Frequently Asked Questions

How do I take care of my own treasured textiles?
  • Read about caring for textiles here
How do I donate my textiles to your collection?

We appreciate your interest in donating to the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to accept textile donations. We are currently undertaking a major two-year effort to hire staff, establish new strategic priorities, and secure the necessary resources to transition the online collection to a new, more robust and user-friendly database. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Other institutions that may be interested in your gift:

  • The Wisconsin Historical Society’s historical textile collection. You may find more information about how to donate to their collections here.
  • The Milwaukee Art Museum’s decorative arts collection. You may find more information about how to donate to their collections here.
I would like to use an image of your textiles. What should I do?

Not seeing an answer to your question? Email us at hlatc@sohe.wisc.edu or call 608-262-1162.