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.

Santos from Puerto Rico

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Everett Parker Lesley

Puerto Rico, devotional figures, santos, saints, carving, handicrafts, wood, collections

Conspicuous Waist: Waistcoats and Waistcoat Designs 1700-1952

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Everett Parker Lesley, William Osmun

waistcoats, fashion, costume, men's clothing

Alter Ego: Masks: Their Art and Use

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration

masks

Fritz Kredel, Woodcutter and Book Illustrator/Hermann Zapf, Calligrapher and Type Designer: A Joint Exhibition

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Paul Standard

Fritz Kredel, Hermann Zapf, illustration, calligraphy, woodcuts, prints, book jackets, book plates, typography

Lacquer: Oriental and Western, Ancient and Modern

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Everett Parker Lesley

lacquer, decorative arts, ornament

All That Glisters: Thirty Centuries of Golden Deception

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, John I. Rambo

gold, gilding, decorative objects, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, costume, jewelry, Glass, leatherwork, needlework, wallpaper

Leather in the Decorative Arts

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Everett Parker Lesley

leatherwork, folk art, shoes, bookbinding, wall coverings, decorative objects

Nine Lives: The Cat in History and Art

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Alleine Dodge

cats, decorative arts, prints, drawings

Small Wonders: Puppets and Marionettes

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration

marionettes, puppets, toys

2500° F: The Art and Technique of Modern Glass

Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Alleine Dodge

20th century, Glass, glass blowing, glassmaking, glassware, Steuben, Corning, Orrefors, georg jensen

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