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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.
Chest of Drawers
Looking Glass
Settee
Intersphere in Green "Solstice Series"

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.

Make an Appointment

The Hume Furniture Study and the Sack Family Archive are open by appointment to individuals and to groups of up to 12 people Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. To schedule a visit, contact the Department of American Decorative Arts at 203.432.0632 or yuag.furniturestudy@yale.edu.

All individuals and groups must comply with our current visitor policies.

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