Osborne Library

PLEASE NOTE: ATHM has closed permanently.

The Osborne Library contained a rich and comprehensive collection of printed, pictorial and manuscript material of interest to researchers in a variety of fields. Users included historians of business, technology and labor, designers, spinners and weavers, architects, exhibit designers, filmmakers, textile workers and their families, and the general public.


The book collection included over 30,000 books, pamphlets, and government documents; 19th– to 21st-century periodicals; newspapers; broadsides, and an extensive trade literature collection including catalogs and advertising ephemera, all primarily from the U.S. but including related material from countries that have influenced the U.S. industry.

Photographs & Prints

The 47,000 images in this collection included a variety of formats: paintings, prints, photographs, maps, insurance surveys, blueprints and engineering drawings, postcards, stereographs, labels, and advertisements.


The manuscript holdings consisted of over 1100 separate collections comprising 8500 linear feet of material, ranging from business records of manufacturers, trade groups, and labor organizations to the personal papers of individuals associated with the industry, such as educators, inventors, workers, and managers.

Rights & Reproductions

The American Textile History Museum no longer sells reproduction rights for its images, which have been transferred to other organizations.