Historic Textile and Costume Collection

The mission of the Historic Textile and Costume Collection supports teaching in the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, as well as other departments on campus; encourages research by students, faculty, and visiting scholars; and provides artifacts for use in class, exhibitions in the Textile Gallery, and loans at other museums.

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Man's tail coat

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Mrs. Muriel Buckley donated this man’s plaid tailcoat to the university in 1967, apparently as part of a collection of antique clothing started by her…

Textile Fragment

Textile Fragment

The large collection donated by Franklin Cushman and his family and friends included two fragments of a printed cotton dress that once belonged to…

Quilted Petticoat


This petticoat, donated to URI by Winslow Ames in 1971, contributes to our understanding of quilting as an important element of a woman’s life in the…

Quilted Petticoat

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This brown silk petticoat originally was owned by Mary Perrin. Mary was born 14 September 1811, in Rehoboth, Massachusetts (Steere 2011). The…