The Marybelle S. Bigelow Collection dates from 1953 to 2001. The collection is arranged in two series, personal and professional. In addition, there is an oversized
section, which contains materials from both series. The collection includes correspondence, drafts and manuscripts, photographs,
diaries, slides and other papers related to Bigelow's personal life and career as an art professor.
Marybelle Schmidt Bigelow, born in La Mesa, California on July 18, 1923 was a distinguished professor of fashion and costume
history, an accomplished artist and a prolific writer and creator. Bigelow received both her BA and MFA at the University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and went on to teach there for more than six years. She was awarded the esteemed Prix de
Paris for fashion design and illustration, and worked briefly for Vogue Magazine in New York as a staff designer. In 1956,
Bigelow was invited to join the staff of San Diego State University (SDSU), where she taught fashion illustration, costume
history, and graphic communication courses in the art department for more than twenty years. During her tenure at SDSU, Bigelow
was active on a variety of committees and was recognized as an Outstanding Educator in 1970, 1971 and 1972.
The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with
the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections
is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be
submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission
of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available
for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including
but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
This collection is open for research.