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"The Early Baltimore Potters and their Wares, 1763-1850"


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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John N. Pearce received his bachelor's in American Studies from Yale University and his master's in early American culture from the University of Delaware in 1959. He has received multiple fellowships, including the Winterthur Fellowship and a National Society of Interior Design Fellowship at the National Trust Summer School in England. He also received the Governor of Maryland's Award and the Trustee of America Award at the University of Mary Washington. His articles have been published in the Dictionary of American History, the Encyclopedia of World Art, and the Local History Encyclopedia. Pearce has worked as both a professor in the department of historic preservation and as director of the James Monroe Museum and Memorial library, the James Monroe Presidential Center, and the Center for Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington.

This collection is comprised of John N. Pearce's single volume master's thesis for the University of Delaware, entitled "The Early Baltimore Potters and their Wares, 1763-1850." The thesis builds upon earlier scholarship on the pottery produced in early Pennsylvania and emphasizes the production of pottery in Maryland. The majority of the volume is comprised of the following three chapters: A Monopoly of Earthenware, 1763-1793; Competition Among Craftsmen, 1794-1820; and Crafts Into Industry, 1820-1850.

A note in the front cover of the volume addresses the volume to Mrs. Bliss Forbush, of Stony Run Meeting, and is signed by the author.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
October, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Manuscript, 1959.
Volume 1

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