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American Art Pottery Association promotes appreciation of American art pottery and promulgates a members' code of ethics for buying, selling, exhibiting and publishing.

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.

American Historical 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.

American 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.

The Association for Gravestone Studies website provides information on the organization, conference, publications, and awards. See the Knowledge Center/External Resources Links section for other websites pertaining to the study of gravestones.

The Association of Historians of American Art promotes the study of American art and visual culture. Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art is a peer-reviewed openly-accessible electronic journal dedicated to American art and visual culture. The first issue is Fall, 2014.

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 wiki archives information about yearly meetings and seeks to promote discussion and information exchange.

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.

The 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. Website includes grant information and links, plus an online subject/author index to their journal, The Chronicle. Their Shavings newsletter is archived online from 2008.

Folk Art Society of America advocates the documentation, preservation and exhibition of folk art, with an emphasis on contemporary. Website provides information on the society and current exhibitions, as well as selected articles from their journal, Folk Art Messenger.

The Furniture History Society (U.K.) was founded to encourage the study of furniture and promote the preservation of furniture and its records. Website provides information on the society and news, as well as an index to their journal, Furniture History.

The Furniture 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, events, preservation and more. Also see full text articles from the publications: Old Time New England and Historic New England Magazine. Site provides access to a searchable database of artifacts, including an extensive collection of wallpaper.

Mid-America American Studies Association is the regional chapter of the American Studies Association that includes Wisconsin.

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.

Omohundro Institute 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. The site provides tables of contents and some article abstracts for the Journal of American History and the OAH Magazine of History. Members have full-text access.

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. The website provides tables of contents for issues of the journal Material Culture, as well as some full text for the PAST Journal and PAS Newsletter. Members have greater full-text access.

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association promotes the study of popular culture. Their website provides information on the society, conferences, awards, opportunities and more. Publications include the 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 and reproduction. Site includes a gallery of contemporary reproduction period furniture.

Society of American Silversmiths is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of silversmithing. Site provides information on the society and events, a bibliography, glossary of silversmithing terms and more. The section "Shoptalk" provides technique and equipment information. Selections from the society newsletter are available online. The section "Antique Silver Resources" redirects for links to hallmark identification sites, more.

Society of Architectural Historians promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide. Site provides information about the society and more. Non-members can access the SAH Newsletter, book lists of recent publications in the field, and the SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings. Useful links to external sites are found under "Digital Resources" and "Professional Resources."

Society of Early Americanists furthers the exchange of ideas and information among scholars studying America before 1800. Site compiles lists of book publications and relevant journals.

Vernacular Architecture Forum is an association dedicated to the study and preservation of the American built environment. The site includes information on conferences, grants, publications, and more. Of benefit to researchers is the Forum's compilation of bibliography for the discipline. The site provides an introductory "Reading List." In addition, its complete bibliography is undergoing a transition and is available in two increments. Data through 2012 is available in a spreadsheet format until migrated. Newer titles are available online in a public Zotero group.

The Victorian Society in America focuses on preservation, understanding, and enjoyment of American nineteenth century heritage. Site includes information on their publications, summer school and local chapters.

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Material Culture (about quilts and fabric, past and present)

Material Cultures ("revealing the world's luminous debris")

Material World (a global hub for thinking about things)

The Meanings of Things (devoted to American material culture)

UW Material Culture (from the University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Winterthur Unreserved (from museum and library staff, volunteers and friends)

Wisconsin Object (exploring Wisconsin's material culture)

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Dictionaries, Directories and Guides

17th and 18th Century Paleographic (and Other) Resources Online, from Yale's Beinecke Library.

American Studies at the University of Virginia website provides links to useful resources in sections titled "Cultural Maps," "Yellow Pages" and more.

Antiques Roadshow Online supports the popular PBS television show. The website also provides an informative "Resources" section that includes a glossary and Experts' Library bibliography. The site also provides a searchable Roadshow Archive of selected appraisals from past shows.

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.

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 by Prof. Jack Lynch, Department of English, Rutgers University.

Historical Thesaurus of English (Univ. of Glasgow) enables users to explore the range of meanings of words throughout history from Old English to the present day.

MESDA Craftsman Database is a collection of primary source information gathered on 85,000 artisans practising 127 trades in the early South. Find it under the Research section.

National Register 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.

Teaching History with 100 Objects is a resource compiled to assist British educators in teaching national history. Objects were selected from the British Museum and other UK collections. The project aims to harness the power of objects to motivate young people’s interest in history and to provide teachers with resources to inspire their students’ study of events and people in the past.

Timeline of Art History, presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features art history timelines covering the period from 20,000 BC to the present.

Vernacular Architecture Forum Bibliography is a public Zotero group of citations for books and articles. This bibliography is an important resource for researchers of vernacular architecture and material culture.

Women's History is a research guide maintained by the Women's Studies Librarian's Office of the University of Wisconsin System.

World Quilts: The American Story is a multi-media guide produced by the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Libraries and Archives

American 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. Online finding aids and a general catalog are available. Specialized catalogs compile information on pre-1820 American engravings and the 19th century American children's book trade. GIGI is the Society's database of digital assets.

American Craft 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. Digital collections are also available.

Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian is dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America. Website provides information on their 6,000 archival collections, 125 of which are available entirely online.

Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. ArCat is the searchable catalog of the archives.

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.

The Athenaeum 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.

Hagley Museum 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.

Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin Madison.

Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University, is an important center for research in 18th century studies. Online digital collections are searchable.

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 featured digital collections.

The 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.

Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, RI, provides finding aids to parts of their collection including the Cynthia Cary collection of historical pattern books for furniture, decoration and ornament.

SIRIS: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System is a gateway to the Smithsonian's many online library, archives, art, and photographic collections. Note access to the "Inventory of American Painting and Sculpture" and the "Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index."

Teaching History with 100 Objects is a resource created in Britain to assist educators in teaching national history. Objects were selected from the British Museum and other collections across the UK. The project aims to harness the power of objects to motivate young people’s interest in history and to provide teachers with resources to inspire their students’ study of events and people in the past

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Special Collections houses the majority of pre-1800 books at UW-Madison, as well as many special collections.

Winterthur Library provides a link to Wintercat, their online catalog, as well as research guides such as this one on botanical illustration.

Wisconsin Historical Society. Library holdings are included in the UW-Madison library catalog. The Archives Division maintains a separate catalog called ArCat.

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