Archives Exhibition on Winthrop Uniforms Runs Through January 2014

Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections will host a three-month exhibition titled "A Stitch in Time: Winthrop Uniforms 1895-1910." Alumna Alison Boulton '11 helped recreate the historic uniforms for the exhibit, which continues through January 2014.

Winthrop students began wearing uniforms in 1895, the year the university moved to Rock Hill. Founder and first president D.B. Johnson supported the use of uniforms, remarking in the catalog a uniform requirement promoted "economy and does away with all distinctions that would otherwise exist from different conditions." The university's uniform requirement was dropped during the 1954 fall semester.

In order to recreate student uniforms used during the 1895-1910 time period, Archives enlisted Boulton. She studied photographs, uniform specifications from the Winthrop catalogs, and other documentation to make uniforms for the exhibit.

"A Stitch in Time: Winthrop Uniforms 1895-1910" will be on display through Jan. 31, 2014, during the Archives operating hours: Monday, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 2), Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, noon-5 p.m. by appointment. Archives will be open on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information about this exhibit or any of the Pettus Archives collections, contact the Archives at 803/323-2334 or

Posted 11/18/2013