Madelyn Shaw

M.A. Museum Studies, Fashion Institute of Technology
B.A. History, Harpur College, Binghamton University

Research Specialties: 
  • History of American textiles and dress
  • American silk industry
  • China trade textiles
  • Global wool trade
  • Cordage and Sailcloth
Projects: 

Current Projects

  • American Stories (NMAH exhibition)
  • The Fabric of War: The Global Trade in Australasian Wool, Crimea to Korea   

Recent Past Projects

  • Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War, Traveling exhibition and accompanying book; opened June 2012. American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA
  • Color Revolution: Science Meets Style in the 1960s. American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA  2013-2014
  • From Pursuit to Preservation: The History of Human Interaction with Whales. The New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA 2009
  • Needle/Work - Art, Craft & Industry in a Port City. The New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA 2008
  • Term Limits: Textiles in Contemporary Art. The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, RI, 2006
  • Infinite Variety: American Quilts & Coverlets. The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, RI, 2005
     
Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 
  • Independent Publishers Book Award: Bronze Medal, U.S. History, 2013 - for Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War.
  • Millia Davenport Publication Award, Costume Society of America, 2008 - for American Silk: Entrepreneurs & Artifacts, 1830-1930.
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA - Board of Advisors 2013-2016
  • Textile Society of America
  • Costume Society of America