CSA Series

Knock It Off:

A History of Design Piracy in the US Women’s Ready-to-Wear Apparel Industry

Looks at the history and confusing lack of legal protections for designers of ready-to-wear.


Managing Costume Collections:

An Essential Primer

Offers systematic approaches to organization, accessibility, record keeping, safety, and a host of other stewardship concerns related to managing costume collections of every type.


American Menswear

From the Civil War to the
Twenty-first Century

Fashion historian Daniel Delis Hill takes readers on a fascinatingly detailed tour of America’s changing sartorial landscape.


American Silk, 1830-1930:

Entrepreneurs and Artifacts

Traces the evolution of the American silk industry through three compelling and very different case studies.


As Seen in Vogue:

A Century of American
Fashion in Advertising

A chronicle of American women’s fashions that examines the ready-to-wear industry, fashion journalism, and advertising.


Clothing and Textile
Collections in the United States:

A CSA Guide

Comprehensive guide to American institutions that have clothing, uniforms, accessories, textiles, quilts, and flags among their holdings.


M. de Gersault's 1767
Art of the Shoemaker:

An Annotated Translation

Tens of thousands of shoemakers worked in the 18th century. This scholarly translation illuminates previously lost artisanship and practices.


The Sunbonnet:

An American Icon in Texas

Surveying its previous history, Matheson pursues what the sunbonnet reveals about twentieth-century American fashion, culture, and ideals, as well as class- and race-related issues.


Your Vintage Keepsake:

A CSA Guide to Costume
Storage and Display

Margaret Ordonez offers options for storage, guidelines for prevention and treatment, and instructions for displaying apparel and accessories.


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Information for Prospective Authors

In 2017, the CSA Series moved to its new home, Kent State University Press. Inquiries and proposals for works on all subjects relating to the history and conservation of costume and adornment are welcome. Books chosen to be published range from scholarly to general interest and vary widely in format, from primarily textual to highly illustrated.

Although all titles must pass a rigorous review in terms of substance, not all must be scholarly. The Series also considers books that address or embrace a general readership. Titles in this category must be well written and focused on their specific subjects as well as carefully researched and substantiated, but they cannot become too deeply entrenched in theory or jargon for the average reader.

To request consideration of your proposed or completed manuscript, please send a query letter or prospectus. You can expect an initial response within eight weeks.

Your prospectus should include the following:

  • Your working title
  • Anticipated manuscript length
  • A tight description of the work (200-300 words), including its focus and scope
  • An annotated contents, indicating the focus and scope of each chapter, any major subdivisions therein, and any significant appendixes
  • A comparison of your manuscript to others published on the subject, explaining why you think your treatment of the subject is compellingly different
  • A concise summary of the niche and market for your book, specifying the need for it, the various audiences who will purchase it, and the size of those audiences
  • A brief autobiographical statement telling us why you are qualified to write this book
  • Manuscript samples, preferably an introduction and a complete sample chapter
  • Your complete contact information (including e-mail and a daytime phone number)
If we are potentially interested in publishing your book, we will request additional chapters or the complete manuscript. Manuscripts that merit further consideration are peer reviewed and must be approved by the Kent State University Press Editorial Committee.

During the review process, we will send you an author background questionnaire. Your answers to this questionnaire are crucial to the publishing decision and, should your book be accepted, to the preparation of a marketing plan. The final decision to publish is based primarily on peer review, committee approval, cost estimates, and your responses to the author questionnaire.

Generally, a contract is offered upon approval of the Press Editorial Committee. Agented authors should be aware that the Press insists on direct communications with the author during the consideration process.

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

CSA Series Editor

Kent State University Press
1118 Library
P.O. Box 5190
Kent OH 44242