series 1 - Scrapbooks, 1938-1970

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Scrapbooks, 1938-1970


  • 1938-1970 (Creation)

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4 linear feet (39 scrapbooks)

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Scrapbooks mostly contain newspaper clippings of reviews of Mainbocher's designs for women's clothing, corsetry, uniforms, theatrical costumes and wedding gowns. Clippings from clipping services document Mainbocher's role as designer for such notable women as Wallis Simpson, Mary Martin, and C.Z. Guest. Also included are magazines, photographs, Playbills and correspondence between Mainbocher and prominent figures like Nancy White, editor of Harper's Bazaar from 1958 to 1971. The books generally proceed from newspaper articles on a particular collection to magazine coverage. The only qualification for an article to appear in the scrapbook is the word "Mainbocher."

Reproductions are ledger size (11 x 17 inches) and were duplicated from the originals as genuinely as possible. All page numbers are taken from the originals unless otherwise noted. Most page numbers are followed by a lowercase letter to indicate that it required more than one photocopy to capture the complete contents of the original page. All loose materials found in scrapbooks (excluding newspaper articles) were put in acid-free folders. Folders are placed within the leaves as they were originally assembled.

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Archivist's note

Arrangement, description, and processing by Ashley-Paige Frankel, 2009, FIT, NY, NY, USA.

Archivist's note

Ashley-Paige Frankel did not complete her work making copies of the Mainbocher scrapbooks. There is one folder containing a few of her remaining notes on her work. She also did not complete the Scope and Content descriptions for the last few scrapbooks in the series.

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