Category Archives: Great Collections

Great Collections: Art, History, and Entertainment are on Display at the New England Carousel Museum

Here Restorations Manager Lisa Ronalter applies pinstriping to a horse bound for the carousel at Sonny’s Place in Somers, CT, an antique machine built in 1925 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.

By Kristen Berggren, Program Coordinator The New England Carousel Museum has been an important fixture in the city of Bristol, CT since it was founded in 1990. At that time the museum was a tenant in the converted hosiery factory on Riverside Avenue and had only one horse to its name. The menagerie of wooden […]

Great Collections: Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and Its Founder, David P. Wheatland

David P. Wheatland

Sara J. Schechner, Ph. D. (photos: Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University)   This is a story of the impact a collector can have on creating one of the world’s most celebrated of specialized museums. The museum is Harvard University’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the man responsible is David P. Wheatland of […]

Great Collections: Robert and Helen Cargo Collection of African-American Quilts at the International Quilt Museum

Dr. Cargo and Yvonne Wells

The International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is home to the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection. With quilts spanning five centuries and more than 55 countries, the museum is focused on creating an encyclopedic collection. That is, a collection that represents the depth and breadth of quilts and quilt making traditions throughout […]

Great Collections: Assembling Only the Best: The Pedro Correa do Lago Autograph Collection

Pedro Correa do Lago

Assembling Only the Best: The Pedro Correa do Lago Autograph Collection From June 1 through September 16, 2018, what is considered “one of the most comprehensive autograph collections of our era”* was offered on display at the Morgan Library in New York City. For anyone who missed this once-in-a-lifetime display of some of the most […]

Great Collections: April 2020

Glass plate with the Libbey logo inscribed.

The Glass City Museum: How Edward Drummond Libbey’s Glass Collection Started the Toledo Museum of Art   Edward Drummond Libbey was one of the most influential leaders who innovated the manufacturing of glass and fostered its craftsmanship and design in the U.S. His management style was based on the powerhouses of the time—Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, etc.—but […]

Great Collections: November 2019

Great Collections: November 2019

The Mini Time Machine Museum Collection The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is dedicated to sharing the wonder of miniatures and inspiring new audiences to cherish and appreciate this universal art form. The museum was created from the imagination and dedication of Founders Patricia and Walter Arnell. Mrs. Arnell’s fondness for miniatures began in […]

Great Collections: October 2019

Great Collections: October 2019

My Hand-illustrated Envelopes by Collector Allan Weiss I got started collecting the hand-illustrated envelopes when a stamp dealer friend showed me 10-12 of Gladys Adler’s hand-illustrated envelopes with ladies in fancy hats. He knew my interest in folk art and asked me, “Are these folk art?” I had never seen anything like them before and […]

Great Collections: September 2019

Great Collections: September 2019

The Fabric of Their Lives: The Albany Institute of History and Art The Albany Institute of History and Art is home to collections that span our country’s formation, including fine art, decorative art, and historic objects gathered from its founding in 1791. Each item has been carefully selected to support the Museum’s overall vision: collecting […]