About The Peters Collection
About the Peters Collection
About Harry T. Peters

Books by Harry T. Peters

Currier & Ives: Printmakers to the American People (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1929); revised edition printed 1942; facsimile reprint of 1929 edition published by Arno Press, 1976.

America on Stone: The Other Printmakers to the American People (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1931); facsimile reprint of 1931 edition published by Arno Press, 1976.

California on Stone (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran, 1935); facsimile reprint of 1935 edition published by Arno Press, 1976.

Peters also published articles on aspects of his print collection such as on his circus prints, "The Greatest Show On Earth," The Magazine Antiques, July 1940, and he wrote about his sporting interests in Just Hunting (New York: Scribner's, 1935).

A brief biography, "Harry T. Peters: A Collector's Collector," by Albert K. Baragwanath, appeared in Imprint, volume 2, no. 2, November, 1977. See also Mary Bartlett Cowdrey, "Presentation of the New-York Historical Society's gold medal for achievement in history to Harry Twyford Peters," New-York Historical Society Quarterly, April, 1948.

Books about prints

Bonfante-Warren, Alexandra. Currier & Ives: Portraits of a Nation (New York: Metro Books, 1998)

Finlay, Nancy. Picturing Victorian America (Hartford: The Connecticut Historical Society, 2009)

Marzio, Peter C. The Democratic Art: Pictures for a 19th-century America (Boston: David R. Godine, 1978)

Pierce, Sally and Catharina Slautterback. Boston Lithography, 1825-1880 (Boston: Boston Athenaeum, 1991)

Pierce, Sally with Catharina Slautterback and Georgia Brady Barnhill. Early American Lithography: Images to 1830 (Boston: Boston Athenaeum, 1997)

Wainwright, Nicholas B. Philadelphia in the Romantic Age of Lithography (Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1958)

Collecting and appraisal information

As a matter of policy the Smithsonian Institution does not offer appraisals or valuations, but estimated values can be obtained from local antique dealers or auction houses. The public library is often a source for information from collectors' manuals and price guides, and Internet search engines offer many additional resources. Web sites of interest include the American Historical Print Collectors Society, Inc., and the art resource links at www.oldprints.com/links.htm. For appraisals you may contact the American Society of Appraisers, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the Appraisers Association of America, or the International Society of Appraisers.

This information is not intended to be comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by the Smithsonian Institution.