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Fashion and costume plate collection

Call Number: DRA 5

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of fashion plates from British, American, and French publications dating from the 18th through 19th centuries, including Gallery of Fashion and Modes de Paris; 19th century plates depicting national dress of individuals from various social classes and professions including Italian, Swiss, and Eastern European; plates depicting 18th century French theatrical personalities in popular roles; several 19th century American dress pattern catalogs by Butterick and McCall's; and scrapbooks containing a variety of fashion, national dress, and theatrical plates dating from the 19th century.


  • 1700-1900

Language of Materials

In English, French, and German.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection consists of plates collected by the Drama Library and the Arts of the Book Collection over many years. Scrapbooks were the gift of Mrs. Bertram W. Martus to the Drama Library, 1960.


Preliminarily arranged by type and by nationality.


1.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection consists of plates, scrapbooks, and dress pattern catalogs, depicting European and American fashion, costume, and national dress primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Preliminary Guide to the Fashion and Costume Plate Collection
Compiled by Susan Brady
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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