Collection SC.6 - Davidow, Inc. collection, 1927-1973

Zone d'identification




Davidow, Inc. collection, 1927-1973


  • 1927-1973 (Production)

Niveau de description


Étendue matérielle et support

38.83 linear feet of sketches, promotional materials, photographs and business records.

Zone du contexte

Nom du producteur


Histoire administrative

Founded in 1880 by William H. Davidow in New York City, W. H. Davidow Sons Co., Inc., and later Davidow, Inc. was one of a small group of leading American ready-to-wear manufacturers producing expensive women's clothing that sold nationwide in the better department stores and specialty shops during the first three quarters of the 20th century. The firm was known for its three-piece ensemble (coat and suit of matching or harmonizing fabrics), high quality designer reproductions, and their Daventree Sportswear line. The factory moved from 67 Bleecker Street to lower 5th Avenue and finally to 550 7th Avenue in the mid 1920's. William's sons Melville and Archibald and grandson Steven continued the business into the 1970's. Following Steven's death in 1972, the company was legally dissolved in 1976.

Histoire archivistique

Arrangement, description, and/or archival processing by May Shimizu in 2016. Updated by Vanessa Tascarella in 2020, and April Calahan and Samantha Levin in 2021, FIT, NY, NY, USA.

Source immédiate d'acquisition ou de transfert

Zone du contenu et de la structure

Portée et contenu

This collections contains sketches, promotional materials, photographs and business records for the American women's coat and suit manufacturer Davidow Inc.

Évaluation, élimination et calendrier de conservation


Mode de classement

Collection level holds many folders with sketches. Four subsequent series levels contain documents.

Zone des conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Conditions d’accès

Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and College Archives. If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment contact us at or call (212) 217-4385.

Conditions de reproduction

The Department of Special Collections and College Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law ( when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion.

Langue des documents

Écriture des documents

Notes sur la langue et l'écriture

Caractéristiques matérielle et contraintes techniques

Paper materials in this collection are very fragile. Handle with great care.

Instruments de recherche

Zone des sources complémentaires

Existence et lieu de conservation des originaux

The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and College Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY , USA, 10001

Existence et lieu de conservation des copies

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Zone du contrôle de la description

Identifiant de la description

Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles et/ou conventions utilisées



Niveau de détail

Dates de production, de révision, de suppression


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  • latin


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