The Everfast Fabrics Collection, 1921-1967: A Case Study of Archives Arrangement, Description, and Preservation in the Special Collections and College Archives Unit of the Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Emily Werner
Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

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The Everfast Fabrics Collection, 1921-1967: A Case Study of Archives Arrangement, Description, and Preservation in the Special Collections and College Archives Unit of the Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Contributor Names
Werner, Emily (Author)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice (Degree granting institution)
Trivette, Karen
Date
2022
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2022.
Department: Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice.
Includes supplementary digital materials.
Advisors: Trivette, Karen Jamison.
Abstract
The focus of this paper is the Everfast Fabrics collection housed in the unit of Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC) within the library at the Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY in New York City. Everfast Fabrics, Inc. was a New York City-based textile company known for designing and manufacturing colorfast fabrics for women's wear, men's wear, children's wear, and home furnishing. Prior to this project, the exact size and contents of the Everfast Fabrics collection were unknown, as it had never been fully processed by SPARC. The original catalog information was incomplete, listing only four scrapbooks from 1931-1939. In reality, the collection includes 190 scrapbooks and three folders of loose fabric swatch cards and label samples, all created between 1921 and 1967.This paper records the steps taken to fully process the collection, breaking it down into four main steps: surveying the contents of the collection; developing and implementing a rehousing and arrangement plan; creating a names index and finding aid with contextual and structural information about the collection; and providing recommendations for future use and care of the collection. The final part of the project establishes the collection's importance to the field of fashion and textile studies through a historical analysis of the company and its place in the mid-century American textile industry.
Subject
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Gladys Marcus Library
Textile industry
Fashion--History--20th century
Retail trade
Museum studies
Archives
Textile fabrics
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pqdiss: 28868782
ISBN: 9798759995890
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Werner, E. (2022). The Everfast Fabrics Collection, 1921-1967: A Case Study of Archives Arrangement, Description, and Preservation in the Special Collections and College Archives Unit of the Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/3904
Werner, Emily. The Everfast Fabrics Collection, 1921-1967: A Case Study of Archives Arrangement, Description, and Preservation in the Special Collections and College Archives Unit of the Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology. 2022. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/3904
Werner, Emily. "The Everfast Fabrics Collection, 1921-1967: A Case Study of Archives Arrangement, Description, and Preservation in the Special Collections and College Archives Unit of the Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2022. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/3904