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John B. Walker Cut-Outs Collection

Artist:
Walker, John Brown, 1815-1908  Search this
Collector:
Coats, Helen Hotchkiss  Search this
Extent:
0.33 Cubic feet (1 Box)
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Stencils
Designs
Letters (correspondence)
Cutouts
Place:
Kentucky
Michigan
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Indiana
Date:
1815-1908
Summary:
John B. Walker was an itinerant artist who made paper cut-out designs that he sent to his friends as presents, decorations, and commemorations. His collection did not come to light until the early 1960s in Geauga County, Ohio.
Scope and Contents:
John Brown Walker made paper cut out designs for friends and acquaintances and perhaps for some profit. These cut outs were used for presentation, decoration, and commemoration and can best be characterized as folk artistry.

Walker's work includes graceful scrolls, birds, leaves, rimes and hearts all reflecting a Pennsylvania Dutch influence. He was a highly skilled craftsman a warm, friendly person with a sense of humor and a strong religious faith which are reflected in his cut outs and stencils.

The personalized cut outs and rimes were created for Helen Hotchkiss and members of her family. There is no indication for whom the general works were done.

Much of this information comes from: "Your Wellwisher, J.B. Walker"; a Midwestern Paper Cut Out Artist an exhibition of his work at the Museum, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, 1979. Catalog of 57 pages.
Biographical / Historical:
A collection of the cutwork of itinerant John Brown Walker came to light in Geauga County, Ohio in the early 1960s. Walker had been making his living cutting fancy paper designs in rural areas of Pennsylvania, northeastern Ohio, Indiana and Michigan in the last decades of the 19th century.

Except for the record in Mason, Michigan, of his death on November 12, 1908 in the Ingham County Poor House, all information now known about Walker comes from his designs and his words in greetings he sent to friends in Geauga County, Ohio. In his last written letter of December 24, 1907, he said he was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania on March 25, 1815.

Helen Hotchkiss Coats and her sister, Hilda Hotchkiss Hosmer, preserved more than 100 pieces of his work. These items were created for three generations of the Phillips Hotchkiss family of Burton Township in the years from 1880 1907. His letters indicated that, although an itinerant, Walker was a participant in the life of the areas where he worked by his inquiries about the community, crops, and individuals.

During his last 20 25 years, he traveled through Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana making and selling family records.

Eighty years after he had cut a greeting and written a verse for her, Nettie Shanower remembered Walker as "a medium large man with a long white beard" the only description of his appearance.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Mrs. Helen H. Coats, 1986, December 2.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply.
Occupation:
Folk artists -- United States  Search this
Topic:
Cutwork  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Folk art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Stencils
Designs
Letters (correspondence) -- 1900-1950
Letters (correspondence) -- 1850-1900
Cutouts
Citation:
John B. Walker Cut-Outs Collection, 1815-1908, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0249
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0249

Handkerchief owned by Harriet Tubman

Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
Harriet Tubman, American, 1822 - 1913  Search this
Medium:
probably linen, possibly cotton
Dimensions:
H x W: 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (26.7 x 26.7 cm)
Type:
handkerchiefs
Place used:
Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1870s - early 20th century
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Self-liberation  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles L. Blockson
Object number:
2009.50.40.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Clothing-Historical
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5e6fe7b37-5ffb-4ccf-929d-5ae98e3c501f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2009.50.40.2

Collar owned by Harriet Tubman

Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
Harriet Tubman, American, 1822 - 1913  Search this
Medium:
probably linen, possibly cotton, gauze
Dimensions:
H x W: 11 1/4 x 18 1/2 in. (28.6 x 47 cm)
Type:
collars (neckwear)
Place used:
Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1870s - early 20th century
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Self-liberation  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Charles L. Blockson
Object number:
2009.50.40.6
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Clothing-Historical
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd55d415c27-8da8-4d75-9d3e-7df3280332f7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2009.50.40.6

Dress worn by Whoopi Goldberg and Desreta Jackson as Celie in The Color Purple

Designed by:
Aggie Guerard Rodgers, American, born 1943  Search this
Manufactured by:
Palace Costume Company, American, founded 1990  Search this
Worn by:
Whoopi Goldberg, American, born 1955  Search this
Desreta Jackson, Virgin Islander, born 1975  Search this
Subject of:
Alice Walker, American, born 1944  Search this
Medium:
cotton, lace, tape, and metal buttons
Dimensions:
H x W x D (On form): 53 1/2 × 20 × 16 1/2 in. (135.9 × 50.8 × 41.9 cm)
Type:
dresses
Place used:
North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
California, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1985
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Costume  Search this
Families  Search this
Film  Search this
Gender  Search this
LGBTQ  Search this
Literature  Search this
Sexuality  Search this
Violence  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.184.3
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd53c575d5c-784a-42af-91ee-74eb619a8abb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.184.3

Red and yellow dress worn by Janet Jackson as Penny Woods on Good Times

Designed by:
Rita Riggs, American, born 1930  Search this
Manufactured by:
Sears, Roebuck & Co., American, founded 1893  Search this
Worn by:
Janet Jackson, American, born 1966  Search this
Medium:
cotton, trimming, elastic, metal zipper, and plastic buttons
Dimensions:
H x W x D (On form): 31 1/2 × 19 1/2 × 13 1/4 in. (80 × 49.5 × 33.7 cm)
Type:
dresses
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
December 1977
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Children  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Costume  Search this
Families  Search this
Sitcoms  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.26.3
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Costume
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5fb76e564-7b60-40d3-81e9-b07cdace747b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.26.3

Pair of light cream gloves with openwork design from Mae's Millinery Shop

Manufactured by:
Van Raalte, American, 1907 - 2000  Search this
Owned by:
Mae Reeves, American, 1912 - 2016  Search this
Subject of:
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994  Search this
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
H x W x D (a): 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 1/4 in. (21.6 x 8.3 x 0.6 cm)
H x W x D (b): 8 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 1/4 in. (21.6 x 8.6 x 0.6 cm)
Type:
gloves
Place collected:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1941-1994
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
Object number:
2016.48.48.3ab
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Fashion
Exhibition:
Power of Place
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 051
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5627a647a-8ef2-48ad-8795-113811eac6d9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2016.48.48.3ab
Online Media:

Jug

Manufacturer:
Grieksche A [de] (the Greek A Factory), Delft, Netherlands, founded 1658  Search this
Pieter Adriaensz Kocks  Search this
Medium:
Tin- glazed earthenware, pewter
Type:
ceramics
Decorative Arts
Jug
Made in:
Delft, Netherlands
Date:
1702–22
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter Phelps Warren
Accession Number:
1986-61-39
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4daade794-0762-4a62-9463-20fa0b4606b8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1986-61-39
Online Media:

Textile

Medium:
Medium: silk on linen Technique: cutwork with embroidery
Type:
embroidery & stitching
Textile
Date:
17th century
Credit Line:
Gift of Marian Hague
Accession Number:
1939-37-15-a
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4d6ce9097-28eb-4131-814c-0428ba76b64f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1939-37-15-a

Fragment

Medium:
Technique: cutwork
Type:
embroidery & stitching
Fragment
Credit Line:
Gift of Marian Hague
Accession Number:
1939-37-20
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4a9640b42-f353-45e1-8252-e5c495325efd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1939-37-20

Band

Medium:
Medium: linen Technique: withdrawn element work
Type:
lace
Band
Made in:
Italy
Date:
16th century
Credit Line:
Gift of Marian Hague
Accession Number:
1939-37-3
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq48627b63a-929b-4b25-9283-baab35bb1ab4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1939-37-3

Gerber Scientific cutwork print

Collection Creator:
Gerber, H. Joseph  Search this
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company (Hartford, Conn.).  Search this
Extent:
1 Reel
Container:
Reel loose
Box K
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Reels
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records
Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records / Series 12: Audio Visual Materials / 12.3: 16 mm Film (2014 addenda)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0929-ref2460

Baby's cap

Medium:
Technique: cutwork and embroidery
Type:
costume & accessories
Baby's cap
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Clinton Cohen in memory of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
Accession Number:
1940-93-76
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4f40ae652-e84f-43e8-af4f-30a2af0fda6f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1940-93-76

Pouch

Manufacturer:
Scuola d'Industrie Italiane, (New York, NY, USA)  Search this
Medium:
Medium: linen Technique: embroidered on plain weave, bobbin lace Label: Embroidered linen with bobbin lace
Type:
embroidery & stitching
Pouch
Made in:
New York, New York, USA
Date:
ca. 1920
Credit Line:
Gift of Marian Hague
Accession Number:
1942-7-22
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4d3d73284-3618-4ec7-8199-9f55cd5127ee
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1942-7-22
Online Media:

Altar Set

Association:
Scuola d'Industrie Italiane, (New York, NY, USA)  Search this
Medium:
Medium: linen Technique: plain weave with cutwork and embroidery Label: Linen with cutwork embroidery
Type:
embroidery & stitching
Altar Set
Made in:
New York, New York, USA
Date:
ca. 1920
Credit Line:
Gift of Scuola d' Industrie Italiane in New York through Florence Colgate Speranza
Accession Number:
1943-41-1-a/d
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq434a2de17-e899-4b19-b807-b30c16c98e3c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1943-41-1-a_d
Online Media:

Blouse

Medium:
Medium: linen Technique: embroidered with cutwork on plain weave
Type:
costume & accessories
Blouse
Made in:
Toledo, Spain
Date:
18th century
Credit Line:
Museum purchase through gift of Paul Tuckerman
Accession Number:
1942-28-3
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4087b007a-8d52-489b-b3be-92c205ecc543
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1942-28-3

Beaded Bag

Donor Name:
Adj Gen. Alfred C. Hawley  Search this
Culture:
Menominee (?)  Search this
Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) (?)  Search this
Object Type:
Bag
Place:
Not Given, Wisconsin, United States, North America
Accession Date:
15 Mar 1939
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
151727
USNM Number:
E380184-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3f24f783d-00f7-4f4f-b88e-837e75052bec
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8415996
Online Media:

Leggings, Pair Of

Collector:
Victor J. Evans  Search this
Donor Name:
Victor J. Evans  Search this
Length - Object:
85 cm
Width - Object:
34.5 cm
Culture:
Apache (?)  Search this
Object Type:
Legging
Place:
Not Given, Arizona / New Mexico, United States, North America
Accession Date:
20 Mar 1931
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Accession Number:
113605
USNM Number:
E357572-0
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Anthropology
Data Source:
NMNH - Anthropology Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/3195ef931-6bc4-4692-8ae6-95c40e2b5ca7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhanthropology_8404161
Online Media:

Square

Maker:
Scuola Carolina Amari  Search this
Medium:
Medium: linen Technique: plain weave with deflected element work, cutwork with needle made fillings and bobbin lace border; stitches are satin, overcast stem and buttonnhole stitch over a loop
Type:
embroidery & stitching
Square
Made in:
Italy
Date:
early 20th century
Accession Number:
1979-66-11
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq443f77e11-f8ce-46e0-9bd9-ab5930e30d06
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1979-66-11
Online Media:

Embroidery

Medium:
Medium: silk on linen Technique: embroidered
Type:
embroidery & stitching
Embroidery
Made in:
Egypt
Date:
14th century
Credit Line:
Bequest of Marian Hague
Accession Number:
1971-50-19
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4d482a0da-b0d3-4d24-88f4-496c6bcde9ab
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1971-50-19

Sleeve fragment

Medium:
Medium: cotton Technique: embroidered
Type:
embroidery & stitching
Sleeve fragment
Made in:
Balkans
Date:
20th century
Accession Number:
1969-86-3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Textiles Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4749419fa-3762-4519-b78d-d1890de36cdf
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1969-86-3

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