The Collection

The cloth, the clothes, the machines on which they were produced, and the stories of the people who made and wore them…


The American Textile History Museum houses one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Its collections contain thousands of books, trade catalogs, business records and personal papers, prints and photographs, a growing costume collection, millions of textiles samples, and hundreds of machines used in textile manufacturing. The Museum is an unparalleled resource for the study of textile history in the United States. You will find a wealth of information about textile art, factory architecture, textile production, technological invention, labor history, industrial organization and the everyday life of mill towns.

Detail of a wheel on a carding machine.

Detail of a wheel on a carding machine made by the Lombard Machine Company in Worcester, MA between 1875 and 1900. 1967.44.5.

This Pennsylvania coverlet was woven between the late 18th to-early 19th century.

This Pennsylvania coverlet was woven between the late 18th to-early 19th century.
1962.10.3.

   

Naumkeag Steam Cotton Mill, Salem, MA ca. 1850 (oil painting)

Naumkeag Steam Cotton Mill, Salem, MA ca. 1850 (oil painting).

Spinning on a great wheel, ca. 1860 (ambrotype).

Spinning on a great wheel, ca. 1860 (ambrotype).

   

Cocecho salesman sample sheet dated September 28, 1889

Cocecho salesman sample sheet dated September 28, 1889,
#5511.

Label for a bolt of cloth, late 19th century (chromolith.).

Label for a bolt of cloth, late 19th century (chromolith.).