Costume historian Julie Beinecke Stackpole has generously contributed a collection of artifacts from the estate of her mother, Mary Ann Beinecke. The donation comprises artifacts and ephemera relating to Beinecke and her involvement with the Nantucket Looms, the Cloth Company of Nantucket, and the Nantucket School of Needlery. The collection of over one hundred objects, which includes many significant textiles and garments and a wealth of archival items, is an important addition to the NHA’s collection and tells the story of Beinecke’s central role in the craft revival on Nantucket in the 1960s and 1970s.
Highlights of this donation include working doc-uments from the School of Needlery correspondence course, samples of yarns developed by Beinecke, a book of color photographs, and fabric samples from the Jared Coffin House project and the first years of the Nantucket Looms. Several fabric samples, garments, and accesso-ries tell the story of the growth of the Nantucket Looms during the 1960s, including innovative woven textiles designed by Beincke and Andy Oates. Also included in the collection are unique printed textiles by Leslie and D.D. Tillett from 1964 –1968, when the Nantucket Looms expanded and was known as the Cloth Company of Nantucket.
“The Nantucket craft revival was a key aspect of the transformation of the island in the 1960s and 1970s, and the NHA has been making concerted efforts to be certain that the revival is represented among our artifact and archival holdings,” says Michael R. Harrison, Obed Macy Director of Research & Collections.
The NHA thanks the Stackpole family for their continued generosity and foresight in entrusting the organizition with this historically significant col-lection. These artifacts and their stories can now be shared with the public through the NHA’s online col-lections database, and included in future exhibitions and public programs.