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Welcome to our Online Collections Database!

The collection at the heart of the Textiles and Clothing Museum at Iowa State University began as an ad hoc accumulation of teaching tools from faculty in the Department of Textiles and Clothing. Now numbering over 9,500 items, it is a unique and irreplaceable record of the material culture and history of societies and time periods around the globe. Dating from the 1840s through the present day, it is a microcosm of the backgrounds, experiences, and tastes of the region and its diverse residents. The Collection expresses the taste and style of Midwesterners and highlights local responses to international trends in fashion and design.

When the Textiles and Clothing Museum opened in 2007, the name was retained as a reference to the former department. The collection currently provides classroom support for courses in dress history, museum studies, and fashion illustration within the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design program of the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management.

More records are being added frequently - please visit often!

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Woman's Institute will return records associated with Woman's OR Institute). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Chado Ralph Rucci"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching within a selected catalog. If you only want to search for books, click the Libraries button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.