Textile Study Room Archives now available at Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Textile Study Room of The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in 1908. From then until the mid-1990s, when its activities were integrated into those of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center, the Textile Study Room was consulted by students, designers, and others seeking knowledge or inspiration from historical and contemporary examples of fabrics. In its early years, research supported by the Textile Study Room focused on European textiles and laces, as well as Japanese and Chinese textiles. The Textile Study Room frequently hosted lectures about its holdings by curators and specialists in the field. It also acquired photographs of fabrics and textiles from Central and South America, Asia, and India. The records include correspondence, invoices, fabric samples, photographs and other items that document the work of curators and other staff of this department over several decades. Finding aid:


For information about access to these collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, contact archives@metmuseum.org or visit our website at http://libmma.org/portal/museum-archives/.

Open Access Textbooks

I am helping a professor discover an open access textbook for Retail 1100: Fashion and Culture.  This is our intro course, and covers topics such as dress and culture, sustainable fashion, consumerism, etc.  We don’t have a design school.  Here are the places we have already looked:  (from our page of OA resources, here:  https://www.library.ohio.edu/services/for-faculty/scholarly-communication/open-access/)  Are there other places to search, or texts you are aware of that might fit the bill here?

  • Open Professionals Education Network – links to discovery tools for open textbooks, photos, video, audio, and more.
  • Open Textbook Library –  a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.
  • MERLOT II – tens of thousands of  discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder web pages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material.
  • Open Stax College – open textbooks for high enrollment college courses using the Connexions platform.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons – open teaching and learning materials including full university courses, interactive mini-lessons, simulations, and electronic textbooks.
  • Open Course Library – Textbooks, syllabi, assessments, in 81 high-enrollment college courses created by a Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC) grant.
  • Teaching Commons – Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes high-quality open educational resources such as textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more. Discover content by type of work or subject.
  • Open Book Publishers – Award-winning enterprise run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research available to readers around the world. Includes a growing collection of monographs and textbooks in all areas.
  • College Open Text Books Collaborative  A collection of twenty-nine education organizations focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.