UMD History and the Textile Industry, 1895 - 1947


Conceived to provide technical education to textile mill workers in Fall River and New Bedford, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is as much a reflection of local history as it is a part of the story.  After the decline of the whaling industry in the mid-19th century, the region invested in textiles and became one of the leading cotton cloth manufacturing centers in the Northeast.  The university's parent schools, Bradford Durfee Textile School of Fall River and the New Bedford Textile School were formed in 1895 amidst the rise of the textile industry in southeastern Massachusetts.