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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Eunice Haugen (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Rehousing Textile Collections

The purchase of supplies to rehouse a newly acquired collection of nearly 2,000 scarves designed by Vera Neumann (1907-1993), an American artist and entrepreneur. Neumann was a prolific designer, creating as many as 600 textile designs a year. Her textile designs began as paintings, which she adapted for screen printing on fabric. She was one of the first major designers to register her original artworks with the Library of Congress, with over 8,000 copyrighted designs.  This collection enhances the Goldstein Museum’s extensive holdings of objects that are used to teach design and design history.

TThe Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) requests $5,995 to purchase 735 clear polyester (Mylar) and Hollytex sleeves to house a portion of a large donation of newly accessioned Vera™ (Vera Neumann) scarves. These folder-like enclosures will provide a safe handling format of encapsulation, lessen the chance of abrasion, and separate the uniquely sized items into a more uniform dimension, making it easier to store them in drawers. Vera Neumann (1907-1993) is central to the history of textile design in America and one of the most successful businesswomen of her time. She was a self-made American entrepreneur and artist best known for her boldly colored linen patterns and scarves. Her products were highly affordable and accessible to everyone. This grant will help preserve and make this collection accessible to future generations for scholarship and/or inspiration.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,995 (approved)
$5,995 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016