Gladys Marcus Library offers a well-selected collection of more than 130,000 volumes of print, non-print, and electronic materials supports the FIT community’s academic and research needs. Collections also include specialized electronic and digital resources and materials not often found in conventional academic libraries, such as the fashion and trend forecasting services, sketch collections, clipping files, and fashion show DVDs. Our newspapers and periodicals include more than 400 current subscriptions and extensive back issue runs. Databases, provided by FIT, SUNYConnect, and the New York State Library, provide access to thousands of full-text journal articles, books, images, research reports and other resources. Most are available remotely. The FIT Library is open to researchers by appointment.
The FIT Special Collections is a rare gem offering a wealth of fascinating and important research materials such as designer scrapbooks, archives, illustrations, and other primary research material in their original formats. Materials from this rich collection are often cited in publications, museum exhibitions and research, and serve as creative inspiration for many designers. This year our collection welcomed researchers for costume design for the films The Big Valley (2011) and The Great Gatsby (2011) as well as the HBO television production Boardwalk Empire. The collections were also used for the PBS documentary Triangle Fire, the Sundance Channel’s series Love/Lust, and the documentary film called God Save My Shoes made for France’s TV network Studio Canal.
Special thanks to Library Director NJ Wolfe and Tabitha Hanslick for their input on this Member Spotlight.