On 01/07/2013 01:27 PM, Dee Cadoret wrote:
> Good Afternoon All,
> It was recommended to me that I need to get copies of the NESAT books to
> help me with my early period garb. I've only been able to find a copy of
> NESAT 10, 7, and 9 in the UK but haven't ordered them yet. I contacted
> NESAT directly but they do not have an online library available and
> simple responded to find the books at my local book store.
> Do you have any suggestions on where to look? I live in a rural area
> located outside a small town who's idea of research texts is a copy of
> the Funk and Wagnell's Encyclopedia and some books on medicine from the
> 70's. Should I just suck it up and order the copies from the UK
You may have to "suck it up" as you suggest, but first I suggest getting
your hands on the tables of contents (or at least a list of articles)
for the various volumes first, to see which ones are most relevant to
your particular early-period costume interests. NESAT includes articles
about archaeological textiles other than costume-related ones, and the
time period embraced extends to the 17th century.
They are expensive, though, and the older ones are out of print and hard
to come by for any price, because they were published as small print
runs. If you want to search for any of them, try the abebooks site or
www.addall.com--two of my favorite resources for finding used books for
sale on the Internet.
Carolyn Priest-Dorman placed the tables of contents for the first 6
NESAT volumes on her website, here:
I listed most of the early-period NESAT articles in NESAT X here:
I posted article lists for NESAT 7 (I think) and 8 on a cite called
MedCos that no longer exists, and the Wayback Machine tells me that the
relevant server that hosts their snapshots of the site is down for
I have copies (photocopies, in a few cases) of all of the NESATs that
have been published to date. (There is another one, NESAT XI, that was
scheduled for publication in 2012 and will likely come out this year.)
If you are interested, e-mail me back privately and I will scan and
e-mail you PDFs of the tables of contents for NESAT 7, 8, and 9.
Finally, you may also wish to consider two other journals that often
have articles on aspects of early period costume:
1. Archaeological Textiles Review (formerly Archaeological Textiles
Newsletter). Formerly published two times a year; now published once a
year (since 2012). Good quality articles, often with color photographs.
Like NESAT, many of the articles involve early period costume;
however, the articles are often of preliminary research and go into less
depth than those published in NESAT. An annual subscription is 20 Euros
(about $26 US, right now); back issues, to the extent available, are 10
Euros apiece (about $13 US, right now), and they have two back issues
available on line for free download with plans to add more. The
homepage is here:
Medieval Clothing and Textiles. This journal is also an annual; it's
published by Boydell & Brewer in the UK. They are published as
hardcover books for $60.00 apiece (earlier volumes are usually available
for less). The volumes are listed on the following page--choose a
volume to see the list of articles for that volume.
Finally, it may be possible for your library to locate some of the
volumes for you through InterLibrary Loan. It may be useful for you to
look up the volumes you need (NESAT, or anything else) at worldcat.org;
that will get you ISBN numbers and other data that will help your
library find the correct book. Worldcat.org can also tell you what
college or institutional libraries have the book.
Good luck with your research!
"Remember that time is money."