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Welcome to the Winterthur Library, an independent research library dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America’s artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the 20th century.

Its holdings include rare books, manuscripts, original works of art on paper, photographs, the archives of the Winterthur estate and its history as a museum, and more. All are catalogued in WinterCat, the library’s online catalog. You’ll find documentation of American household goods and their use, decorative arts and design, letter books of craftspeople and merchants, the material culture of everyday life, and much more.

The Winterthur Library is free and open to the public year-round. Whether you are a student, scholar, or casually curious, the library can help enrich your understanding and appreciation of America’s past in a global context.

Library Hours

The Winterthur Library is currently offering research appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. We are not allowing walk-ins and there are no weekend hours.

To make an appointment, please email reference@winterthur.org at least 24 hours in advance of your requested visit time.

Library Collection

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<p><span></span><span>Four main collections comprise the library: Printed Books & Periodicals, including rare books and trade catalogs; the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera; a Visual Resources Collection of thousands of photographs in the Decorative Arts Photographic Collection and the Photographic Index of American Art and Design; and the Winterthur Archives.</span></p>
Library News
These are the most recent issues of Winterthur Library News, our quarterly…

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Research Guides
Guide to the Downs Collection and Winterthur Archives The online book Guide to…

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The John and Carolyn Grossman Collection
A world-class collection of about 250,000 items, The John and Carolyn Grossman…

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Books and Periodicals
In our Collection of Printed Books and Periodicals, you will find more…

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Explore the Digital Collection

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<p><span></span><span>Explore the library collections using WinterCat, the Winterthur Digital Collections site, and other specialized online resources. </span></p>
Finding Aids
Search across hundreds of finding aids to get detailed descriptions of archival…

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Winterthur Library on the Internet Archive
Explore more than 900 trade catalogs and other resources from Winterthur’s page…

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Explore Wintercat
Access the digital holdings of our library through the Wintercat online catalog.

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