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Marguerite Porter Davison collection

Identifier: 003-MS 257

Scope and Contents

316 items organized by series.


  • 1808-1972
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1952


Conditions Governing Access

Archives and Special Collections of Ganser Library will reproduce Special Collections material to the extent that physical condition and copyright or other legal restrictions permit. Reproduction is available in the form of photocopies and digital images. All reproduction requests must be approved by a member of the professional staff. Decisions will take into account the type and condition of the binding, the brittleness of the paper, the size and the general size and fragility of the item.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives and Special Collections adheres to the provisions of the 1976 Copyright Act and amendments, and follows the minimum standards of educational fair use established under Section 107. In applying these standards, Archives and Special Collections will copy up to 10% of a copyrighted work if the copy is to be used for the purpose of private study, scholarship or research. The department will not copy for the purpose of public performance. Physical condition permitting, the department will copy more than 10% of a copyrighted work only with the written permission of the copyright holder. Multiple copies are not permitted under fair use. For authored works created since 1978, copyright lasts from the creation of the work until 70 years after the author's death. The expiration term for corporate, anonymous, or pseudonymous works is 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever occurs first. For works published before 1978, with a copyright notice, the maximum duration of copyright protection is 75 years. Works published before 1978 without a copyright notice are assumed to be in the public domain. Since March 1, 1989, a copyright notice is no longer necessary. Archives and Special Collections reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


15.70 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Books, pattern books, pamphlets, journal articles, exhibit catalogs, and weaving samples collected by Marguerite Porter Davison. ‡b The collection focuses primarily on weaving, including such associated topics as hand weaving, dyes and dyeing, looms, textile design and textile fabrics.  Information on other handicrafts is also represented including materials on basketry, decorative arts, lace and lace making, metalwork, needlework, pottery, rugs, and spinning.

Arrangement Note

Organized into the following series: I. Basketry, 1899-1946; II. Cookery, 1941-1946; III. Costumes, 1950; IV. Decorative arts, 1915-1949; V. Dyes and dyeing, 1911-1943; VI. Folk art, 1941-1947; VII. Handicraft, 1903-1950; VIII. Hand weaving, 1927-1953; IX. Knitting, 1936; X. Lace and lace making, 1911-1942; XI. Looms, 1879-1951; XII. Metalwork, 1947; XIII. Needlework, 1911-1949; XIV. Painting, 1948; XV. Pottery, 1932-1950; XVI. Quilts, 1946-1949; XVII. Rugs, 1901-1951; XVIII. Spinning, 1929-1948; XIX. Textile design, 1891-1946; XX. Textile fabrics, 1845-1972; XXI. Textile industry, 1902-1952; XXII. Weaving, 1808-1953, XXIII. Woodworking, 1948.

Technical Access Requirements

This image may be used only for non-commercial educational purposes. Commercial publication requires permission and is subject to a fee. Contact Millersville University Archives, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551 (717) 872-3624 or

Custodial History

Collected by Marguerite Porter Davison. Some materials originally collected by Mrs. Laura M. Allen and acquired by Marguerite Porter Davison who added to the collection.

Source of Acquisition

Normal and Page Literary Societies

Method of Acquisition


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Repository Details

Part of the Millersville University Special Collections Repository

9 North George Street
McNairy Library, PO Box 1002
Millersville University
Millersville 17551-302 US