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Historic Clothing and Textile Collection

The Historic Clothing and Textile Collection is a collection of over 2,500 garments, accessories, and textiles dating from the 1800s to the present. The Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection mission is to be a valuable platform for outreach, experiential learning, teaching, research, inclusivity and inspiration at the University of Georgia.

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The HCTC is an educational resources for students and researchers at UGA and beyond. It is used for classroom demonstrations regularly to discuss silhouette, textile technology, merchandising, art, and social issues. Also those students who work with the collection learn about museum practices. 


Researchers at UGA and beyond can use the collection physically, as well as its digitized images, and comprehensive meta data to focus on dress history topics.  

What's in the Collection

  • Various eras in history and in the evolution of dress in the United States, with particular emphasis on artifacts formerly owned or worn by Georgians.
  • Various subcultures in the United States.
  • A variety of traditional dress from world cultures in order to build a greater ethnographic collection.
  • The works of American couture designers.


The current collection recently moved to the Special Collections Library and we are undertaking a collections assessment. Therefore, we are processing donations selectively and only taking a limited number of items that are highly unique and aligned with the mission of the colllection. Normal donation will likely resume Spring 2021. You are welcome to contact us to discuss objects you may want to donate in the future.

Thank you for your interest.

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