SPARC Digital – FIT’s Special Collections and College Archives Digital Platform

SPARC Digital is a platform created by FIT’s Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC) to showcase their rare and unique materials in digital form.

Fashion plate from Les Idées Nouvelles, 1927
Screen shot of SPARC Digital Record for Fashion plate from Les Idées Nouvelles, 1927

Featuring images from dozens of collections comprised of original fashion sketches, photographs, illustrations, and historic fashion plates, it includes examples of women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear, millinery, footwear, jewelry, and costume created between the 18th and 20th centuries. Significant collections include the Bergdorf Goodman archives, Frances Neady Collection of Original Fashion Illustrations, Halston Hats sketches, Jerry Miller Shoe designs, Joseph Love Children’s Wear sketches, Helena Rubinstein Foundation photographs, and many more.

One of the more exciting features of SPARC Digital is the ability to search and browse the collection by color. Faceted searching is also available, allowing users to drill down into their search, narrowing the results by medium, subject, format, creator, and collection

With the goal of making the collections more accessible online, SPARC is continually adding content and will be prioritizing material that is in the public domain to encourage our users to creatively re-use our collections. Where possible, SPARC has reviewed material and has included a rights statement in the metadata associated with each item. This rights statement indicates whether a researcher may or may not reuse an item and the permission needed to do so.

Plug for FTC SIG Related Posters at 2017 ARLIS-NA Conference

There are two poster presentations that might peek the interest of our members. The posters will be presented on Tuesday, February 7 from 3:30-4:40pm in The District room.

Lauren Gavin (LIM College) and Nicole LaMoreaux (The New School) will be presenting the poster, The Evolution of C.O.O.L. (Collaboration, Outreach, and Organization (in the) Library)You can read more about the poster here.

Jerrold Shiroma (University of California, Merced) will be presenting the poster, The Art of Costume Design: The Work of Dunya Ramicova. You can read more about the poster here.


Announcing the 2017 ARLIS/NA Research Awards!

The ARLIS/NA Research Awards Sub-Committee is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Research Awards. These three awards recognize the professional, scholarly pursuits of ARLIS/NA members.

H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award

The H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award provides funds, up to $3,000, to be used in support of future and in-process research projects that contribute to and benefit the art librarianship and visual resources profession, and librarianship in general.

Worldwide Books Award for Publications

Worldwide Books Award for Electronic Resources
The Worldwide Books Award for Publications and the Worldwide Books Award for Electronic Resources bestow cash prizes – up to $2,000 each – for outstanding print and online art publications that have been published within the past two years, 2015 or 2016. These publications may be in the form of a book, a website, an article, etc.

So whether you need funding to support your research endeavors or you have completed a print or an online publication that you are proud of, the Research Awards Sub-Committee would be delighted to recognize your scholarly contributions to our profession! Please consider self-nominating or nominate the work of an ARLIS/NA colleague that you feel deserves recognition.

Applications for the three awards will all be due on or before Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Award guidelines and application forms are available on the ARLIS/NA Awards Committee webpage and are accessible via the links provided above. Past H.W. Wilson and Worldwide award winners are listed from here as well.

If you have any questions regarding the award applications and/or the eligibility of a project, please contact the chair of the Research Awards Sub-Committee, Laurel Bliss (


The ARLIS/NA Research Awards Sub-Committee

Laurel Bliss
Sally Brazil
Breanne Crumpton
Stephanie Frontz
Amy Furness
Lindsey Reynolds
Sara Stigberg

A resource “Vintage Fashion Guild: The Ultimate Resource for Vintage Fashion”

I found this link in an entry in the May 2013 issue of Threads.  Didn’t every remember seeing it before but thoroughly enjoyed checking the site out.  Hopefully it can be of help to students and experts alike.  Membership is not required to use the general resources (but librarians and instructors might find it of use). The primary uses I can see for students are the Vintage Fabric identification resource and the Designer Label collection (both under VFG Resources tab). The site also has a blog, a forum and a fashion history section.