Textiles, Clothing, and Domestic Items

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This collection consists of several hundred Longfellow, Dana, and Thorp family clothing items from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, including waistcoats, jackets, trousers, hats, caps, bonnets, shoes, gowns, stockings, and parasols.


Child's shirt from Longfellow family collection
Late 1840s

Children’s clothing items include:

  • Shoes
  • Dresses
  • Underclothes
  • Pants
  • Shirts.


Longfellow Family Shoes
Longfellow children's shoes, 1840s-1850s
Moccasins, 1870s

Of particular interest are:

  • Charles Longfellow’s Civil War uniform
  • Nineteenth-century clothing items from Japan including thirteen Kimono
  • Nineteenth-century regional costumes from Greece and the Philippines
  • 1840s textile samples from Lowell mills
  • Henry Longfellow's maroon velvet smoking jacket
  • Moccasins.


Francis Dana's waistcoat
Francis Dana's waistcoat
Late 18th c.

Eighteenth-century family textiles and clothing items include:

  • Francis Dana's waistcoat and breeches
  • Francis Dana's shoe buckles
  • Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow's shoes.
Textile samples of family clothing from Lowell mills
Textile samples from Lowell mills used for Longfellow children's clothing
Late 1840s

Other flat and rolled textiles consist of panels or fragments of curtains, drapes, upholstery, towels, blankets, slipcovers, rugs, runners and carpets all used in the House.

Fanny Longfellow's father, Nathan Appleton, was one of the founders of the Lowell texile mills, and a pioneer in American textile manufacturing.

Fanny preserved samples of fabrics from the Lowell mills that were used to make her children's clothing as well as other textile samples.



Les Jeux d'Adresse
(Games of Skill)
A. Gautier, Paris
mid-19th c.

Domestic items used by the Longfellow family include both recreational and personal objects:

  • Children’s toys and games
  • Dolls
  • Child’s sled
  • Jewelry
  • Hat and hair ornaments
  • Canes and walking sticks
  • Fans
  • Picnic basket with accessories.


Fireplace in Alice's bedroom with andirons and hearth tools
Fireplace tools and andirons
Alice's bedroom
18th and 19th c.

Utilitarian items dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century include:

  • Fireplace utensils
  • Fire screens
  • Cooking tools
  • Metal sitting bath
  • Baskets
  • Fifty travel trunks.

Pruning hook
Early 20th c.

Outdoor tools and equipment dating from the 1890s to the 1920s include tree pruners, rakes, shovels, a reel lawn mower, and cement planters.



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