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Joanne B. Eicher papers

Identifier: ua2005-0028

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, also symposium and exhibit information, including textile loans, travel information/itineraries, class papers, such as student reviews and syllabi, committee information, personal papers, printed matter relating to her books, including drafts, publisher's notes, and reviews.

Correspondence can be found in boxes 1-4; speech, seminar, and symposium information can be found in boxes 4-5; travel information can be found in boxes 5 and 12; books and publication information is in boxes 7-9.


  • 1962-2014


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law Title 17, U.S. Code. Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Joanne Eicher

Joanne B. Eicher received her M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology and anthropology from Michigan State University, and was a professor in its Department of Human Environment and Design, where she taught fashion and textiles. Eicher spent time in Nigeria in the 1960’s, where she began studying African dress, particularly that of the Kalabari people. Eicher is now the world's foremost scholar of Kalabari textiles, and an international authority in the field of African textiles and sociocultural aspects of dress.

Eicher joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota on August 16, 1977, being named the head of the Department of Textiles and Clothing. She remained department head until 1983, and then became head of the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel from 1983 through 1987. She was also a director of the Goldstein Gallery. On June 9, 1995, Eicher was awarded a Regents’ Professorship by the Board of Regents.

Eicher has co-written several books, including Dress and Gender Dress, Adornment and Social OrderBeads and Beadmakers The Visible Selfand African Dress II. She also wrote Nigerian Handcrafted Textiles, Dress and Ethnicity and African Dress: A Select and Annotated Biography of Subsaharan Countries.

Eicher retired from teaching at the University of Minnesota in June, 2005.


16.25 Cubic Feet (13 boxes)


Collection contains papers of Joanne Eicher, a Regents professor, and former head of the Department of Textiles and Clothing at the University of Minnesota

Source of acquisition

Collection donated by Joanne Eicher on September 2, 2005. Additional materials transferred by the Deptartment of Housing, Design and Apparel in 2018.

Related Material in University Archives

Department of Design, Housing and Apparel records, 1930's-2001.

Joanne B. Eicher papers, 1962-2017
Amy Flessert
September 2005
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Revision Statements

  • October 2018: Accession from Dept. of Design, Housing, & Apparel added

Collecting Area Details

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