Library Digital Collections


In an effort to share library holdings with people who cannot come to Winterthur, as well as to respond to onsite users, library staff has selected a number of collections to digitize. Choosing to represent library strengths and materials frequently requested by researchers, we have scanned dozens of collections and thousands of images and offer them online.

To access all of our digital collections, click here:

A sampling:


From the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera:

Imprints by late 19th-century New York City lithographer Charles Magnus

Photographs and postcards depicting the Shakers

Calendars and cigar label art from the John and Carolyn Grossman Collection

Photographs and drawings of decorative arts objects made at the Byrdcliffe Arts & Crafts Colony, Woodstock, NY

Transfer prints and proofs for ceramics from William Gallimore for potteries in Staffordshire, England, 1820s-1840s

Handwritten account books from American craftspeople, late 1700s-early 1800s

Manuscript invoices recording sales of household products and personal goods, 1700s-1900s

Sketches and drawings by John Lewis Krimmel

Drawings of furniture from Gillow & Co.

Diaries and travel accounts, most notably 12 diaries kept by Philadelphia and New York historian John Fanning Watson (1779-1860)


From the Winterthur Archives:

Early 20th century autochromes of the Winterthur garden

Construction photographs of Winterthur House from 1929 and 1930

Winterthur room stereo cards from the 1930s

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