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Series 2: Historic Costumes Collection photographs, 1910s-2010s


Scope and Contents

This collection includes digital photographs of select pieces of women's clothing designed in the 1910s through the 2010s from Ball State University's Mary Beeman Historic Costume Collection. Digital photographs were taken in 2009 and 2021.

A portion of the physical collection has been photographed and made available on the Digital Media Repository. (Click digital object link in red box to access.)


  • Creation: 1910s-2010s

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The physical Beeman Historic Costume Collection contains over 4,000 pieces of men's and women's apparel dating back to the 18th century. The collection began in the 1930s when the Frank C. Ball family presented Mary Beeman with a steamer trunk filled with items of apparel.


From the Collection: 0.2 Cubic Feet (1 small archival CD box)

From the Collection: 9.29 Gigabytes : digital images of 98 costumes

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


This series is arranged into the following subseries:

Subseries 2.1: 1910s Costumes, 1910-1919

Subseries 2.2: 1920s Costumes Subseries 2.2: 1920s Costumes, 1920-1929

Subseries 2.3: 1930s Costumes Subseries 2.3: 1930s Costumes, 1930-1939

Subseries 2.4: 1950s Costumes Subseries 2.4: 1950s Costumes, 1950-1959

Subseries 2.5: 1960s Costumes Subseries 2.5: 1960s Costumes, 1960-1969

Subseries 2.6: 1970s Costumes Subseries 2.6: 1970s Costumes, 1970-1979

Subseries 2.7: 1980s Costumes Subseries 2.7: 1980s Costumes, 1980-1989

Subseries 2.8: 1990s Costumes Subseries 2.8: 1990s Costumes, 1990-1999

Subseries 2.9: 2000s Costumes Subseries 2.9: 2000s Costumes, 2000-2009

Subseries 2.10: 2010s Costumes Subseries 2.10: 2010s Costumes, 2010-2019

Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA