Reference code(s): GB 1383 SC
Held at: Middlesex University: Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture
Title: Crown Wallpaper collection
Date(s): early 1950s-late 1960s
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: c 5000 loose items and books
Name of creator(s): Crown Wallpaper Company | wallpaper manufacturers
In 1899 a large number of wallpaper firms came together under the umbrella title of `Wallpaper Manufacturers' (WPM) and subsequently some of their products were sold under the trademark `Crown'. The archive therefore consists largely of wallpaper pattern books by a variety of manufacturers, collected as part of the group's working records.
Scope and content/abstract:
Crown Wallpaper Archive, comprising 5,000 wallpaper samples and pattern books, early 1950s-late 1960s.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
Conditions governing access:
Archival material is open for consultation in the Study Room on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm, by appointment with the staff of the museum, subject to conservation status of the material concerned. The museum is open to all during its normal opening hours.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Reproduction of material is at the discretion of the curator.
Part of the collection is catalogued and available on-line via the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture Crown Wallpaper website.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Given by Crown Wallpapers in 1989.
Existence and location of originals:
Existence and location of copies:
The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester holds related collections of wallpapers and wallpaper pattern books from the 19th and 20th centuries, by WPM and other manufacturers.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Robert Baxter and Zoe Hendon as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.
Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002