Monday, August 22, 2011

What is this collection and why are we taking this project on?

Over the years, the costume department at California State University, Fresno has accrued a collection of approximately 3500 historical garments and 1000 accessories that have been donated from private collections.  Until recently, the collection was essentially forgotten in its storage space in the basement.  

Recently, the costume department has taken a renewed interest in cataloguing these garments and utilizing them as the unique, three-dimensional, tangible snapshot of daily life and a connection to the past that we can see with our own eyes.

This blog is intended to serve as a more informal, first step in cataloguing these garments to expedite the official cataloguing through our collaboration with the Henry Madden Library on the campus of CSU-Fresno.
As custodians of this amazing collection, we have been entrusted with keeping pieces of history alive to inform future generations.  We hope you enjoy reading about our experience, looking at the pieces, and falling in love with the past as we do with every new discovery!

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