Claire McCardell Photograph Collection - PP238

Collection finding aids of photograph collections, Special Collections Department 

ca. 1923-1995

Special Collections Department, Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Finding aid created by Sidney M. Christman

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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.


Collection Origin

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. There is one framed photograph, PP238.05.047, a portrait of Claire McCardell taken by Richard Avedon, located in framed storage 


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. 

Container Lists

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Box 1 of 1

Part I: Folders 1 through 5

Part II: Folders 6 through 11