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California State University, Northridge
Compiled by Snowdy Dodson, Revised by Barbara Magnuson and Doris Helfer.                             .


I.  Introduction
II. Reference Sources
     A. Directories
     B. Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks
     C. Standards
III. Books
IV. Periodicals
     A. Databases
     B. Periodicals on Textiles and Fashion
V. Miscellaneous Other Sources


This bibliography is designed to provide suggestions for basic library materials for three aspects of textiles, clothing and costume: technical, business and aesthetic. There are, of course, additional library resources. The Reference Librarians (on duty in the Reference Room) may be able to assist you in finding more material as required.

Library Locations: Most books and bound periodicals are on the top three floors of the library by call number. Some books and older periodicals are in storage and can be retrieved by using the online catalog and following the printed instructions. The online books and journals are accessible via the library's online catalog at (http://suncat.csun.edu/)   The Reference Room on the main floor is the location for almost all the indexes and reference books in this bibliography. The Art Illustration File are on in the Fine Arts and Reserve Room on Floor 2 East Wing and microforms are on the 4th Floor East Wing .


A. Directories


Encyclopedia of Associations. [Electronic Resource]    Annual subject and geographic guide to national organizations giving a brief description of each group.

California Manufacturers Register. (Ref T 12 .C34 - Reference Room).
Annual alphabetical, geographic, and products/services list of the state's manufacturers; includes addresses, phone numbers, SIC number, products, executives, etc.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers. (Ref T 12 .T62 - Ceased publication in 2006. Latest edition only in Reference Room).
Annual product listing of U.S. manufacturers. Listed by company name and trademarks with a subject index. Available online at: (http://www.thomasnet.com/index.html)

TALA West Coast Directory. Textile Association of Los Angeles,
1968- (TS 1312 .T45 - Floor 3 - Latest edition library has is 2005) .
A yearly directory of textile firms and accessory and clothing manufacturers in the Los Angeles area. The Association and its directory appear to be defunct.

B. Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks

AATCC Technical Manual. American Association of Textile Chemists and
Colorists. 1967- (An Annual). (Ref TP 890 .A5. - latest 2 years in Reference Room).
Contains AATCC test methods, committee rosters, and reports. The table of
contents acts as an index to the methods.

British Craft Textiles. by Ann Sutton. 1985. (TT 699 .S87 1985 - Floor 3).
A profusely illustrated treatment of British textile printing, knitting,
embroidery and tapestry weaving with extensive information on the craftspeople
associated with each.

Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. also 4th ed., 1992-
(TP 9 .E685 - 3rd Floor).
This encyclopedia contains articles with bibliographies on all aspects of
chemical technology including those dealing with textiles. Publication dates of
the volumes in each edition span several years. Use the indexes.

Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering. 2nd ed. 1985- (TP 1087 .E46 1985 - Floor 3).
Long articles, each with a bibliography, covering polymeric materials
(including fibers), properties, methods, processes and uses.

Encyclopedia of Textiles. 3rd ed. American Fabrics. Prentice Hall. 1980 (TS 1445 .A18 1980 - Floor 2).
An illustrated one volume source on textiles covering history, art, design
and finishing processes.

Encyclopedia of Textiles. by Judith Jerde. Facts on File. 1992. (TS 1309 .J47 1992 - Reserve Desk)

Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles. 7th ed. 1996. (TS 1309 .F34 1996 - Reference Room).
A complete guide to the terminology of the textile industry. Includes entries for names
of textile professional and trade associations, names of inventors, standard lab
tests, brand names, needlework and embroidery terms in addition to the
commonly encountered words and phrases of the industry.

Fire Resistant Textiles Handbook. by W.A. Reeves. 1974. (TP 267 .R42
- Floor 3)
Discusses fire retardants for cellulosic textiles and manmade fibers; also covers
burning theories for action of flame retardants, and flammability test methods.
Bibliographies at end of each chapter.

Polymer Handbook. 4th ed., New York, Wiley-Interscience, 1999. (QD 388 .B7 1999 - Floor 3).
A source of data on polymerization, solid state properties, solution properties, and
physical constants of polymers, oligomers, monomers, and solvents. Also
contains rules for nomenclature.

Encyclopedia of World Art. Venice, Italy, 1959-1987. (Ref N 31 .E533 - Reference Room)
15 illustrated volumes plus a supplement covering all aspects of art and related fields
including textiles, costume, tapestry, carpets, embroidery, lace. Use index in
volume 15 to find specific subjects.

Grove art [electronic resource]   edited by Laura Macy. [Basingstoke, England] : Macmillan, c2002-     Online art encyclopedia available online to CSUN students and faculty.

 Encyclopedia of World Costume. by Doreen Yarwood. 1978. (GT 507 .Y37 - Floor 2)
Profusely illustrated; excellent index and bibliography.

Fairchild's Dictionary of Fashion. New York, Fairchild, 2nd ed. rev. 1998. (TT 503 .C34 1998 - Floor 3)

The Fashion Encyclopedia. by Catherine Houck. 1982. (TT 503 .H68 1982 - Floor 3)
Has definitions of fashion terms as well as concise information on well-known fashion designers.

Styles of Fashion. by Mary Tranquillo. 1984. (TT 515 .T73 1984 - Floor 3)
An illustrated handbook with a section on historic silhouettes.

C. Standards

Annual Book of ASTM Standards. American Society for Testing and Materials.
1982- (Ref TA 401 A653 - Latest ed. in Reference Room)
An annual, however CSUN purchases it only every three years, and retains only two
editions. One volume is a subject index for the entire work. Provides guidelines for
testing the quality and properties of various materials. Numerous entries under
Textiles, Cotton, Wood etc.  


The Library's online catalog provides access to the book collection at CSUN. Some important subject headings for textiles, clothing and costume are listed below.  A complete compilation of subject headings is in the Library of Congress Subject Headings which is available on book stands behind the Reference Desk   (the "big red books").   Here are some subject headings that you might be interested in if you are interested in finding books on fashion, textiles and fabrics:

  1. Advertising--Fashion 
  2. Arts and crafts movement
  3. Children--Costume
  4. Children's clothing
  5. Church vestments 
  6. Clothing and dress
  7. Clothing trade
  8. Costume
  9. Costume design
  10. Costume designers
  11. Dressmaking
  12. Dressmaking--Pattern design
  13. Dyes and dyeing
  14. Fashion
  15. Fashion drawing 
  16. Fashion merchandising
  17. Fashion shows
  18. Handicraft
  19. Inflammable textiles
  20. Labels--Law and legislation
  21. Men's clothing
  22. Men's clothing industry
  23. Tailoring
  24. Textile chemistry
  25. Textile design
  26. Textile designers
  27. Textile fabrics
  28. Textile industry
  29. Textile painting
  30. Weaving
  31. Women's clothing industry
  32. SEE ALSO:
    1. Names of types of clothing e.g. corset
    2. Names of types of fabrics e.g. cotton
    3. Names of groups of people with the subheading, "Clothing and dress," e.g.
    4. Indians of North America--Clothing and dress
    5. Subdivision "Clothing" under the name of a particular person


A. Databases


Indexing and abstracting services provide subject access to periodical literature
and some access to dissertations, patents, reports and books as well. An index
entry provides only enough information to identify and locate the material. In
addition, an abstract service has summaries of article contents.

The following is a selection of indexing and abstracting services covering the
subjects of textiles, clothing and costume. Locations are noted for the Index
Tables along the north (window) side of the Reference Room.

ABI/Inform. Computerized index to business periodical articles with abstracts. Not available in
print. Also available via Proquest Direct on the web at URL

Applied Science and Technology Index.  (Index Table 11 - Reference Room).  An excellent source of periodical articles on the technical aspects of the manufacture of textiles and clothing: see the numerous subject headings beginning with Textile...also Dyes and dyeing.  Online version is no longer available at CSUN but has been replaced by the much larger INSPEC database which is the computer version of Computer and Control Abstracts, Electrical and Electronics Abstracts, and Physics Abstracts. 

Art Index v.1- 1929/32-   (Index Table 6 - Reference Room).
Good for costume/fashion, textiles, and interior design. Available on the web at URL (http://library.csun.edu/xerxes/categories/a-z#A). Choose the Art Index database.

ArtStor Use ArtStor

Biological and Agricultural index.  v.9- 1939/42-  (Floor3 (Ref) Z5073 .A46 Not currently received).
Covers the production of natural textile fibers such as cotton, flax, wool and jute, etc.
Most recent issues are in the Reference Room and older issues are on Floor 3)

Business Index (1982-) with Full Text (1994-) Use Business Full Text on WilsonWeb.
Covers the economic and marketing aspects of the fashion, clothing, textile industries. Also good for consumer issues.   Also available on the web at URL (http://library.csun.edu/xerxes/databases/alphabetical#B).   Choose the Business Index. For information prior to 1982 the Library has print version back to volume 1, 1958 available in the library under the title Business Periodicals Index on Floor 3 at Z7164.C81 B983 .

Chemical Abstracts Search Chemical Abstracts using SciFinder Scholar (requires registering for a unique login and password instructions for which can be found at the SciFinder Scholar page. Older volumes back to volume 1 in 1907 are available in print in the library on Floor 4 at  QD1 .A51.

Chemical Abstracts. v.1- 1907- (Index Table 12- Reference Room)
A major source of textile information; general subjects and chemical names and
formelae are all accessible.

Dissertation Abstracts International.  v.1- 1938-    ( Z5055.U5 A532 - stored in ASRS).
An abstracting service providing author and subject access to Ph.D. dissertations
in the U.S. and Canada.   The Library does not own most of the actual dissertations, but can help you acquire them through Interlibrary loan as  the dissertations themselves usually reside only at the University where the dissertation was done.  Also available on the web at URL (http://library.csun.edu/xerxes/categories/a-z#D).  Then select the Dissertation Abstract database.

Education Index  ( now Education Full Text) . v.1- 1929/32- (Index Table 6 - Reference Room)
Indexes the periodicals: Journal of Home Economics and Forecast for Home
Economics. Useful subject headings are Clothing and dress, Fashion, Junior
high school students--Dress, High school students--Dress, Gymnasium suits,
Knit-goods, Labels, Sewing, and those beginning with Textile. Available online at (http://library.csun.edu/xerxes/categories/a-z#E).

Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE) and Resources in Education (RIE).
(Index Table 6 - Reference Room).
Broad coverage of journals (CIJE) and reports (RIE--library has these in microfiche
by "ED-number") in child development and home economics education. Contains abstracts.
Note: distinguish journal references by "EJ" numbers and report references by "ED"
numbers preceding citations in ERIC. Also available via ERIC on the
web at URL (http://library.csun.edu/xerxes/categories/a-z#E).

Engineering Index. v.1- 1884/91-   (Index Table 11 - Reference Room)
Covers articles on the technical aspects of textiles production, dyeing, and processing.
Also available via Engineering Index Compendex Web on the web at URL (http://library.csun.edu/xerxes/categories/a-z#E).

Grove Art See Oxford Art Online

Humanities Abstracts.    (Index Table 5 - Reference Room)
Contains articles under the headings Clothing and dress and Textile industry.

JSTOR Use JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Complement; Biological Sciences, and Health & General Sciences Collections| Full Text

Lexis/Nexis   This is a large collection of mostly "full-text" material from newspapers, periodicals, legal publications, business publications, etc. Available via Lexis-Nexis on the web at URL (http://library.csun.edu/xerxes/categories/a-z#L).

Psychological Abstracts. v.1- 1927- (Index Table 7- Reference Room)
Abstracts articles and some books; good source for psychological aspects of dress.
See headings such as "Clothing fashions." Online version is called PsycInfo
and is available via the web at URL (http://library.csun.edu/xerxes/categories/a-z#P).
The online version has citations dating back from 1887 to the present.

Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982) and Readers' Guide Full Text (1983-) Use Readers' Guide on WilsonWeb.
Indexes fashion and other popular-interest magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar,
Time and Newsweek.   Relevant subject headings include Clothing and
dress, Costume, Fashion, and the names of textiles, items of clothing, and fashion
designers.  Covers popular magazines such as Time and Vogue, but few scholarly periodicals included.  

World Textile Abstracts. v.2-25 1970-93 (WS1300 .W94 - Floor 4)
An international source; British and foreign periodicals are emphasized; covers many
periodicals which CSUN does not own.  Library discontinued its subscription
to this publication after 1993.

B. Periodicals on Textiles and Fashion

The following selection of currently-received periodicals are of particular importance to the fields of textiles and clothing.

  1. American Dyestuff Reporter
  2. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
  3. Dress, the Journal of the Costume Society
  4. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal
  5. Gentlemen's Quarterly
  6. Harper's Bazaar
  7. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences
  8. Mademoiselle 
  9. Textile Research Journal
  10. Textile World
  11. Vogue
  12. Women's Wear Daily (latest 6 months only)
  13. See also, Elegance. (TS 1300.E54, Reserve Book Room) A twice-yearly serial publication illustrating fashion collections; has fabric swatches.


Index of American Design: Part I Textiles, Costume and Jewelry. (microfiche
NK 8812 .I523 1978) with subject index (microfiche NK 8812 .I524 1979)
This publication from part of the the 1930's Federal Art Project that compiled a visual survey of the objects of decorative, folk and popular arts made in America from the time of settlement to about 1900. Each object was recorded in an accurate water color drawing accompanied by information giving the object's date, source location, and ownership. The microfiche edition of the collection is divided into 10 parts. The Library has Part I: Textiles, Costume and Jewelry.

This bibliography maybe freely copied and adapted by anyone. In case of substantial use, attribution would be appreciated.

This page was created by and maintained by Doris Helfer.
Any questions or comments can be sent to doris.helfer@csun.edu.
Originally revised and updated for the web 24 January 1997.