Colonial revival in America : annotated bibliography
VI. Preservation, Colonial History, Analysis, and Cultural Studies
Barrington, Lewis.
Historic Restorations of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
New York: Richard R. Smith, 1941. VI

A guidebook of 243 buildings in 43 states whose preservation or restoration was in some way effected by the State and National Chapters of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Clark, Ricky.
"Ruth Finley and the Colonial Revival Era."
Uncoverings 16 (1995): 33-65.VI

Finley (1884-1955) was a journalist, a feminist, a D.A.R., and the author of Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them (1920), as well as an Ohioan with colonial roots in Connecticut. Clark traces her ethnographic interest in the influence of American history on quilt names through previously unavailable correspondence, documents, public records,interviews, Finley's press scrapbook, and field research.

Cleary, Calista Keller.
"The Past is Present: Historical Representation at the Sesquicentennial International Exposition." Ph.D. dissertation, . University of Pennsylvania, 1999. . VI

Constructed in the Colonial Revival style, the Sesquicentennial International Exposition celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence signing in 1926, and was avidly promoted as a commemoration of the past. Cleary explains how various groups (African Americans, immigrants, Protestants, women, corporations, civic leaders, fraternal organizations) recalibrated America's early history to reinforce their own agenda or sense of identity in the face of modernism within this supposedly unifying design context.

Conforti, Joseph.
Imagining New England: Exploration of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the mid-20th Century.
Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. VI

Traces a changing, collective identity over three periods in the region, from depictions of the Puritan, the Yankee, or the Whig, through popular literature, scholarly assessments, history, art, material culture, and geography. Chapter 5, "Old New England: Nostalgia, Reaction and Reform in the Colonial Revival 1870-1910", focuses on early engravings of the ideal village green by John Barber; the romanticized accounts of Alice Morse Earle and Harriet Beecher Stowe; campaigns to 'tutor' New England farmers to project a more poetic and pastoral identity; the reconstruction of Old York (Maine); and the ambitious 1910 renovation of the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts.

Denenburg, Thomas Andrew.
"Consumed by the Past: Wallace Nutting and the Invention of Old America.". Ph.D. dissertation, Boston University, 2000. VI

Investigates how Wallace Nutting (1861-1941) developed a paradigm for middlebrow culture, and reinforced an idealized version of American history during a period of social upheaval through his Colonial Revival industries.

Earle, Alice Morse.
Colonial Dames and Good Wives.
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, 1895. VI

Collected stories about colonial women. Includes a chapter entitled, "Fireside Industries," describing craft making processes in the colonial period. Typical of many late nineteenth century books seeking to revisit the romance of a more wholesome, family-oriented time.

Earle, Alice Morse.
Home Life in Colonial Days.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1913. VI

Attempts to tell the story of everyday life in the colonial period, with chapters on houses, crafts, and "Old-time Flower Gardens."

Faris, John T.
Historic Shrines of America: Being the Story of One Hundred and Twenty Historic Buildings and the Pioneers Who Made Them Notable.
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1918. VI

A guidebook to historic houses, churches and other buildings, mainly in the original thirteen colonies.

Fitzpatrick, Dr. John C., ed.
Some Historic Houses: Their Builders and Their Places in History.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1939. VI

Short histories of twenty-four eighteenth and early nineteenth century houses maintained by the Colonial Dames of America, collected "to show the coming generations the accomplishments of the heroic people of Colonial America whose ability, valor, sufferings and achievements are beyond all praise for upon those foundations rest our Constitution and our liberties."

Fox, Stephen.
"(Tall) Tales from the Borderland: Brownsville and the Spanish Colonial Revival."
Texas Architect 31(4 July-Aug 1981) : 59-65. VI

Details why the civic leaders of Brownsville, Texas, which was constructed between 1925-1930, chose the Spanish Colonial Revival, inadvertently connecting the area with a similar architectural language in Southern California.

Green, Harvey.
"Popular Science and Political Thought Converge: Colonial Survival Becomes Colonial Revival, 1830-1910."
Journal of American Culture 6 (Winter 1983): 3-24. VI

An interpretation of the Colonial Revival in the broader context of American social and intellectual history that argues that its popularity was due to an Anglo-Saxon Protestant response to increasing European immigration; this racial fear was transformed into a glorification of the past.

Harland, Marion.
More Colonial Homesteads and Their Stories.
New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1899. VI

A sequel - tales of famous colonial houses and their families.

Harland, Marion.
Some Colonial Homesteads and Their Stories.
New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1897. VI

The first collection of tales of famous colonial houses and their families.

Hollister, Paul M.
Famous Colonial Houses.
Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1921. VI

The romantic tales of twelve colonial houses, including Mount Vernon and the Longfellow House.

Hosmer, Charles B., Jr.
Presence of the Past: A History of the Preservation Movement in the United States Before Williamsburg.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1965. VI

A detailed history of American preservation efforts prior to the 1930s.

Hosmer, Charles B. Jr.
Preservation Comes of Age: From Williamsburg to the National Trust, 1926-1949. 2 vols..
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1981. VI

A sequel to Presence of the Past, continuing the story of the American preservation movement up to 1949.

Howett, Catherine.
Land of Our Own: Landscape and Gardening Traditions in Georgia, 1733-1983.
Atlanta: Atlanta Historical Society, 1983.V

Exhibit catalog for 1983 event in Georgia celebrating 250 years of gardening, with brief section on landscape architecture of 1900 to 1945 that notes the popularity of American colonial architecture in the state.

Hudnut, Joseph.
"We Are No Longer Colonials."
House and Garden 97 (May 1950): 166-67, 201-206.VI

As Dean of Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1950, Hudnut argued that although colonial architecture was appropriate for its period, the need to emulate European motifs and assume a Continental identity was no longer necessary--since Americans were no longer colonials.

Kammen, Michael.
Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture.
New York: Vintage Books, 1991. VI

Examines the Colonial Revival in the larger context of America' relationship with its historical past.

Lindgren, James M.
Preserving Historic New England: Preservation, Progressivism, and the Remaking of Memory.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.VI

A history of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, founded in 1910 by William Appleton Sumner, Jr., its development of the historic preservation movement, and its role in redefining the meaning of the Anglo-American past.

Lint-Sagarena, Roberto Ramon.
"Inheriting the Land: Defining Place in Southern California from the Mexican American War to the Plan Espiritual de Aztlan." Ph.D. dissertation,. Princeton University, 2000. . VI

A critical investigation of southern Californian regionalism in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War. Explains how regional identity shifted when Spanish Franciscans were equated with English Puritans--a connection expressed through Mission and Spanish Revival architecture and religious fiestas--at the expense of the area's Mexican population. In reality, Lint-Sagarena argues, the invention of a Spanish Colonial identity was also influenced by Chicanos, who looked to an archaic, pre-Columbian past in a legendary Aztec homeland rather than a Spanish orientation.

Lord, Ruth and R.W.B. Lewis.
Henry F. Du Pont and Winterthur: A Daughter's Portrait. .
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999. VI

Biography of Henry F. du Pont (1880-1969) by his youngest daughter includes the transformation of the family home, Winterthur, into a museum of decorative arts. Du Pont avidly collected Americana and complete rooms, lifted from colonial period houses.

Lossing, Benson J.
Mount Vernon and Its Associations, Historical, Biographical, and Pictorial.
New York: W.A. Townsend & Company, 1859. VI

An early example of how the Colonial Revival began as a form of hero-worship.

Marling, Karal Ann.
George Washington Slept Here: Colonial Revivals and American Culture, 1876-1986.
Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 1988. VI

In a far-ranging discussion of Washington's legacy and the persistence of colonial imagery, the author addresses such issues as the restoration of Mount Vernon and colonial revival architecture and decoration in the early twentieth century.

Montgomery, Charles.
The Spanish Redemption: Heritage, Power and Loss on the New Mexico's Upper Rio Grande.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. VI

Surveys the development of Mission-style architecture(1904-1920), the discovery of “Spanish culture” at the Santa Fe Fiesta (1919-1936), and the revival of the Spanish Colonial arts (1924-1936).

Murtaugh, William J.
Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America. Revised edition.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997. VI

A concise history of the American preservation movement. Addresses important topics like the management of house museums, historic districts and landscape preservation; also includes relevant federal legislation.

Sarles, Frank B., and Charles E. Shedd.
Colonials and Patriots: Historic Places Commemorating Our Forebears, 1700-1783.
Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1964. VI

A two-part book on historic sites from the colonial period. The first part provides historical background, while the second briefly describes important sites by location, ownership, significance, and present appearance.

Starr, Kevin.
Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915, Americans and the California Dream series. .
New York: Oxford University Press., 1973. VI
The Dream Endures: California Enters the 1940s, , Americans and the California Dream series..
New York: Oxford University Press., 1997. VI
Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, Americans and the California Dream series..
New York: Oxford University Press., 1940-1950, 2002. VI
Endangered Dreams: the Great Depression in California,, Americans and the California Dream series. .
New York: Oxford University Press., 1996. VI
Inventing the Dream: California through the Progressive Era,, Americans and the California Dream series. .
New York: Oxford University Press., 1985. VI
Material Dreams: Southern California through the 1920's,, Americans and the California Dream series..
New York: Oxford University Press., 1990.VI

One of the most comprehensive and multidisciplinary histories of California in a six-volume set, from 1850 to 1950, with particular attention to the development of regional identity through architectural styles and architects. In Americans and the California Dream (1973), Chapter 9 reveals a "specifically Californian aesthetic" in "The City Beautiful and the San Francisco Fair"; Chapter 12 explores the metaphor in play that envisioned California as "An American Mediterranean." Inventing the Dream(1985) highlights "Art and Life in the Turn-of-the-Century Southland" (Ch. 3); "Pasadena and the Arroyo: Two Modes of Bohemia" (Ch. 4); and "Arthur Page Brown and the Dream of San Francisco" (Ch. 6), which point up California's embrace of the Mission style. Material Dreams (1990) touches on Los Angeles' "less than congenial" planning, hydraulic visions,and the enthusiastic reception that Southern California's architects gave to Old World historical identities, particularly in Santa Barbara.

Stillinger, Elizabeth.
Historic Deerfield: Portrait of Early America. .
New York: Dutton Studio Books, 1992. VI

Illustrated history of the restoration of Deerfield, Massachusetts, organized by buildings and showing the area prior to preservation, campaigns in the 1940s and 1950s, and subsequent incorporations of recent preservation standards. Traces the museum's development from a private to professional operation in the 1960s.

Tankard, Judith B.
"Henry Davis Sleeper's Gardens at Beauport."
Journal of the New England Garden History Society 10 (2002): 30-43. VI

Detailed descriptions of Sleeper's version of English formal gardens, landscaping and ornamentation, reflecting his sensibilities as an interior designer, antiquarian, and conoisseur. Also traces Sleeper's influence on a prestigious coterie of friends, including Childe Hassam, Isabella Stewart Gardener, John Singer Sargent and Henry F. du Pont.

Weinberg, Nathan Gerald.
"Historic Preservation and Tradition in California: The Restoration of the Missions and the Spanish-Colonial Revival.". Ph.D. dissertation,University of California, Davis, 1974.VI

Sociological perspective about the shift in Californian historic preservation from its early impetus as a patriotic impulse, to an assessment of social motivations, and the implications that this development imparts on changing views of Californian identity.

Weitze, Karen J.
California's Mission Revival, No. 3, California Architecture and Architects series.
Los Angeles: Hennessey and Ingalls, 1984. II

Well-illustrated, scholarly treatment of the Mission revival, reliant on excerpts from regional magazines, correspondence between architects, and photographic archives.

Wharton, Anne Hollingsworth.
Through Colonial Doorways.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1893. VI

Recognizing that "the revival of interest in Colonial and Revolutionary times has become a marked feature of the life of to-day," this book attempts to describe social and domestic life in colonial days.

Wilstach, Paul.
Mount Vernon: Washington's Home and the Nation's Shrine.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925. VI

The romanticized story of Mount Vernon, including Washington's participation in the design and the preservation by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.