The focus of The Wolfsonian’s collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design from the period 1885–1945. The United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are the countries most extensively represented in the collection. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, the former Soviet Union, and Hungary. The collection includes works on paper (posters, prints, design drawings, and more), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects.
The Wolfsonian makes every effort to accommodate visitors wishing to conduct research on its object collection. Researchers who are considering work in the objects collection should inquire about the possibility of arranging access to the collection thirty days or more in advance of their visit. They will also need to identify beforehand specific objects they would like to see. To request information about the object collection and/or arrange a research visit, please review the materials listed here. Information about research topics supported by material in the object collection can be found in the Research Guide to the Collections of The Wolfsonian. Please familiarize yourself with the Guidelines for Use of The Wolfsonian’s Object Collection prior to your visit and complete The Wolfsonian’s Object Collection Research Application . For questions or further information, please contact the museum’s registrars at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.535.2630.