collection SC.100 - Robert Dudley collection, 1932-1979

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Robert Dudley collection, 1932-1979


  • 1932-1979 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

3.75 linear feet

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Biographical history

Robert Dudley (1905-1992) was a New York-based American millinery designer best known for his collections of women's hats popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Dudley operated the Chez Robert hat salon within Saks Fifth Avenue as well as his own shop, Robert Dudley Originals, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. His clientele included Broadway actress and society figures. Dudley designed the hats for several films, including the 1940 Hitchcock film "Rebecca." He worked as an interior designer in the latter part of his life.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The materials for this collection were donated to FIT by Robert Dudley in 1983.

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Scope and content

This collection, dated 1932-1979, is comprised of 10 folders of press clippings, high-quality photographs, and correspondence relating to New York milliner Robert Dudley's hat collections, as well as 2 scrapbooks containing press, correspendence and photographs related to Robert Dudley.

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System of arrangement

This collection is arranged into 4 series: Press (1932-1979), Photographs (1939-1954, undated), Correspondence (1933-1967), and Scrapbooks (1939-1967).

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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 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.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

printed matter, photographic prints

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Existence and location of originals

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

2019 April 1


  • English


  • Latin


Archivist's note

Arrangement, description, and/or archival processing by Kate Lund, FIT, NY, NY, USA.

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