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Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections: Historic Clothing

Provides a traditional library environment where researchers can request assistance and review materials held in a variety of collections.

The Influence of Clothing

"There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us and not we them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they would mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking."


--Virginia Woolf
Orlando: A Biography

About the Historic Clothing Collection

Consisting of both books and clothing magazines, our historic clothing collection includes such magazines as The Ladies Home Journal and Munsey's along with books on costumes and the history of undergrarments. Also included in the collection are a limited range of Sears Roebuck and Company catalogs and Montgomery Ward catalogs, largely from the late 1940's and the 1950's, in addition to vintage fabric guides with fabric swatches.

Some particular examples are:

Historic Clothing Resource Links