collection SC.362 - Ruth Finley collection, 1945-2016

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Ruth Finley collection, 1945-2016


  • 1945-2016 (Creation)

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24 linear feet

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Name of creator

(14 January 1920-25 August 2018)

Biographical history

Ruth Finley was born January 14, 1920, in Haverville, Massachusetts to a Russian immigrant father and New York born mother. She attended Simmons College in Boston and received a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism and Nutrition. During her college education, she interned as a food journalist at the New York Herald Tribune and for Eleanor Lambert's Red Cross Fashion Show in Press Week. Two years after graduating, in 1941, she and a friend founded the Fashion Calendar. From the 1940s to the present, she played many roles in the New York fashion industry, including director of New York Fashion Council, member of Roundtable of Fashion Executives, and board member for philanthropic organizations, including City Meals on Wheels,.

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Scope and content

This collection contains materials related to Ruth Finley (b.1920, Haverville, MA). The majority of the collection consists of published versions of the periodicals Fashion Calendar and the Fashion International from 1947-2014. The collection also includes published and draft copies of Fashion Calendar, Fashion International, Home Furnishing Calendar, Fashion Trade Calendar, and New York Fashion Council. It also includes business related materials in the form of advertising, membership and subscription information for each publication. The collection includes personal records collected by Ruth Finley, including emails, programs from fashion shows, information about awards, and images.

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System of arrangement

This collection is divided into seven series with corresponding subseries: 1. Fashion Calendar, 1.1 Fashion Calendar Final Copies, 1.2 Fashion Calendar Drafts, 1.3 Fashion Calendar Business Materials; 2.Fashion International, 2.1 Fashion International Final Copies, 2.2 Fashion International Drafts, 2.3 Fashion International Business Related Materials; 3. Home Furnishing Calendars; 4. Fashion Trade Calendar, 4.1 Fashion Trade Calendar Final Copies, 4.2 Fashion Trade Calendar Subscription Info; 5. New York Fashion Council, 5.1 New York Fashion Council Schedules, 5.2 New York Fashion Council Advertising, 5.3. New York Fashion Council Memberships; 6. Professional Miscellaneous, 6.1 Professional Miscellaneous Schedules, 6.2 Professional Miscellaneous Press Releases, 6.3 Professional Miscellaneous, 6.4 Professional Miscellaneous Philanthropy; and 7. Personal Files; 7.1 Personal Correspondence, 7.2 Personal News Clippings, 7.3 Personal Invitations and Programs, 7.4 Personal Catalogs, 7.5 Personal 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 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.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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

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  • English


  • Latin


Archivist's note

Arrangement, description, and/or archival processing by Bethany Gingrich, FIT, NY, NY, USA, November 2016.

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