In November, 2007, Colley-Lee donated her personal working costume collection to Mississippi State University. Since the collection consists of working costumes that Colley-Lee wants to be used in productions, the Library and the TheatreMSU, Department of Communication, have joined forces to administer this collection.
The vast collection consisting of hundreds of costumes range from vintage costumes to vintage clothing to actual clothing from the 1920's to the present. The vintage clothing and costumes will remain in the University Library as a part of the Colley-Lee collection, while the rest of the costumes will be housed in McComas Hall and used in future productions. In fact, the first fall production by TheatreMSU, The Mad Woman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux, was partially costumed using costumes from Colley-Lee's costumes.
To further the use of the costumes, TheatreMSU will rent the costumes to other theatres on a cost recovery basis. A website with photographs and descriptions of the costumes will be developed over the next several months to facilitate the ordering of costumes.
GladRags: Sketches, Swatches and Costume Designs by Myrna Colley-Lee is organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and supported with funds provided by the Museum's statewide Traveling Exhibition Endowment, a fund made possible through significant private contributions matched by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.