Online Resources

The Textile and Costume Collection is available for browsing and research online through two digital resources: Artstor’s digital image resource Shared Shelf, and the Tapestry application, which is unique to PhilaU. Shared Shelf offers the opportunity to view objects in both the Costume and Textile collections, while Tapestry focuses on the University’s holdings of the Zane Collection, which documents textile design at the turn of the 20th century.


Funded with the generous support of The Barra Foundation, Tapestry allows users to browse and search thousands of historic fabric swatches from Philadelphia University’s vast textile collection. Accessible to the Philadelphia University community and the general public.

costumeThe Costume Collection

The Costume Collection on Shared Shelf is a comprehensive catalog of the collection’s garments and accessories. Browse the entire collection or do a keyword search for a specific designer or item type to narrow your results. Accessible to Philadelphia University community.

textileThe Textile Collection

The Textile Collection on Shared Shelf provides digital images of the collection’s textiles and textile related material, including quilts, fabric swatches, and Stevengraphs, as well as point papers and design croquis from the region’s historic textile manufacturers.  Browse the collection by item type or search by motif or weave structure to generate a wealth of design inspiration. Accessible to Philadelphia University community.