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The McCarl Coverlet Gallery collects coverlets and other weaving examples that exemplify weaving traditions in the colonial to post-antebellum Northeastern United States. If an artifact is particularly unique, the gallery will consider accepting weavings that fall outside of the noted geographic range. In addition, The McCarl Coverlet Gallery collects items dealing with the history, genealogy, and trade practices of weavers associated with the collections. Weaving equipment and other material dealing with folklife from the 1830s to the 1860s Northeastern United States may also be accepted at the discretion of the curator. The McCarl Coverlet Gallery will accept these items through the gift, donation, or bequest from the donor.

NOTE: Due to Covid-19 building restrictions, research access is limited at this time.

Collections Available

Two people viewing a coverlet at the McCarl Gallery

The McCarl Coverlet collection is comprised of over 724 “figured and fancy” jacquard woven…

Person holding a spool while sitting at loom

Rita J. Adrosko is the Curator Emerita of the Textile Collection at the…

Many coverlets stored on rolls

In 1986, Kay Hawthorne joined textile historian Clarita Anderson in an endeavor to…

COllections Policy

The McCarl Coverlet Gallery is open to the entire Saint Vincent community, alumni, and the general public. Reference and research requests and inquiries may be made by telephone or email.

Collections are to be used only in the designated research area under the direct supervision of the Curator. Patrons are required to use pencils while working with collections. Personal computers are permitted in the research area. Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Curator.

Researchers must present a valid form of identification and fill out a research agreement form. The McCarl Coverlet Gallery reserves the right to limit the use of fragile, deteriorating, or rare material that may be further damaged by handling. However, every attempt will be made to make collections available.

If you are interested in conducting research at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery, please contact Lauren M. Churilla Curator, Tel: 724-805-2188 Fax: 724-805-2554 Email:

The McCarl Gallery is open for research Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. It is advised that you contact the curator prior to your visit.