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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 15-267

National Museum of American History. Division of Home and Community Life

Curatorial Records, 1893, 1915, 1964-2006

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of American History. Division of Home and Community Life
Title: Curatorial Records
Dates: 1893, 1915, 1964-2006
Quantity: 3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 15-267
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of the records of curator emeritus Claudia Brush Kidwell documenting her curatorial and professional activities in the Division of Home and Community Life, and when costume collections were part of the Division of Social History or known as the Division of Costume, the Division of Costume and Furnishings, and the Section of American Costumes which, prior to 1969, was in the Division of Political History at the Museum of History and Technology. It also consists of the records of curator Anne Wood Murray, and some materials that document the early history of costume collections. Other staff members represented in these records include museum specialist Shelly Foote and museum technician Priscilla Wood. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; reports; agreements; budget summaries; proposals; information about research grants, committees, and symposiums; news releases; exhibition catalogs, articles, and book reviews; lecture papers; collections management information; meeting agendas and minutes; mission statements; newsletters; photographs and slides; questionnaires and evaluations; information pertaining to the Gender Issues Action Group, which was chaired by Kidwell and addressed gender equality issues at the National Museum of American History; policies and guidelines; brochures; and clippings. Some materials are in electronic format.

Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of the records of Claudia Brush Kidwell and Anne Wood Murray documenting curatorial and professional activities in the Section of American Costume which, prior to 1969, was in the Division of Political History at the Museum of History and Technology; the Division of Costume and Furnishings; the Division of Costume; and the Division of Social History. Also consists of some records that document the early history of costume collections. Other staff members represented in these records include museum specialist Shelly Foote and museum technician Priscilla Wood. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; reports; agreements; budget summaries; proposals; information about research grants, committees, and symposiums; news releases; exhibition catalogs, articles, and book reviews; lecture papers; collections management information; meeting agendas and minutes; mission statements; newsletters; photographs and slides; questionnaires and evaluations; information pertaining to the Gender Issues Action Group, which was chaired by Kidwell and addressed gender equality issues at the National Museum of American History; policies and guidelines; brochures; and clippings. Some materials are in electronic format.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-267, National Museum of American History. Division of Home and Community Life, Curatorial Records

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Container List

Box 1

Anne Wood Murray (general), 1967-2000

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Anne Wood Murray: Biographical Information, 1996-1997

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Anne Wood Murray: Articles, c. 1972-1978

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Anne Wood Murray Report on Match Coats and Match Cloth, 1981

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Anne Wood Murray Donations, 1948-1949, 1969-1994

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Registrar of the Copp Collection and Copp Family Papers, 2000

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Forward to Catalogue of American Historical Costumes, 1915

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Phoenix Art Museum Publication, 1985

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History of the Costume Collection, 2006

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O. Mason Letter regarding Seaney Collection, 1893

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Clothing Transferred from Ethnology to Political History, 1957

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Collecting Philosophy, 1975

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Costume Collecting Activities, 1974-1975

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Proposal for the Study of Costume, 1975

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Costume Collection to be a Division, 1977

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Second Curator for the Division of Costume, 1977

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Nancy A. Martin: Independent Study, Division of Costume and Furnishings, 1977

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Forward Planning Statement, 1978

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Major Goals of the Division of Costume, 1978

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Claudia B. Kidwell: Professional and Curatorial Activities, 1964-1998

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Claudia B. Kidwell: Press Clippings, 1964-1996

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Claudia B. Kidwell: Photographs, 1976-2001

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Claudia B. Kidwell: Correspondence, 1977-2000

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Claudia B. Kidwell: Travel Reports, 1989-1999

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Claudia B. Kidwell: Curriculum Vita

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Center for History of Clothing, 1972

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Costume Hall Ideas, c. 1977

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Research Grants (general), 1977-1999

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Department of Cultural History Mission, 1978-1980

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Roger Kennedy, 1979-1980

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Marc Pachter, 2002

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Department Name Change, 1981

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Sabbaticals, 1977-1981

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Sabbatical Talk, 1983

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Collections Management Accountability Program, 1987-1993

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Library Resources, 1990

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Request for Second Curator, 1981

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Division of Costume: Staff Meetings, 1980-1982

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Division of Costume: Edith P. Mayo, Temporary Supervisor, 1981

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Division of Costume: Five Year Plan, 1981

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Division of Costume: Mission Statements, 1981-1997

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Division of Costume: Storage Need, 1982-1990

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Recruiting Museum Technician (Priscilla Wood), c. 1980s

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Collecting Areas for Divisions of Domestic and Community Life, 1978

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Costume Storage, 1995

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Costume Procedures Manual, c. 1991 (2 folders)

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Costume Collection Classification System (Based on Valentine Museum), 1964-1970

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International Committee for the Museums and Collections of Costume (ICOM)

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Classification System, 1976-1980

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Use of ICOM Classification System by the Division of Costume, 1982

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"What's in a Name? A Classification, and a Definition" by Shelly Foote

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Inventory Terms

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Outline of Superclasses, 1981

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Developing Costume Dictionary, c. 1980

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Costume Dictionary, 1982

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Accessioning Costume Objects in Museum Information Retrieval and Documentation

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System (MIRDS), 1981

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MIRDS Object Data Descriptors, 1982

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Costume Cataloging Procedures, 1978

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Division of Costume: Long Range Planning, 1990

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Division of Costume: Collecting Plans, 1991-1992

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Collection Needs, 1982-1990

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Rethinking Collecting, 1995

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Value of Collecting, Mannequins

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Guidelines for Offering Objects to the Smithsonian's Clothing Collection, 1995-1997

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Documenting Collections with Recorded Interviews

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Collecting from Ginsburg, 1971-1977

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Collecting for "Suiting Everyone," 1974

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Articles Announcing Collecting Effort, 1974

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Barbara Dickstein: Collecting Project, 1977-1984

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Elsie Shaver Scholarship Fund, 1973-1977

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Work on Dorothy Shaver Collection, 1974-1981

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Dorothy Shaver Case, 1975

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Elsie Shaver Luncheon, 1975

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First Ladies Conservation Project, 1987

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Mary D. Doering: Correspondence, 1972-2001 (3 folders)

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Gender Issues Action Group (GIAG): Robert Sullivan, "The Museum as Moral

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Educator," 1990

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GIAG: "Gender Perspectives" Seminar Follow-up Meeting, 1990

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GIAG: Guidelines, 1991-1997

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GIAG: Follow-up Meetings, 1990-1992

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GIAG: Organizations, 1990

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GIAG: Mission Statement, 1991

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GIAG: Publicity, 1990-1991

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GIAG: Meeting Announcements, 1990-1993

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GIAG: Gender Images Conference, 1992-1993

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GIAG: Smithsonian Advocacy Network, 1991-1995

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GIAG: Accessibility Network, 1991-1992

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GIAG: "The Greek Slave" Sculpture, 1991-1992

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GIAG: External Research Review Committee, 1992

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GIAG: Science Exhibition, 1991

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GIAG: Women's History Month, 1992

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Box 2

GIAG: Promotion Opportunities for Woman at the National Museum of American

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History (NMAH), 1992-1993

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GIAG: "Mechanical Brides" Exhibition, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1992

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GIAG: Smithsonian Seal Issue, 1993

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GIAG: Meeting Attendance, 1992-1993

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GIAG: Newsletter, 1993

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GIAG: Feminist Resources, 1990

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GIAG: Robert Sullivan Publications, 1990-1992

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GIAG: Exhibiting Sexism, 1991

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GIAG: Museum Censorship, 1991

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GIAG: Culture vs. Gender Equality, 1992

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GIAG: Feminist Philosophies, 1990-1992

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GIAG: Meeting Questionnaire, 1992

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GIAG: Suzanne Kolm, "Types of Women's History," 1992

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GIAG: Museum Theory, 1993, 1997

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GIAG: Suzanne Kolm, Slide Show, 1991-1992

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GIAG: "Toward Gender Equity in Exhibitions" Slide Show Proposal, 1992

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GIAG: Gender Slide Show Advisory Group Meetings, 1991

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GIAG: "Toward Gender Equity in Exhibitions" Video, 1992-1993

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GIAG: Slide Show Final Script, 1991 (includes electronic records)

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GIAG: "Toward Gender Equity in Exhibitions" Slides, 1991

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GIAG: Slide Show Comments, 1991-1992

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GIAG: Slide Show Participants, 1992

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GIAG: Museum Programs, 1992-1994

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GIAG: Inquiries regarding GIAG, 1992-1995

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Garfinckel Gala: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1977

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Garfinckel Gala: Photographs and Graphics, 1977

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Garfinckel Gala: Press Releases and Articles, 1977

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Looking American Series, 1994-2002

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Symposium and Roundtable Events, 1985-1986

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Smith College-Smithsonian Conference on the Conventions of Gender, 1983-1984

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Symposium on Eighteenth Century Costume in America, NMAH, 1985-1986

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Roundtable on Eighteenth Century Costume in America, NMAH, 1985

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Smithsonian World: Fashion Program, 1988-1989

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Costume Society of America: Sixteenth Annual Meeting and Symposium, 1990

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Costume Society of America: Proposals of Papers/Symposium, 1988-1990

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Erika Batdorf, 1989-1990

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Cultural Diversity Discussions, Twentieth Century Collecting, 1990

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Image and Identity: Clothing and Adolescence in the 1990s

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American History Research Expedition (AHRE): Copp Family Collection, 1998-1999

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AHRE, Copp Family Collection: Photographs and Slides, 1999

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AHRE, Copp Family Collection: Post Expedition Correspondence, 1999-2000

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AHRE, Copp Family Collection: Panel Presentation, 1999

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AHRE, Copp Family Collection: Susan Green Report, 1999

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AHRE, Copp Family Collection: Meeting, 2000

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Common Agenda Program, 1990-1991

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Common Agenda Program: "Collecting for the New Century" Conference (Boston,

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Massachusetts), 1991

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"Collecting for the New Century" Conference: Participants, 1991

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Costume Network for History Museums (CNHM), 1991-1992

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CNHM: Budget Summary and Mailing, 1991

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CNHM: Claudia B. Kidwell, Keynote Speaker at the Costume Society of America

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Region Six Symposium, "Documenting Living Experiences," 1991

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CNHM: Second Planning Meeting (Dearborn, Michigan), 1991

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CNHM: Costume Bibliography, 1992

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CNHM: Questionnaires, 1991-1992

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CNHM (general), c. 1993

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Smithsonian Research Expeditions Program: "John Singleton Copley: Clothing in

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Colonial America," 1994

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Smithsonian Research Expeditions Program: "John Singleton Copley: Clothing in

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Colonial America," Participants and Evaluations, 1992-1994

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Gadsby Tavern Museum Costume Symposium/Study Tour, 1997

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Winterthur Conference: "Conversations about Costume and the Visual Arts," 2000-2001

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Teodoro Vidal, 1997

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Stages for Producing Figures for Exhibitions

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National Index of Eighteenth Century American Clothing, 1977

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Women's Bathing and Swimming Costume in the United States,"

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1968

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Correspondence regarding "Women's Bathing and Swimming Costume in the United

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States," 1966-1969

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Press Clippings in regard to "Women's Bathing and Swimming Costume in the United

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States," 1969, 1973

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Claudia B. Kidwell and Margaret C. Christman: "Suiting Everyone: The Democratization

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of Clothing in America,"1974

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"Suiting Everyone" Catalogue: Publication Proposal, 1973-1974

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"Suiting Everyone" Catalogue: Correspondence, 1973-1975

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"Suiting Everyone" Catalogue: Reviews and Comments, 1976-1992

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"Suiting Everyone" Catalogue: Reprinting, 1975-1978

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"Suiting Everyone" Catalogue: Out-of-Print, 1984-1985

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Box 3

Claudia B. Kidwell: "Paper Patterns," 1976

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Bicentennial Outlook: Riches, Rags and In-between," 1976

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Apparel for Ballooning," 1977

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Correspondence regarding "Apparel for Ballooning," 1977-1978

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Short Gowns," 1978

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Cutting and Fashionable Fit: Dressmakers' Drafting Systems in

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the United States," 1979

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"Cutting and Fashionable Fit" Book Review, 1981

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Claudia B. Kidwell and Valerie Steele: "Men and Women: Dressing the Part," 1989

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"Men and Women" Book: Publication Proposal, 1984-1985

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"Men and Women" Book: Outline and Development, 1984-1986

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"Men and Women" Book: Valerie Steele Correspondence, 1984-1986

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"Men and Women" Book: Contacting Publishers, 1986

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"Men and Women" Book: Authors Objections, 1986

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"Men and Women" Book: Final Book Offers, 1987

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"Men and Women" Book: Contract, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988

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"Men and Women" Book: Reviews and Comments, 1989-1993

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Not Just Different Clothes," unpublished article for "Costume,"

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1989

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Transformation of the Women's Wear Industry into the Fashion

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Industry: Gender and the Ready-Made Industry in the United States," 1990

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Claudia B. Kidwell and Shelly Foote: "From Work to Leisure: Denim and a Changing

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America," 1994

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Claudia B. Kidwell, with Nancy Rexford: Forward to "Dressed for the Photographer:

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Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900" by Joan L. Severa, 1992-1995

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Are Those Clothes Real? Transforming the Way Eighteenth

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Century Portraits are Studied," 1997

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Making Choices: The Real and Pictorial Dresses of Margaret

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Marston Philipse Ogilvie (1728-1807)," 1999

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Use of Past Publication, 1979-1996

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Use of Research, 1998

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Use of Dressmaking Trade Research, 1995

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Citations, c. 1990s

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Shipping Containers for Eighteenth Century Costume Study, 1976

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Support for Computer Study of Everyday Clothing in Eighteenth Century America, 1977

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "The Study of Clothing Reveal the Wearer," 1984

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Costume Study Gallery, 1987-1989

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Claudia B. Kidwell: "Lipstick is Essential and other War-Time Decisions Defining

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Women's Appearance," 1995

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Celebrate with Style: Smithsonian Sesquicentennial Anniversary Fashion Doll

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Collection, 1997

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Lecture: "Clothes in Context: Symbolism of Costumes in Eighteenth Century American

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Portraits," National Portrait Gallery, 1987

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Lecture: "Gender Identity in Two and Three Dimensions," Winterthur Conference, 1993

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Lecture: John Singleton Copley, Material Culture Forum, 1996

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Report on Eighteenth Century Clothing and Accessories, Albany Institute of History

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and Art, 1998-2000

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Costume in Portraits, 1976-2000

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Lecture: "Stepping Out of a Painting: The Pitfalls of Using Portraiture for Reproducing

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Clothing," Gadsby Tavern Symposium, 1996

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Unpublished review of "John Singleton Copley in America," 1996

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Lecture: "Fashioning Identity in Colonial Portraits," c. 1995

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"Fashioning Identity in Portraits by John Singleton Copley, 1754-1774," 1994-1995

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Museum of History and Technology, 1964-1965 (2 folders)

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