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Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston records

 Unprocessed Material
Call Number: RETRO.2023.003

Content Description

The collection includes organizational and financial records, exhibition files, publicity material, files of crafts workers’ correspondence, price lists, artists’ drawings, and photographs of early exhibitions and craftsmen, all documenting the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, dating from 1897. The records encompass the history of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America, with a particular focus on New England, and Boston specifically. Records also include annual reports, trust fund files, exhibition, including biographical data on craft workers, clippings and photographs of exhibitions, files on craft workers containing correspondence, writings, printed materials, photographs of exterior and interior views of the Society’s offices and of crafts workers in their studios.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, 1986

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research but is currently unprocessed. This means that it may not be housed in boxes stable enough to use; there may be additional preservation issues that need to be addressed; some material may contain restricted content, such as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) that hasn't been screened; and available description of the collection contents may be limited and/or incomplete. When requesting access to unprocessed collections, BPL archivists will first need to assess the state of the materials to see if it can be made accessible in the reading room. Though access will be prioritized, in some cases, portions of or entire collections may be restricted until fully processed. 

Use Restrictions

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.


  • approximately 1986-2012
  • Acquisition: 1986



116.48 Cubic Feet (23 document boxes, 68 records cartons, 4 file cabinet drawers, 27 non-standard boxes.)