Winterthur Library

Resources on the Arts & Crafts and Colonial Revival Movements

The arts and crafts and colonial revival movements began during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Although existing separately, each represented a revolution in style, design, and artisanship that developed in response to what proponents identified as a loss of character and substance in the design and manufacture of products and structures. Many of the objects and buildings produced during these periods survive today, a century or more after their creation. Archival records, contemporary photographs, and interpretive works remind us of the significance of these movements in the history of American art and design.

Winterthur counts among its holdings an extensive collection of material for the study and appreciation of the arts and crafts and colonial revival movements, and the library continues to acquire materials of interest. It is a renowned collection, available for research weekdays (excluding holidays and holiday Mondays) to the general public. In conjunction with the University of Delaware, it offers graduate programs in American Material Culture and fellowships in a variety of research areas across the spectrum of decorative arts, architecture, and consumer culture.

The range of the collection is breathtaking. For those interested, Winterthur offers an online catalogue (WinterCat) through which you can submit queries for various resources. For the dedicated Arts & Crafts researcher, WinterCat is the end of the rainbow. Should you wish to investigate Gustav Stickley, for example, Winterthur Library holds 52 boxs of his business papers in its collection.


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