We are currently engaged in the process of transferring our priceless collection to other museums and charitable organizations to serve as committed, long-term stewards. 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:
- Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, PA. Associated American Artists and Jack Lenor Larsen yard goods, wall hangings, coverlets, quilts, costumes (dresses, blouses, scarves, shawls, jackets, skirts, dressing gowns, etc.).
- Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, AL. Textile sample: “Peace,” woven by Auburn University Textile School.
- Berea College, Hutchins Library, Berea, KY.
Weaving sample book and class notebook belonging to Daphne Francis.
- Boston Public Library, Boston, MA. Reports of the Commissioner of Patents, 1840s -1870s.
- Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, RI. Spinning wheels, assorted wooden tools, linens, life-sized sheep.
- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY. Associated American Artists and Jack Lenor Larsen textiles (yard goods and samples), various other printed textiles and commemoratives (e.g. bookmarks, handkerchief, samples).
- Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY. The bulk of the Osborne Library’s premier collection of more than 90,000 textile-related books, manuscripts, prints, maps, photographs, cloth labels, trade literature, and serial publications.
- The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, Memphis, TN. Cotton samples, yarn fragments.
- Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE. Patent models, machine and tool models, textiles and documents related to John Mercer (1791-1866), an English chemist who invented mercerization, a process for treating cotton to strengthen the threads.
- Haverhill Firefighting Museum, Haverhill, MA. Firefighting suits and boots.
- Hearthside House Museum, Lincoln, RI. Coverlets, wooden looms, spinning wheels, and other assorted wooden tools.
- Hingham Historical Society, Hingham, MA. 1815 textiles: sheets, towels, pillowcases.
- International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI. Venus Williams tennis ensemble.
- Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology, Kansas City, MO. American Fabrics catalogs, Reports of the Commissioner of Patents, 1840s-1870s.
- Manchester Historic Association, Manchester, NH. Sample books of cotton prints.
- Marshfield School of Weaving in Marshfield, VT. Wooden looms, spinning wheels, and other assorted wooden tools. Marshfield will be hosting an event on Saturday, July 29, 2017, to celebrate and give the public a chance to view the artifacts received from ATHM. The event will include a tweed waulking with Norman Kennedy and music and dancing up at Kate’s barn.
- Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. Coverlets, including the Hawthorne coverlet collection. Research materials donated by Rita Adrosko.
- Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN. North Star Woolen Mills Blankets and blanket fragments.
- Mt. Tabor-Danby Historical Society, Danby, VT.
S. Morison spinning wheel.
- Nashua Historical Society, Nashua, NH. W. Maynard frock coat, Eaton & Ayer shuttles.
- National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Revere & Son bell and carriage.
- New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA. Textile books.
- North Andover Historical Society, North Andover, MA. Assorted wooden tools and educational programming materials.
- Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Navajo blankets, Rio Grande blanket.
- Randolph Heritage Conservancy, Franklinville, North Carolina. A majority of ATHM’s machinery collection, including looms, carding machines, winders, warping reels, knitting machines, spinning mules, spinning jacks, cap spinning frames, card clothing machines, shearing machines, and various tools and machinery parts.
- St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA. Oil painting portrait of Harry Sutton.
- The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Cambridge, MA. Watercolor paintings of textile mills by artist Marian Schlesinger.
- Scottish Tartans Museum & Heritage Center, Franklin, NC. Sample books of woolen tartans.
- Waldoborough Historical Society, Waldoboro, Maine. Waldoboro rugs.
- Westford Museum & Historical Society, Westford, MA. Plaques, yarn packages, yarn hanks related to Westford history.