The Archives and Special Collections recently received a small collection of materials that once belonged to former textile professor Anton Rodil, by way of his son, Norbert Rodil. The elder Rodil, who graduated from the New Bedford Textile School, taught in the evening school from 1930 to 1937. In 1937 he was “elected” as a regular instructor in the weaving department at the New Bedford Textile School (for the day school). Rodil had been weave room foreman at the New Bedford Spinning Company, and had gained experience as a textile consultant during an 18-month stint in Mexico and Cuba. In 1948 he was promoted to the rank of assistant professor, from which he retired in January 1968. He was also a graduate of the New Bedford Textile School, attending at night for eight years to earn his certificate. His son, Norbert Rodil, graduated with a B.S. in Textile Engineering in 1953.
The Rodil collection includes a composition book used as a scrapbook, and several NBTS catalogs and statistical publications from the textile field. In the scrapbook are newspaper clippings about New Bedford Textile School graduates in 1939 and 1940. There are also some samples of fabric woven at the school with NBTS logos and other pictorial items. The photograph is of professor Rodil with weaving apparatus.