Scope and Contents
The Virginia "Jimmie" Booth Collection, 1936-1998, focuses primarily on Booth's career as a buyer for Lord & Taylor. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, drawings, clippings, and a scrapbook, and is arranged into seven series.
Series 1: Personal Papers, Photos, and Memoribilia, 1936-1998, includes materials dating from Booth's college days and recent years.
Series 2: Hillandale Business, 1948, 1949, 1972, undated, consists of advertisements, articles, and correspondence. Hillandale Handweavers was the company founded by Booth's father-in-law, Henry Booth.
Series 3: Lord & Taylor Country Clothes Shop, 1952-1960s, contains photographs of the store, advertising, news articles, original illustrations and catalogues.
Series 4: Irish Materials, 1950s-1960s, is made up of articles and photographs of the weavers at work.
Series 5: European Designers, 1955, 1967, 1997, undated, includes articles and photographs related to Donald Davies and Von Eckerman.
Series 6: American Designers, 1948, 1951-1957, undated The bulk of this series consists of a large number of original sketches by Clare Potter, including fabric swatches. There is also a large scrapbook of Potter's featuring articles and advertisements.
Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1962, consists of an issue of the trade publication, The Ambassador.