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American Handicraft Council records, [ca. 1937-1940]

American Handicraft Council


Collection Information

Size: 1 Reel ca. 750 items (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Certificate of Incorporation; draft of articles of incorporation and by-laws; minutes of A.H.C. meetings, April 1939-January 1940; 12 reports regarding progress of activities and council objectives; fundraising file containing correspondence (some photocopies) between A.H.C. and possible contributors, 1937-1939, and a list of possible sponsors; files on the economic study of handicrafts in the United States under grant from the Carnegie Corporation including surveys of craftspersons' production, marketing, and financing skills and experiences; photographs of samples of handicrafts; financial records; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Founded 1939; Wilmington, Delaware. Humphery Emery, who figures in this collection, was director of the Society of Arts and Crafts in the 1930's and subsequently secretary of the American Handicraft Council when that organization was founded. The two organizations worked closely together in 1939 and 1940 to conduct an economic survey of handicrafts, first in New England and later in the United States. As Emery kept papers concerning to both organizations, additional material pertaining to the American Handicraft Council can be found in the papers of the Society of Arts and Crafts.


Lent for microfilming 1982 and 1985 by the Society of Arts & Crafts.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3466 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Some of the correpondence in file concerning fundraising is photocopied.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

American Handicraft Council records, [ca. 1937-1940]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.