Collecting Textiles: Is It Worth It?

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Beth Ann Koelsch, Associate Professor and Curator of The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (Creator)
Jennifer Motszko, Manuscripts Archivist Librarian (Creator)
Kathelene McCarty Smith, Assistant Professor and Instruction and Outreach Archivist (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This article describes both the benefits and disadvantages of collecting textiles in an archival repository based on an analysis of three different collections housed at the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The article details how the curators weighed concerns regarding preservation and storage against the value of using textiles for research, instruction, and exhibits for each of their collecting areas. Their conclusions, and the rationales behind them, highlight important issues regarding textile collections within the archival field.

Additional Information

Journal for the Society of North Carolina Archivists, 10(2), 2-17
Language: English
Date: 2013
textiles, library collections, library special collections, university archives, archival repositories, textile repositories, textile preservation, textile collections

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