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Society of Arts and Crafts records, 1899-1960

Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, Mass.)

Collection Information

Size: 1.0 linear feet

Summary: The records of the Boston-based Society of Arts and Crafts measure 1.0 linear feet and date from 1899 to 1960. The scattered documentation contains administrative records, correspondence, writings and notes, printed materials including twenty-two issues of "Handicraft," and a photograph.

Biographical/Historical Note

Founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1897, the Society of Arts and Crafts was formed to develop and encourage higher artistic standards in handicrafts. The organization is still active.


The Society of Arts and Crafts donated these records to the Archives of American Art in 1972.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds microfilm of material lent for microfilming on reels 142, 300-322, 429, and 3468-3469. The loaned papers include photographs of buildings and sales rooms, a record book, craftsmen and exhibition files, six scrapbooks, organizational material, and sales records. These records are now located at the Fine Arts Department, Boston Public Library and are not described in the collection container inventory.

Location of Originals

  • All materials except HANDICRAFT: Originals and additional Society of Arts and Crafts records in: Boston Public Library, Fine Arts Dept. 666 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02117.