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The Huntington Library in San Marino, California In addition to a collection of manuscripts for Morris's published writings and material related to the Kelmscott Press, the Huntington Library possesses the archives of Morris and Co. The collection includes over one thousand designs and cartoons for stained glass, archival documentation of the Firm's business, designs for wallpaper and textiles, and over 100 of Morris's figure drawings.
The Society of Antiquaries of London The Society of Antiquaries of London owns and manages Kelmscott Manor. In addition to a collection of the possessions and works of Morris and his associates such as furniture, textiles, carpets and ceramics, the Society possesses literary manuscripts pertaining to William Morris.
The British Library The British Library in London has an extensive collection of William Morris manuscripts. The collection contains drafts of poems and prose, journals, translations, sketches and political lectures, and the original manuscript minute books of the Hammersmith branch of the Social Democratic Federation.
The Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum in New York City The Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum owns William Morris books, historic bindings, personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts of major works, textiles, samples of wallpapers and fabrics, drawings, sketches, portraits, designs for stained glass and book illustrations, period photographs, Socialist ephemera, and artifacts. The Morgan Library also owns books that Morris produced at the Kelmscott Press, and medieval manuscripts that he used as a source for both text and decorations.
The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, England is a public museum devoted to William Morris's work as a designer. The Gallery has mounted selected works and photographs from the museum's collection on their website.
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This exhibit examines the life and vision of inspirational firebrand William Morris (1834-1896), focusing on his written works, political activism and artistic endeavors. Featuring The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer printed by Kelmscott Press in 1896, How We Might Live also showcases rare books, pamphlets and ephemera from Special Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries.
Kelmscott Manor, a grade 1 listed farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, was built around 1600, with an additional wing added to the north east corner in about 1665. The Manor is built of local limestone on the edge of the village of Kelmscott. William Morris chose it as his summer home, signing a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the summer of 1871.
"The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national [UK] pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage."
The Rossetti Archive facilitates the scholarly study of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the painter, designer, writer, and translator who was, according to both John Ruskin and Walter Pater, the most important and original artistic force in the second half of the nineteenth century in Great Britain. In Whistler's famous comment, “He was a king”.
The William Morris Society in the US promotes the life and work of William Morris and his associates. The Society's programs include lectures, conferences, tours, museum visits, and social gatherings. The Society has branches in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, and publishes a quarterly newsletter, a biannual journal, and an array of books and pamphlets dealing with Morris. The William Morris Society also keeps a Blog.
The William Morris Society UK "aims to perpetuate the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian or any age. The life, work and ideas of William Morris (1834-1896) are as important today as they were in his lifetime. The Society exists to make them as widely known as possible."
This web exhibition of "William Morris and His Circle" incorporates selected images derived from the 1996 Ransom Center exhibition which contained over seventy-five items, including manuscripts of William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, D.G. Rossetti, examples of the Kelmscott Press's work, and four pastels by Rossetti.