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Mary A. Barton fashion illustration collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 21/7/9

Scope and Content

The collection (1776-2008) contains plates of general fashion dating back to the 18th century and continuing through the 20th century. Additional categories within the files include accessories, baby and beach fashions, bridal fashions and portraits, children's and communion clothing, footwear, inaugural gowns, maid uniforms, masquerade costumes, men's fashion, millinery, mourning dresses, negligees and undergarments. There are also magazine issues relating to fashion as well as magazine articles discussing fashion of the Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern periods.


  • 1776-2008 (bulk 1804-1935)

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Mary Barton (1917-2003), an alumna (Class of 1942) from Ames, was a quilt historian who had gained a national reputation for being able to judge a quilt's age and origin by careful examination. She was inducted into the Quilter's Hall of Fame during the Sixth Continental Quilting Congress held September 29, 1984 in Arlington, Virginia. She was selected for the honor for her contributions "through her collecting, researching and sharing of information." In 1999, Barton’s "Heritage Quilt" was recognized as one the 20th Century's 100 Best American Quilts. Barton has donated quilts from her collection to the Living History Farms, Simpson College, the State Historical Society of Iowa, and the Farm House Museum at Iowa State University.


15.75 Linear Feet (15 document boxes, 12 oversize boxes, 1 map case folder)


The collection is organized Chronologically, with Barton’s biographical information at the beginning of the collection.


Digital reproductions of a selection of materials from the Mary A. Barton fashion illustration collection are available electronically. Please see the Electronic Resources section for a link.

Collection Files

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 21/7/9. Mary A. Barton fashion illustration collection, 1776-2008 (bulk 1804-1935)
May 29, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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