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Guide to the Fashion print scrapbook collection, circa 1800-1913

Collection Overview


Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier



Parsons the New School for Design. Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library.


Fashion print scrapbook collection, 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.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Fashion print scrapbook collection, KA.0091, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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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

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Fashion print scrapbook collection, KA.0091, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

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

Custodial History note

Collection probably assembled by Parsons School of Design library staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Internal transfer to New School 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

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
OSx-2 2
1869-1874, mid-late 1800s 
OSx-2 3
OSx-2 4-8
OSx-3 1-2
OSx-3 3-6
OSx-4 1-2
Women's and girl's fashions 1877-1899 
OSx-4 3-5
OSx-4 6
OSx-5 1-2
OSx-5 3-7
OSx-6 1-2
Women's and men's fashions 1900-1911 
OSx-6 3-6
OSx-7 1-2
OSx-7 3-6
OSx-8 1
OSx-8 2
1905-1908, 1911 
OSx-8 3-6
OSx-9 1-5
Women's, men's and children's fashions 1909-1913 
OSx-10 1-3
OSx-9 6
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
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
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 

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: 02/28/2017

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