Research fellows have full access to the library collections, which chronicle material culture in American and abroad from the 16th into the 20th centuries. The collections are books and periodicals, including 18,260 rare books and about 1,200 periodical titles; manuscripts and printed ephemera, including 2,900 records groups, ranging in size from an item to tens of thousands of pieces; visual resources, including 170,000 photographs; and the Winterthur Archives, including 2,400 cubic feet of records. Library collections are searchable online

Resources for the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries include:

  • Core library collection of secondary sources in fine and decorative art history, American history, and cultural studies, including academic journals
  • Period trade catalogs, trade cards, and other ephemera
  • Auction and exhibition catalogs
  • Extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts
  • Rare books
  • Manuscript collections including probate inventories, family records, diaries, and correspondence
  • Merchant and artisan account books


Research fellows have full access to museum collection catalog information and research files for nearly 90,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in the colonies of British North America and the young United States to 1860, as well as opportunities to study with relevant museum collections.  Our museum collection database is accessible online.


Research fellows have access, by appointment, to the research files of the Garden Department and to the plant records system. The Winterthur Archives houses letters from H. F. du Pont to prominent horticulturists of the early 20th century and documentation about the work of Marian Cruger Coffin, one of the first female landscape architects in the United States.


Research fellows are welcomed by a talented team of curators, librarians, conservators, students, and scholars with deep knowledge of Winterthur's collections. They are happy to share information and insights into fellows' projects and Winterthur's collections. Please contact our support staff for more information.

"Without Winterthur and the residential fellowship program it would not be possible for me to do this project at all...The vast array of objects, the rare book collection, the library, and the expertise of curators, librarians, conservators, conversations with (other) Fellows and with staff members...all contributed.... The intellectual stimulation of the Winterthur environment has boosted my brain into the next gear, so to speak." -Andrea Pappas, 2015-2016 NEH fellow and Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Santa Clara University

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