Welcome to the Sampler Archive Project – Creator of an online searchable database of American schoolgirl samplers and related girlhood embroideries. The project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a collaborative effort between the University of Delaware's Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, the University of Oregon's Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE), and the Sampler Consortium, along with museums and historical societies across the country housing collections of American needlework samplers and related girlhood embroideries.
The long-term goal of the Sampler Archive Project is to create a freely available and easily accessible online searchable database with information and high-resolution images of all known American samplers in public and private collections nationally and internationally.
The Sampler Archive website is currently in closed Beta, undergoing its final testing and refinement. When it opens to the public, it will first showcase the needlework collections of our three pilot sites: the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, the DAR Museum in Washington D.C., and the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence, Rhode Island. Additional collections will be added after its initial debut from collaborations with American museums, historical societies, private collectors, dealers, auction houses, and owners of family heirlooms across the country.
Included on this page is an image of its home page. To learn more, please access the About page at this website. If you would like to request access to the site, or participate in beta testing, .