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THTR 3377: Fashion and Decor: A Cultural History


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This research Guide will provide links to resources for scholarly materials and images appropriate for your course assignment.

Consult Course Reserves

The authors of the materials placed on Course Reserves, the topics suggested in the texts and the accompanying bibliographies and footnotes are important sources for further consideration.

Books Beyond Boston College

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Books may be requested through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department.

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Resources at Boston College

Look for resources at Boston College by searching Holmes, the BC Libraries online discovery tool.

You may need to approach the subject from several directions: for example, look up both "Fashion and "Costume"  to get the broadest possible view of the material.

Helpful subjects:

Clothing  and dress  History   20th   century

Interior decoration   Themes, motives

Nineteen thirties

This may seem obvious, but do not forget to use the bibliographies found in your text books and the books on reserve for your course.
Also, check the footnotes and bibliographies of the articles and books that you find for further sources.

Dissertations and Theses

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