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It is uncommonthat undergraduate students have the opportunityto translate primary documents as well as do a research project. When the Special Collections and Rare Book Room at Western Michigan University's Waldo Library purchased a book of women's fashion plates in French that needed to be translated, I was approached for the task. As a senior at Western Michigan University, scheduled to graduate in April 2009, majoring in French and History, I have gained the necessary skills to be involved. My objective was to translate the collection of 51 images ranging from 1827-1832, excluding the year 1831, make a glossary of terms, and research the period of French history as well as fashion history to give the plates context. The bibliographic data on the document are slim as there is no publication information whatsoever; although we do know that the plates were from a contemporary Parisian fashion journal of the late 1820's and early 1830's.

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Honors Thesis-Campus Only