Claire McCardell photograph collection
This collection contains photographs of Claire McCardell, a groundbreaking fashion designer from Maryland.
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.
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
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
- 2020-03-13: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.