American Art Pottery
Association promotes appreciation of American art pottery and promulgates a members' code of ethics for buying, selling, exhibiting and publishing. Site has information on the society and its journal, events, a limited database
of fakes, and more. Some information is available to members only.
American Ceramic Society
includes information on the society and its publications. Focus is primarily on ceramic materials in industry. Its subsidiary Potters Council focuses on studio potters. Ceramic Arts Daily provides videos and information for potters and ceramic artists.
Association, founded in 1884, is a professional association for historians. Website contains information on the society, meetings, prizes and fellowships, jobs, publications and more. Some information is available to members only.
Studies Association is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history. Website provides information about the association, meetings, grants, publications, job opportunities, and more. Some information is available to members only. Within ASA, the Material Culture Caucus promotes that field of interest.
for Gravestone Studies website provides information on the organization,
conference, publications, and awards. See the link for "external resources" to find other websites pertaining to the study of gravestones.
The Association of Historians of American Art compiles a list of current exhibitions of historical art of the U.S., as well as lists of completed and in-progress dissertations on American art.
The Association for
Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums provides links to member museums with living history programming. Go to the "living
history" tab, select "museum links" from the left panel, and browse by region.
The Consortium for American Material Culture was founded in 2007 at the Bard Graduate Center. Its 2010 meeting was held at the University of Delaware; the Spring 2011 meeting was held at Brown University.
Decorative Arts Trust includes information on their symposiums, scholarships
and awards, and provides a listing of selected current exhibitions on
the decorative arts.
Early American Industries
Association supports the study of American Industries and tools. Includes grant information.
Folk Art Society of
America has information on the society, as well as selected articles
from their journal, "Folk Art Messenger."
The Furniture History Society was founded to encourage the study of furniture and promote the preservation of furniture and its records.
Society promotes the art and study of furniture
making. Website links to conference and publication information and includes information on grants and scholarships funded by the society.
Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network promotes interdisciplinary study of home. See their extensive links section of primarily European museums, archives, collections, etc. focused on the home.
Historic New England provides information on historic
properties, full text articles from the publications "Old Time New
England" and "Historical New England Magazine," and a searchable database of artifacts, including a large collection of wallpaper.
Mid-America American Studies Association is the regional chapter of the American Studies Association that includes Wisconsin. The 2011 meeting was held at Madison, WI.
New England American Studies Association is the regional chapter of the American Studies Association covering New England states. See their American Studies links page for regional historical societies and archives.
of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) provides information on conferences and events, publications, fellowships and
more. A valuable resource for scholars of American material culture.
The Organization of American
Historians site contains information on the organization, its publications, programs, meetings, awards, and news, as well as a career center. It publishes the "Journal of American History" and the "OAH Magazine of History."
Pioneer America Society: Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes focuses on buildings, sites, structures, and objects representing North American history, cultural landscapes and material culture. Their publications include "Material Culture," "PAST Journal," and a "PAS Newsletter."
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association promotes the study of popular culture. Their journals are "Journal of Popular Culture" and "Journal of American Culture." The regional Midwest PCA/ACA was established in 1973.
Society of American Period
Furniture Makers is dedicated to the study of American furniture,
especially standards and ethical practices in restoration, conservation
Society of American
Silversmiths homepage provides information on the society and events, a bibliography and glossary of silversmithing terms and more. See the section "Antique Silver Resources" for links to sites for silver hallmark identification. The section "Shoptalk" provides technique and equipment information. Selections from the society newsletter are available online.
Society of Architectural
Historians site provides a wealth of information about the society and discipline, as well as tables of contents
for selected back issues of the JSAH (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians).
Society of Early Americanists furthers the exchange of ideas and information among scholars studying America before 1800.
Architecture Forum is an association dedicated to the study and preservation
of the American built environment. The site includes news about the society as well as information on conferences, grants, and publications. Its official publication is the journal "Buildings & Landscapes," formerly called "Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture." In addition, the site provides useful resources for researchers, including access to a searchable Vernacular Architecture Newsletter Bibliography Database.
Society in America includes information on their publications, summer
school and local chapters.
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Dictionaries, Directories and Guides
17th and 18th Century Paleographic (and Other) Resources Online, from Yale's Beinecke Library.
Studies: Web Metasites in American Studies hosted at the University
at the University of Virginia is a metasite linking to suggested resources, including a section on cultural maps.
Antiques Roadshow Online supports the popular PBS television show. The website also provides an informative "Resources" section that includes a glossary, a bibliography, and advice to collectors in a section titled "tips of the trade".
Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America helps researchers locate primary source material about American collectors and dealers. This project originates from the Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Art Reference Library.
Art Terms Glossary provides links to a number of online glossaries.
Artlex is a general
art-related dictionary, including techinical and critical terms.
Craft in America is a non-profit organization celebrating craft and its impact on America's cultural heritage. Episodes from the PBS television series of the same name are available, along with virtual exhibits, educational resources, more.
Diagnostic Artifacts in Maryland provides an introduction to datable artifacts recovered from archaeological sites in Maryland, including extensive coverage of ceramics.
DoHistory is an
interactive research case study based on the work of historian Laurel
Thatcher Ulrich and her examination of a 200-year-old diary of Maine midwife
Martha Ballard, born in 1735. See the History Toolkit for advice on historical research, a guide to reading 18th century handwriting, more.
Eighteenth-Century Resources is a site produced and maintained by Prof. Jack Lynch, Department of English, Rutgers University.
of Historic Places from the National Parks Service includes a searchable
database of properties listed in the register.
Plastics Collection, Syracuse University Library includes information on people and corporations significant to the history and use of plastic from the 19th century to the present. An object collection includes over 2,000 artifacts. Library collections of books and periodicals and archival collection finding aids are also searchable.
of Art History, presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features art history timelines covering the period from 20,000 BC to the present.
Architecture Newsletter Bibliography from the Vernacular Architecture Forum
is a searchable database of book and article citations. This online bibliography is an important resource for researchers of vernacular architecture and material culture.
History is a research guide maintained by the Women's Studies Librarian's Office of the University of Wisconsin
See also the UW Madison Resources portion of the Studying
Material Culture at UW Madison page for Dictionaries, Directories
and Guides available through the UW Madison Libraries.
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Libraries and Archives
Antiquarian Society. Founded in 1812, the American Antiquarian Society's
collections document American history, literature and culture through 1876. Collections include printed books and pamphlets, prints and broadsides, maps, sheet music, and more. Finding aids and an online catalog are available.
Council's library catalog accesses a collection focused on the development of the craft movement
in America in the years following the Second World War.
Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian is dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America. Some collections are digitized.
Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Artists' Papers Register is a location register of the papers of artists, designers and craftspeople held in publicly accessible collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
of Philadelphia is a special collections library founded in 1814 to collect materials connected with the history and antiquities of America. See their Online Exhibitions and Symposia.
The Boston Athenaeum, a membership library, opened in 1807. See examples of their holdings in their Digital Collection.
British Library Images Online provides images from their extensive collections. Images include illustrations, drawings, photographs, more. The main website for the library also gives links to collection catalogues and online galleries.
and Library collects, preserves and interprets the history of American enterprise. The library
includes book, pictorial, manuscript and archive collections, including a rich collection of trade catalogs. Some items have been digitized.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania. One of the oldest and largest non-governmental repositories of historical documentary material. A "Discovery" catalogs list holdings of books, images and more. A digital library is also accessible.
Art Library, University of Wisconsin Madison.
Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University is an important center for research in 18th century studies. See their online digital collections.
Library of Congress
has made an extensive array of resources available online, including the
library catalog, finding aids to archival collections, and many digital
collections. Search their Online Catalog, or their Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, or browse digital collections.
Library of Virginia serves as the state library and archives of the
Commonwealth of Virginia. The LVA Catalog allows combined or separate searches of book/journal collections, archives/manuscript collections and/or image/index holdings. Many digital collection are available in their Virginia Memory project. See a useful chronological guide in their "Best Sources for Virginia Research by Time Period."
The website of Monticello provides access to libraries and archives relating to Thomas Jefferson, as well as reconstructions of libraries owned by Jefferson at various times in his life. See a searchable list of books known to or owned by Thomas Jefferson. Note that the Library of Congress began with a collection of books sold to them by Jefferson; see inventory online.
National Archives and
Records Administration provides a Research page with information
on how to search their extensive holdings.
New York Historical Society provides a wide variety of resources for researchers. Within their library collections are print, manuscript and graphic materials. Their museum collections are searchable also.
Library and Athenaeum, Newport, RI, provides finding aids to parts of their collection
including the Cynthia Cary collection of decorative arts.
Institution Research Information System is a gateway to the Smithsonian's
many online library, archives, art, and photographic collections.
of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Special Collections
Library provides a link to Wintercat, their online catalog, as well
as research guides including one on botanical illustration.
Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives.
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