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Archives at the American Craft Council Library

Research in the Archives

The ACC Library is home to four major archival collections documenting the history of contemporary craft:

The American Craft Council (1940-present)

The Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956-1990)

The World Crafts Council (1964-present)

The Craft Students League of New York (1920s-2005)

Researchers can conduct preliminary research in the archives collections by consulting the finding-aid documents, available through the links above. The finding aids provide context and an overview for each processed collection. The Library provides access to all archival collections onsite.

For information on donating materials to the archive, please visit our Library Donation Policy page.

Digitization of Archives Collections

Some materials* are available online as part of the American Craft Council Library Digital Collections. At present, select materials from the following collections are available:

Craft Horizons magazine (1941-1965)
This collection contains the earliest issues of Craft Horizons magazine, published from November 1941 to December 1965. Digitization of the collection was made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). 

ACC Conferences, Exhibitions and Fairs (all) OR by decade:
These four collections, organized by decade, contain archival documentation of craft conferences, exhibitions, fairs, and other events sponsored or hosted by the American Craft Council.





ACC Newsletters (1957-1986)
This collection contains complete runs of three major ACC newsletters from the past: Forum (1957-59); Outlook (1960-1976); and Craft World (1976-1986), a Council bulletin published in American Craft magazine. Digitization was made possible by a grant from the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF).

ACC Artists' Files Collection
With the assistance of a grant from the NEA, nearly 3,000 images of works by leading contemporary craft artists - part of the ACC's Your Portable Museum Slide & Film Service - have been digitized and are available here. Also included in the ACC Artists' Files Collection are materials documenting the work of members of the ACC's College of Fellows and Gold Medal award winners.

NOTE: To access digital resources on specific exhibitions held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts / American Craft Museum between 1956 and 1990, please check out our Museum Finding Aid.

*Please be aware that the content available online represents a small percentage of archival documentation available at the ACC Library. Digitization of the archives is ongoing. To learn when new items are made available in the digital database, please subscribe to the RSS Feed within one of the specific collections listed above.

If you have more information about any materials included in the archives collections or if you are the copyright owner and believe our website has not properly attributed your work to you or has used it without permission, please let us know. Email us at [email protected] with your contact information and a link to the relevant content.

Use and Reproduction of Archival Materials

The American Craft Council Library licenses select archival material copyrighted by the ACC for use in publications and online.


The images, artworks, text, data, files, audio and video clips, illustrations, designs, and documentation (the "Materials") in the American Craft Council archives are the property of the American Craft Council and may be protected by copyright laws and may be covered by other restrictions as well. Copyrights and other proprietary rights in the Materials may also be owned by individuals and entities other than, and in addition to, the American Craft Council.

The American Craft Council does not warrant that use of the Materials will not infringe the rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with the American Craft Council. It is your obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing Materials from the ACC archives collections.

Fair Use

The American Craft Council Library does not object to your reproduction, distribution, display, transmission, performance, and use of the Content and/or Compilation if done in accordance with 17 U.S.C. §107 ("Fair Use"), 17 U.S.C. §110 (the Teach Act), or other applicable limitations and exemptions set forth in the U.S. Copyright Act and related laws.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. Please be sure you understand copyright and fair use law before using materials for publication, etc.

Requesting Permission

If your proposed use of American Craft Council archival content does not meet the conditions for Fair Use you must request and obtain the express, prior permission of the American Craft Council. Please be advised that the American Craft Council is selective in granting such permission, and when we do grant permission we generally impose a fee. All fees collected by the American Craft Council are used to further the ACC’s educational programs and not-for-profit mission. For more information on licensing fees at the ACC Library, please see our terms of use.

Downloading the ACC Library’s digitized Materials available for commercial use is prohibited. Anyone wishing to use any Materials from the archives collections for commercial use or publication, or any purpose other than fair use as defined by law, must request and receive prior written permission from the librarian. 

All copies of the Materials must bear accurate identifying information, including, as applicable, author and source, proprietary collection information, credit lines, copyright and trademark notices, and the citations should include the URL

If you need assistance locating resources or have any questions regarding image use, please contact the librarian at [email protected].