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Interior Design, 1850 - 1900

Selected Primary Resources

February 15, 2007 | Iris Snyder

Material on design can be found in several subject areas, each with different library call numbers. Selected subject searches for DELCAT inlcude the following:

Browse "Subject begins with":

interior design
architecture, domestic
decoration and ornament
home economics

Trade catalogs in Special Collections include a wide range of material. They are often cataloged, for example, as "furniture-catalogs."

For an overview of material in Special Collections on design and decoration, refer to Special Collections exhibitions:

Defining Her Life: Advice Books for Women

Trade Catalogs in the University of Delaware Library

An American Feast: Food, Dining, and Entertaining in the United States from Simmons to Rombauer

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Books in Special Collections

Barker, Lady (Mary Anne), 1831-1911.

The bedroom and boudoir. London: Macmillan, 1878.

LOCATION: Special Collections NK2117 .B7 1878

Beeton, Isabella Mary.

Mrs. Beeton's book of household management. London, 1869.

LOCATION: Special Collections In Process

Beecher, Catharine Esther, 1800-1878.

The American woman's home: or, Principles of domestic science; being a guide to the formation and maintenance of economical, healthful, beautiful, and Christian homes. By Catharine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. New York: J. B. Ford and company; Boston, H. A. Brown & co.; 1869.

LOCATION: Special Collections TX145 .B415

Benjamin Moore & Co.

Home decorative interior suggestions. New York: Blanchard Press, [ca. 1890]

LOCATION: Special Collections Trade Catalog

Cook, Clarence, 1828-1900.

The house beautiful: essays on beds and tables, stools and candlesticks. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1881, c1877.

LOCATION: Special Collections NK 2115 .C8 1881

Dennison Manufacturing Company.

Art & decoration in crêpe & tissue paper. Boston, Mass.: [The Company, 19th century or early 20th century]

LOCATION: Special Collections Trade Catalog

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.

Du Pont color cards : paints, varnishes, enamels ...Wilmington, Del.: The Company, 19--

LOCATION: Special Collections Trade Catalog

Eastlake, Charles L. (Charles Locke), 1833-1906.

Hints on household taste in furniture, upholstery, and other details. Boston: J. R. Osgood and company, 1872.

LOCATION: Special Collections NK2115 .E3

Gibson, Louis Henry, 1854-

Beautiful houses; a study in house-building. Foreign examples in domestic architecture. New York: T.Y. Crowell 1895.

LOCATION: Special Collections NA 7120 .G4

A girl's room. With plans and designs for work upstairs and down and entertainments for herself and friends. Boston, D. Lothrop and company, c1886.

LOCATION: Special Collections GV1201 .G5

Henry Bosch Company.

Wall papers. New York: The Company, 1917.

LOCATION: Special Collections folio+ Trade Catalog

H.W. Johns Manufacturing Co.

Artistic house painting. New York: The Company, c1895.

LOCATION: Special Collections Trade Catalog

Jones, Owen, 1809-1874.

The grammar of ornament. London: Day and Son, 1856.

LOCATION: Special Collections folio+ NK1510 .J7 1856

Morris, William, 1834-1896.

The wood beyond the world. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1894.

LOCATION: Special Collections PR5079 .W6 1894

Picture Scrapbook. Circa 1870-1880.

LOCATION: Special Collections Scrapbook Collection, #35.

The manual of the Guild and School of Handicraft: being a guide to county councils and technical teachers; ed. by C.R. Ashbee. London: Cassell & Co., Ltd., 1892.

LOCATION: Special Collections NK1142 .M36 1892

Sears, Roebuck and Company.

Wall paper for every home. Chicago: The Company, 1916.

LOCATION: Special Collections Trade Catalog

Sears, Roebuck and Company.

Catalog. Philadelphia: Sears, Roebuck and Company.

LOCATION: Special Collections Trade Catalog

Spofford, Harriet Elizabeth Prescott, 1835-1921.

Art decoration applied to furniture. New York: Harper, 1878.

LOCATION: Special Collections NK2230 .S8

Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942.

Craftsman homes. New York City, The Craftsman Publishing Company, c1909.

LOCATION: Special Collections NA7110 .S85

Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941.

Wallace Nutting furniture catalog. Framingham, Mass.: Wallace Nutting, 1937.

LOCATION: Special Collections Trade Catalog

Wallace Nutting, Inc.

Wallace Nutting pictures: expansible catalog. Framingham, Mass.: Wallace Nutting, inc., c1915.

LOCATION: Special Collections Trade Catalog

Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.

Salome: a tragedy in one act translated from the French of Oscar Wilde; with sixteen drawings by Aubrey Beardsley. London; New York: J. Lane, 1912.

LOCATION: Special Collections PR5820 .S2x 1912

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