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The former country estate of Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is a museum filled with his collection of American decorative arts made or used in America between 1640 and 1860; a 60 acre garden that features color throughout the year; and a research library for the study of American art and material culture.

General Contact Information

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
Downs Collection
Winterthur, DE 19735
(302) 888-4870 (fax)
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30-4:30

Specific Contacts


The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera consist almost exclusively of primary research material. Approximately half of its 2,500 record groups are either personal or business accounts in the forms of records maintained by American craftspeople, diaries, and family papers. In addition, the Downs collection counts among its holdings drawings (architectural, artistic, and amateur alike), household inventories, children's toys and games, scrapbooks, and fabric swatch books. An extensive microform collection supplements the manuscript holdings and includes copies of material owned by other public depositories and private individuals.


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