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The Leslie P. and George H. Hume American Furniture Study Center

The Leslie P. and George H. Hume American Furniture Study Center is a working library of over 1,300 examples of furniture, clocks, and wooden objects dating from 1650 to the present.
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About the Furniture Study Center

Founded in 1959 in downtown New Haven, the Gallery’s Hume Furniture Study is now located in the Collection Studies Center at Yale West Campus, in West Haven, Connecticut. The Hume Furniture Study is a working library of over 1,300 examples of furniture, clocks, and wooden objects, which were made in America or for the American market from the 17th century to the present. Particularly strong in colonial and Federal furniture, mainly from the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, the Hume Furniture Study also houses examples of historic tools and joinery models that illuminate craft processes, as well as a collection of about 200 pieces of contemporary turned-wood and related sculpture.

The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Sack Family Archive, an extraordinary collection of comparative material for the study of American furniture from the business records of Israel Sack, Inc., is adjacent to the Hume Furniture Study.

Visit the Hume Furniture Study

Make an Appointment

The Hume Furniture Study and the Bass Sack Family Archive are open by appointment to individuals and groups of fewer than 18 people from Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information and to schedule a visit, contact the Department of American Decorative Arts at 203.432.0632 or yuag.furniturestudy@yale.edu.

Take the Tour

Weekly free public tours of the Hume Furniture Study are offered on Fridays at 12:20 pm. Ample free parking is available at 900 West Campus Drive, or visitors can take the express shuttle from outside the Gallery at 201 York Street, departing at 12:00 pm. Visitors will be met in the lobby of 900 West Campus Drive and escorted to the Hume Furniture Study. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Following the tour, the return shuttle departs West Campus at 1:30 pm.

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