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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:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Correspondence
Design drawings
Date:
1936-1999, undated
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:
Collection primarily documents Booth's career as a buyer for Lord & Taylor. It includes correspondence, photographs, drawings, clippings, and a scrapbook. There are materials relating to American born designers Claire McCardell (May 24, 1905- March 22, 1958) and Clare Potter (July 7, 1903- January 5, 1999). There is also information relating to European designers including Irish born Sybil Connolly (January 24, 1921- May 6, 1998) and Swedish born Countess Ebba Von Eckermann (April 19, 1921-February 2, 2018). In addition, materials relating to textile manufacturing and weaving, particularily in Ireland, can also be found among the materials. The collection is arranged in seven series: Series 1, Personal Papers, 1936-1999, undated; Series 2, Hillandale Handweavers, 1948-1949, 1972, undated; Series 3, Lord & Taylor Country Clothes Shop, 1950s-1960s, undated; Series 4, Irish Materials, 1958-1999, undated; Series 5, American Designers, 1944-2000, undated; Series 6, European Designers and Textile Manufacturers, 1955-1997, undated; and Series 7, Miscellaneous, 1962.
Arrangement:
Collection is organized into seven series.

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1936-1999, undated

Series 2: Hillandale Handweavers, 1948-1949, 1972, undated

Series 3: Lord & Taylor Country Clothes Shop, 1950s-1960s, undated

Series 4: Irish Materials, 1958-1999, undated

Series 5: American Designers, 1944-2000, undated

Series 6: European Designers and Textile Manufacturers, 1955-1997, undated

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1962
Biographical / Historical:
Virginia Wagoner Booth, known as Jimmie Booth, was born June 20, 1922 in Bronxville, New York, the daughter of John and Josephine Wagoner. She 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 H. Robert Booth (Bob) Booth of Hillandale Handweavers, 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, H. Robert Booth (Bob), owned and operated. She died January 2011 at the age of eighty-nine in Hartford, Connecticut.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Dorothy Shaver Papers NMAH.AC0631

Carolyn and Donald Grepke Paper Doll Collection NMAH.AC0752

Estelle Ellis Collection NMAH.AC0423

Joseph Magnin Poster Collection NMAH.AC0355

Ming-Ju Sun Garfinckel's Fashion Drawings NMAH.AC0897

Henry Booth Collection, NMAH.AC0726

Priscilla of Boston Collection NMAH.AC0557

California Shop Records NMAH.AC0572

National Cotton Council of America Photographs and Films NMAH.AC01177

Division of Costume Audiovisual Collection NMAH.AC0801

Warshaw Collection of Business Americana NMAH.AC0060
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
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88d6772c1-ee21-4424-8488-4022e86c581e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0729

Hillandale Handweavers

Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1949-1997, undated
Scope and Contents:
Consists of advertisements, articles, and correspondence relating to the company founded by Booth's father-in-law, Henry Booth. Hillandale Handweavers was a textile manufacturing company that operated out of an old carriage barn in Brooklyn, Connecticut. It produced hand woven wool fabrics used by PhotoMetriC (a custom tailoring system) retail outlets. H. Robert (Bob) Booth Sr. opened a retail outlet on the premises which featured a PhotoMetriC fitting room that operated until the mid-1970s. In addition, there is information relating to the Golden Lamb Buttery Restaurant operated by Jimmie and Bob Booth. Materials are arranged in chronological order.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0729, Series 2
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Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a2d1e226-ddb2-4cd3-aa10-e1f50ba137da
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref14

PhotoMetriC article, Time magazine

Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1958 June 7
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection / Series 2: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep869c038c5-4fd1-4391-9476-3067b486febd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref36

New England Homestead

Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1949 October
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection / Series 2: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80c6b0715-f1b9-4e95-97d1-1f9a3c0f8322
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref37

Magazine article

Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection / Series 2: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b7ebdef2-890d-472e-9cf7-e9be0d7deb8b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref38

Yankee magazine

Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972 September
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection / Series 2: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep841b77409-2bcc-42d3-a302-1bdeadee2edb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref39

Connecticut magazine

Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972 October
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection / Series 2: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep879138c8c-bf39-4272-8435-2b0f2ab647e5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref40

Hillandale Handweavers, correspondence

Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1969-1970, undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection / Series 2: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8da72d553-9bfe-4b45-9071-b3b7f79eeb17
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref41

Advertisements

Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection / Series 2: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep815d9b9ef-bc45-4fd5-b316-8766b20f5bae
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref42

Hillandale Barn, Golden Lamb Buttery

Collection Creator:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975-1997, undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
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.
Collection Citation:
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection
Virginia "Jimmie" Booth collection / Series 2: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8224ac659-f82c-4bdc-93a3-fd5067e07f8d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0729-ref43

suit, 3-piece

Used by:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Maker:
Davidow  Search this
Davidow  Search this
Fabric made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Purchased at:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Measurements:
jacket center back: 23 in; 58.42 cm
blouse center back: 22 1/4 in; 56.515 cm
skirt center back: 27 1/4 in; 69.215 cm
Object Name:
Suit, 3-piece
Object Type:
Main Dress
Woman
Suit
Entire Body
Purchased in:
United States: New York, New York City
Used in:
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Connecticut
Date made:
1962-1967
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.015
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Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-601b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766836

suit, 5-piece

Maker:
Davidow  Search this
Davidow  Search this
Purchased at:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Fabric maker:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Used by:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Measurements:
jacket center back: 22 in; 55.88 cm
blouse center back: 19 1/2 in; 49.53 cm
skirt 1 center back: 26 1/4 in; 66.675 cm
skirt 2 center back: 26 in; 66.04 cm
belt overall: 1 in x 33 7/8 in; 2.54 cm x 86.0425 cm
Object Name:
Suit, 5-piece
Object Type:
Main Dress
Woman
Suit
Entire Body
Purchased in:
United States: New York, New York City
Used in:
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Connecticut
Date made:
1962-1967
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.016
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-b952-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766837

hat

Used by:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Made for:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Purchased at:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Fabric made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Maker:
Lord & Taylor  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 3 3/4 in x 9 1/2 in; 9.525 cm x 24.13 cm
Object Name:
Hat
Object Type:
Accessories Worn on the Body
Woman
Hats
Headwear
Place made:
United States: New York, New York City
Purchased in:
United States: New York, New York City
Used in:
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Connecticut
Date made:
1962-1967
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.017
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-6167-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766838

pantsuit, 4-piece

Used by:
Booth, Virginia  Search this
Fabric made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Maker:
Massa  Search this
Massa  Search this
Purchased at:
Tweeds on the Farm  Search this
Measurements:
sweater 1 center back: 19 in; 48.26 cm
sweater 2 center back: 21 in; 53.34 cm
trouser inseam: 27 3/4 in; 70.485 cm
Object Name:
Pant Suit, 4-piece
pantsuit, 4-piece
Object Type:
Main Dress
Woman
Pantsuit
Entire Body
Used in:
United States: New York, Brooklyn
United States: Connecticut
Date made:
1964-1973
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.027
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Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-d1e4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766848

jacket

Maker:
Style Crest  Search this
Style Crest  Search this
Used by:
Booth, Robert  Search this
Fabric made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Measurements:
center back: 32 in; 81.28 cm
Object Name:
Jacket
Object Type:
Coat, Dinner
Upper Body
Main Dress
Man
Used in:
United States: Connecticut
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1964
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.028
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Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-d472-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766933

hanger

Trade name:
Wishbone  Search this
Used by:
Booth, Robert  Search this
Maker:
Batts  Search this
Wishbone  Search this
Used for products made by:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 9 3/4 in x 16 3/4 in; 24.765 cm x 42.545 cm
Object Name:
Hanger
Object Type:
Accessories for the Care of Clothing
Made in:
United States: Michigan, Grand Rapids
Date made:
1964
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.029
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-d473-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766934

garment bag

Used for products made with:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Made by:
Apparel Protectors  Search this
Maker:
Apparel Protectors  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 40 in x 23 3/4 in; 101.6 cm x 60.325 cm
Object Name:
Garment Bag
Object Type:
Accessories for the Care of Clothing
Made in:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1964
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.030
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-cbb6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766935

container

Maker:
Lowe Donald & Co., Inc.  Search this
Lowe Donald & Co., Inc.  Search this
Used in shop:
Hillandale Handweavers  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/2 in x 15 3/4 in x 12 in; 24.13 cm x 40.005 cm x 30.48 cm
Object Name:
Container
Object Type:
Accessories for the Selling of Clothing
Date made:
1956-1972
Credit Line:
Gift of Virginia W. Booth
ID Number:
2000.0093.038
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Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-ce71-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_766943

Hillandale Handweavers

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960 - 1962
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
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.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0726, Series 5
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Henry Booth Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep862da0904-ae3c-4760-95d0-2ec52657cf8c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref19

Photos of Hillandale/PhotoMetriC dinner

Collection Creator:
Booth, Henry, 1895-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1964 December
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
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.
Collection Citation:
Henry Booth Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Henry Booth Collection
Henry Booth Collection / Series 5: Hillandale Handweavers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e87e3a30-e550-4a97-b67d-f11f504bd07c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0726-ref76

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