ATHM Collections Transfer Update

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As we prepare to permanently close our museum, we are engaged in the painstaking process to transfer our collection to other organizations for continuing public benefit. Artifacts in the ATHM collection are held on behalf of the public and, as such, are being relocated to other nonprofit or government organizations to ensure future public access and benefit. All collections are expected to be removed from the Museum by August 2017.

Update: March 21, 2017

We are pleased to share that we have identified future homes for the majority of the ATHM collection. As such, we are no longer accepting collections requests. We will share the names of the future homes in an upcoming update.

Update: March 7, 2017

ATHM to Transfer Bulk of Library Collection to Cornell University Library

The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) has voted to transfer the bulk of the Museum’s Osborne Library to Cornell University Library (CUL), part of the Museum’s process to transfer its entire collection of artifacts to other organizations as it prepares to permanently close its doors.

“As we engage in this painstaking process to transfer our collections, we are seeking organizations of good reputation that can ensure the greatest continuing public access and benefit,” said ATHM Interim Executive Director Todd Smith. “As one of this country’s outstanding university library systems, Cornell University Library fully meets these criteria, and we are confident they will best ensure long-term preservation and continuation of this component of ATHM’s mission.”

The Osborne Library comprises a premier collection of more than 90,000 textile-related books, manuscripts, prints, maps, photographs, cloth labels, trade literature, and serial publications.

The Cornell University Library, located on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, is a leading academic research library with outstanding collections, service, and instructional programs, and is a leader in digital library applications. The CUL system includes the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives, the Albert R. Mann Library, and the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, a world-renowned repository of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and archival materials.

“The American Textile History Museum and Cornell University Library share core collection strengths in fiber science, apparel design, and labor history,” said Curtis Lyons, Harriet Morel Oxman Director of the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library. “Bringing these collections together will strengthen these areas, while also expanding the Library’s traditional collecting areas to include business history, industry studies, and related topics. The resulting collection will serve diverse researchers in all of these areas, from Cornell University faculty and students to external researchers from across the globe.”

The physical transfer of the Osborne Library collections is scheduled for April.

Additional collections transfers
ATHM continues to engage in the painstaking process to transfer collections to worthy museums, historical societies, and non-profit organizations. All collections are expected to be removed from the Museum by August 2017. Transfers approved by the Museum Collections Committee and Board of Trustees to date include: