HBC has collected a wide varierty of paintings, drawings, and since the 1840s, photographs, illustrating boys' fashions. We have now begun to search through old magazines and journals to see what fashion advisors and parents had to say about the fashions. We are also interested in what boys had to say on the matter, however, their views were not considerd to be of great importance until recent years. HBC has found a number of resources, some on-line, where HBC readers can persue research on fashion and related areas.
The University of Michigan University Library has compiled a marvelous online research facility. Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
Child raising manuals and advise on child raising in popular magazines were common place in the 19th abd eraly 20th century. These mannuals and articles provide a great deal of use ful information on clothing and a host of related topics concerning childhood.
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