Scope and arrangement
The records consist of albums containing many photographic prints of students in on-the-job training, in classrooms, and in other school activities as well as photographs taken in 1948 during a class trip to the Paris Couture Showings including students with Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain and Jacques Fath; samples of instructional materials; recruitment letters from Julia Coburn to prospective students; a set of Employment Clinic notes recorded in a class taught by Julia Coburn along with Coburn's notes as instructor; promotional brochures; students' term projects; and an example of one student's curriculum. The remainder of the material consists of congratulatory letters to Tobé for receiving the Legion of Honor from the French government, press clippings covering the Tobé-Coburn School, Tobé Coller Davis and Julia Coburn.
The Additions, 1947-2007, consists of a mix of correspondence, minutes, notes and reports. The correspondence includes a few letters of one of the founders Julia Coburn; other material is school reports regarding the world of fashion from the students, and alumni information. The current material, 1980s-1990s, focuses on school business and activities. The remaining material is photographs both historical and current; slides.
The Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Careers Records are arranged in six series: