Having trouble find information about fashions of the 1890's? Images of Elizabethan dress? Books on 50's architecture? This guide is designed to help you find information relating to a particular decade, time period, or specific year.
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YEARS: A search for information about a specific year or years works best as a "title" search or "subject" search.
DECADES: When searching by subject, spell out the decade (e.g. "eighteen nineties"). When searching by title, anything goes: 1960s, sixties, 60s
CENTURIES: Use a subject or title, trying both numerals and words.You can even combine the two. For example: (19th OR nineteenth) AND century AND costume
ERAS & HISTORICAL EVENTS: It is useful to have the names of eras, time periods and intellectual or design movements in mind. Examples: Edwardian, Art Deco, Medieval, Ante Bellum, Rococo, etc. Specific events that define a time period can be tricky to search by common name. Example: In our catalog World War II is described as World War, 1939-1945
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