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Costume Objects Represented in the Rexford Costume Research Archive

The objects represented here have been studied and recorded as  a significant part of the personal research archive of Costume Historian Nancy Rexford. Ms. Rexford maintains card files with notes and photographs representing objects she has studied in collections across the United States. 

We have begun by digitizing one box of cards:

The Shawls shared here are represented by photographs and detailed information compiled by Ms. Rexford. They are divided into 18 different sections, sorted by style motifs which relate to specific time periods. 

In over 30 years of consulting work, Ms. Rexford has collected materials that serve as an impressive finding aid both to women's fashion periodicals from the late 18th to early 20th century and to original objects that are in small collections all across the country. 

Ms. Rexford's card files are organized by item type, representing objects from a multitude of different collections, large and small, across the country. Looking through the objects represented here in chronological order, one can more easily see subtle variations in fashion over time. There are currently 24 boxes of cards, representing an estimated 5,000 objects with an estimated 9,000 images.