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New Bedford Institute of Technology photographs

Identifier: PC-005

Scope and Contents

The collection includes lantern slides, glass plate negatives, transparencies and photoprints. The bulk of the lantern slides primarily depict students from the New Bedford Textile School operating textile machinery and tools, engaged in classes on topics such as advanced designing, electrical laboratory, motor testing, hand warping, loom, mechanical drawing, and machine shop to name a few. They date to approximately the 1920s and are reproduced in the annual catalogues of the school. The non-NBTS slides depict various topics in textile manufacturing and were probably used in teaching around the same time. These are in some cases purchased slides from vendors such as E.W. Goodrich and Underwood & Underwood. These includes images of workers in various stages of cotton preparation from areas in the United States, as well as in Egypt; some depict illustrations of physical properties of cotton plants, as well as diagrams of various cotton and textiles equipment. The collection also includes a set of transparencies of SMTI students, all textile-related and the previously processed collection of NBTS/NBIT photoprints (box 4).


  • 1900 - 1964


Biographical / Historical

The New Bedford Institute of Technology opened in 1899 as the the New Bedford Textile School in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Its original purpose was to offer courses in textile manufacture and chemistry to educate a large local population of mill workers. Courses offered at the school covered topics such as knitting technology, chemistry of textiles, dyeing and finishing, and fashion and textile design. In 1964, NBIT merged with the Bradford Durfee College of Technology to form Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, which later became the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


192 Photographic Slides (146 lantern slides, 8 glass plate negatives, 17 film negatives and 21 photoprints )

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lantern slides transferred from the Department of Textile Science (now Bioengineering), December 2011, accession # 12-6. Other photographs restrospective.

PC 5, New Bedford Institute of Technology photographs
Jessica Elias, Simmons GSLIS
May 2013
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Later photographs added in 2020.

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