Collected Histories

From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, Philadelphia was at the forefront of high-quality textile production and design. By the 1950s, just prior to a precipitous industrial decline, nearly half of the city’s population was employed in manufacturing. Structure and Surface will investigate this legacy, including the consequences of the industry’s losses for Philadelphia communities and potential for future rebirth.

More Recommended Readings:

“An Immigrant Family & Industrial Enterprise: Sevill Schofield & The Philadelphia Textile Manufacture, 1845-1900, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Volume 106, 3 (June 1982): 365-392”  by Phillip Scranton

“Workshop of the World:  The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Manufacture”  by Walter Licht

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