was operated by Bela and Kate Fried's daughters Mary Fried, Bertha Fried Kleiner, and Sally Fried. This collection contains the correspondence, legal documents, personal materials of the Fried family, Fried's Art & Gift Shop records, and an embroidered woman's pump that belonged to Sally Fried.


  • 1880-1984


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Fried Family Papers

Biographical / Historical

Bela and Kate Fried, Hungarian immigrants, opened their picture framing business in Denver, Colorado in 1898. Fried's Picture Frame Factory was the first framing store in Denver, Colorado. Bela Fried had tuberculosis and died in Denver in 1900. Kate Fried and her brother-in-law opened Fried's Art and Gift Shop in 1903 at 1444 Stout Street in Denver. Many of the Fried family were in involved in operating the store throughout the years, including the three Fried sisters, Mary, Bertha, and Sally. The store sold high-quality porcelain, gift boxes, and other items imported from all over the world. The store closed in 1983 after Sally Fried, who inherited the store from her sisters Mary Fried and Bertha Fried Kleiner in the mid-1970s, opted to shut down after the location at 1437 Welton Street was sold.


2 Linear Feet (1 half record box, 1 flat box (21 x 17 x 3 inches)

Scope and Contents

The Fried Family Papers consist of correspondence, clippings, memorabilia relating to the Fried family and Fried's Art and Gift Shop and an embroidered slipper belonging to Sally Fried.


This collection is arranged into 5 series: 1: Correspondence, 1939-1984; 2. Legal Documents, 1926-1930; 3. Personal, 1915-1965; 4. Material Culture, circa 1915; 5. Fried's Art and Gift Shop, between 1920-1983.


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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
(303) 871-3428