Collection Policies

In order for items to be accepted in the Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection, they must fit into one (or more) of three criteria:

  1. The item must be related to the history of North Dakota or the surrounding region.
  2. The item must be related to fashion.
  3. The item must be related to international or cultural dress.

We prefer that the item have a documented history, such as who owned the item, where they lived, and where they wore it. Family genealogy, personal stories, and photographs of the item or family are also useful documentation.

Items that are not related to North Dakota history, such as designer pieces or era-specific fashions, provide excellent examples of technique and construction. If such items are in good condition and meet selection criteria, they will be considered. They are often used as teaching and research tools.

The International Dress Collection supports North Dakota State University’s mission of introducing and engaging students, as well as the public, to a global community. Dress is one medium used to express cultural identity or heritage.


Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management

College of Human Development and Education

Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management
Site Manager: Susan Curtis
Last Updated: May 20, 2015
Published by North Dakota State University
Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection
NDSU, Family Life Center, Room 414
NDSU Dept. 2610
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: (701) 231-8604 Fax: (701) 231-5273