The Framingham State University Costume and Textile Resources Center is a teaching/learning resource for the campus: faculty, students, staff, community at large, historical societies, and individuals. The Research Center consists of historic and contemporary textiles, apparel, and accessories. Multimedia, periodicals, and library materials are available to supplement costume documentation.
The Framingham State University Costume and Textile Resources Center provides examples in period, culture, and contemporary artifacts related to costume and textiles, and provides examples of period fashion design and retailing. Items in the Research Center are used in classes to demonstrate, critique, and analyze the relationship of the artifact to social, political, artistic, and economic factors. The focus of the Resource Center includes:
- Period costume: 19th, 20th, and 21st century.
- Cultural Dress: Tourist and 20th and 21st century.
- Accessories: 19th, 201th, and 21st century, hats, shoes, jewelry, stockings
- Multimedia: 19th, 20th, and 21st century, periodicals, books, postcards, photographs, slides, patterns, historic sewing machines, and fibers.
- Framingham State University memorabilia: faculty and student samples, 150th and 175th anniversary reproduction costumes and accessories, historically significant laboratory equipment