Resources at Winterthur
Research fellows are welcomed by staff experts with deep knowledge of Winterthur’s collections. Support staff are happy to share information and insights about the collectons.
Research fellows have full access to the library collections, which chronicle American craft tradition and lifestyle from the 16th into the 20th centuries, concentrating on the domestic setting. The collections are books and periodicals, including 18,260 rare books and about 1,200 periodical titles; manuscripts and printed ephemera, including 2,900 records groups, ranging in size from an item to tens of thousands of pieces; visual resources, including 170,000 photographs; and the Winterthur Archives, including 2,400 cubic feet of records. Library collections are searchable online.
Resources for the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries include:
- Core library collection of secondary sources in fine and decorative art history, American history, and cultural studies, including academic journals
- Period trade catalogs, trade cards, and other ephemera
- Auction and exhibition catalogs
- Extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts
- Rare books
- Manuscript collections including probate inventories, family records, diaries, and correspondence
- Merchant and artisan account books
Research fellows have full access to museum collection catalog information and research files for nearly 90,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in the colonies of British North America and the young United States to 1860, as well as pre-arranged study opportunities with relevant museum collections. Our KEemu museum collection database is accessible to all visitors in the Library.
Research fellows have access, by appointment, to the research files of the Garden Department and to the plant records system. The Winterthur Archives houses letters from H. F. du Pont to prominent horticulturists of the early 20th century and documentation about the work of Marian Cruger Coffin, one of the first female landscape architects in the United States.