Historical Publications

More than seventy-five titles highlighting the Museum’s collections, published between 1897 and 1987, are available online. Of these, more than 25 titles highlighting the Museum’s collections, published between 1978 and 1987, have been digitized and are freely available.

Prior to becoming a Smithsonian museum, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum was The Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration. Over 50 titles from this period, spanning from The Cooper Union Museum’s inception in 1896 up through 1968, are available. These publications include past museum exhibitions, the annual Chronicles (1935-45, 1948-58), recent acquisitions, and more.

Furniture in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, David Revere McFadden

Publication design: Heidi Humphrey

furniture design, furniture, craftsmanship, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349929

Glass in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design

Publication design: Heidi Humphrey

Glass, decorative arts, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35350475

Japanese Woodblock Prints in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, Elaine Evans Dee, Thomas Michie

Publication design: Heidi Humphrey

prints, woodblock prints, Japan, Japanese, ukiyo-e, permanent collection

Kata-gami: Japanese Stencils in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, Elaine Evans Dee, Thomas Michie

Publication design: Lazin & Katalan

stencils, kata-gami, patterns, textile printing, paper

Bandboxes and Shopping Bags in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design

Publication design: Lorraine Wild

bandboxes, shopping bags, cardboard, paper, graphic design, ephemera, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35350095

Western European Embroidery in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, Milton Sonday, Gillian Moss

Publication design: Roger Whitehouse

embroidery, Europe, textiles, samplers, permanent collection, ch:exhibition=35349857

Zoo Party: Produced by the New York District Chapter, American Institute of Interior Designers to Benefit the Cooper Union Museum Acquisition Fund: Thursday, May 16, 1968, Central Park Zoo

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, American Institute of Interior Designers. New York District Chapter

animals, decorative arts, Central Park Zoo, zoos

The Decorative Arts Festival for Cooper Union Museum

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, American Institute of Interior Designers. New York District Chapter

Cover design: Jeremiah Goodman
Art director: Wolfgang Flyer

interior design, decorative arts

Ancient Mexico in Miniature: Pre-Columbian Clay Figures from the Collection of Frances Pratt and Bumpei Usui.

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Frances Pratt

Mexico, pre-Columbian, clay, ceramics, miniatures, Mexican

The Japanese Sword and its Fittings: From the Collections of the members of the Japanese Sword Society of New York and the Cooper Union Museum

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Japanese Sword Society of New York

swords, sword fittings, Japan, Japanese, tsuba, sword guards, collections

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