Collection ID: KA.0121.01

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Keane, Helen Faith and New York University. Institute of Retail Management
Abstract:
Helen Faith Keane (née Kahn) Reichert (1901-2011) was a professor at the New York University School of Retailing from approximately 1946 until 1977. The files consist of clippings, course materials, handwritten notes on fashion press, print publications of a vocational nature by other merchandising educators, and programs and invitations for fashion shows.
Extent:
0.5 Cubic Feet and 1 box
Language:
English .
Preferred citation:

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Helen Faith Keane fashion merchandising files, KA.0121, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Background

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of clippings, course materials for Keane's classes at New York University's Institute of Retail Management, handwritten notes on fashion press, print publications of a vocational nature by other merchandising educators, and programs and invitations for fashion shows. Many of the clippings as well as other printed materials are heavily annotated by Keane, often emphatically and contrarily. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1970s, although the vocational publications were mostly published in the 1950s into the 1960s. The collection does not comprehensively document Keane's career, nor does it document Keane's personal life.

Biographical / Historical:

Helen Faith Keane (née Kahn) Reichert (1901-2011) was a professor at the New York University School of Retailing, which later became the Institute of Retail Management, from approximately 1946 until 1977. Keane, who used her maiden name professionally, was an expert on fashion merchandising and a certified psychologist. She hosted a network television program in 1951, The Helen Faith Keane Show...For Your Information. Additionally, she served for over a decade as the director of the Fashion Group's "Career Course."

Keane was a 1925 graduate of Cornell University and a 1931 graduate of Teacher's College, Columbia University. In addition to her career in academia, she worked in the fashion industry as a copywriter.

Helen Faith Keane Reichert died in 2011. She and her centenarian siblings were frequent subjects of medical and psychological research into human longevity.

Acquisition information:
Internal transfer from Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library, Parsons The New School for Design, 2008. Prior custodial history is unknown.
Arrangement:

Organized in 3 series: I. Clippings and ephemera, 1957-1996 II. Publications, 1926-1969 III. Research and teaching materials, 1970s-1995

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Helen Faith Keane fashion merchandising files, KA.0121, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
66 Fifth Avenue
Room N102
New York, NY 10011, United States
CONTACT:
archivist@newschool.edu