FYS194: Making Meaning from Material Lives

Fall 2023, P. Mangan

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Historic Dress Collection

Within ArtStor, the Smith College Collections include a sub-set of images of the thousands of objects in the full archive. Clothing and accessories of women in the United States date from 1800 to the present and from a range of social classes.

Try the Sears Catalogs

Connect to Ancestry and choose a year, or find books that feature an era or type of clothing.

Titles include:

  • Children's Fashions
  • Everyday fashions of the -Thirties  * Forties   * Fifties   *Sixties

Special Resource: Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogs

Sears, Roebuck and Co Fall/Winter 1928-29 catalog
  • SC Annex 658 Se17
    Print copies of Sears Roebuck catalogs.
    Library has 1928-1967, 1978 (with many gaps). Issued twice a year.

  • Check the Discover Advanced Search for  "Everyday Fashions as Pictured in Sears Catalogs" series covering 1900s to the 1960s.

Track Down Articles

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