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Research Centers



You can access resources on textiles and Washington history in the library and study centers at the museum downtown. Scholars, faculty and students can make appointments to research art and artifacts at the museum and at our collections center in northern Virginia.


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Arthur D. Jenkins Library

This non-circulating research library features thousands of hard-to-find resources on global textiles and traditional dress.

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Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center

This center is home to one of the world’s most significant textile study collections, consisting of nearly 4,000 textile fragments created around the globe.