The book collection also includes pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, government documents, broadsides, trade catalogs, and advertising ephemera as well as related material from countries that have influenced the U.S. industry. Factory novels, histories of mill towns, treatises on factory architecture and water power, and the standard technical texts on manufacturing and dyeing, by hand or machine, are part of this comprehensive collection. Although strongest in New England material, the library collects printed matter from all over the United States and selected foreign countries and includes information about textile-making from prehistoric times to the present. Most of the library’s holdings deal with natural fibers, although we have a small but growing collection about man-made fibers.
Read a bibliography for a selection of writings in the Osborne Library by or about New England Mill Girls and The Lowell Offering.