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Guide to the Fashion print scrapbooks, circa 1800-1913

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Parsons School of Design.
Fashion print scrapbooks, circa 1800-1913
25.6 linear ft: 19 scrapbooks
Consists of 19 scrapbooks containing more than 10,000 prints of fashion illustrations produced between the early 1800s and 1913. The prints primarily depict men's, women's, and children's clothing and accessories, with a small number of images depicting theatrical costumes, architectural and sculptural details, and textile designs. One scrapbook contains swatches of French and Asian textiles. Many of the images were issued originally as portfolio prints, others cut from books and periodicals, such as Graham's Magazine and Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine. The majority of the earlier prints are of French origin.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of more than 10,000 prints mounted into nineteen scrapbooks and loose pages. While a small portion of the prints depicts architecture and the decorative arts, the bulk of the collection centers on costume of the mid to late 1800s and the early 1900s. The majority of the prints depict women's clothing, although men's and children's clothing of the early 1900s is also included. Prints include engravings, lithographs and half-tone photographs, some hand-colored.

The prints in the collection were originally published in American and French pictorial magazines, including The Delineator (May 1898);  Fashions: An Illustrated Monthly Journal (October 1902);  Ladies Home Journal (July 1892); pages from  Gazelle du Bon Ton (1913),  Godey's Lady's Book magazine (1848-1952)),  Graham's magazine (1840s),  Ladies Companion (1840s),  Les Modes Parisiennes (1820-1847, 1864), and  Un Siecle de Modes Feminines (1894). Other materials pasted into the scrapbooks appear to be advertising materials published by French firms, particularly Daydou Fils.

The scrapbooks were likely assembled by early Parsons The New School for Design administrators or librarians as a reference for students studying costume design. They are particularly useful for the study of fashion design and merchandising history, lifestyle marketing, and the development of commercial illustration and early fashion photography.


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Organization and Arrangement

Scrapbooks are arranged by subject and chronologically within each subject area.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives February 15, 2011

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Custodial History note

Collection probably assembled by library staff. Internal transfer to Kellen Design Archives.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects


  • Clippings (information artifacts).
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Textiles.


  • Advertising -- Fashion.
  • Children's clothing -- Pictorial works.
  • Costume -- United States -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.
  • Costume -- United States -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
  • Fashion drawing.
  • Fashion merchandising.
  • Magazine illustration.
  • Men's clothing -- Pictorial works.
  • Women's clothing -- Pictorial works.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Architectural drawings "Decorations Interieures - Vol. 1"  OSx-1 1
European architecture and statuary, 1858-1912  OSx-1 2-7
Women's fashions circa 1834-1913 
circa 1834-1835, 1870, 1912-1913  OSx-2 1
1862-1876  OSx-2 2
1869-1874, mid-late 1800s  OSx-2 3
Title Box Folder
1907-1909  OSx-2 4-8
OSx-3 1-2
1911  OSx-3 3-6
1912-1913  OSx-4 1-2
Women's and girl's fashions 1877-1899 
1877-1885  OSx-4 3-5
Title Box Folder
1884-1889  OSx-4 6
OSx-5 1-2
Title Box Folder
1890-1899  OSx-5 3-7
OSx-6 1-2
Women's and men's fashions 1900-1911 
Title Box Folder
1900-1903  OSx-6 3-6
OSx-7 1-2
Title Box Folder
1903-1906  OSx-7 3-6
OSx-8 1
1906  OSx-8 2
Title Box Folder
1905-1908, 1911  OSx-8 3-6
OSx-9 1-5
Women's, men's and children's fashions 1909-1913 
Title Box Folder
1910-1913  OSx-10 1-3
OSx-9 6
Title Box Folder
1909-1912  OSx-10 4-7
OSx-11 1-2
Women's and girl's fashions by garment type 
Blouses, coats, dresses, undergarments, 1863-1869  OSx-11 3-7
Blouses, collars, dresses, 1800-1863  OSx-12 1-5
Title Box Folder
Blouses, collars, dresses, shoes, 1870-1879  OSx-13 1-5
OSx-14 1-2
Coats, dresses, undergarments, accessories, 1864-1912  OSx-14 3-6
Hats, capes, bustles, dresses, 1869-1912  OSx-15 1-6
Hats, hairstyles, handbags, parasols, 1863-1912  OSx-16 1-6
Title Box Folder
Religious vestments, 1863-1913  OSx-17 1
Textile, tile and wallpaper designs of the 12th-19th centuries (prints from L'Art Pour Tous), 1869-1878  OSx-17 2
Textile samples: French and Asian, 1800-1820  OSx-17 3-6
Theatrical costumes including prints from Pygmalion: Soiries au Theatre), 1832-1919  OSx-18 1-6
Loose pages and publications 
Title Box Folder
Fashions: An Illustrated Monthly Journal, 1902 Oct  k_OSx-3 9
Ladies Home Journal, 1892 Jul  k_OSx-3 9
Women's, men's and children's fashions, circa 1815-1866  k_7 3-14

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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