Skip to content




Explore the Largest Collection of Wallpaper in New England

Historic New England's extensive wallpaper collection contains more than 6,000 individual samples of wallpaper, historic photographs of wallpaper in situ, and ephemera dealing with the wallpaper industry. In addition to papers that came off the walls of New England buildings, the collection includes wallpapers used to line trunks, cover bandboxes, and decorate fireboards. The wallpapers range from pristine examples with complete repeats to small fragments.

Cataloguing and digitization of the wallpaper collection is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

History of Wallpaper
Learn about the story of wallpaper in New England from the eighteenth century to the twentieth, as written by wallpaper expert and Historic New England Curator Emeritus Richard Nylander.