(for The Glass Menagerie)
Research Sources & Tips
A. Research Preparation
B. Research on the Playwright, the Play, the Historical Context and the Fashion History
Use Library Catalogs to find books
Use Databases to find Magazine, Newspaper and Journal Articles
1. Clothing, Costume and Fashion
National Museum of American History, Clothing and Accessories (from the 1700s to the present day)
ARTstor (images from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world.)
Browse by collection: (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Brooklyn Museum Costumes collection. Or, search by keywords: brooklyn costume.
A unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more. For a full list of content click here.
Five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.
Costume Society of America (check out the Regional Sites on this page)
Created by costume designer and professor, Tara Maginnis, the Costumer's Manifesto is one of the World Wide Web's largest, and most eclectic, costume sites. Of note is the Historical and Social aspects of costume section with links for various time periods and genres.
The Costume Gallery has 15 websites dedicated to the history of the fashion / costume / textile industries. They have over 40,000 web pages, 85,000 images, and two databases.
Contains 885 content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions and Social History.
Fashion Resources: Clothing & Costume History (Kent State University's fashion library)
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (browse the collections by decades, e.g. 1920s, 1930s.)
This digital collection includes millinery, dressmaking, clothing and costume books from the UW-Madison collections. These books from the first half of the 20th century (1907 – 1940’s) include the history of clothing, styles of dress, fashion drawing, and design and construction of hats, clothing and costumes.
Currently, over 500 items are available for browsing by decade, country of origin, and other themes.
"An apparel industry directory providing members of the fashion industry with links to virtually every aspect of apparel, fashion, textiles, and clothing."
"A unique tool for researchers and designers to recreate or date clothing from 1868 to 2000."
3. Culture and History Museums
Image Quest (two million rights-cleared images from some 40 image collections
The American Association of Museums
This is the largest and most important museum organization in the world.
Note: You might need to identify artists creating art during a certain time period and search for their art works when other types of visual materials are not available.
Selected Painters for Costume Design Research. (Source: Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey, The Costume Designer's Handbook (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, c1992), 61-62.
Art Museums and Art Images
Art Project (museums from around the world by Google)
4. Documentary and Family Films
1. Search for books of photographs in Tisch Library
e.g., Symbols of Ideal Life: Social Documentary Photography in America, 1890-1950 / Maren Stange.
2. Books with color plates, photographs, etc. are often the official records of the objects. For example:
The Fashion Book. Oversize: TT503 .F37 1998
Ref. GT720 .C37 1994
Spanning 150 years, the whole industry is represented -- from pioneering designers to influential photographers and the people they photographed. It is an A -- Z guide to 500 clothes and accessory designers, photographers, models and those iconic individuals who instigated or symbolize a whole fashion movement.
Each entry is illustrated with a photograph or drawing which shows a quintessential aspect of their work or style. An accompanying text describes where they fit into the fashion story and includes essential biographical information about the creator. (Publisher)
A Few Titles to Get You started:
Album of American History. 4 vols. Ref. E178.5 .A48 1981
American Costume, 1915-1970: a Source Book for the Stage Costumer. PN2067 .O3 1982
American Decades (1900 - 2009.)
American decades primary sources (1900-1999)
Common Threads: a Parade of American Clothing. GT605 .H35 1992
Dress Codes: Meanings and Messages in American Culture. GT605 .R835 1995
Dress in American Culture. GT605 .D75 1993
Picturing the South: 1860 to the Present: Photographers and Writers. Oversize: F215 .P56 1996.
Use keywords such as pictorial, exhibitions, photography, plates, drawings, etc. to search for books with images in the Tufts Library Catalog:
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1. "or" and ( ) to nest related/varied expressions;
2. photo* search photo, photographs, photography, etc.
3. limit search results to books.
A Few Reference Titles at Tisch (with images)
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion.
Valerie Steele, editor in chief.
Ref: GT507 .E53 2005
The Worldwide History of Dress.
Patricia Rieff Anawalt.
Ref. GT511 .A63 2007
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion: From 1066 to the Present.
Ref. GT720 .C37 1994
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through World History
edited by Jill Condra.
Ref. GT507 .G74 2008
Costume in Detail; Women's Dress, 1730-1930. Stack: GT580 .B67 1968
A Pictorial History of Costume; a Survey of Costume of all Periods and Peoples from Antiquity to Modern Times including National Costume in Europe and Non-European Countries. Oversize: GT513 .B76 1955