Winthrop Students began wearing uniforms in 1895, the year the school moved to Rock Hill, S.C. Founder and first president, D.B. Johnson believed and stated in the catalogue that a uniform requirement “promotes economy and does away with all distinctions that would otherwise exist from different conditions. The richest girl cannot be distinguished from the poorest by her dress.”
The Archives had no examples of whole uniforms from the early years of Winthrop, so we commissioned Winthrop graduate student, Alison Boulton ’11, to re-create some uniforms from the 1895-1910 time period. She has done a phenomenal job! Alison re-created the uniforms by studying photographs, uniform specifications from the Winthrop catalogues and other documentation. Most of the garments were created with patterns fashioned by Alison.
The exhibit will be on display from November 9, 2013 through January 31, 2014 during the Archives operating hours. The Archives will be open Monday 8:00-7:30 (through Dec. 2), Tuesday-Thursday 8:00-5:00, Friday 8:00-Noon, and Friday Noon-5:00 by appointment. The Archives is generally open one Saturday per month. The next open Saturday is January 11, 2014 9:00-1:00.
The Archives will be closed for the winter break and the holidays from noon on December 13, 2013 through January 1, 2014. We will re-open on January 2.
For further information on this exhibit or any of the collections of the Pettus Archives, please call (803) 323-2334 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.