Welcome to the Western Costume Research Library and Archive online!
Western Costume undoubtedly started collecting the books that would become the research library in 1912 when the company was founded. However, the earliest reference I’ve come across to an actual research department is on a 1923 letter addressed to “Mr. E. P. Lambert, Research Department” from the Hudson River Day Line.
Rifling through the filing cabinets in the library searching for letters of this type, I was able to compile at least a list of research directors, researchers, and military specialists who have overseen or contributed to the library in the past century. I am incredibly grateful for the information-gathering that they did, as it makes my job much easier. Because of them, the library houses dozens of filing cabinets filled with newspaper clippings, photographs, swatches, uniform questionnaires, regulations, and other invaluable, irreplaceable resources.
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