Mount Mary University Digital Collections

Browse Exhibits (6 total)

  • The Founding of a Fashion Program

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    Dress model in Mount Mary textiles classroom, 1932-1939

    In the fall of 1965 Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began offering a major in fashion design with a minor in clothing and textiles. The four-year Bachelor of Arts degree, which drew substance from an interdisciplinary combination of art, clothing, and textile courses, was the first of its kind in the nation. Explore the history of the Mount Mary Fashion Program through the images and documents in this exhibit.

  • In the Words of Women: A Mount Mary Storytelling Project

    This is an ongoing collection of audio stories recorded by the Mount Mary community, begun in 2022. Haggerty Library's high-tech Storybooth lives in the library's café space and is available for individuals or classes who wish to share their stories - short, long, or somewhere in-between. As Mount Mary begins to build a storytelling culture around campus, this exhibit will be home to a growing collection of wide-ranging stories.

  • The Mount Mary University Fashion Archive

    The Mount Mary University Fashion Archive preserves and exhibits historically significant garments and accessories. Each item in the Fashion Archive reveals information about the period in which it was created, as well as the people who made and wore it.

    The Digital Fashion Archive (DFA) was created to optimize access for fashion design students and faculty,  fashion professionals, fashion scholars, curators, collectors, and anyone interested in the history of fashion. The DFA is a teaching tool that allows users to study fashion as it developed and evolved in the classroom, on the runway, and in the world at large.

  • Harper Lee at Mount Mary

    In May 1964, Mount Mary awarded an Honorary Degree to Nelle Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird. In accepting the degree Ms. Lee traveled to Mount Mary and took part in commencement ceremonies. This exhibit provides a glimpse of Ms. Lee's visit and some insight into the friendship that resulted between her and Sister Mary John Francis Schuh, President of Mount Mary.

  • Life On The Mount

    The snapshots featured in this exhibit offer a unique and often candid view of Mount Mary from the perspective of a student during the 1950s. The photographs were donated to Mount Mary in 2011 by a woman who purchased them at a garage sale in Lima, Ohio. She was able to determine that the images once belonged to Virginia Moore, a 1957 Mount Mary graduate, and generously offered them to the archives. The photographs were likely taken by Virginia Moore or her friends with a personal camera. They were printed on Kodak Velox paper. The captions are primarily based upon information found on the back of the original photos, most likely written by Virginia Moore. Some images had no information at all and individuals or events are identified based on other captions and information available in the Mount Mary archives. Captions in quotes are verbatim from the original images.

  • Givenchy Across the Decades: Selections From The Mount Mary University Fashion Archive

    French designer Hubert de Givenchy styled some of the world's most fashionable women — icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Princess Grace of Monaco.

    Our collection of Givenchy masterpieces ranges across his career and provides a sampling of his creations. Day and night ensembles are rounded out with suiting options and outerwear, all of which speak to the designer's timeless aesthetic and elegance.

    The eventual goal is to join this with the Digital Fashion Archive exhibit.

    (Please note that the sizable Gallery page may take a bit to load on some computers or devices).