History of American Fashion Primary Sources
Historical documents. What clues can you gather about the time, place, players, and culture?
All correspondence, transactions, measurements, and objects discovered in 1989 at the A. & L. Tirocchi dress shop in Providence, Rhode Island (in business from 1915-1947).
Statement concerning a proposed bill on protection for fashion design, which the House of Representatives considered during the summer of 2006 (referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary).
A fashion magazine from Maryland, printed in January 1886.
An advertising leaflet for "Young, the Tailor," 1898.
A page out of The Advertising Handbook (1921) on marketing children's clothing.
A business card for the "Fashionable Milliner" (a hat store) in Raleigh, North Carolina (circa nineteenth century).
A letter from Uriah W. Oblinger in Gove City, Kansas, to his family on 10 May 1887, in which he discusses purchasing a pair of pants ("jeans") for $2.00 and "2 nice blue Flannel shirts" for $2.75 each.
Historian Tera Hunter presents a recap and a lesson plan for teaching about the 1881 washerwomen's strike in Atlanta, with primary sources transcribed at the bottom of the page.