JOB POSTING: Temporary Librarian – The Costume Institute, New York, NY

The Thomas J. Watson Library in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is seeking a candidate for a part-time position of a Temporary Librarian for the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library located in the Costume Institute department. This is a four-day, 28 hours per week, position.

The Temporary Librarian will perform a variety of public and technical services functions in the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library for six months while the librarian is on maternity leave. Working in close coordination with Watson staff, this position will provide public service for the Costume Institute Library’s varied clientele including department staff and visiting researchers, mediating access to the collection.  Other tasks include selecting new materials, prepare periodicals for binding, assist with the processing backlogs of un-cataloged material and digitization projects.

See for a complete description of the position and of the Museum libraries.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating how they satisfy the requirements above, a resume, and the names of three references to the following e-mail address: with “Temporary Librarian, The Costume Institute” in the subject line.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or citizenship status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Field Trip! Henry Art Gallery

Hi Folks,

Day Dress, Silk Taffeta, U.S. c.1868

There are many interesting tours planned for those attending the upcoming ARLIS conference in Seattle, but none of them have a fashion focus. I’ve reached out to The Henry Art Gallery, and a couple of their curators have agreed to give the FTC SIG a personalized introduction to their Costume and Textile collection right after our SIG business meeting on Thursday, March 10.

To help plan our visit, the Henry staff have invited us to take a look at their collections and let them know what we’d like to see:

Have suggestions? Let me know via comments! Otherwise, we could always go with curators choice.

Please note: this is an informal plan! We’d be meeting at the Henry as a group, but each person will be responsible for getting themselves to and from on their own, and paying the $10 admission fee. The Henry is a 12-15min car ride and about a 20 min bus ride/walk away from the conference hotel, the Westin Seattle. Not being familiar with the King County Metro system, I’d suggest we try sharing taxis 🙂

Questions about the trip? You can e-mail me at

FTC SIG moderator

180,000 Copyright Free Images Made Available through NYPL

This has been floating around various sites recently, but I thought I would also share the news on the FTC SIG blog. The New York Public Library has digitized over 180,000 high-resolution images that are copyright free. This is another amazing resource for our students and faculty to gain inspiration from.

For more information, check out

Native Fashion


Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock)

Some good sources for Native American Fashion. These sources help explain why Native Nations are offended when the fashion industry uses designs and cultural objects (think Headdresses) without understanding their significance.  Most of the misunderstanding on the fashion industry’s part is due to the belief that these cultures and practices no longer exist.

Beyond Bucksin

Sante Fe Indian Market Fashion Show

Cultural Appropriation



Looking for special collections of sewing books

I’d like to know if there are any libraries collecting sewing books, especially the 19th C women’s companion types.  These special collections don’t seem to be Google-able, as museum collections of costume, etc., are too entangled with the same search terms.  I’d appreciate any leads anyone can offer.