Visitors on a tour of the furniture study.

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

Founded in 1959 in downtown New Haven, the 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.

Make an Appointment

The Hume Furniture Study is 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

Visitors on a tour of the furniture study.

Selected Objects

Take a Tour

A free public tour of the Hume Furniture Study is offered on the first Friday of each month at 12:30 pm. Attendance is limited to 22 people.

Register for a tour on Eventbrite

Visitors will be met in the lobby of the Yale West Campus Collection Studies Center at 900 West Campus Drive and escorted to the Hume Furniture Study for a one-hour guided tour. Ample free parking is available on-site. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

A man in a navy blazer and white collared shirt stands alongside a long, two-tiered row of wooden chairs. The man points to green upholstery on the seat of one of the chairs in the foreground


The Hume Furniture Study is located at 900 West Campus Drive in West Haven, Conn. For custom driving, public transportation, and cycling directions, use Google Maps.

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