Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

NUC Symbol: DeWint
Catalog: WinterCat

Winterthur Library

5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
302-888-4681 voice
302-888-3367 fax

Mon - Fri 8:30-4:30

Second Saturdays, 9:00-1:00
Staff: General reference:

The Winterthur Library is a research center for the study of American art and material culture whose resources for advanced study include more than 100,000 volumes, nearly 3,000 record groups of manuscripts, and approximately 150,000 visual images.  Rare book holdings are particularly strong in architecture and design pattern books, American and British manufacturers' and retailers' trade catalogs, descriptions of craft techniques, advice literature, periodicals that promote or describe lifestyles, and city directories and design.  The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera documents American craftspeople and everyday life in America.  Specific items include account books, sketchbooks, drawings, diaries, architectural papers, textile swatchbooks, and advertising ephemera.  The Winterthur Archives includes the papers of Henry Francis du Pont and his father, Colonel Henry Algernon du Pont, Winterthur Farm records, and early administrative records of Winterthur as a museum.  The Decorative Arts Photographic Collection documents decorative art objects made or used in America prior to 1914.  Nearly all of the objects are located away from Winterthur .  Notable special collections include the Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr., Research Library of American Painting; the Edward Deming Andrews Memorial Shaker Collection; and the John and Carolyn Grossman Collection, which focuses on the history of chromolithography.