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Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection

Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Names:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Davies, Donald  Search this
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Potter, Clare  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic feet (6 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Correspondence
Design drawings
Date:
1936 - 1998
Summary:
Papers relating to Virginia "Jimmie" Booth's career as a buyer for Lord and Taylor, where she worked for Dorothy Shaver. Papers include correspondence; photographs; original drawings by designer Clare Potter; printed material including articles, magazine advertising and catalogs; a scrapbook of clippings and memorabilia.
Scope and Contents:
The Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, 1936-1998, focuses primarily on Booth's career as a buyer for Lord & Taylor. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, drawings, clippings, and a scrapbook, and is arranged into seven series.

Series 1: Personal Papers, Photos, and Memoribilia, 1936-1998, includes materials dating from Booth's college days and recent years.

Series 2: Hillandale Business, 1948, 1949, 1972, n.d., consists of advertisements, articles, and correspondence. Hillandale Handweavers was the company founded by Booth's father-in-law, Henry Booth.

Series 3: Lord & Taylor Country Clothes Shop, 1952-1960s, contains photographs of the store, advertising, news articles, original illustrations and catalogues.

Series 4: Irish Materials, 1950s-1960s, is made up of articles and photographs of the weavers at work.

Series 5: European Designers, 1955, 1967, 1997, n.d., includes articles and photographs related to Donald Davies and Von Eckerman.

Series 6: American Designers, 1948, 1951-1957, n.d. The bulk of this series consists of a large number of original sketches by Clare Potter, including fabric swatches. There is also a large scrapbook of Potter's featuring articles and advertisements.

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1962, consists of an issue of the trade publication, The Ambassador.
Arrangement:
Collection is organized into seven series:

Series 1: Personal Papers, Photos, and Memorabilia, 1936-1998

Series 2: Hillandale Business, 1948, 1949, 1972, n.d.

Series 3: Lord & Taylor Country Clothes Shop, 1952-1960s

Series 4: Irish Materials, 1950s-1960s

Series 5: European Designers, 1955, 1967, 1997, n.d.

Series 6: American Designers, 1948, 1951-1957, n.d.

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1962
Biographical / Historical:
Virginia Wagoner Booth, known as Jimmie Booth, studied printing and engineering at Syracuse University. An engineer with Pratt & Whitney during World War II, she entered the fashion world as a bridal consultant at G. Fox in Hartford in 1945.

In 1952 Dorothy Shaver, of Lord & Taylor, hired Booth for the Hartford store and asked her to develop and manage The Country Clothes Shop in the 5th Avenue store in New York. There, Booth collaborated with and promoted such American designers as Clare Potter, Bonnie Cashin, and Claire McCardell. Booth also worked extensively with European designers.

Married to Bob Booth of Hillandale Weavers, Jimmie promoted the use of both American and European hand-loomed fabrics by her designers. She frequently modeled the fashions herself. Her casual, yet elegant, style is the epitome of "the American Look" still popular today.

In 1998, Jimmie Booth, Dorothy Shaver, and other creators of The American Look were saluted in the exhibition, "Designing Women: American Style 1940-1960" at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.

In addition to her design work, Booth was a violinist with the Hartford Symphony in the 1940s, and later became the chef at the Brooklyn, Connecticut, Golden Lamb Buttery, which she and her husband, Bob, owned and operated.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Henry Booth Collection, 1948-1974, AC0726

Dorothy Shaver Papers, circa 1922-1959, AC0631
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Virginia "Jimmie" Booth, in May 2000.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Costume design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Photographs -- 1940-1970
Correspondence -- 20th century
Design drawings
Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0729
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Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0729

[Fashion portraits of Clare Potter : photographs.]

Photographer:
Halsman, Philippe  Search this
Names:
Potter, Clare  Search this
Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (10 x 8 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Contact sheets
Photographs
Scope and Contents:
Contact sheet of 11 exposures on #120 film, with one frame cut out.
Restrictions:
When processing is completed, unrestricted research use on site by appointment. Photographs must be handled with cotton gloves unless protected by sleeves.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Costume design  Search this
Genre/Form:
Contact sheets
Photographs -- 1950-2000 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref597

Clare Potter

Artist:
Aline Fruhauf, 1907 - 1978  Search this
Sitter:
Clare Potter, 1903 - 5 Jan 1999  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor, pencil, crayon and opaque white on paper
Dimensions:
28.1cm x 19.3cm (11 1/16" x 7 5/8"), Image
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1939
Topic:
Architecture\Window  Search this
Interior\Studio\Art  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Bow  Search this
Tool\Scissors  Search this
Clare Potter: Female  Search this
Clare Potter: Visual Arts\Designer\Fashion Designer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Erwin Vollmer
Object number:
NPG.83.280
Restrictions & Rights:
© Estate of Aline Fruhauf
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.83.280

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