American Women's History: A Research Guide
Clothing and Fashion
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History of Fashion and Textiles [online - PDF format]. Kent, OH: June F. Mohler Fashion Library, Kent State University, May 1998 [cited 10 October 2000]. Available from:
Excellent annotated bibliography of key reference sources in the field.

Biographical Sources

Encyclopedias & Historical Overviews

Cunningham, Patricia A., and Susan Voso Lab, eds. Dress in American Culture. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, c1993.

Journals in the Field

Dress: The Journal of the Costume Society of America []

Primary Sources: Archives & Museums

The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art []

The Hope B. McCormick Costume Center []

Kent State University Museum []

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

A&L Tirocchi Dressmakers' Project [online]. Providence: Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 2001 [cited 12 April 2002]. Available from:

American Memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library [online]. Washington, DC :; Library of Congress, National Digital Library Program, 1994- .
Enter women and clothing & dress as keywords.

Dorothea June Grossbart Historic Costume Collection [online]. [Detroit]: WSU Library System (WSULS) and College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Art (CFPCA), Wayne State University, 2002-2003 [cited 3 July 2003]. Available from:

The Drexel Historic Costume Collection [online]. [Philadelphia]: Drexel University, n.d. [cited 21 September 2003]. Available from:

Dublin, Thomas, and Kathryn Kish Sklar. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930 [online]. 1997- [cited 4 May 2001]. Available from:
This collection of primary source documents is organized around numerous topical areas. Each of these different sections includes an introduction to provide context, and an annotated bibliography. The following section documents dress reform:

The NYPL Picture Collection Online [online]. New York: New York Public Library, 2002- [cited 12 October 2002]. Available from:
Most of the images in this collection were created before 1923. Searches for costume, clothing & dress, fashion drawings, and hairdressing retrieve numerous images.

The Photography Collection [online]. Denver, CO: Denver Public Library, 1995- . Available from:
The 80,000 images in this collection document the history of Colorado and the American West. Enter (women or woman) and clothing as a keyword search.

Visual Information Access [online]. [Cambridge, Mass.] :; Harvard University Library, 1999- . Enter women and clothing and dress as keywords.

Visual Resources Database [online]. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, [1998- ]. Available from:
A keyword search for clothing and dress women yields hundreds of records. Note that the advanced search allows one to limit a search to a specific date or date range.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Children's Clothing Collection [online]. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, updated 26 June 2001 [cited 10 December 2001]. Available from:

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Fashion Advertising Collection, 1942-1982: A History of Illustration from 200 North American Newspapers. Eastchester, N.Y.: Jerry Alper, Inc., 1986.
Reviewed by Marjorie Miller in Microform Review 17 (February 1988): 41-42.

New York and Hollywood Fashion and Costume Design from the Brooklyn Museum Collection. New York: Clearwater Publishing Company, 1986. Color microfiche. Reviewed by Marjorie Miller in Microform Review 18 (Spring 1989): 110-112.

Talking About Women's History

Steele, Valerie. The History of the Corset [Interview online]. Interviewed by Eileen Dugan. Talking History, 22 July 2004. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132