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Costume Objects

This collection includes artifacts of clothing and accessories from collections across the United States. We have begun collecting records from different institutions and private collectors. 

This currently includes representations of objects from:

The Rexford Costume Research Archive - Costume Historian Nancy Rexford maintains card files with notes and photographs representing objects she has studied in collections across the United States. 

The Smith College Historic Clothing Collection - this archive of clothing and accessories of women in the United States from 1800 to the present represents a range of social classes. It is a resource for students and scholars of costume design, the history of dress and material culture, art and literary history, and curatorial practices. Founded in 1979, the Collection includes over 1000 objects; most of these are donations from Smith College Alumnae.