Wallpaper at Historic New England
In 2002, Historic New England made their internationally known wallpaper collection of more than 4,200 pieces ranging from the 1750s to the 1950s available to the public through an online exhibition and dedicated searchable database. This invaluable resource quickly became a favorite destination for designers, academics, collectors and wallpaper enthusiasts. Since then, through accessions, gifts and purchases, the wallpaper collection has grown to over 6,000 pieces. The illustrated history and resources sections of the original exhibition are also updated and still just one click away.
History of Wallpaper
Discover the stylistic and technical developments over the last four centuries.
Find specific wallpapers, related images, objects and ephemera through our online collections database.
Care and Conservation
Find helpful information on preserving and caring for historic wallpaper uncovered during restoration.
Access our comprehensive listings of conservators, reproduction wallpaper manufacturers, suppliers, other historic wallpaper collections, and a suggested reading list.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Read through ten of the most commonly asked wallpaper questions Historic New England has received over the years.
Cataloging and online access to Historic New England’s wallpaper collection was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.