Frankie Welch textile collection

Frankie Welch textile collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Welch, Frankie, 1923-
Title: Frankie Welch textile collection
Dates: 1968-1982
Quantity: 13.5 Linear feet 9 document boxes, 1 half box, 3 oversized boxes, 1 carton, 1 oversized folder A, 1 oversized folder B, 15 framed items
Coll. Number: ms2003

Biographical/Historical 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, Virgina, 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.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of scarves, handkerchiefs, garments, and canvas bags listed by name of organization, event, or individual, as well as sample textiles with designs. Also included is a small amount of correspondence and photographs.


Design files make up the bulk of the collection and are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the organization or individual commissioning the design, and/or event.

Index Terms

Canvas--Virginia--History--20th century.
Clothing and dress--20th century.
Design drawings.
Fashion design.
Scarves (costume accessories)
Welch, Frankie, 1923- -- Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frankie Welch textile collection, ms2003, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: 1. Design Files

1182nd Airborne Division - Fort Bragg, N.C. - fabric
2John Adams - scarf squares in various colors (8)
2Johns Adams - scarves in various colors (4)
3A.A.U.W. - Scarf, 1981
4American Family Life Assurance
5Andy Miller - scarf squares in various colors (8)
6Agnes Scott Alumnae Association - fabric
7Air and Space Museum - scarf
8Airclaims - scarf, 1981
9Air Force Officer's Wives Club - scarf squares in various colors (4)
10Air Force Academy - scarf, 1976
12Alphabet - large square scarf
13A.M.A.E.R.F - scarf squares (4), scarf
14American Cancer Society - scarf
15American Short Line Railroad Association - fabric, scarfs
16American Revolution Bicentennial Organization - fabric, 1976
17American Waterworks Association convention - scarf
18Appleseed - fabric, 1981
19Art Deco - large square scarf
20Associated General Contractors of America
4Associated General Contractors of America - framed scarf
OS BoxItem
117Associated General Contractors of America - medium tote bag
121Atlanta Dogwood Festival - scarf
22Bell System Home Consultant - scarf square, fabric
23Auto-Train - scarf square, fabric, 1974
OS BoxItem
113Bank of Virginia - medium tote bag
124Bendix for the Paris Air Show - fabric
25Benedictine Hospital - scarf
26Bicentennial Council of 13 Original States - scarf square, fabric, scrap, 1974
OS BoxItem
1113Bicentennial Council of 13 Original States - canvas tea towel
2Bicentennial Council of 13 Original States - framed Scarf
3Bicentennial Council of 13 Original States - framed Scarf
127Blount International - scarf, 1981
28Bozell + Jacobs - scarf
29Bridge, 1975
13Bridge - framed scarf, 1975
130Broad Run, Virginia - fabric
OS Box
13B. Burris - green and blue shift dress
131Burte and Herbert - scarf
32Business and Professional Women's Clubs - District of Columbia Federation - scarf
33Calhoun National Bank - large square scarf
21Jimmy Carter - fabric, scarf, peanut scarves - 3 small, 1 large, tie
OS BoxItem
128Central Fidelity Bank - Charlottesville, Virginia - tote bag
22Cherokee Alphabet
Fabric with green border 3 small scarf squares in brown, green, and blue Scarf - 4 squares with orange border 7 medium square scarves in various colors including brown, red, orange, and green 3 large square scarves in various colors including red and blue 2 large banner scarves in brown 14 small banner scarves in fuschia, teal, orange, navy, violet, and brown Fabric - early design
OS BoxItem
108Cherokee Alphabet - green dress
9Cherokee Alphabet - brown dress
OS BoxItem
126Cherokee Alphabet - - small tote bag
23Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, D.C. - fabric
OS BoxItem
104-5Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, D.C. - skirt, top
24Chesire - A Xerox Company - square scarf, 1977
5Christmas - mounted scarf square, scarf, fabric - early design
17Christmas - framed scarf square
26Citadel - scarf square, 1975
OS BoxItem
116Ed Clark - Presidential campaign - medium tote bag, 1980
OS BoxItem
101Cloister - apron
27Clyde's Restaurant - large scarves (2)
8Colonial Parking - fabric
9Continental Quilting Congress- Mrs. Hazel Carter - scarf
10Cotton Council
11County Curtains - scarf
12Governor John Dalton - scarf
13Lear Fan (Moya Lear) - fabric, scarf
14Degesch - fabric, scarf, 1977
15Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Sorority - scarf, 1977
16Dina Merrill - large square with blue border
17Dorothy Gray Cosmetics - large square scarf, 1968
18Doll Club - fabric
31Drayton Hall - scarf, scarf square
2Executive Jet Aviation, Inc. - scarf square, 1972
Written on original folder:
Mr. Bruce G. Sundlun - President Port Columbus International Airport Columbus, Ohio 43219
3Eastern Star - scarf square
OS BoxItem
129Elizabeth Taylor - small tote bag
34Federal Emergency Management Agency - fabric
5Folger Shakespeare Library - fabric, scarf, 1978
5Betty Ford, 1975 January 2
Large square scarf Scarf Scarf - Blue straw flowers Scarf - Pink straw flowers (Betty Ford gift to Mrs. Rockefeller) Scarf - Green straw flowers
6Foremost McKesson by Anspach Grossman Portugal - scarf, 1979
7Foundry - scarf square, 1977
8Four-H - scarf square, 1980 May
9Frankie Doll - large square scarf
OS BoxItem
124Frederick Memorial Hospital - medium tote bag
310Freedom Train - scarf square, 1976
11Future Farmers of America - scarf square
12Future Homemakers of America - scarf
13Garden Club of Georgia - scarf, 1978
14Georgia Home Economics Association - scarf, 1979 April
15Governor Mills Godwin of Virginia - scarf
16Graham Wright family in Rome, Georgia, 1969
Fabric Scarf Large square scarf Large rectangular scarf Fabric with rectangular and square scarves
17Greek Alphabet - scarf square, scarf, 1978
18Grocery Manufacturers of America, 1978
5Grocery Manufacturers of America - framed scarf
319Gumdrop Square - scarf, fabric
20Harlequin - blue scarf, red and purple scarf
21Home Economics (Virginia Home Economics Association) - scarf fragments of various colors (2), 1970, 1973, 1975
OS BoxItem
118Hotel/Motel Association (Now American Hotel & Lodging Association) - medium tote bag
OS BoxItem
122Hotel/Motel Association (Now American Hotel & Lodging Association) - medium tote bag
322Hubert H. Humphrey - extra large scarf, fabric, large square scarf
23Hyatt Hotels - fabric
24Iberian Tiles - large square scarf
25Indian Jewelry
Scarf - white with blue accents Scarf - orange Indian basket weave 2 scarf squares - brown indian basket weave Scarf - tan with orange accents Scarf - white with blue accents Scarf - brown indian basket weave
OS BoxItem
103Indian Jewelry - dress
OS BoxItem
1111Indian jewelry - canvas place setting - brown and white
1Indianapolis Motor Speedway - framed scarf
326International Oceanographic Foundation - scarf, 1976
27International Toast Mistress Clubs - scarf square, 1977
28International Women's Year Virginia Meeting - scarf square, 1977
41Irish Georgian - scarf square, scarf, 1979 March
2Islam Centennial Fourteen - scarf square, 1982
3Lyndon Johnson
232Lyndon Johnson - scarf square, large square scarf
44Judson College - scarf, fabric
5Junior League of D.C. Christmas Shop, 1977 December
14Junior League of D.C. Christmas Shop - framed Scarf
46Kappa Delta Pi - fabric
7Kappa Kappa Gamma - scarf, fabric, 1979
8Kenmore - scarf square
OS BoxItem
114Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy Presidential Campaign - medium tote bag, 1980
49Lakeland Tours - tie, 1980 April 7
10Abraham Lincoln, 1975 Fall
6Abraham Lincoln - framed scarf
411Knouse Foods Lucky Leaf - tie, scarf, fabric, 1978
12Jeanie Lody's 80th Birthday, 1982 April
13Bert Lance Governor Campaign - scarf, 1974 May
14Lawyer's Scarf (Second Panel Sheriff's Jury) - fabric, scarves (2)
15Lazy Corners - William Frogale - scarf square, 1976 October
16Lear Fan - scarf
15Lear Fan - framed scarf square
OS BoxItem
121Lear Fan - medium tote bag
417Library Association for the State of Georgia - scarf, scarf square
18McCormick Spice - fabric scrap, scarf, 1977 June
8McCormick Spice - framed scarf
419Machine Tool Builders - fabric, 1978
20Male-Female - scarf, 1975
21U.S. Marine Corps - Quantico (Education and Development Command) - fabric (2), 1981
OS BoxItem
1213U.S. Marine Corps - Quantico (Education and Development Command) - small tote bag
422U.S. Marine Corps Sargeants, 1979, 1982
11U.S. Marine Corps Sargeants - framed scarf
423Mary Mount College Arlington VA - scarf square, 1974
24Mayflower Hotel - fabric, 1978
25McDonald's - scarf
26Member of Congress - scarf, 1975
16Member of Congress - framed scarf square
427Mental Health Association - scarf square, 1977
28Mills College - scarf square, fabric
29Mrs. Walter Mondale Old Executive Office - scarf square, scarf, 1978
30Monsanto Polka-dot - fabric, 1979
31Monumental Life - tie, 1980
32Mount Vernon College - scarf
OS BoxItem
111Mortar Board - medium tote bag
433National Association of Counties - tie, 1981
34National Association of Secondary School Principals - scarf
35National City Bank, Rome, Georgia
51National Grain and Feed Association - scarf, 1977
2National Press Club - scarf, scarf square, 1977
3National Trucking Association - scarf, fabric
4National War College - scarf
5Naval Officer's Wives Club of Washington - scarf square, 1976
6U.S. Navy Nurses Corps - tie
7New York Jets - scarf, fabric, 1978
8George Nigh - scarf square, 1978
9Richard Nixon - large square scarf
10National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association - scarf square, 1973
11Northern Virginia Natural Gas, 1974 November
18Northern Virginia Natural Gas - framed scarf square
OS BoxItem
1212Old Port Cove Marina - small tote bag
512Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Auxiliary - Anne D. Sorells - scarf, fabric
13Owassa Savings Bank - scarf, 1978 December
14Owls - scarf
15Peter's Restaurant - Bobe Hope's nephew - scarf squares (2), scarf, 1972
16Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts - fabric
17P.G.A Tour - scarf, scarf squares (2), 1976, 1977, 1981
OS BoxItem
123P.G.A Tour - medium tote bag
518Printing Industries of America - fabric
19Poppies - fabric
OS BoxItem
112Portofino Restaurant - Arlington, VA - medium tote bag
520Radford College Foundation - fabric, 1979
21Railroad Company
22Robert D. Ray - Governor of Iowa - fabric, 1974
23Reader's Digest - large square scarf, 1977 March
24President Ronald Reagan (Reagan-Bush) - scarf, ties
OS BoxItem
127President Ronald Reagan (Reagan-Bush) - medium tote bag - the Boxcar
525Red Cross - scarf, scarf square
26Reiss Coal - scarf, 1979
27Republican National Convention - fabric, 1968 August 5
OS BoxItem
102Republican National Convention - dress, 1968 August 5
528Blanca Rosensteil - Blandemar Farm - fabric, 1982
61Rome, Georgia - fabric, scarf
OS BoxItem
119Rome, Georgia - medium tote bag
12Rome, Georgia - medium tote bag - The Early Churches of Rome, Georgia
62Theodore Roosevelt - canvas scarf square, scarf, 1975
15Theodore Roosevelt - framed Scarf, 1975
63Kitty Rotruck - scarf, fabric, 1977
4Royal Wedding, Lancaster Wedding - tote bag fragment, 1981 July
5Runnels Drilling - scarf, 1975
6Rural Postal Carriers - fabric
7Sailing - scarf, scarf square
9Sailing - framed scarf
68St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1978
9Saints and Sinners - scarf, fabric, 1979
10Salvation Army - fabric, 1980
11San Antonio - scarf
12See Georgia First/Discover America - square scarf, 1978
13Sikorsky, 1978
12Sikorsky - framed scarf square
614Silver Liners, 1980 March
15Shells - scarf square
16Shorter College - scarf square
17Smith College - scarf square
18Smithsonian - scarf
19Southern Furniture Manufacturer's Association - scarf
2050 State Flowers - fabric
21Strategic Air Command - scarf, 1978
22Paula Stringer - scarf, fabric
23Supima Cotton - scarf
24Tandem Computers - scarf, 1981 April, 1982
25Tennessee Walking Horse - scarf
26Tennis - scarf, 1976
27Texas Dental Association, Women's Auxiliary - scarf, 1978
431Textile Museum
OS BoxItem
107Textile Museum - dress
628Textile Museum - scarf, fabric
29Textile Museum - umbrella
30Thunderbirds - scarf
71Time-Life Books - fabric, scarf, 1980
12Time-Life Books - framed scarf
72Tobacco Institute - scarf
3Turtles - Frankie Welch Private Stock
Fabric fragment 2 scarf squares 3 scarves in various colors
OS BoxItem
106Turtles - Frankie Welch Private Stock - dress
74Unifirst Banks - scarf
14Unifirst Banks - framed scarf square
75Union Warren Savings Bank - scarf square, 1978
6United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association - fabric (2), scarf square, 1979
7U.S. Armed Forces Industrial College - silk banners (2), 1970
8United States Fire Administration - scarf square
9U.S. Marine Corps - fabric, 1977
10U.S. Marine Corps - framed scarf
710U.S. Navy - fabric, small tote bag, scarf
11U.S. Navy - framed scarf square
711U.S. Savings Bonds - scarf, 1977
12United Virginia Bank - scarf, 1978
13United Way - scarf, fabric, 1976 August, 1978
14University of Alabama - scarf
15University of Georgia - fabric
OS Box
13University of Georgia - tote bag
716University of Maryland - fabric
17University of Virginia - scarf, 1977
18Valentine Museum - scarf, 1977 February
19Virginia Association of Extension Home Economist - scarf, 1979 April
20Virginia Education Association - scarf, 1975, 1978
OS BoxItem
115Virginia Education Association - medium tote bag
721Virginia Polytechnic Institute - scarf, 1976 August
22WABCO, Union Switch & Signal Division - fabric, 1977 April 26
23George Washington, 1975
7George Washington - framed scarf
724Watergate - scarf, fabric, 1978
This design was used in the Frankie Welch Watergate studio in Washington, D.C.
25Watergate (Washington, D.C.)
This design was used in the Frankie Welch Watergate studio in Washington, D.C.
Small tote bag Fabric Canvas fabric Scarf squares Scarf
OS BoxItem
1110Watergate (Washington, D.C.) - medium tote bag
726Washington Press Club, 1980 March
OS BoxItem
1114-15Washington Press Club - canvas fabric
727Washington and Lee - scarf, 1978
28Frankie Welch Private Design
524Frankie Welch Private Design
Large square scarves - Black, white and red Orange, black and white Plaid horse gear
729Frankie Welch - canvas bag, fabric, scarf
13Peggy Glynn Welch and James Page Williams marriage - framed scarf square, 1974 August 10
730West Point Class of 1946 - scarf, 1981
OS BoxItem
1210-11West Point Class of 1946 - small tote bag, 1981
731West Point Class of 1949 - scarf, 1979 January
32Wintergreen - scarf, tie, 1981 January
OS BoxItem
125Wintergreen - small tote bag
81Wolftrap - scarf
2Women's National Bank - scarf, 1977 October
3World Bank - scarf
4Young Presidents Club, 1978
5Zonta Club (women executives), 1980
5321Zonta Club (women executives) - scarf
86Genie Welch Designs
Genie Welch created the "Genie" design at age 12 as a present for her parents.
533Genie Welch Designs - scarves
Genie design with green border Genie design with white border Genie design scarf with yellow border Genie 69 design scarf with yellow border Genie 69 design large scarf with yellow border Genie 69 design large scarf with green border Genie 69 design scarf with grey border Genie double design scarf with yellow border Genie 69 design scarf with green border
87Unidentified prints - scarf, fabric
11Unidentified prints - scarves presented to Sharon Nickols (2)
19Unidentified framed scarf square - white with blue buildings surrounding fountain
10Unidentified framed scarf square - burgundy with lion heads and cursive L's
13Unidentified framed handkerchiefs

2. Papers

91Library index cards
3Correspondence - University of Georgia
4Presidential clippings
5Brochures and Certificates
109Custom postcards
10Exhibit and fabric tags
11Indian Jewelry by Frankie Welch
OS Folder
2AOversized clippings
OS Folder
1BPoster, Cherokee Alphabet
Poster, Mrs. Welch Ambassador for Textiles