galleryimagesblacksmThe Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Collection

The McCarl Coverlet collection is comprised of over 400 “figured and fancy” jacquard woven bed weavings. Most of the coverlets in the McCarl collection originated in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Maryland. The McCarl Gallery also houses several coverlets from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, and Tennesse. The bulk of the collection dates from 1820-1860.

Coverlet Database,

The Papers of Clarita Anderson,

and The Papers of
Katherine Hawthorne

Includes the digital database with 14,000 coverlets including their origin, size, colors, weaver structure, weavers, corner block content, and additional information. The collection also includes an archive of information about weavers and slides of coverlets. In addition, the collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and other print material related to the coverlet database and textile history.

Additional Collections

  • Miscellaneous other Coverlets
  • Textile Equipment Coverlet and Weaving Books
  • Library

Archives pictureUsing the Archives and Special Collections

The McCarl Coverlet Gallery is open to the entire Saint Vincent community, alumni, and the general public. Reference and research requests and inquiries may be made by telephone or email.

Collections are to be used only in the designated research area under the direct supervision of the Curator. Patrons are required to use pencils while working with collections. Personal computers are permitted in the research area. Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Curator.

Researchers must present a valid form of identification and fill out a research agreement form. The McCarl Coverlet Gallery reserves the right to limit the use of fragile, deteriorating, or rare material that may be further damaged by handling. However, every attempt will be made to make collections available.

If you are interested in conducting research at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery, please contact Lauren M. Churilla Curator, Tel: 724-805-2188 Fax: 724-805-2554 Email:

The McCarl Gallery is open for research Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. It is advised that you contact the curator prior to your visit.

  • Searchable catalogue coming soon
  • Searchable coverlet database – coming soon