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Bradford Durfee Textile School photographs

Identifier: PC-001

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 111 photographs depicting faculty, students, classrooms, textile machinery, offices and lavatories more or less uniform in size and presentation (apparently conceived as a set) with captions set within the photoprint. Most of the collection is unmounted and was previously housed in two black binders, not original to the photographs. The few that are mounted on cardboard display additional descriptive captions, added for display purposes. All but 9 of the photographs were taken by local photographer O.E Dubois (Oscar Edwin Dubois, 1864-1940) of 134 Wilcox Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, apparently for hire. The purpose of this set of photographs is unclear, however they do give a descriptive account of all physical aspects of a textile school in the early twentieth century.


  • 1914 - 1915


Biographical / Historical

Chartered by the state legislation in 1895, Bradford Durfee Textile School (BDTS) opened its doors in March of 1904 in downtown Fall River, with 5 day students and 163 evening students. Its original purpose was to offer courses in textile manufacture and chemistry to educate a large local population of mill workers. Some examples of the classes offered are documented by the photographs. They include subjects like: advanced designing, electrical laboratory, motor testing, hand warping, loom, mechanical drawing and machine shop to name a few.

The school expanded over the years to offer courses of study in engineering and commercial art in addition to textile technology and chemistry. As a result of the curricular changes the name of the school changed several times: Bradford Durfee Textile School of Fall River, Massachusetts (1904-1946), Bradford Durfee Technical Institute (1947-1958), and Bradford Durfee College of Technology (1958-1960)

In 1960 the Bradford Durfee College of Technology combined with New Bedford Institute of Technology to form Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, which in 1991 became the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. For a more detailed account of the history of the school and of Fall River at the time see Walter J. Cass, A history of Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute in cultural perspective. PhD Dissertation, Boston University, 1967.


111 Photographic Prints (111 photographs (1 linear foot, or 2 manuscript boxes))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Retrospective; acquired before 1995.


PC 1, Bradford Durfee Textile School photographs
Judy Farrar, with the assistance of Susan Sousa. Collection digitized December 2014.
July 1997
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA