Guide to the Robbie Fanning Sewing Arts Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1139
Creators:
Fanning, Robbie
Dates:
1903-2002
bulk 1993-2002
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5 Cubic feet
13 boxes
Repository:
The collection documents materials gathered by Robbie Fanning, publisher of sewing related books and newsletters and includes the history of major sewing machine brands, machine accessories, machine embroidery, machine needles, thread, binding, interfacing, and other sewing notions.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Archival materials on the subject of sewing and sewing machines, including correspondence, Fanning's subject files, photographs, newsletters, product manuals, catalogs, trade literature, articles, reprints, sewing periodicals, and VHS videos.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Robbie Fanning (b. 1947-) of Menlo Park, California, a former journalism teacher, she started a publishing company called Open Chain Publishing, specializing in sewing books. She published a quarterly newsletter called
The Creative Machine
aimed at helping the sewing hobbyist learn new sewing techniques, review sewing equipment and products, and pose questions to the sewing industry. The newsletter ceased publication in 2002. The collection as a whole depicts the shift from sewing as a necessity to clothe a family or save money to sewing as a creative outlet for women and men with leisure time.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Andrea Bishop, intern, and Eric Ross, intern, 2018.
Author
Andrea Bishop and Eric Ross
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Donated to the Archives Center in 2008 by Robbie Fanning.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Robbie Fanning Sewing Arts Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Materials
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Books related to sewing and books authored by Robbie Fanning.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Machine quilting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clothing and dress Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publications Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Trade catalogs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 2000-2010 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sewing machines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sewing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quilting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newsletters Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuals Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 2000-2010 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1980-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Periodicals Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Videocassettes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives