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The Ruth Ketterer Harris Special Collection is devoted to the study of textiles and design. It is named in honor of Ruth Ketterer Harris, a weaving professor who served as the first curator of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.

library The nucleus of this special noncirculating collection was a gift from Helen Louise Allen. Generous support over the years has resulted in a growing collection that now includes more than 4,000 books, pamphlets and journals. A bequest from the estate of Ruth Ketterer Harris doubled the library's holdings and in 1993, integrated the collection within the School of Human Ecology. The library is cataloged in the UW-Madison's electronic library system.


Highlights from the Harris Library

Shibori Textiles of Southeast Asia

We invite you to read these books from the Harris Library using Google Books. To read them, just click on the cover images to the left.




The Harris Library is in Nancy Nicholas Hall at 1300 Linden Drive. Library hours are

Monday 10-2, Tuesday 10-2, Wednesday 12:30-6:30, Thursday 2:30-4:30. We are closed Friday-Sunday.


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