Frankie Welch textile collection

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Collection Dates: 1980 – 1999
Biographical Note: Frankie Welch (Mary Frances Barnett) (b. 1923) is a Washington, D.C. area textile designer, originally from Rome, Georgia. She designed and created scarves starting in the early 1960s. Working mainly out of Alexandria, Virginia, Welch designed more than 4,000 scarves for business, colleges, cities and individuals. Welch began her custom scarf designing in 1966 when Virginia Rusk, wife of then Secretary of State Dean Rusk, asked her to make a gift for visiting foreign dignitaries from the State Department.
Extent: 10 items
Related External Collections: Related materials in other repositories: Frankie Welch textile collection, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Historic textile and clothing collection: Frankie Welch, HCTC014

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