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THE254: Costume I, Image Research

Fall 2023, K. Smith

Popular & Trade Magazines

Fashion & Women's Interests

  • Women's Magazine Archive.
    Contains (each from their start to 2005): Better Homes & Gardens, Chatelaine, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents; Redbook; Seventeen, Town and Country, Woman’s Day, and Women’s International Network News.
  • American Fabrics. 1948-1959. Art Periodical TS1300 .A17
  • Good Housekeeping. 1888-1992. Sophia Smith Collection (for complete digital edition see Women's Magazine Archive)
  • Harper’s Bazaar. 1867-1998. Art Periodical TT500.H3
    (for complete digital edition see Harper's Bazaar Archive)
  • The Ladies’ Home Journal. 1892-1992. Sophia Smith Collection
    (for complete digital edition see Women's Magazine Archive)
  • McCall’s. 1950-2001. Sophia Smith Collection
  • Vogue. 1950-date. Sophia Smith Collection
    (for complete digital edition see Vogue Archive)

General Interest

  • Colliers. 1895-1957. SC Annex AP2.C65
  • Fortune. 1930-date. SC Annex HF5001.F7
  • Life. 1936-1972. SC Annex AP2.L547 
    (for complete digital edition see Life Magazine Archive)
  • Saturday Evening Post. 1921-date. SC Annex AP2.S
  • Scientific American. 1845-date. Digitial edition in


News Sources

A great source of descriptive information as well as editorial and advertising photos and illustrations. (article on the Ruth Snyder murder trial, New York Times, March 23, 1927, p.1)

Historical Newspapers & Photos

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.

More: Images in Magazines

Illustration Indexes. New York : Scarecrow Press, 1957-1998.
Art Reference N7525 .I558

Indexes to specific images in well-illustrated popular periodicals like American Heritage, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and other titles.