Browse Collections (19 total)

One American Family: A Tale of North and South


Inspired by the 2018 publication of An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery, by URI's Rachel May (PhD '15), this exhibition reveals…

Contributors: Rebecca Kelly, Instructor and Susan J. Jerome, Collections Manager

Twentieth-Century Designers


Twentieth-Century Fashion Designers The Historic Textile & Costume Collection (HTCC) houses numerous artifacts that represent the work of…

Contributors: Linda Welters, PhD
Students of TMD 570 - Material Culture: 20th c. Fashion Designers, Spring 2021

Materials of the Future


The 1960s were a decade characterized by a break with tradition. Obvious reflections of this can be seen in the development of space exploration and…

Contributors: Zhanique Waite

The Ladies' Paradise

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The Ladies’ Paradise artifact study project was a response to a challenge from the International Textile and Apparel Association to incorporate Émile…

Hats and Bonnets


Head coverings of some sort, for men, women and children, have been part of human culture for thousands of years. In the United States, women followed…

The Kaleidoscope of Textiles: Dress as Multidimensional Cultural Documents

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"Show me the clothes of a culture and I can write its history" - Anatole France (1844-1924)Material culture is the world of things that people – all…

Contributors: The following students contributed to the production of this exhibit: Christina Adamo; Mariela Aguero Barrantes; Aymar Ccopacatty; Susan Day; Erika Holshoe; Michelle Leung; Cordelia Mueller; Samantha Myette; Alyssa Opishinski; Katy W. O’Donnell

All photographs by Connor Steere

Faculty and staff: Jessica Strubel; Rebecca Kelly; Susan J. Jerome

The Perrin Collection


The first Perrin ancestor to arrive in the New World from England in 1635 was John Perrin (Perryn) (1614-1674). He was one of the founders of…

Contributors: Joann Bussian Steere, MS '11
Susan J. Jerome, MS '06



Human beings complement their appearance with the use of accessories, items worn in addition to the basic garments that cover bodies for protection…

Children's Shoes


The Historic Textile and Costume Collection houses almost fifty pairs of baby and children's shoes and slippers, dating from the early 1800s to the…

The Photograph Collection


The URI Historic Textile and Costume Collection houses several hundred photographs ranging from the early daguerreotypes of the 1840s to paper…