An ongoing list of useful publications (and unpublished sources) on Wisconsin history, Wisconsin material culture, and American decorative arts.

Walsh, Margaret. The Manufacturing Frontier: Pioneer Industry in Antebellum Wisconsin, 1830-1860. Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1972.

Whyte, Bertha Kitchell. Wisconsin Heritage. Boston: C.T. Branford Company, 1954.

Whyte, Bertha Kitchell. Wisconsin Craftsmen. Racine, Wisconsin: Western Publishing Company, 1971.

Ahlborn, Richard. “Peter Glass, A Maker of American Marquetry.” Antiques 104 (December 1973): 1096-1100.

Bakken, Reidar. Snikkaren Aslak Olsen Lie: Bygdekunstnar i Valdres og Wisconsin, 1798-1886: Craftsman on Two Continents. Translated by Ingrid Stenvik. Oslo: Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture, 2000.

Copeland, Peter A. and Janet H. Copeland. The Lakeside Craft Shops, Sheboygan, Wisconsin: A Brief History and 1912 Catalog. Maplewood, NJ: Turn of the Century Editions, The Parchment Press, 2005.

Gresl, Kathleen Jacobs. “A History of Sheboygan Furniture Manufacturers.” M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972.

Harris, Marline Reader. “Ithiel B. Tilden, Pioneer Cabinet Maker.” Antiques Journal 8, no. 3 (1953): 34-5.

Hildebrand, Janice. Chairs: A History in Sheboygan County. Joint Research and Publications Committee of the Sheboygan County Historical Society and the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, 1994.

Holzhueter, John O. “Aslak Lie and the Challenge of the Artifact.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 70, no. 1 (1986): 3-20. Available online.

Knight, Michael H. “Darwin Clark: A Yankee Entrepreneur on the Manufacturing Frontier.” The Journal of Historic Madison, Inc. 9 (1985-86): 3-18.

Nelson, Marion John. “The John Eriksen Cupboard.” Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin 63 (1976-77): 67-73.

Selkurt, Claire. “Domestic Architecture and Cabinetry of Luther Valley.” Translated by C.A. Clausen. Norwegian American Studies 30 (1985): 247-72. Available online.

Viel, Lyndon C. Antique Ethnic Furniture. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead, 1983.

Woodhouse, Anne. “Manufactured Furniture from Wisconsin.” Wisconsin Academy Review 30, no. 2 (1984): 56-8. Available online.

Bruhn, Marion. “Milwaukee Stoneware—The Elusive Pottery.” Ohio Antique Review (June 1979): 74-5.

Caroon, Robert. “The Pottery Industry in Nineteenth Century Milwaukee.” Historical Messenger 26, no. 1 (1970).

Dearolf, Kenneth. Wisconsin Folk Pottery in the Collection of the Kenosha Public Museum. Kenosha: Kenosha Public Museum, 1986.

Horney, Wayne B. Pottery of the Galena Area. 1965.

Knipping, Mark. “A Nineteenth Century Wisconsin Potter: Conrad Langenberg.” Wisconsin Academy Review 30, no. 2 (1984): 24-8. Available online.

Knipping, Mark. “The Wisconsin Pottery Industry.” M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972.

Korenic, Lynette. “The Decorative Fire of Susan S. Frackelton: China Painting, Art Pottery, and Book Illumination.” Ph.D dissertation, University of California-Santa Barbara, 2007.

Korenic, Lynette and Dorothy Kamm. Susan S. Frackelton, Woman of Fire: The Sinsinawa Collection of Painted Porcelain and Art Pottery. Sinsinawa, Wisconsin: Sinsinawa Dominicans, 2004.

Montgomery, Maurice J. Edgerton’s History in Clay: Pauline Pottery to Pickard China. 2001.

Pagel, Ori-Anne. Pauline Pottery: A Pictorial Supplement to ‘Edgerton’s History in Clay.’ Edgerton, Wisconsin: Arts Council of Edgerton, 2003.

Weedon, George A. “Susan S. Frackelton and the American Arts and Crafts Movement.” M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1975.

Bellais, Leslie. “No Idle Hands: A Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project.” Wisconsin Magazine of History 84, no. 2 (Winter 2000-2001): 48-56. Available online.

Kort, Ellen with Maggi McCormick Gordon and the Wisconsin Quilt History Project. Wisconsin Quilts: History in the Stitches. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 2008.

Fiorelli, Sally. “The Twined Bags of the Indians of the Western Great Lakes.” M.S. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1973.

Gordon, Beverly. “The Great Lakes Indian Bandolier Bag: Cultural Persistence and Elaboration.” Dress 19 (1992): 69-81.

Whiteford, Andrew Hunter. “Fiber Bags of the Great Lakes Indians.” American Indian Art Magazine 2, no. 3 (1977).

Whiteford, Andrew Hunter. “The Origins of Great Lakes Beaded Bandolier Bags.” American Indian Art Magazine 11, no. 3 (1986): 32-43.

Banda, Dan and Dan Nauman. Forged Elegance: The Lifework of Master Blacksmith Cyril Colnik. DVD. Shorewood, Wisconsin: Bandana Productions, 1998.

Barker, Gerry. “Blacksmithing in Western Wisconsin 1840 to 1960: A Trade in Transition.” M.A. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990.

Maher, Virginia Jones. “The Wrought Iron Artistry of Cyril Colnik.” Wisconsin Academy Review 44, no. 3 (1998): 16-23. Available online.


Ames, Kenneth L. Death in the Dining Room and Other Tales of Victorian Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992.

Ames, Kenneth L. and Gerald W. R. Ward, eds. Decorative Arts and Household Furnishings in America, 1650-1920: An Annotated Bibliography. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia for the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1989.

Busch, Jason T., Christopher Monkhouse, and Janet L. Whitmore. Currents of Change: Art and Life Along the Mississippi River, 1850-1861. Minneapolis: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2004.

Grier, Katherine C. Culture and Comfort: Parlor Making and Middle-Class Identity, 1850-1930. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988.

Kovel, Ralph and Terry Kovel. Kovels’ American Antiques, 1750-1900. New York: Random House Reference, 2004.

Krill, Rosemary Troy with Pauline K. Eversmann. Early American Decorative Arts, 1620-1860: A Handbook for Interpreters. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira Press for the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 2001.

Folk Art
Nelson, Marion John, ed. Norwegian Folk Art: The Migration of a Tradition. New York: Abbeville Press, 1995.

Nelson, Marion John, with Darrel Henning and Roger Welsch. Norwegian-American Wood Carving of the Upper Midwest. Decorah, Iowa: Vesterheim, 1978.

Ames, Kenneth L., ed. Victorian Furniture: Essays from a Victorian Society Autumn Symposium. Philadelphia: The Victorian Society in America, 1983.

Benes, Peter, ed. Rural New England Furniture: People, Place, and Production. Boston: Boston University, 2000.

Carron, Christian G., ed. Grand Rapids Furniture: The Story of America’s Furniture City. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Public Museum of Grand Rapids, 1998.

Cooke, Edward S., Jr. Making Furniture in Preindustrial America: The Social Economy of Newtown and Woodbury, Connecticut. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.

Darling, Sharon S. Chicago Furniture: Art, Craft, and Industry, 1833-1983. New York: Chicago Historical Society in association with W.W. Norton, 1984.

Dubrow, Eileen and Richard Dubrow. American Furniture of the 19th Century, 1840-1880. Exton, Pennsylvania: Schiffer, 1983.

Dubrow, Eileen and Richard Dubrow. Furniture Made in America, 1875-1905. Exton, Pennsylvania: Schiffer, 1982.

Evans, Nancy Goyne. American Windsor Chairs. New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, 1996.

Hurst, Ronald L. and Jonathan Prown. Southern Furniture, 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection. Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in association with Harry N. Abrams, 1997.


Naeve, Milo M. Identifying American Furniture, 3rd ed. Alta Mira Press in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History, 1998.

Neat Pieces: The Plain-Style Furniture of Nineteenth-Century Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2006.

Schaffner, Cynthia V. A. and Susan Klein. American Painted Furniture 1790-1880. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1997.

Claney, Jane Perkins. Rockingham Ware in American Culture, 1830-1930: Reading Historical Artifacts. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2004.

Darling, Sharon S. Chicago Ceramics and Glass: An Illustrated History from 1871 to 1933. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Greer, Georgeanna H. American Stonewares: The Art and Craft of Utilitarian Potters. Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2005.

Martin, Ann Smart. “Magical, Mythical, Practical, and Sublime: The Meanings and Uses of Ceramics in America.” Ceramics in America. Hanover, NH and MIlwaukee: University Press of New England for the Chipstone Foundation, 2001.

Nelson, Marion John. Art Pottery of the Midwest. Minneapolis: University Art Museum, University of Minnesota, 1988.

Owen, Nancy E. Rookwood and the Industry of Art: Women, Culture, and Commerce, 1880-1913. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2001.

Zug, Charles G. Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina. Chapel HIll: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

Anderson, Clarita. American Coverlets and Their Weavers. Williamsburg, Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg in association with Ohio University Press, Athens, 2002.

Brackman, Barbara. Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. Paducah, Kentucky: American Quilter’s Society, 1993.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth. New York: Vintage Books, 2001.


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  1. I’m trying to get in touch with john erikson for wooden cut out patterns! glynn gautreau cell # 225 933 9323

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