Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

"The Ruth Finley Collection: Digitizing 70 Years of the Fashion Calendar," and the Fashion Calendar Research Database (FCRD) is a collaborative digital humanities project organized by The History of Art Department, School of Liberal Arts and Special Collections and College Archives, The Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. This project is supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from the Mellon Foundation. 

Co-Principal Investigators

Natalie Nudell, Adjunct Assistant Professor, History of Art, FIT
Karen Trivette, Professor and Head of SPARC, Gladys Marcus Library, FIT

Digital Lead/Developer

Joseph Anderson, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Gladys Marcus Library, FIT

Project Advisors

Justine De Young, Associate Professor  (History of Art, FIT)
Molly Schoen, Visual Resources Curator (History of Art, FIT)
Nanja Andrianjason, Technician (History of Art, FIT)

Grants Office at FIT

Lucia DeRespinis, Executive Director, Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs
Jennifer Jones, CRA

Focus Group 1

Funded by a FIT Center For Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Development Grant Award:

Anonymous participant, Nanja Andriananjason, Sophie Kurkdjian, Moya T. Luckett, Shannon O’Neill, Danielle Patterson, Kathy Peiss, Eric Darnell Pritchard, Molly Schoen, Jonathan Michael Square, and Daniel Levinson-Wilk.

Focus Group 2

Anonymous participant, Steven Cutting, Nico Frederick, Bronte Hebdon, Kylie (Ke) Lin, Kathy Peiss, Molly Schoen,Emma Sosebee, Jonathan Michael Square, Melissa Tombro, and Daniel Levinson-Wilk.

Scanning Services

Backstage Library Works

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Services

Student Lab Assistants and Volunteers

Melinda Abercrombie
Michelle Flores
Nico Frederick
Kayla Greenwald
Mackenzie Harding
Frida McKeon-Loyola
Kylie (Ke) Lin
Sierra Neale
Danielle Paterson
Taralyn Peck
Christina Pene
Ginny (Virginia) Schneider
Elyse Sedore-Mallin
Emma Sosebee
Kyara Vela
Angelina Yuen

Special Thanks

The project team would like to thank Ruth Finley’s family– Joseph B. Green, Jim Green, and Larry Lein– and Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America for their support of the FCRD. We are grateful for the guidance and administrative support of FIT Library, tech, legal, administration, and support staff throughout the development of this project.