Established in 1985 by Dr. Catherine Boyd, the MSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection (HCTC) houses over 1,200 garments and related articles that illustrate Mississippi and Southern dress and material culture of the 19th through the early 21st century. The Collection is operated by the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) concentration in the MSU School of Human Sciences.

Mission Statement

The mission of the MSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection is to collect and preserve the objects entrusted to its care, provide opportunities for education, and to stimulate interest and further study in all aspects of costume history.


The purpose of the Collection is primarily for enhancement of teaching and to provide students with professional experience and knowledge that will prepare them for a career in the fashion industry. The Collection also provides opportunities for students, faculty, and the general public to research and experience the interpretation of historical objects through exhibitions and displays.