The FTT Historic Costume and Textile Collection contains over 1500 historic garments, textiles, and accessories. The costumes range in date from the mid-nineteenth century through today. The collection is used for education, exhibition, research, design inspiration, and class projects. We are currently in the process of digitizing materials from this collection and will be making contents available as they are digitized.
The Mattachine Society, founded in 1950, was one of the earliest gay rights organizations in the United States, probably second only to Chicago's Society for Human Rights. Other independent groups using the name Mattachine were formed in Washington, D.C. (Mattachine Society of Washington, 1961), in Chicago (Mattachine Midwest, 1965), and in Buffalo (Mattachine Society of the Niagara Frontier, 1970). The rights and photos contained in this collection were gifted by the original founder of the Mattachine Society of the Niagara Frontier, Madeline Davis. To access additional images please visit the E. H. Butler Library, Archives & Special Collections Department.