The Winterthur Library offers researchers a
wealth of material on the arts and crafts movement
in America, including original furniture designs,
scarce nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodi-
cals, rare advertising material, and early glass-plate
negatives and photographs. Much material has
been recently acquired, presenting a remarkable
opportunity for original scholarship.
Gustav Stickley Company
One of the key figures in the American arts and
crafts movement was Gustav Stickley (1858–1942).
In 1899 he formed the Gustav Stickley Company,
which manufactured furniture. In 1901 he began
publishing The Craftsman, a monthly journal pro-
moting the ideals of the movement. His solid,
straight-lined Mission furniture popularized the
craftsman ideal for the middle class.
The Winterthur Library’s Stickley Collection
documents the rise and fall of Gustav Stickley’s
business enterprises, particularly Craftsman, Inc.
Included are business records including bills,
cancelled checks, stock information, minutes of
corporate meetings, contracts, patents, and the
legal records and letters from creditors that relate
to the bankruptcy of Craftsman, Inc., in 1916 and
the dissolution of the Craftsman Publishing Com-
pany. The collection also contains 675 glass-plate
negatives and a set of reproduction proofs used in
What is Wrought in the Craftsman Workshops, United Craftsman, Syracuse, N.Y. 1904. Printed Book Collection,
Arts and Crafts Movement
An Introduction to Resources
the production of the firm’s trade catalogues.
Winterthur also owns an almost complete run of
The Craftsman and a number of trade catalogues,
including the very rare What Is Wrought in the
Craftsman Workshops (Syracuse, 1904).
In 1901 architect Will Price and his associates
founded the Rose Valley colony for the “manufac-
ture of structures, articles, materials and products
involving artistic handicraft.” Located on the
ruins of the abandoned Rose Valley Mills near
Philadelphia, the utopian community pro