10 am–4:45 pm
By appointment only
The Joan Diehl McCauley Textile Study Center is located at the de Young on the second floor, adjacent to the Textile Gallery, and is available to researchers wtih a specific focus of study by appointment only.
The Textile Study Center supports the educational mission of the Fine Arts Museums through scholarship in textiles and costumes from traditions around the world. The materials comprising the Textile Study Center's research collection reflect the breadth and diversity of the Fine Arts Museums' costume and textile arts collection, which contains over 13,000 objects. In addition, an extensive collection of related periodicals, scholarly journals and videos is available. Reference materials also include smaller print objects, such as brochures and off-prints organized by subject; miscellaneous fashion material including fashion plates and archive photos from individual runway collections; and exhibition work-books organized during special exhibition preparations. Visitors may also access the Museums' collections and library databases. A growing collection of primary source material, including artists’ archives, scrapbooks and exhibition catalogs makes this a rich source for enthusiasts and researchers.