If you are interested in studying textiles, please be aware of this new archival collection of the Textile Study Room available at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

About this collection—

“The Textile Study Room of The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in 1908. From then until the mid-1990s, when its activities were integrated into those of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, the Textile Study Room was consulted by students, designers, and others seeking knowledge or inspiration from historical and contemporary examples of fabrics. In its early years, research supported by the Textile Study Room focused on European textiles and laces, as well as Japanese and Chinese textiles. The Textile Study Room frequently hosted lectures about its holdings by curators and specialists in the field. It also acquired photographs of fabrics and textiles from Central and South America, Asia, and India. The records include correspondence, invoices, fabric samples, photographs and other items that document the work of curators and other staff of this department over several decades.”

Consult the finding aid for this collection to learn more! For access policies contact archives@metmuseum.org or visit their website at http://libmma.org/portal/museum-archives/.