One of the things I especially love about my job is when a researcher pops their head in and asks if the archive might have something on their subject – and we do! Then I can sit them down while I pull boxes, folders and volumes off various shelves saying “Oh, you might want to browse through this”, or “This will be well worth a look” and seeing their delight at having so many resources to call on.
This afternoon a student visited wondering if we had anything on fashion in the 1920s. As well as several fashion journals, including the fabulous Gazette du Bon Ton, we also have 3 separate collections of fashion illustration which date to this period. These beautifully drawn images come from various sources – two were purchased by the Library over 30 years ago, while another was a very recent donation by someone who knew that we are interested in expanding our fashion collections. Little is known about the artists.
Everyone is welcome to visit the Archive and look through these or any of our other fashion resources.
About Katharine Short
When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. In rebellion I studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the Archivist here at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of University history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.
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