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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
See more items in:
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

Claire McCardell

Artist:
Boris Chaliapin, 22 Sep 1904 - 18 May 1979  Search this
Sitter:
Claire McCardell, 1905 - 1958  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite pencil on illustration board
Dimensions:
Sight: 31.1 x 24.2cm (12 1/4 x 9 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1955
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl  Search this
Personal Attribute\Teeth  Search this
Claire McCardell: Female  Search this
Claire McCardell: Visual Arts\Designer\Fashion designer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number:
NPG.78.TC569
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Chris Murphy
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm497701549-4cbf-4b2a-92d5-5a7b0b6a11f0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.78.TC569

Dress

Designer:
Fernand Léger, (French, 1881–1955)  Search this
Claire McCardell, American, 1905 - 1958  Search this
Producer:
Fuller Fabrics, founded 1933  Search this
Medium:
Medium: cotton Technique: printed by engraved roller on plain weave Label: cotton printed by engraved roller
Dimensions:
H x W (on mannequin): 127 x 76.2 cm (50 x 30 in.)
Type:
costume & accessories
Dress
Made in:
USA
Date:
1955
Credit Line:
Gift of Elena Phipps in honor of Helene Phipps
Accession Number:
2013-5-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq469c1e5f6-6944-4c41-96ab-819c6658999e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2013-5-1

dress, 3-piece

Used by:
Saffo, Joan W.  Search this
Maker:
Gray  Search this
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Measurements:
waist: 27 in; x 68.58 cm
Object Name:
Dress, 3-Piece
Other Terms:
Dress, 3-Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Used in:
United States: California
United States: Nevada, Las Vegas
Date made:
1950
Credit Line:
Gift of Joan W. Saffo
ID Number:
CS.309946.005
Catalog number:
309946.005
Accession number:
309946
309946
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-2bea-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_361793
Online Media:

Claire McCardell Woman's Suit

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
suit, 3-piece
Object Type:
Woman
Suit
Other Terms:
Suit, 4-Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1949-1950
Related Publication:
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.026
Catalog number:
316474.026
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Clothing & Accessories
American Enterprise
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-7b1f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_365393
Online Media:

dress

Maker:
Townley  Search this
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Measurements:
overall center back: 40 in; 101.6 cm
Object Name:
Dress
Date made:
1951-1956
Credit Line:
Gift of Carol R. Bare
ID Number:
1991.0720.002
Catalog number:
1991.0720.002
Accession number:
1991.0720
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-9c00-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1004677

dress

Maker:
Townley  Search this
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Measurements:
overall center back: 44 3/4 in; 113.665 cm
Object Name:
Dress
Date made:
1949-1951
Credit Line:
Gift of Carol R. Bare
ID Number:
1991.0720.010
Catalog number:
1991.0720.010
Accession number:
1991.0720
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-9b24-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1004685

dress

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Measurements:
overall center back: 37 3/4 in; 95.885 cm
Object Name:
Dress
Date made:
1950-1956
Credit Line:
Gift of Carol R. Bare
ID Number:
1991.0720.012
Catalog number:
1991.0720.012
Accession number:
1991.0720
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-a31a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1004687

dress, 1-piece

Used by:
Sieverts, June Ayres Lane  Search this
Designer:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Maker:
Townley  Search this
Claire McCardell  Search this
Measurements:
center back: 44 in; 111.76 cm
Object Name:
Dress, 1-piece
Object Type:
Main Dress
Woman
Dress
Entire Body
Date made:
1953-1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Patsy Katz
ID Number:
1996.0038.013
Accession number:
1996.0038
Catalog number:
1996.0038.013
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-b690-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_763924

skirt

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Skirt
Other Terms:
Skirt; Lower Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1947
Date made:
1947-1948
ID Number:
CS.313301.002
Catalog number:
313301.002
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-7c5d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_364436

skirt

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Skirt
Object Type:
Woman
Skirt
Other Terms:
Skirt; Lower Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1947 - 1951
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.025
Catalog number:
316474.025
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-7c5e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_364437

suit, 2-piece

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Suit, 2-Piece
Other Terms:
Suit, 2-Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1941 - 1955
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.004
Catalog number:
316474.004
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-7b1d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_365390

suit, 2-piece

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Suit, 2-Piece
Other Terms:
Suit, 2-Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1941 - 1955
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.003
Catalog number:
316474.003
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-7b1e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_365391

suit, 3-piece

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Suit, 3-Piece
Other Terms:
Suit, 3-Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1941 - 1952
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.021
Catalog number:
316474.021
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-18d5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_365392

suit, 3 piece

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Suit, 3 Piece
suit, 3 piece
Object Type:
Suit
Woman
Other Terms:
Suit, 3 Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1950 - 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.002
Catalog number:
316474.002
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-7267-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_365407

suit, 3 piece

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Suit, 3 Piece
Other Terms:
Suit, 3 Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1950 - 1957
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.005
Catalog number:
316474.005
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-7268-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_365408

suit, 4 piece

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Suit, 4 Piece
Object Type:
Woman
Suit
Other Terms:
Suit, 4 Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1950 - 1956
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.027
Catalog number:
316474.027
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-7269-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_365410

ensemble, 2 piece

Maker:
Townley  Search this
Claire McCardell  Search this
Townley  Search this
Designer:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Used by:
Madden, Nancy Sevier  Search this
Measurements:
raised waist: 27 1/2 in; 69.85 cm
Object Name:
Ensemble, 2 Piece
Other Terms:
Ensemble, 2 Piece; Entire Body; Main Dress; Female
Made in:
United States: New York, New York City
Used in:
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Date made:
1956
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.008
Catalog number:
316474.008
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-85ea-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_366805

blouse

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Blouse
Object Type:
Blouse
Woman
Other Terms:
Blouse; Upper Body; Main Dress; Female
Date made:
1947 - 1951
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.024
Catalog number:
316474.024
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-902a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_368584

coat

Maker:
McCardell, Claire  Search this
Object Name:
Coat
Other Terms:
Coat; Outerwear; Female
Date made:
1941 - 1955
Credit Line:
Gift of Nancy Sevier Madden
ID Number:
CS.316474.019
Catalog number:
316474.019
Accession number:
316474
See more items in:
Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-8bde-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_370785

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