Creator or Collector

Contrell & Leonard


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Photo Credit

Laurel Lamb, Curator, University of Arkansas Museum


Lee C. Harsh, Jr.

Object Date



Spring 5-1-2021


Baccalaureate Commencement gown worn by Ida G. Barr (Mrs. R.E. Bagby) at commencement exercises at the University of Arkansas in 1896.

Mrs. Bagby was a member of the first U of A graduating class to wear traditional regalia. Black commencement gown, approximately 4 ft. long (just above ankle length). Tapered arms. 2 fasteners (metal) at top. Arms ruffled at shoulder. "V" cut neck, no collar. Full length slip, blouse (both white). Slip bordered with lace, front decorated with needlework. Broad hems throughout. Gown unlined.

Twisted cord hangs from neck in rear. Broad, curving shoulder piece, with apexes at both scapulas. Back ruffled.

Object Dimensions

4 ft. long

Object Housed

University of Arkansas Museum

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