Your Support is Important

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is grateful to have the support of collectors, artists, alumni, scholars, and textile enthusiasts. Private support is critical to the Collection’s continued preeminence and sustainability now and in the future. From the individual yearly gifts by Friends of HLATC to named endowments, 80% of the Collection’s activities depends on external support.

Become a Friend

Become a Friend of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection! When you join by making a yearly gift, you’ll show your support for one of the country’s leading textile collections and receive HLATC’s annual newsletter, bi-monthly e-newsletters, plus personal invitations to workshops, special events, lectures, and exhibitions. A gift of $75 or more will establish you as a Friend, or continue your membership, for a calendar year.
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In addition to your annual gift as a Friend of HLATC, you can make a lasting impact with a contribution to the HLATC Adopt-A-Textile Endowment Fund. With a gift of $10,000 payable over five years, you can make a symbolic adoption of a textile of your choosing. When you adopt a textile, your name will be forever linked to that object and you’ll have the satisfaction of making a gift to benefit HLATC in perpetuity. You can also participate in the Adopt-a-Textile Endowment at another level. For more information about these opportunities, contact our partners at the UW Foundation:
Bobette Heller, Associate Vice President of Development, (608) 509-6856,
Claire Mezick, Director of Development, (608) 572-3310,

Donations of Textiles

We receive many inquiries from individuals who generously offer to donate textiles to the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. We appreciate this thoughtful interest. HLATC is committed to a strategic, planned, and integrated approach to building the Collection to serve current and future needs. To make certain that objects in the Collection provide the most value to our teaching mission, we strategically review our collecting initiatives every three to five years with the guidance of our Collections Committee.

At this time HLATC is interested in the following types of textiles:

  • Native American textiles, especially bead and quill work
  • 15th-17th century velvets and brocades
  • Embroidery samplers
  • 1920s beaded dresses
  • Mariano Fortuny gowns
  • Tailored men’s and women’s suits, 1930-1959
  • Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress
  • Emilio Pucci, Zandra Rhodes, or Lilly Pulitzer print dresses
  • Enamel mesh bags (e.g., Whiting and Davis)
  • Historic Western undergarments
  • Folding fans

Should your interest in donating an object fall outside of these categories, we unfortunately are not able to accept your gift at this time. Other institutions you may wish to contact about your gift include:
Wisconsin Historical Society: Objects made, used, and/or worn in Wisconsin
Madison Children’s Museum: Textiles related to children, especially historic clothing
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts: Quilts and fiber arts

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More questions?

Please call 608-262-1162. You can also email HLATC.