Ph.D., Florida State University, 1978
Quinn Hall, Room 211A
Dr. O teaches courses in textile conservation and historic textiles and costume.
She is the director of the Historic Textile and Costume Collection. Her
research interests include archaeological textiles and problems in the
conservation of historic textiles and costumes. She co-edited the book Down
By the Old Mill Stream: Quilts in Rhode Island with Linda Welters. Margaret
also manages the Textile Conservation Laboratory and the Textile Gallery at URI.
Analysis of fifth-century Early Classic Period Maya textiles from CopĂˇn,
Honduras is Dr. O's newest research project. Samples taken during summer 2004
are revealing a wide variety of fabrics. She
is continuing her research on late eighteenth- to early twentieth-century
weft-twined bags at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Dr. O is
active in the Costume Society of America, the International Textiles and Apparel
Association, and the New England Conservation Association. She was named a Fellow of the Costume Society in 2004.
- Welters, Linda, and Margaret T. Ordoñez. "Blue Roots and Fuzzy Dirt:
Archaeological Textiles from Native American Burials." Chapter 10 Perishable Material Culture in the Northeast, pp.
185-96. Penelope B. Drooker, ed. New
York State Museum Bulletin 500. Albany, NY: University of the State of New
- Ordoñez, Margaret T., and Linda Welters. "Textiles and Leather in
Southeastern New England Archaeological Sites." Chapter 9 in Perishable
Material Culture in the Northeast, pp. 169-84. Penelope B. Drooker,
ed. New York StateMuseum Bulletin 500. Albany, NY: University of the State of New York, 2004.
- Gale, Mary Elizabeth, and Margaret T. Ordoñez. "Eighteenth-Century
Indigo-Resist Fabrics: Their Use in Quilts and Bed Hangings." Uncoverings
2004, Volume 25 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group,
- Ordoñez, Margaret. "Textiles." In Berkshire Encyclopedia of World
History (Vol. 5, pp. 1817-1823). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire,
- Walker, Reneé, and Margaret Ordoñez. Plastics in Twentieth-Century Costume
Collections. In The Postprints of the Textile Specialty Group, pp. 125-130. Vol. 14. Julie Randolph,
Kathleen MacKay, and Robin M. Hanson, eds. Washington, D.C.: American
Institute for Conservation, 2004.
- L. Welters and M. Ordoñez. "Early Calico Printing in Rhode Island." Uncoverings 2001: Volume 22 of the
Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group, 65-85.
- L. Welters and M. Ordoñez, eds. Down by the Old Mill Stream: Quilts in Rhode Island. Kent, OH: Kent State Press, 2000.
- M. Ordoñez. Your Vintage Keepsake: A CSA Guide to Costume Storage and Display.Lubbock: Texas Tech
University Press, 2001.
- M. Ordoñez and L. Welters, "Textiles from the 17th-century
Privy at the Cross Street Back Lot Site," Historical Archaeology,
Vol. 32, No. 3 (1998): 81-90.
- M. Ordoñez and L. Welters. "New England Calico Printing Reflected in
Rhode Island Quilts: 1820-160." What's New England about New England
Quilts? Sturbridge, MA: Old Sturbridge Village, 81-91.
- M. Ordoñez and L. Welters, Nineteenth-Century Album Quilts in Rhode
Island, What's American About American Quilts - A Research Forum on
Regional Characteristics, II: 10-17. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian
- L. Welters, M. Ordoñez, K. Tarleton and J. Smith, European Textiles from
Seventeenth-century New England Cemeteries Historical Archaeology
and the Study of American Culture. Winterthur, DE: Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum, 1996,