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Claire McCardell photograph collection

Identifier: PP 0238


This collection contains photographs of Claire McCardell, a groundbreaking fashion designer from Maryland.


  • 1905-1995

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Biographical / Historical

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.


1.0 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The photographs have been divided into 11 series: Early Childhood, Family Life + Vacations, Portraits, 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert and Adrian McCardell in 1998 and 1999.

Related Materials

MS 3066, Claire McCardell manuscript collection, 1923-1995

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.

Notes written on the verso of the photographs are listed in a General Note for each item in the container list.

Guide to the Claire McCardell photograph collection
In Progress
Sidney M. Christman
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-13: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States