Textile Preservation Associates records, ca.1980-ca.2005.


Thomsen, Fonda Ghiardi. Textile Preservation Associates records, ca.1980-ca.2005.

Textile Preservation Associates records, ca.1980-ca.2005.

The bulk of the collection consists of treatment files from Textile Preservation Associates (TPA), including treatment proposals; analyses of the items to be conserved; reports of work done; photographs of items before, during, and after treatment; and samples of threads and fabrics. Often, drawings showing details of construction of the items are included, and there is a cloth pattern for the suit of clothes worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated. Sometimes, there is a history of the item being conserved or information about the person or military unit who made or used the item. Most of the photographs are slides or are on CDs. The collection also includes treatment reports completed while Ms. Thomsen worked for the National Park Service, reports of surveys and conservation assessments done for various collections, some correspondence, papers written by Ms. Thomsen, and papers presented at meetings sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Regional Textile Group, an organization of textile conservators working in and around Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. While Ms. Thomsen worked for the National Park Service, she researched the flags conserved by Katherine Fowler Richey and her mother Amelia Fowler, who worked in the first half of the 20th century. A group of slides includes images of items that Ms. Thomsen worked on while she was with the National Park Service as well as slides taken by Louise Cooley, another flag conservator. The collection also includes two examples of mounts for textiles.

132 boxes, 3 folders : ill.

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United States. National Park Service

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Harpers Ferry Regional Textile Group

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Thomsen, Fonda Ghiardi

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Fonda Ghiardi Thomsen was a textile conservator. Most noted for her work on flags, she also conserved quilts, samplers, military uniforms, and civilian clothing, most notably the suit worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated. She was interested in solving the problems associated with exhibiting large textiles. She became the director of Textile Preservation Associates in 1987. Ms. Thomsen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. She then studied at the...

Richey, Katherine Fowler, 1889-1949.

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Textile Preservation Associates.

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