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Shawls in the Smith College Historic Costume Collection

The shawls shown here are from the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection.

View all shawls from the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection, in chronological order

ThisĀ archive of clothing and accessories of women in the United States from 1800 to the present represents a range of social classes. It is a resource for students and scholars of costume design, the history of dress and material culture, art and literary history, and curatorial practices. Founded in 1979, the Collection includes over 1000 objects; most of these are donations from Smith College Alumnae.