collection SC.1 - Lucile, Ltd. records, 1910-1925

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Identity area

Reference code

US NNFIT SC.1

Title

Lucile, Ltd. records, 1910-1925

Date(s)

  • 1863-1935 (Creation)

Level of description

collection

Extent and medium

14 linear feet

Context area

Name of creator

(1862-1935)

Biographical history

Name of creator

(1904-1930)

Administrative history

Archival history


  • Lucile collection was purchased in 1959 and processed 20100607 - 20100827.
  • Additional processing in 2011-2014.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Collection is comprised of model photographs, sketches, photographs of sketches, show programs, some newspaper and magazine clippings with articles about or by Lucile, order forms, advertisements, and fashion plates. Garment designs include theatrical costumes, wedding gowns, day and evening wear, tea gowns, lingerie and pajamas. Bulk of the collection consists of model photographs, fashion sketches, photographs of sketches and official phototransfers. In addition there are clippings of articles from different publications written by or about Lucile, she wrote regular columns for Hearst publications. Programs for the "Model Parades" introducing lines of clothing for several years. There are some photographs of Lucile's clients, and photographs of "Rose room" interiors of Lucile. Ltd from New York and Chicago locations. Inspirational and reference materials collected by Lucile and/or her staff, mainly fashion plates and newspaper clippings from different publications. Dates range from the early 1910s to the mid 1920s. Model photographs were glued in large format (12-14"w to 16-18"h) standard, blank books to order, referred throughout this finding aid as scrapbooks; there are 12 volumes in the collection. Bulk of original drawings that are arranged according to the type of clothing are loose, drawn on a heavy weight board; sketches for 1916 and 197-18 lines were glued into scrapbooks; there are 12 volumes of original drawings and 2 volumes of photographs and phototransfers. It is possible that two types of arrangement seen throughout the collection (most of Model photographs chronologically, most of sketches by type of clothing) are due to different purpose these materials served; sketches of period gowns or theatrical costumes could have been referred to time and time again for different productions or themed social events, whereas model photographs would have documented actual creation of such a garment at a certain point in time. It is also not clear why, but some scrapbooks with model photographs are reproduced in complete entirety, using same photo session materials some fully annotated.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Permanent

Accruals

System of arrangement

For preservation purposes majority of the scrapbooks were disbound, and when necessary materials were rearranged for better search and access. In order to make a distinction between material arranged according to the sequence in the line, pound symbol "#" in front of the number refers to the model number in a line and mostly appears in case of disbound scrapbooks of model photographs and sketches for years 1916, 1917 and 1918. When "." e.g. - .65 in front of number is used it refers to the count number of loose items, this arrangement occurred sometime when materials were rearranged at some point when it left the custody of its creators, mostly applies to loose sketches arranged by garment type in series US.NNFIT.SC.1.2

Conditions of access and use area

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 fitlibsparc@fitnyc.edu 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 (http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#108) 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.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Original scrapbooks and boxes of material are permanently stored for preservation purposes in The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and FIT Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY, USA, 10001

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Note

Descriptions for the volumes and folders in the finding aid is based on the work accomplished during the survey and initial rearrangement stage in the summer of 2010, further supplemented and edited in 2011-2014. Short essays about Lady Duff Gordon and descriptions of collection, series and subseries written by SJ.

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Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

AAT; ANSI; DACS; DCMI; ISAD(G); ISO; LoC; NISO; etc

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Accession area