About Us

The Historic Costume & Textiles Collection is a scholarly and artistic resource of apparel and textile material culture. The 11,500+ holdings encompass a range of three dimensional objects such as textiles and articles of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, including national dress costume, from the mid-18th century to contemporary 21st century designers. The Collection also houses a number of period fashion magazines, fashion plates, swatch books and commercial patterns. Particular strengths of the Collection are objects pertaining to central Ohio and the U.S. fashion industry.


The mission of the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection is to:

  • Collect and preserve apparel and textile artifacts of global and diverse origins that meet the needs of department and university classes and represent the spectrum of American consumers and material culture,
  • Provide access to the artifacts for researchers and scholars including faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, industry partners and community members through direct and electronic means,
  • Interpret artifacts via educational opportunities including classroom use, public exhibitions, and programs.


Through exhibitions and educational programs the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection provides diverse audiences with the opportunity to participate in experiences that enhance understanding of the technical aspects, the aesthetics, and the social meaning of apparel and textiles. Knowledge gained from these experiences nurtures innovation and creativity in design and professional practice in the global marketplace.

Snowden Galleries

The Gladys Keller Snowden Gallery is located in the Geraldine Schottenstein Wing for the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection, attached to Campbell Hall. Access to the gallery is easiest through the archway entrance on the north side of the building. The gallery is part of the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection and houses current exhibitions showcasing textile and clothing artifacts.

Geraldine Schottenstein Wing

The Geraldine Schottenstein Wing for the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection is an addition to Campbell Hall that was dedicated in 1996. It was made possible through the generosity of Geraldine’s late husband, Jerome Schottenstein, and houses the Collection’s office, workroom, storage facilities, and galleries.

Geraldine Schottenstein Wing