The Museum Archives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art has opened for research additions to The Costume Institute records, which were previously processed with a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation and opened for research in 2015.
The boxes containing these newly processed records (approx. 60 linear feet), which are
numbered 295-428, include materials added to all of the existing series, especially the following:
Series II. Curators’ and Administrators’ files: Subseries II.B. Stella Blum, Subseries II.D.
Diana Vreeland, and Subseries II.G. Richard Martin
Series III. Exhibition records: III.GGG. “American Women of Style” (December 13, 1975-
August 31, 1976), III.JJJ. “Vanity Fair: A Treasure Trove of The Costume Institute”
(1977), and Subseries III.WWWW. “Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years –
Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum” (May 1-July 29, 2000)
Series IV. Loans: to other museum and organizations from the 1930s-1960s
Series VII. Operations: Activities of The Costume Institute’s precursor, the Museum of
Costume Art, in the late 1930s
Series VIII. Party of the Year: events in the 1940s and 1950s.
The original 10 series were in alphabetical order. A new series Series XI. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection Acquisition, has been added at the end, and includes the following materials:
The Brooklyn Museum’s accession files for costume and textile items from 1903-2003
Photographs from Brooklyn Museum’s files of costumes and accessories included in the 2009 accession
Research materials supporting the Brooklyn Museum’s 1982 exhibition “The Genius of
Records on Charles James originating at The Brooklyn Museum that complement the
Charles James papers in the Costume Institute Library.
The Costume Institute records are currently stored offsite, and reference access to them is provided by Museum Archives. To access folders from the collection for your research:
Consult the online finding aid
Determine the boxes/folders you would like to access
Contact the Archives staff by email (archives@metmuseum) or phone (570-3937) to
schedule a reference visit in the 4 th floor Archives reading room to view the materials
In planning your research visit, please note that since materials are offsite and it will take 48-72 hours to recall them