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  Baskets, Selected References

Information or research assistance regarding baskets is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following information has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.

Selected References
(not including Native American Baskets)

Earle, Alice. Home Life in Colonial Days. Middle Village, NY: Jonathan David, 1975. Reprint of 1898 edition.

Eaton, Allen H. Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands. New York: Dover Publications, 1973. Originally published by Russell Sage Foundation, 1937.

_____. Handicrafts of New England. New York: Bonanza Books, 1969. Originally published by Harper and Brothers, 1949.

Gould, Mary Earle. Early American Wooden Ware and Other Kitchen Utensils. Springfield, MA: Pond-Ekberg, 1942. Reprinted Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Co., Inc., 1962.

Irwin, John Rice. Baskets and Basket Makers in Southern Appalachia. Exton, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1982.

Ketchum, William C. Jr. American Basketry and Woodenware: A Collector's Guide. New York: Macmillan, 1974.

Klankin, Marian. Hands to Work: Shaker Folk Art and Industries. New York: Dodd Mead, 1972.

Lasansky, Jeanette. Willow, Oak and Rye: Basket Traditions in Pennsylvania. Lewisburg, PA: Union County Oral Traditions Project, 1978; also University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1979.

Lawrence, Martha R. Lightship Baskets of Nantucket. West Chester, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1990.

Rosengarten, Dale. Row Upon Row: Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Columbia, SC: McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, 1986.

Rossbach, Ed. The Nature of Basketry. West Chester, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1986.

Sprigg, June. Shaker Design. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1986.

Stephenson, Sue H. Basketry of the Appalachian Mountains. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977. A "how to" book with excellent illustrations on many types of baskets - their specific uses and origins.

Teleki, Gloria Roth. The Baskets of Rural America. New York: Dutton, 1975.

Will, Christoph. International Basketry for Weavers and Collectors. Exton, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1985. (Originally published 1978 as Die Korbflechterei.)

Articles on baskets, supplementing the above works, may be found in collectors' magazines such as Antiques, Spinning Wheel and Hobbies, and under the appropriate headings in The Art Index and The Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature.


Prepared by the Division Social History, Domestic Life Collections,
in cooperation with Public Inquiry Services,
Smithsonian Institution




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