Useful & Beautiful

All events on Thursday and Friday, 7 and 8 October, will take place at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.
Transportation will be provided between hotels—Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware, Homewood Suites, Sleep Inn—and other campus venues. Click here for the bus schedule [pdf].

On Saturday, 9 October, conference activities will move to Winterthur Museum & Country Estate and the Delaware Art Museum, both located in Wilmington, DE. Bus transportation will be provided in both directions, along with instructions for those who may wish to drive.


Thursday, 7 October

2–6 p.m. Shuttle bus serving Courtyard Newark, Homewood Suites, Sleep Inn, and the University of Delaware Library

3–7 p.m. Registration, Class of 1941 Lecture Room, University of Delaware Library

4.30 p.m. Keynote Lecture, Reserve Room, University of Delaware Library
Introduction: Theodore F. Killheffer, Senior Vice President, University of Delaware Library Associates
Welcome: Ann L. Ardis, Interim Deputy Dean, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware
“The Useful and the Beautiful: Henry James and Mark Twain”
Fred Kaplan, biographer and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Sponsored by the University of Delaware Library Associates and the University of Delaware Library

5.30–7 p.m. Reception and Viewing, University of Delaware Library
London Bound: American Writers in Britain, 1870–1916 and The Multifaceted Mr. Morris exhibitions

6–11.30 p.m. Shuttle bus serving University of Delaware Library, Courtyard Newark, Homewood Suites, Sleep Inn, and Main St. From 6.30–9 p.m. the bus will also stop at Bayard Sharp Hall.

7.30 p.m. Concert, Bayard Sharp Hall, University of Delaware
“Kindred Spirits: William Morris, Arnold Dolmetsch and Music”
Karen Flint (harpsichord), Laura Heimes (soprano), John Burkhalter (recorders),
Music drawn from the Dolmetsch repertory, including works by Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Purcell, Handel, and Arne
Space is limited and attendees will be seated on a first come, first served basis until the hall is filled.

Friday, 8 October

7.45–11.45 a.m. Shuttle bus serving Homewood Suites, Sleep Inn, and Clayton Hall/Courtyard Newark

8–9 a.m. Breakfast and Registration, Clayton Hall, University of Delaware

9 a.m.–3.30 p.m. Conference Sessions, Clayton Hall, University of Delaware

9 a.m. Welcome: George H. Watson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware
Remarks: Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library

9.15–10.45 a.m. Session 1

“Transatlantic Confrontation: A Study of Utopian Dreamers, Edward Bellamy and William Morris”
Annette M. Magid, Professor of English, SUNY-Erie Community College
“Disenchanting William Morris’s The Wood Beyond the World: James Branch Cabell’s The Cream of the Jest (1917)”
Kathleen O’Neill Sims, independent scholar, Manchester, NH
“Walt Whitman—‘Poet of the Revolution’ ”
David Taylor, Honorary Research Fellow, Roehampton University and Royal Holloway College
Chair: Heidi Kaufman, Associate Professor of English, University of Delaware

“Living Up To My China: Morris and the Palette of the American Pre-Raphaelite Interior”
John Burrows, J. R. Burrows & Company, Rockland, MA
“ ‘Boston has an aestheticism of its own’: A. H. Davenport Co. and Bostonian Influence on the Furnishings of Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1882”
Deborah Kraak, curatorial consultant, Wilmington, DE
“Gustav Stickley’s Debt to England: The Influences of Ruskin, Morris, Ashbee, Voysey and Baillie Scott”
David Lowden, lawyer (Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP) and book collector
“Candace Wheeler and the Woman’s Building Library of the World’s Columbian Exposition”
Sarah Wadsworth, Associate Professor of English, Marquette University
Chair: Siobahn Carroll, Assistant Professor of English, University of Delaware

“A Suitable Handicraft for a Woman?: William Morris and Newcomb Pottery”
Meghan Freeman, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, Tulane University
“Towards ‘A Cultural History of the Morris Chair’: Some Preliminary Observations”
Alan T. Gaylord, Winkley Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College; Senior Scholar, English, Princeton University
“With Paper and Glue: Building the Success of an Arts and Crafts Toy”
Christie Jackson, Ruby Winslow Linn Curator, Old Colony Historical Society
“William Morris and the Turn-of-the-Century American Greeting Card”
Anne Stewart O’Donnell, independent scholar, College Park, MD
Chair: Katherine C. Grier, Professor, Department of History, and Director, Museum Studies Program, University of Delaware

“Design Only By Heaven: Ernest Batchelder’s Invocation of Ruskin and Emerson in his Design in Theory and Practice (1927)”
Lisa Banu, Assistant Professor of Design History, Purdue University
“Interpreting the Craftsman Ideal in Seattle Public Schools, 1900–1920”
M. Helen Burnham, PhD candidate in Art History, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
“The Production of Beautiful Labor: William Morris’s Influence on the Small Press Today”
Michael Desjardins, Sessional faculty at OCAD University, Faculty of Design and master’s student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information
Chair: Belinda T. Orzada, Professor of Fashion and Apparel Studies, University of Delaware
10.45–11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.–12.30 p.m. Session 2

“William Morris and the Making of American Socialism”
Jason Martinek, Assistant Professor of History, New Jersey City University
“Guest and Comrade: News from Nowhere in the American Socialist Press”
Elizabeth C. Miller, Associate Professor of English, University of California Davis
“Art and Anarchy: Walter Crane in Chicago”
Morna O’Neill, Assistant Professor of Art History, Wake Forest University
Chair: Michael Cotsell, Associate Professor of English, University of Delaware

“ ‘Made to the order of H. Holiday Esq. To be sent to Mr Frank Furness, Philadelphia’ ”
George Bryant, AIA Senior Associate, WRT LLC, Philadelphia, PA
“The Anglo-American Tradition in Stained Glass”
Judy Neiswander, independent art historian, Boston, MA
“The Gospel of Beauty: Early Examples of Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass in America”
Judy Oberhausen, independent art historian, San Mateo, CA
“Religion and Design at Morris & Co. and Tiffany Studios”
Josh Probert, PhD candidate in History, University of Delaware
Chair: B. J. Robinson, Professor of English and Director of the University Press of North Georgia, North Georgia College & State University

“The Impact of William Morris, John Ruskin, Oscar Wilde and the Pre-Raphaelites on the Architecture, Furniture and Art of the San Francisco Bay Region,1878–1910 ”
Leslie M. Freudenheim, Adjunct Scholar, Swedenborgian House of Studies, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
“Direct Descendants: From Morris, to Richardson, to Andrews, Longfellow, and Warren”
Maureen Meister, architectural historian, Winchester, MA
“Charles Donagh Maginnis Brings Arts and Crafts to Catholic Art”
Milda Richardson, Lecturer, Art and Design Department, Northeastern University and Fine Arts Department, Emmanuel College
“Transatlantic Sons of Morris: A. J. Penty and Ralph Adams Cram, from Architecture to Medievalist Anti-Capitalism”
John Sharpe, Hagley Fellow, University of Delaware
Chair: Sandy Isenstadt, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Delaware

“Serving the Pre-Raphaelites on Blue China: America’s Thomas Bird Mosher Phenomena”
Philip R. Bishop, Mosher Books, Ephrata, PA
“Poaching Pre-Raphaelitism in Harper’s Weekly
Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University
“Frederick Judd Waugh: The New World and the American Galahad”
Kyle Stoneman, PhD candidate in Art History, University of Washington, Seattle
“Edwin Austin Abbey’s ‘Quest for the Holy Grail’: Murals for the Boston Public Library Made in the Cotswolds”
Linda R. Zieper, Art Librarian, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Chair: Peter Trippi, Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur
12.30–1.30 p.m. Lunch

1.30–3 p.m. Session 3

“Kelmscott Meets Deepdene: The Influence of William Morris on Frederic Goudy”
Frank Felsenstein, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Ball State University
“T. J. Cobden-Sanderson’s Trip to the United States and Pittsburgh in Particular and Two Binders Trained in the Doves Bindery Way”
Mary Catharine Johnsen, Special Collection Librarian & Design Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
“Book Cloth and Book Aesthetics in the Work of Sarah Wyman Whitman”
Allison Jai O’Dell, Corcoran College of Art + Design
“Art Printing in 1890s Indianapolis: J .M. Bowles, Bruce Rogers and the Kelmscott Aesthetic”
Casey Smith, Assistant Professor, Corcoran College of Art + Design
Chair: Alexander Johnston, Assistant Librarian, Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library

“Cross-Pollination and the ‘Three Fates’: Bringing Arts and Crafts to Detroit”
Leslie S. Edwards, Interim Director, Cranbrook Archives
“Ruskin, Morris, and the Utopian Dream of Ralph Whitehead”
Nancy E. Green, Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
“William Morris in the Land of the Lotos-Eaters”
Anne Mallek, Curator, The Gamble House
“Transmission of ‘Morris’ in Chicago”
Monica Obniski, Research Associate, American Decorative Arts, Art Institute of Chicago
Chair: Peter Stansky, Frances and Charles Field Professor of History Emeritus, Stanford University

“Much in Little Space: Whistler’s White and Yellow Exhibition as an Aesthetic Movement Bellwether”
David Park Curry, Senior Curator, Decorative Arts, American Painting & Sculpture, Baltimore Museum of Art
“ ‘An Ultra-poetical, Super-aesthetical, Out-of-the-Way Young Man’: Staging Oscar Wilde’s American Tour”
Regina Oost, Professor of English, Wesleyan College
“An American Artist in Japanist London: James McNeill Whistler’s Interior Design at No. 2 Lindsey Row”
Ellen E. Roberts, Associate Curator, Department of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago
Chair: Wendy Bellion, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Delaware

“Americans Collecting Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites: John I. Perkins (1863–1942) Collects the Kelmscott Press for Los Angeles”
Susan M. Allen Associate Director and Chief Librarian for Development and Collaborative Initiatives, Getty Research Institute
“Purveyors of ‘Art Produce’: Sources for Morris & Co. and Other Arts-and-Crafts Wares in Boston, 1880 to 1920”
Beverly K. Brandt, Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University
“The Transatlantic History of a Morris & Co Stained-Glass Window”
Margaret Laster, PhD candidate in Art History, City University of New York
Chair: Jane Tippett, PhD candidate in Art History, University of Delaware

3–11.30 p.m. Shuttle bus serving Clayton Hall/Courtyard Newark, Old College, Homewood Suites, Sleep Inn, University of Delaware Library, and Main St. From 6.30–10.30 p.m. the bus will also serve the Roselle Center for the Arts.

3–4.30 p.m. Viewing, University of Delaware Library
London Bound: American Writers in Britain, 1870–1916 and The Multifaceted Mr. Morris exhibitions

4.30 p.m. Gallery Talk, Old College Gallery, University of Delaware
“Ethel Reed and Poster Art of the 1890s”
Thomas G. Boss, collector and book historian

5–6.30 p.m. Reception and Viewing, Old College Gallery, University of Delaware
Ethel Reed and American Graphic Design of the 1890s, From the Thomas G. Boss Collection exhibition

7.30 p.m. Play, Thompson Theater, Roselle Center for the Arts, University of Delaware
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
production by University of Delaware Resident Ensemble Players

Saturday, 9 October

7.45–9.30 a.m. Buses from Courtyard Newark, Homewood Suites, and Sleep Inn to Winterthur

8.15–9.30 a.m. Breakfast and Registration, Visitors Center Pavilion, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate

9.30–11.15 a.m. Presentations by Arts and Crafts Practitioners, Copeland Lecture Hall, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Welcome: Gregory J. Landrey, Director of the Library, Collections Management and Academic Programs, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Art Conservation, University of Delaware

Laura Wilder, printmaker and artist
Ron Van Ostrand, metalsmith, Van Ostrand Studios
“Arts and Crafts Resources in the Winterthur Library”
E. Richard McKinstry, Library Director and Andrew W. Mellon Senior Librarian, The Winterthur Library

11.30 a.m.–2.30 p.m. Shuttle buses between Winterthur and Delaware Art Museum

11.30 a.m.–2 p.m. Lunch on your own at Winterthur or Delaware Art Museum

12–6 p.m. Viewing, Delaware Art Museum
A Belief in the Power of Beauty: A Selection of Work by May Morris (1862–1938). On Assignment: American Illustration 1850–1950, and Leonard Baskin: Art from the Gift of Alfred Appel, Jr. exhibitions, also permanent display of the Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art

2.30–4.30 p.m. Symposium, DuPont Auditorium, Delaware Art Museum
Welcome: Margaretta S. Frederick, Chief Curator and Curator, Bancroft Collection, Delaware Art Museum

“The Art of Craft and the Craft of Art: The Neo-Victorian Aesthetics and Production of Steampunk”
Kathryn Crowther, Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
Lisa Hager, Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Waukesha
Thomas Willeford, Steampunk designer and maker, Brute Force Studios and Fallen Angel Fashions
Chair: Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities, University of Delaware
“Commodification in the 21st Century: Pre-Raphaelitism and Merchandise, Comic Books and Mysteries”
Susan P. Casteras, Professor of Art History, University of Washington

4.30–6 p.m. Closing Reception, Delaware Art Museum

5–7 p.m. Buses from Delaware Art Museum to Courtyard Newark, Homewood Suites, and Sleep Inn


Conference-related Events

Tuesday, 5 October

5 p.m. Art Colloquia Lecture, Smith Hall 120, University of Delaware
“David Mabb’s Collaboration with William Morris”
David Mabb, Reader in Art and Course Leader in Postgraduate Studies in Art Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, 6 October

5.30 p.m. Art History Lecture, Gore Hall 116, University of Delaware
“Charles Rennie Mackintosh: An American Influence?”
James Macaulay, formerly Senior Lecturer in Architectural History, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow; past Chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain; author of Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Life and Work
Free and open to the public

Sunday, 10 October

2 p.m. Artist Lecture, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
“The Morris Kitsch Archive”
David Mabb, Reader in Art and Course Leader in Postgraduate Studies in Art Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London
Free and open to the public

Sunday and Monday, 10–11 October

After Conference Tour, Arts and Crafts Tours
Arts and Crafts Tours, operated by Elaine Hirschl Ellis, a member of the governing committee of the William Morris Society in the United States, is organizing a two-day tour that will leave Wilmington, DE on Sunday, 10 October. The first stop is Rose Valley, the extraordinary, and rarely visited, Arts and Crafts community designed by Will Price. Then it will be on to a private tour of Fonthill, the home of Henry Chapman Mercer, founder of the Mercer Tile Works, followed by a tour of the Tile Works and a reception. The following day visits are planned to the Stickley Museum in Parsippany, NJ and to the Newark Museum for a private tour of the exhibition, Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The tour ends in New York.
Full details are available from, e-mail The tour is limited to 20 people and conference attendees receive a discount.