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Africana Studies Subject Guide — Fashion + Beauty

Interdisciplinary guide for Africana/African American Studies

Fashion + Beauty

This page features a small selection of UConn library and external resources to support learning and research pertaining to Fashion & Beauty. This list is meant to be exploratory and is not a comprehensive representation or list of the library's holdings.

For additional assistance, please contact Stephanie Birch, Research Services Librarian for Africana Studies at

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Online Resources

Black Beauty Archives | Created in 2020, this digital project gathers rare vintage beauty ads, magazines, press photos, cosmetics, wigs, and beauty tools pertaining to Black beauty experiences and aesthetics.

Fashioning Self | A project exploring the intersection between fashion and slavery, as enslaved people were denied many forms of self-expression but who contributed to the fashion industry through forced, unpaid labor. Includes original content, articles, archival images, and videos with explanatory captions.

Madame CJ Walker Collection | A digital archival collection containing the personal and business papers of Madam CJ Walker, A'Lelia Walker, Freeman B. Ransom, and others who worked for the company, as well as records relating to operations and the beauty schools, against, and other businesses connected to the Walker Building in Indianapolis, Indiana.