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URC 45, James L. Giblin papers

Identifier: URC-045

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of articles and an essay regarding Giblin’s career, several photographs of Giblin and others on campus, and a catalog from the New Bedford Technical Institute.


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Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

ames L. Giblin was a graduate of the Bradford Durfee Textile School, which would later become part of Southeastern Massachusetts Technical Institute (SMTI), in 1925. His first experience with industry began in the Firestone Textile Company, where he would stay until he joined the United States Testing Company in 1928. He met with great success and established the Better Fabrics Bureau, earning an impeccable reputation in his field. During the early 1930’s, however, Giblin realized his true passion when he began teaching evening courses at the New York City Textile School. In 1938, Giblin took a position as head of the Design Department in the New Bedford Textile School. Among his accomplishments during this time, Giblin fought for women’s rights, educating some of the first female textile students in the country and employing the first female faculty members of the school. Along with John Foster and Francis Tripp, Giblin helped the school to become the New Bedford Technical Institute in 1949. Three years later, the school became the New Bedford Institute of Textiles and Technology, with John Foster as President, Francis Tripp as Dean of Faculty, and James Giblin as Professor and Chairman of the Textile Engineering department. Giblin continued to provide unwavering support and energy as the school went through its many changes, holding down various positions such as Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, Acting Registrar, Administrator of the New Bedford Campus, and Acting Dean of the College of Business and Industry. He retired officially in 1972, but continued afterwards to be involved with the university. He received the University Service Award, the Alumni Service Award, and an Honorary Doctorate.


2 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 oversize folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of his son, William Giblin, and family.

Legal Status

Published materials copyrighted, must seek permission of publisher. Rights held for photographs by photographer.

URC 45, James L. Giblin papers
Processed by Kristen Emmett ‘09. Completed October 2008.
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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