by Barbara Suit Janssen
are delighted to announce that Grace Rogers Cooper's 1976 classic,
The Sewing Machine: Its Invention and Development, long out
of print, is once again accessible to researchers and the public.
The Smithsonian Institution's mission of "diffusion of knowledge"
is well suited to this web publication of a museum reference work.
This pairing with the sewing machine trade literature already available
on the Smithsonian Libraries Website (Sewing
Machines: Historical Trade Literature in Smithsonian Collections)
adds the documented history of sewing machines to its paper ephemera.
Cooper's book provides a photographic guide to significant sewing
machines and patent models in the collections of the National Museum
of American History. This website gives easy access to Smithsonian
collections for researchers and collectors to pursue their own research
Rogers Cooper was the curator of the Division of Textiles from 1948
to 1976. She was responsible for many exhibitions on textile history,
including the opening show in the new National Museum of History
and Technology in 1964 (now the National Museum of American History.)
She was also the author of The Copp Family Textiles, 1971,
and Thirteen-Star Flags: Keys to Identification, 1973.
Museum Specialist, Textile Collection
Natural Museum of American History