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Special Collections & College Archives

Special Collections is a highly-specialized repository of primary source research materials related to the fields of fashion and design.

About the Oral History Project

The Oral History Project of the Fashion Industries contains over 300 interviews by prominent 20th-century fashion industry insiders.  In-depth interviews with individuals in every segment of the fashion business create a broad historical record that is drawn directly from the knowledgeable, informal, and often, colorful verbalization of its practitioners. The Oral History Project is a unique record of facts, ways and means, points of view, practice and personality that could be preserved in no other way.  

Oral History Index

The table below is an index of the Oral History project that includes a number of data point you can use for searches.

Searching for interviews using the index

Sort, filter, and group the index by any field using tools in the top menu. HINT: use the Filter tool to view only interviews that mention people or companies you're interested in. 

Currently, everything is grouped by interview series, which keeps interviews together that were recorded around the same time and same subject. You can ungroup it, and resort it by Interviewee or any other way you prefer.

Search for terms by clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the top-right of the index.

For more details, watch the video below.

View a larger version of the index by clicking here.

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Find our audio and video oral history files on our YouTube channel!  New Videos are being added constantly. If you want to hear one of our interviews that are not yet published, please get in touch. You can find our contact information in the sidebar to the left.

How to Use the Oral History Index

Watch this quick video for some tips on searching the Oral History Project index above. 

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