The Feminist Review
“This remarkable monograph by the great-granddaughter of Henry Clay Frick offers a fascinating portrait of his daughter, Helen Clay Frick. Her achievements intersect the history of art, collecting, museums, women, philanthropy, and historic preservation. Long overshadowed by her father, Helen’s central role in her family’s legacy is restored.”
Woman's Art Journal
"For obvious reasons, relatives of famous people often write poor biographies of them. Sanger, however, is the consummate professional in this fair, warts-and-all portrait of her great-aunt, Helen Clay Frick, the steel-industry heiress, art patron, and champion of New York's famed Frick Collection and its related art reference library."
“This exhaustively researched and beautifully written work finally brings Helen Frick out from under the shadow of her father and recognizes her contribution to art collecting, photo archiving, cataloguing, war relief, and women's charities. Sanger adds immeasurably to our knowledge about the private and public lives of elite women in America, philanthropy, family dynamics, and the politicking that takes place behind the closed doors of museum boardrooms.”
Dianne Sachko Macleod, author of Enchanted Lives, Enchanted Objects: American Women Collectors and the Making of Culture
“The daughter of one of Pittsburgh's steel magnates, Helen Clay Frick left her own legacy of philanthropy, nationally, in the art world and in the lives of working-class women. This biography is a valuable contribution to women's history, adding especially to the literature on women's philanthropy during the first three quarters of the twentieth century.”
Carolyn Carson, University of Pittsburgh