Research and Collections

Mail-Order Catalogues and Cultural History

by Christina Bates
Ontario Historian
Canadian Museum of Civilization
March 2000

Adburgham, Alison (introduction)
Yesterday’s Shopping: The Army and Navy Stores Catalogue, 1907.
Devon, Eng.: David and Charles Reprints, 1969.

Adburgham, Alison (introduction)
Victorian Shopping: Harrods 1895 Catalogue. Devon, Eng.: David
and Charles, 1972.

Amory, Cleveland (introduction)
The 1902 Edition of the Sears Roebuck Catalogue. Crown Publishers:
1969.

Baldwin, Betsey
Athletic Wear and Fashion in Canada, 1900-1950;”
The Millinery Trade in Decline, 1900-1930: The
Displacement of Hat-Making as a Professional Art at Eaton’s
;” and
Canadian Nationalism and the Eaton’s Catalogue,
1900-1950.
” Manuscripts on file, Library/Archives, Canadian Museum
of Civilization, 1999-2000.

Bates, Christina
How to Dress the Children? A Comparison of Prescription and
Practice in Late-Nineteenth-Century North America.
Dress 24 (1997), 43-54.

Bates, Christina
Prescription and Practice: A Comparison of Child-care Manuals,
Fashion Journals and Mail-order Catalogues on the Subject of Children’s
Dress, 1875-1900.
” MA thesis, College of William and Mary, 1989.

Batts, Miaso
Eaton’s and Its Catalogues: An Expression of Canadian Social
History.
Costume 7 (1973), 68-69.

Beck, Evelyn
Catalogs.” In Thomas Inge, ed., Handbook of American Popular
Culture
. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Blum, Stella, ed.
Everyday Fashions of the Twenties as Pictured in Sears and Other
Catalogs
. New York: Dover Press, 1994.

Boorstein, Daniel
A Montgomery Ward’s Mail Order Business.
Chicago History (Spring 1973) 147.

Cohen, Hal L., ed.
1922 Montgomery Ward Catalogue. HC Publishers, 1969.

Cohn, David
The Good Old Days: A History of American Morals and Manners as
Seen Through the Sears, Roebuck Catalogs, 1905 to the Present
. New
York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.

Cole, Catherine C.
Comparative Analysis of the Toronto and Winnipeg Editions of the
Eaton’s Mail-Order Catalogue.
” Manuscript on file, Library/Archives,
Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1995.

De Seve, Andrée-Anne
Hourra! Le catalogue Eaton est arrivé.Cap-aux-diamants
40 (Winter 1995) 18-22.

Dennis, Thelma
Eaton’s Catalogue Furnishings for Rural Alberta, 1886-1930.
Alberta History 37:2 (Spring 1989), 21-31.

Eaton, T. Co.
T. Eaton Co. catalogues, 1881-1976.
Archives of Ontario, Eaton Collection, F229 and Microfilm catalogues MS
898.

Emmett, Boris (introduction)
Montgomery Ward and Co., Catalogue and Buyers’ Guide, No. 57,
Spring and Summer, 1895
. New York: Dover Publications, 1969.

Emmet, Boris and John E. Jeuck
Catalogues and Counters: A History of Sears Roebuck and Company.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1950.

Glazebrook, G. de T., Katharine Brett and Judith McErvel
A Shopper’s View of Canada’s Past: Pages from the Eaton’s
Catalogues, 1886-1930
. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1969.

Hannis, Prudence
Survey of the Eaton’s Catalogue, 1881-1976: Household Appliances.
Manuscript on file, Library/Archives, Canadian Museum of Civilization,
1996.

Hayward, Ann
Mail-order Catalogues: Research Tools for Material History.
Alberta Museums Review 12:2 (1987), 9-11.

Hudson’s Bay Company
The Autumn and Winter Catalogue, 1910-1911 of the Hudson’s Bay
Company
. Winnipeg: Watson and Dwyer Publishing Co., 1977.

Israel, Fred L., ed.
1897 Sears, Roebuck Catalogue. New York: Chelsea House
Publishers, 1968.

Lambert, Anne
Images For Sale: How Eaton’s Saw Us.Branching Out 4
(March/April 1977), 30-33.

Latham, Frank B.
A Century of Serving Customers: The Story of Montgomery Ward.
Chicago: Montgomery Ward Co., 1972.

MacPherson, M.E.
Shopkeepers to a Nation: The Eatons. Toronto: McClelland
and Stewart, 1963.

O’Connor, Eileen
T. Eaton Co. Mail-Order Catalogue, First Report: Assessment
of Archival Material.
” Manuscript on file, Library/Archives, Canadian
Museum of Civilization, 1995.

O’Connor, Eileen
The Eaton’s Mail-Order Catalogue, 1884-1976: An Archival Analysis.
Manuscript on file, Library/Archives, Canadian Museum of Civilization,
1996.

Phillips, W.B.
The Mail-Order Business.” In How Department Stores are Carried
On
. Ottawa: 1900.

Santink, Joy
Timothy Eaton and the Rise of His Department Store. Toronto:
University of Toronto Press, 1990.

Schlereth, Thomas
Country Stores, county Fairs, and Mail-Order Catalogs: Consumerism
in Rural America.
” In Glenda Dyer and Martha Reed, eds., The Consumer
Culture and the American Home, 1890-1930. Conference Proceedings
.
Beaumont, Texas: The McFaddin-Ward House, 1989.

Schlereth, Thomas
Mail-Order Catalogs as Resources in Material Culture Studies.” In
Thomas Schlereth, ed., Cultural History and Material Culture: Everyday
Life, Landscapes and Museums
. Charlottesville: University Press of
Virginia, 1992, 55-86.

Mirken, Alan, ed.
1927 Edition of the Sears, Roebuck Catalogue. Crown Publishers:
1970.

Schroeder, Fred E.
Semi-Annual Installment on the American Dream: The Wishbook as
Popular Icon.
” In Marshal Fishwick, ed., Icons of Popular Culture.
Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University, 1970, 73-86.

Schroeder, Fred E.
The Wishbook as Popular Icon.” In Outlaw Aesthetics: Art and the
Public Mind
. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Press,
1977, 50-61.

Schroeder, Fred E., ed.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. 1908 Catalogue No. 117: The Great Price
Maker
. Chicago: Gun Digest Company, 1969.

Schweitzer, Robert and Michael Davis
America’s Favorite Homes: Mail-Order Catalogs as a Guide to Popular
Early 20th-Century Houses
. Detroit: Wayne State University, 1990.

Smith, Janice
Content Analysis of Children’s Clothing in Eaton’s Catalogues
and Selected Canadian Museums, 1890-1920.
” M.Sc. Thesis, University of
Alberta, 1991

Stevenson, Katherine Cole and H. Ward Jandl
Houses by Mail: A Guide to Houses from Sears, Roebuck Company.
Washington: The Preservation Press, 1986.

Jack Stoddart (introduction)
The 1901 editions of the T. Eaton Co. Limited Catalogues for
Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter
. Toronto: Musson Book Company, 1970.

Thompson, Eleanor
Eaton’s Project: Eaton’s Brand Names.” Manuscript on file,
Library/Archives, Canadian Museum of Civilization, n.d.

Thompson, Eleanor
Eaton’s Mail Order Catalogue, Oral History Project.” Manuscript on
file, Library/Archives, Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1995.

Watson, Gordon
Supreme Value: Household Catalogues as Sources for Social Historians.
Social History Curators Group Journal (Great Britain) 17 (1989/90),
11-15.

Watt, Robert D., ed.
The Shopping Guide to the West: Woodward’s Catalogue, 1898-1953.
Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 1978.

Weil, Gordon L.
Sears, Roebuck, U.S.A.: The Great American Catalog Store and How
It Grew
. New York: Stein and Day, 1977.

Young, Mildred J.
Bachelor ordered a wife from Eaton’s Catalogue.Early American
Life
(April 1978), 21.

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