More Than Meets the Eye: The History and Collections of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum

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Well-illustrated history detailing the vision of Peter Cooper, the growth of the collection, the transfer from the Cooper Union to the Smithsonian and to the Carnegie Mansion property, the history of the Carnegie Mansion, the collections are discussed at length including, library and pictures, drawings and prints, textiles, wall coverings, ceramics, glass, buttons, metalwork, and miscellaneous.


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