collection SC.416 - Jane Bixby Weller collection, 1939-1984

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Jane Bixby Weller collection, 1939-1984


  • 1939-1984 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

20.8 linear feet

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Biographical history

Jane Bixby Weller was educated at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois and Cooper Union in NYC. She worked as a fashion illustrator, producing work for such clients as Marshall Field & Co. and Saks Fifth Ave., among many others. Her illustrations were used by numerous major advertising agencies in the US and abroad and her editorial illustrations appeared in Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Book illustrations by Weller were used publishing houses like Bantam Books, Avon, and Harcourt Brace & Co. During her career, Weller was recognized with numerous awards from the Chicago Art Directors Club, the NY Art Directors Club, and the Society of Illustrators. In 2001 she was included in the Society of Illustrators' exhibit "Woman Illustrators in America" and in the 2010 exhibit "The Line of Fashion." Weller's work is also included in the Society's Permanent Collection. Weller taught at the Parsons School of Design and retired after a long career as an educator at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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Scope and content

This collection consists of illustrations, photographs, print materials, awards, and other ephemera relating to the career of American fashion illustrator Jane Bixby Weller.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The collection is organized primarily by the client or firm illustration work was completed for and best efforts have been made to organize the series in order of completion.
Series 1: LaPorte High School (LaPorte, IN), 1939-1943
Series 2: American Academy of Art (Chicago, IL), September 1943-April 1945
Series 3: Hoskinson & Roeloffs (Firm), May 1943-Spring 1945
Series 4: Work completed in 1945
Series 5: L.S. Ayres & Co. (Firm), September 1946-March 1948
Series 6: Marshall & Field & Co., 1948-1953
Series 7: Drawings for sewing patters, 1950-1979
Series 8: Franklin Simon, September 1953-August 1954
Series 9: Harper's Bazaar UK, 1956-1963
Series 10: Today's Living (NY Herald Tribune), 1957-1959
Series 11: B. Altman, 1957
Series 12: Bestform lingerie, 1958-1984
Series 13: Tiffany's, 1960-1966
Series 14: Henri Bendel, 1960-1966
Series 15: Godiva Chocolate, 1967
Series 16: Book illustrations, 1969-1976
Series 17: George Moffett "Guinevere" boat illustration, c. 1966
Series 18: Galey & Lord, 1974-1975
Series 19: Saks Fifth Avenue, 1950-1974
Series 20: Miscellaneous

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Conditions governing access

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 governing reproduction

The Department of Special Collections and FIT 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.

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  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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      Archivist's note

      The collection was initially organized by Jane Bixby Weller before FIT acquired it. This finding aid retains dates and other information as she provided.

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