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The textile collection housed at the Wistariahurst Museum includes a wide variety of clothing, household linens, decorations, accessories, and even clothing for dolls. The collection houses items from the 1830s to 1970s. The collection is made up of donations over the years, starting with the Skinner family’s clothing and household items. All the clothing was either made by Skinner Silks and Satins or worn by a resident of Holyoke, MA.
  • 220 linear feet of textile materials
  • Skinner fabric samples
  • Exemplary period styles
  • Clothing related to the Holyoke Community
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Keywords for This Collection

Clothing, uniforms, household linens, decoration, accessories, doll clothes, Skinner Family, dresses, suits, undergarments, wedding attire, children’s clothing, footware, gloves, jewelry, purses, Victorian, Edwardian, hats, lace, silk, satin, ties

Terms of Access and Use

The collection is open for research, with some restrictions.

Collection Details
1830‐1970 [bulk: early 1900s] 157 boxes (220 linear feet)

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