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The vast collection of textiles at the Maryland Center for History and Culture includes the world’s largest collection of Baltimore album quilts, samplers and embroideries, bed and table linens, and a collection of important banners and flags, including one of the only surviving examples of a Civil War flag carried by an African American regiment.

Our textile collection also includes the near encyclopedic Fashion Archives, with clothing and accessories of men, women, and children from 1724 through today.

Visit our Digital Collections to view a sampling of materials from the Textiles Collection.

Images: Baltimore album quilt, 1852, by Mary Simon, 1991.17.1; Count Casimir Pulaski’s (1748-1779) original cavalry banner (inset), 1778, by an unknown maker, 1845.2.1.

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