Online Collections

Digital Museum Collection

The Museum Collection comprises approximately 90,000 objects, from ceramics, furniture, glass, and prints to paintings, metalwork, textiles and other works.  Most objects date from about 1600 to 1860.  The Museum Collection digital database includes records, many of them with images, for the majority of the collection objects.  Some objects also are highlighted in Online Exhibitions.  See general information on the Museum Collection or for assistance, please email

Digital Garden Collection

The gardens and landscape surrounding the museum are not a botanical collection maintained for scientific purposes, but an artistic composition that captures a significant period in the history of American horticulture. This landscape is a cultural artifact and its components — plants, architecture, and decorative objects — are preserved and managed as a collection. The plant collection data is stored in our plant records system and documents woody plants and other taxa (different kinds of plants) that are part of the designed landscape. There are currently 7,508 accessioned taxa in our "living collections." The information on this collection is available through our online Plant Database. In addition you will find the following online:

Digital Library Collection

Winterthur Library is a recognized center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America's artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the twentieth century. If you have comments or questions about the library’s collections, please email

  • WinterCat is the library's online catalogue.  It includes approximately 90,000 bibliographic records for imprints, periodicals, printed materials, manuscripts, printed ephemera, photographs, and archival resources.
  • Digital Library Collections refers to a number of collections, ranging from diaries to account books, from photographs of the Shaker religious sect to early 20th century autochromes of the Winterthur garden, are available online.
  • More than 900 trade catalogs are available through the Internet Archive.

Digital Research Tools

Winterthur is proud to collaborate with partner institutions to develop tools for the study of decorative and fine arts made or used in America. These resources feature objects from Winterthur's museum and library collections as well as pieces from a number of other public and private collections.

  • American Silversmiths' Marks is an online collection of photos from the Winterthur Library's Decorative Arts Photographic Collection. Records include images of marks on objects in the Winterthur Museum and other public and private collections alongside information on silversmiths.
  • The Boston Furniture Archive, a growing online resource on furniture produced in Boston from 1630 to 1930, includes objects from Winterthur's museum collection, objects documented in Winterthur's library, and objects owned by a number of partner institutions.
  • Winterthur joins the Transferware Collectors Club and Historic New England in making available the online exhibition Patriotic America. It serves as the definitive database of early English printed pottery with mid 19th-century images celebrating the new United States. The objects are drawn from a broad range of collections.
  • The Spode Exhibition Online is a comprehensive resource for the study of Spode printed designs and their sources, focusing on the blue printed patterns of Spode c. 1784—1833, Spode family history and business, and life in the Staffordshire Potteries of that period. The project was spearheaded by the Transferware Collectors Club in collaboration with Winterthur and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
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