January 21, 2022

University of Rhode Island: “Love of Sewing Patterns Leads to World-Class Collection” (Commercial Pattern Archive)

From the Associated Press:

The University of Rhode Island has the largest known collection of sewing patterns in the world, according to the collection’s curator, Joy Spanabel Emery, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.


About 50,000 are on paper and 62,000 are in an electronic database. They’re at the university because of Emery’s love of patterns.

Emery donated her personal collection of patterns and periodicals to the university years ago and has painstakingly sorted through the donations sent there as word spread about the growing repository. Three more boxes full just arrived to be added to the overflowing filing cabinets.

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