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Claire McCardell Photograph Collection - PP238
Collection finding aids of photograph collections, Special Collections Department
CLAIRE MCCARDELL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
Special Collections Department, Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Finding aid created by Sidney M. Christman
Fashion designer Claire McCardell was born on May 24, 1905 in Frederick, Maryland, and she died on March 22, 1958. McCardell attended Hood College and Parsons School of Design, but she lived most of her adult life in New York City. Claire McCardell is best known for her revolutionary designs for comfortable yet stylish clothing and swimwear.
Gift of Robert and Adrian McCardell in 1998 and 1999.
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of one large flat box that contains approximately 193 photos divided among 11 large folders. For the most part, the photographs have been divided by subject matter (Family Vacations, Portraits, etc.), but there are separate folders for any damaged, oversize, or color photographs. Most of the photographs are of Claire and were taken after she became a well-known fashion designer.
The photographs have been divided into 11 different categories: Early Childhood, Family Life + Vacations (I and II), Portraits (I and II), Claire McCardell at Work, Models and Publicity, Ceremonies and Events, Damaged Photos, Color Photos, and Oversize Photographs. The photos have all been numbered sequentially by folder. Small photographs or negatives have been placed in sleeves for protection.
Box 1 of 1