Collection and Archives

Archives and Object Collections

Our archives contain a variety of paper archives and object collections.

Our paper archives include personal papers from well-known residents and artists of the Ardens, historical documents from all three towns, and other materials that relate to the history and life in the Ardens.

We have the privilege of owning numerous artworks, sculptures, furniture pieces, textiles, and other objects crafted by Arden artists and artisans in addition to pieces related to the history and life in the Ardens.

Please see our Object of the Month blog to view a selection of our most intriguing and impressive objects.

Research and Access Policy

Appointments for research will be made at least two (2) days in advance. ACSM is open to the public and to researchers on Wednesdays from 7:30 pm-9:00 pm and Sunday 1:30 pm-3:00 pm, and other times by appointment.

The request must state purpose of visit, and must be approved by an Archives Committee member or the curator prior to the date of the appointment.

A museum staff member or Archives Committee member will provide all materials requested and remain with the researcher at all times.

No objects or materials (art, artifact, written material or photograph) will be removed from the collection for any reason by any person, without prior approval by the Archives Committee.

Where possible, copies or digital copies of archival material will be presented to researchers.

All researchers wishing to photograph any object or material (art, artifact, written material or photograph) will be required to sign a form that states that all images and original text remain the property of the Arden Craft Shop Museum, and that all papers written will properly acknowledge and credit the Arden Craft Shop Museum.

Before publication or any paper, book, or periodical, we strongly encourage they be submitted to the Arden Craft Shop Museum for review, clarification, or correction.

We strongly encourage that a copy of all papers, books, or periodicals written (published or otherwise) using material from the Arden Craft Shop Museum be donated to museum to be accessioned to the museum’s library.