Ohio University

The Mary C Doxsee Historic Clothing and Textile Collection

Various clothing items from collection

The Mary C. Doxsee Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection holds over 2,500 historical costume pieces that range from an 1820's day dress to 1920's scarab beetle hairpins to 1980's color block tops and everything in-between. The Doxsee Collection prides itself on being a teaching tool for individual student use, classroom presentations, community outreach and other roles it is used in for academic and community purposes.


Current Exhibitions

Fall 2020: Sunny Disposition. Items that highlight the color yellow in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

 


Past Exhibtions

  • Crazy for Paisleys!, Spring 2018
  • Career Closet Highlights from The Career and Leadership Development Center, Spring 2018
  • Helen Mansfield Robinson Jobe: Dick and Jane series children's' author, Fall 2017
  • Textiles From Around the World, Fall 2017
  • 1980s Homecoming dresses, Spring 2017
  • Deborah McDavis: Farewell to the First Lady, Spring 2017
  • Prominent Women Alumni of Ohio University, Spring 2017

Resources

  • Past Perfect is a computer software program that the department is currently using to modernize the collection for use by Ohio University students, faculty as well as the global online community - check back soon for links and updates!

What We Do

The Mary C. Doxsee Historic Clothing and Textile Collection is a proud addition to the Retail and Fashion Merchandising program here at the Patton College of Education. We strive to be a learning tool for students, faculty as well as the general public. Since the Doxsee Collection is a museum collection we also seek to preserve history/culture through clothing and dress items. There are over 2,500 items in the collection that range from an 1820's day dress to 1920's scarab beetle hair pins to 1980's color block tops and everything in-between. The Doxsee Collection prides itself on being a teaching tool for individual student use, classroom presentations, community outreach and other roles it is used in for academic and community purposes. 


History

Mary C. Doxsee Historic Clothing and Textile Collection began as a passion for Ms. Doxsee, who was a professor in the Home Economics department here at Ohio University. Her interest in clothing and textiles was well-known and faculty, students and community members from around the area would offer her items to use as teaching tools in her class or just to keep to show students. Her husband, Gifford Doxsee, was a professor of Middle Eastern/North African studies and when he traveled to that area of the world he also brought back textiles and clothing for her to add to the growing collection. Eventually, when Mary retired in the early 1980s the collection was named in her honor and is still used as a teaching tool at Ohio University for present and future generations of students.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Mary C. Doxsee Collection is to educate students and interested public about dress and textiles of historical significance. The Doxsee Collection is a repository for examples of historical dress and textiles. The mission includes a focus on the education and conservation, preservation and restoration of dress and textiles through consultation and direct


Contact

Trina Gannon Blair
Assistant Professor of Instruction
Retail and Fashion Merchandising
McCracken Hall 121A
740.593.4422
gannont@ohio.edu