UNH Costume Collection Records

Collection number: UA 22-42
Size: (1 folder) (0.10 cu.ft.)

About the UNH Costume Collection

The UNH Costume Collection was first gathered by Prof. Irma Bowen under the auspices of the Home Economics Department beginning in the 1920s. Over 600 clothes and accessories were donated to the collection by Durham residents and the friends and colleagues of Ms. Bowen. She used them as teaching tools in her classes, both to demonstrate fashion history and to provide hands-on examples of sewing techniques. After Miss Bowen's death in 1947, the Board of Trustees voted to name the collection The Irma Bowen Memorial Collection as a tribute to her dedication as a teacher in the field of textiles.

About the UNH Costume Collection Records

This collection is composed of letter of acknoweldgement of items donated to the costume collection. It is not a comprehensive list of the holdings.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UNH Costume Collection Records, 1943-1970, UA 22-42, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Transfer from UNH Museum. 2019

The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection Digital Catalog includes two hundred garments and accessories, with detailed descriptions and over a thousand photographs.



Letters & Postcards