Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

Located in the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is primarily a teaching collection serving the Design Studies Department and other academic disciplines on campus, including the Material Culture program. The collection of more than 13,000 artificts is used to learn about textiles from both cultural and artistic perspectives. Portions of the collection are on view year-round in the Lynn Mecklenburg Reading Room and scheduled exhibitions in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery.

Learn More

Make an appointment to visit the collection and Ruth Ketterer Harris Library.

1194 Nancy Nicholas Hall
First floor; Lynn Mecklenburg Reading Room
1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706


Sherry Harlacher, Director, 608-890-4854
Natasha Thoreson, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Plan Your Trip

Be sure to submit Tour Request Forms at least two weeks prior to your preferred date. To get here, use the interactive campus map for bus and parking information. Free public parking is available in lots 20 and 26 after 4:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessibility is through the Nancy Nicholas Hall Parking Garage lot 27. Several buses go by Nancy Nicholas Hall, including the free campus route 80 bus.