Historic dress scholars, students, and enthusiasts will have a new home: a digital nexus for accessing historic dress collections across the United States and a learning community for sharing research among a diversity of voices.

The project focuses on women’s clothing and accessories worn in America from 1770 to 1930.  The topic resonates in diverse fields of study including: gender studies, material culture, theater, art, social history, and economics to name a few. This will be the first participatory digital library on the subject open to a wide range of contributing institutions.


Below: A lightning talk by Elisa Lanzi and Kiki Smith on Historic Dress from the 5CollDH 2014 Kick-Off Event.


Project Leaders:

Kiki Smith
Theatre, Smith College

Marla Miller
History, UMass—Amherst

Elisa Lanzi
Libraries, Smith College