Collections Information

Pattern collections from various institutions and some individuals are included in the Commercial Pattern Archive database. The idea is to cite the location of specific patterns if further information or work with the pattern is needed. All the collections represented here are available by appointment. None of the materials are circulating.

Four Collections are housed at the University of Rhode Island:

The Betty Williams Collection
The Joy Emery Collection
Fashion Institute of Technology
The University of Rhode Island Collection

University of Rhode Island Library, Distinctive Collections,
15 Lippitt Rd,
Kingston, RI 02881
Contact : Joy Emery
Phone : 401-874-2713
FAX : 401-874-4608
Email :

The archive has over 60,000 patterns from the 1860s though 2010 cataloged in CoPA; 90% of the collection is scanned. Additional materials include and extensive collection of tailoring journals, fashion periodicals, pattern catalogs and books related to making garments and dating from the mid-19th century. The catalog of these materials can be found in the URI Library here. Additional materials include Betty Williams research papers.

Other Institutional Collections

Glenbow Museum

130 -9 Ave. S.E. Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2G 0P3
Contact: Marcia Slater, Collections Technician

Forty seven representive patterns from a large number of patterns in the Glenbow collection are in the database: no scanned images at this point.

Kevin L. Seligman Collection

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Doris Stein Research Center, Department of Costume and Textiles
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323-857-6085
FAX: 323-857-6218

Over 18,000 patterns including many English patterns, Most Advance, Butterick, & McCalls patterns are scanned. Housed with the Doris Stein Research Center's Library, the archive encompasses patterns, journals with patterns, sewing and drafting equipment, tailoring and designing instructions, social commentaries, bills of sale, trade cards, and advertisements, which date from the early 19th century through the late 20th century. Pattern companies, such as Blackmore, Bestways, Butterick, Vogue, Le Coquet, Madame Maude, Hollywood, McCall, Weldons, and many others, are represented in this collection. The On-line catalog available via

The Fashion Museum

Assembly Rooms
Bennett Street
Bath, BA1 2QE
Contact: Rosemary Harden / Elaine Uttley
Phone: 44 - 1225 - 477754

About 1500 patterns primarily 20th C: particularly nice "make-do & mend" patterns from WWII & Vogue couturier patterns. Some patterns scanned. Access policy: If you would like to see a selection of dressmaking patterns from the Fashion Museum collection please contact us on to make an appointment in the Fashion Museum Study Facilities. Please note the Study Facilities are popular and do get booked up. It is best, therefore, to plan your visit in good time.

RISD Museum of Art

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Department of Costume & Textiles
224 Benefit St.
Providence, RI 02903
Contact: Kate Irvin, Curator
Phone: (401) 454-6514
FAX: (401) 454-6541

A few late 19th & early 20th C patterns scanned.

Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen's Park
Toronto ON M5S 2C6
Contact: Anu Liivandi
Phone 416-586-8057
FAX 416-586-5877

Thirty-nine representive patterns from over a large number of patterns in the FIT collection are in the database; no scanned images at this point.

Sterling Historical Society

Ruth Hepherman, Curator
7 Pine Street
PO Box 365
Sterling MA 01564
Phone: 978 422-6139

A good representation of very early Butterick patterns and papers related to Ebinezier Buttereick's early years in Sterling. Open hours vary. Best contact is by snail mail.

University Nevada-Reno

Contact information is not available at this time.
CoPA contains 390 patterns from 1950s to 1970: no scanned images at this point.

Individual Collectors

Deanna Hendriks-West

Dewberry, Alberta --T0B1G0
Phone: 780-847-2364
Contact information is not available at this time. CoPA contains 600 patterns to 1970.