What’s Happening at MGHL: Arrow Collar & Bishop Family Collections

Two new MGHL collections are processed and ready for use. The Arrow Collar Collection and Bishop Family Collection can be browsed through online finding aids or by making an appointment to view the collections.

The Arrow Collar Collection was donated by Washington University alum Michael Murphy. Many of the materials in the collection were used by Murphy as research for his dissertation White Collared: Fashioning Masculinity in American Visual CultureA number of items in the collection relate to the illustrator J.C. Leyendecker’s work for the Arrow Collar advertising campaign. The collection also contains printed advertising ephemera, most of which relates to men’s fashion, and includes trade cards, car cards, catalogs, and even collars circa 1920.

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Tear sheet of a collar advertisement

 

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Tear sheets featuring Arrow Collar advertisements

 

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Advertising trade cards

 

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Detail of an advertising trade card (front)

 

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Detail of an advertising trade card (back)

 

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Arrow Collars in original box and sleeve with illustrations by J.C. Leyendecker

 

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Sign featuring an illustration of the Arrow Collar man, illustrated by J.C. Leyendecker

 

The Bishop Family Collection was donated by Cathleen Bishop and contains scrapbooks compiled by her grandmother and great-aunts. The Anderson sisters compiled the scrapbooks from 1918-1922 and filled the books with clippings of illustrations from this time period.

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Cover of one of the scrapbooks in the collection

 

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Detail of the scrapbook pages

 

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Detail of the scrapbook pages

 

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Detail of the scrapbook pages

 

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Detail of the scrapbook pages

If you have questions about the collections or would like to schedule a research appointment, send us an email at spec@wumail.wustl.edu.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.