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Links to digital versions of articles published in MESDA’s Journal during its four decades of publication in paper can be found below.

Articles published online throughout the year will be collected and archived by calendar year and respective year and volume number.

Print-on-Demand copies are available under each online issue (not available for archived printed issues).



Past Issues


Vols. 44 (2023)

“Research Note: Icons of American Memory? John Smith’s Maps of Virginia and New England” by Cassandra Britt Farrell

“Lewis Clephan: Painter and Portrait Artist of Washington, DC,” by Carolyn J. Weekley


Vols. 42 | 43 (2021 | 2022)

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“Thomas Chittum, Cabinetmaker, Lexington, Virginia: His Shop, Product, and Client Accounts, 1839–1852” by J. Christian Kolbe

“Peter Oliver: Revisiting and Reassessing the Life of a Moravian African American Potter” by Geoff Hughes

“The Prichard-Correll Piano: Amateur Piano Making and Rural Gentility in Piedmont North Carolina” by Alexandra Cade

“Schools and Teachers that Contributed to the Kentucky Sampler Tradition” by Sheryl DeJong


Vol. 41 (2020)

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“Edgefield District Stoneware: The Potter’s Legacy” by Corbett Toussaint

“John Gough, Free Black Cabinetmaker of Charleston, 1763–1791” by Grahame Long and Gary Albert

“Research Note: Freedom in a Slave Economy: Abraham Spencer and Pottery Making in the Shenandoah Valley” by Brenda Hornsby Heindl

“John ‘Quash’ Williams, Charleston Builder” by Tiffany Momon

“ ‘I Have a Job of 4. Pembroke Tables on Hand at Monticello’: Five Tables Made for Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest by Joiners James Dinsmore and John Hemmings” by Robert L. Self

“ ‘…my friend David Jarboe…’: The Unfinished Portrait of an Alexandria Potter” by Angelika R. Kuettner

“Harry Mordecai, Plasterer and Bricklayer of Frankfort, Kentucky” by Sharon Cox

“Decoding the Woodwork of White Hall: A Network of Enslaved Carpenters” by Katherine McCarthy Watts

Guest Editor’s Welcome by Dr. Torren Gatson


Vol. 40 (2019)

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“Andreas Höger and the First Moravian Maps of Wachovia” by Michael O. Hartley

“Taste and Harmony Without Frippery at Blandwood, North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead’s Antebellum Mansion” by Judith Z. Cushman Hammer

“Lost Potters of Loudoun County, Virginia: The Gardner-Duncan Family” by Amy Bertsch

“Female Education and the Ornamental Arts in Antebellum Tennessee” by Jennifer C. Core and Janet S. Hasson

“Cabinetmaker John Brown and the Tall Case Clocks of Wellsburg, West Virginia, 1800–1825” by Sumpter Priddy III

2019 Editor’s Welcome


Vol. 39 (2018)

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“William Roberts’s “Excursion over the Mountains”: Backcountry Landscapes ‘from the Pencil of a Virginian’ ” by Katie McKinney

Looking for Polly Armistead: Intimations of Mortality and Identity in a Late Eighteenth-Century Needlework by Laurel Horton

“Note: The Cumberland, Unexpected Artistry of the Southern Frontier” by Mel Hankla

“Research Note: The Eighteenth-Century Potters of Salisbury and Rowan County, North Carolina” by Stephen C. Compton

2018 Editor’s Welcome


Vol. 38 (2017)

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“A Vessel of Memory: Thomas Chandler’s Eastern Shore Landscape” by Katherine C. Hughes

“Friendly Furniture: The Quaker Cabinetmakers of Guilford County, North Carolina, 1775–1825” by Robert Leath

“Friends in High Places: Quaker Furniture Makers in Virginia’s Northern Shenandoah Valley” by A. Nicholas Powers

“Correct Likenesses: George Ladd, Itinerant Miniature and Portrait Painter” by Patricia V. Veasey

“The Bowie Brothers of Port Royal, Virginia and the Bernard Family Marble Chess Table” by Tara Gleason Chicirda

2017 Editor’s Welcome


Vol. 37 (2016)

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Vol. 36 (2015)

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2015 Editor’s Welcome


Vol. 35 (2014)

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Vol. 33 (2012)

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“Research Note: Nineteenth-Century Stoneware Makers of Madison County, Kentucky” by Bob Noe

“Musings on a Scottish-Irish Desk Form in Colonial Virginia: The Scrutoire” by Sumpter Priddy

“Slave Cloth and Clothing Slaves: Craftsmanship, Commerce, and Industry” by Madelyn Shaw

“A New and Correct Map of the Province of North Carolina: The Discovery of a 1737 North Carolina Manuscript Map” by Mike McNamara

“Scratching the Surface: Thomas You, Charleston Silversmith, Engraver, and Patriot” by Gary Albert

2012 Editor’s Welcome


Archived Print Issues

Vol. 31, No. 2 – Vol. 32, No. 2 (Winter 2005 – Winter 2006)

“Fancy and Fine, Plain and Simple: Furniture in Columbia and Richland County, South Carolina, 1800-1860” by John Sherrer

“The Society of Journeymen Cabinet Makers of Richmond, Virginia” by J. Christian Kolbe

“Silver and Gold: A Pair of Officer’s Swords Marked by Thomas and Andrew Ellicott Warner of Baltimore” by Gary Albert

“Stony Creek Fraktur Artist Identified” by H.E. Comstock

“Samplers of the Carolina Piedmont: The Presbyterian Connection and the Bethel Group” by Patricia V. Veasey

“Two Early-Nineteenth-Century Bedcovers with Salem, North Carolina, Connections” by Laurel Horton

Vol. 31, No. 1 (Summer 2005)

“Heinrich Schaffner and the Moravian Ceramic Tradition in the Nineteenth-Century Pottery in Salem” by Michael O. Hartley

“Carl Eisenberg’s Introduction of Tin-Glazed Ceramics in Salem, North Carolina and Evidence for Early Tin-Glaze Production Elsewhere in America” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

Vol. 30, No. 2 (Winter 2004)

“The Account Book of Sampson Diuguid, Lynchburg, Virginia, Cabinetmaker” by J. Christian Kolbe

“The Transference of Skills and Styles from the American to Jamaican Furniture Trade During the Eighteenth Century” by John Cross, Ph.D.

Vol. 30, No. 1 (Summer 2004)

“Rugs—The Colonial Chesapeake Consumer’s Bed Covering of Choice” by Gloria Seaman Allen

Vol. 29, No. 2 (Winter 2003)

“Benjamin Hawkins and the Creek Indians: A Study in Jefferson’s Assimilation Policy” by Martha R. Severens and Kathleen Staples

” ‘Usesful, Ornamental, or Necessary in this Province’: The Textile Inventory of John Dart, 1754″ by Kathleen Staples

Vol. 29, No. 1 (Summer 2003)

“Evidence for the Apprenticeship System in Charleston, South Carolina” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Decorative Arts Guide to the Records of the Auditor of Public Accounts in The Library of Virginia” by J. Christian Kolbe

Vol. 28, No. 2 (Winter 2002)

“Joseph-Pierre Picot de Limoëlan de Clorivière: A Portrait Miniaturist Revisited” by Stephen C. Worsley

Vol. 28, No. 1 (Summer 2002)

“Greeking the Southside: Style and Meaning at James C. Bruce’s Berry Hill Plantation House” by Clifton Ellis

“Collection of Essays by John Bivins, Jr: The Luminary Editorials” by John Bivins Jr.

Vol. 27, No. 2 (Winter 2001)

“Such Luxuries as Sofas: An Introduction to North Carolina Moravian Upholstered Furniture” by Johanna M. Brown

“Willis Cowling (1788-1828) Richmond Cabinetmaker” by J. Christian Kolbe

Vol. 27, No. 1 (Summer 2001)

“Frank L. Horton and the Roads to MESDA” by Penelope Niven

Vol. 24, No. 2 — Vol. 26, No. 2 (Winter 1998 – Winter 2000)

“Index of Early Southern Artists and Artisans” — not digitized, to access index visit Craftsman Database at

Vol. 24, No. 1 (Summer 1998)

“Robert Wellford, Composition Ornament Maker of Philadelphia: His Work in the Southeast” by Mark Reinberger

Vol. 23, No. 2 (Winter 1997)

“That Article of Household Furniture Peculiar to Earlier Days in the South: Sugar Chests in Middle Tennessee and Central Kentucky, 1800-1835” by Anne S. McPherson

Vol. 23, No. 1 (Summer 1997)

” ‘A Most Favorable and Striking Resemblance’: The Virginia Portraits of Cephas Thompson” by Deborah L. Sisum

Vol. 22, No. 2 (Winter 1996)

“The Southern Porcelain Company of Kaolin, South Carolina: A Reassessment” by J. Garrison Stradling

” ‘At Elk Ridge Furneis As You See, William Williams He Mad Me’: The Story of an Eighteenth-Century Maryland Iron Furnace” by Ronald W. Fuchs II

Vol. 22, No. 1 (Summer 1996)

“Guy Atkinson and the Itinerant Artists of Fairfax Street, Alexandria” by Mona L. Dearborn

“Furniture of the North Carolina Roanoke River Basin in the Collection of Historic Hope Foundation” by John Bivins Jr.

“The Virginia Career of Jacob Marling” by J. Christian Kolbe and Lyndon H. Hart III

Vol. 21, No. 2 (Winter 1995)

“The Colonial Potters of Tidewater Virginia” by Beverly A. Straube

“An Archaeological Perspective on Alexandria’s Pottery Tradition” by Barbara H. Magid

“The Lowndes Stoneware Pottery of Petersburg, Virginia” by Charles E. Umstott

“Exploring Western Virginia Potteries” by Kurt C. Russ

“Research Note: The Martin’s Hundred Potter: English North America’s Earliest Known Master of His Trade” by H. McCartney

Vol. 21, No. 1 (Summer 1995)

“Charleston’s Drawing Master Bernard Albrecht Moll and the South Carolina Expedition of Emperor Joseph II of Austria” by Helene M. Kastinger Riley

“Research Note: New Discoveries in a Piedmont North Carolina Chest-on-Frame Group” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

Vol. 20, No. 2 (November 1994)

“American Vernacular Furniture and the North Carolina Backcountry” by Michael H. Lewis

“Timber Available in Charleston, 1660-1820” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

Vol. 20, No. 1 (May 1994)

“That They May Long Remember Me….Henry Lammond, Cabinetmaker from Edinburg, North Britten” by Robert F. Doares

“The Wheeler House in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, 1809-1832: Insights From Documentary Research” by Audrey H. Michie

Vol. 19, No. 2 (November 1993)

“Rosewell Revisited” by Betty Crowe Leviner

Vol. 19, No. 1 (May 1993)

“Foodways of the Albemarle Region: ‘Indulgent Nature Makes Up for Every Want” by Nancy Carter Crump

Vol, 18, No. 2 (November 1992)

“The ‘Strong and Striking’ Likenesses of William J.Weaver (c. 1759-1817) – An Introduction” by D. Schweizer

“Reconsidering Charleston Brass Andirons Styles II & III: An Essay on the Use of Theory Replacement in Material Culture” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Fredericksburg Clock Cases, 1765-1825” by John Prown, Ronald Hurst, and Sumpter Priddy III

Vol. 18, No. 1 (May 1992)

“A Cultural Analysis of Furniture-making in Petersburg, Virginia, 1760- 1820” by Jonathan Prown

Vol. 17, No. 2 (November 1991)

“John Bartlam,Who Established ‘new Pottworks in South Carolina’ and Became the First Successful Creamware Potter in America” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

” ‘A Clay White as Lime….of Which There is a Design Formed by some Gentlemen to Make China’: The American and English Search for Cherokee Clay in South Carolina, 1745-75″ by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Escape from Bartlam: The History of William Ellis of Hanley” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Brick and Tile Manufacturing in the South Carolina Low Country” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Ceramic Menders and Decorators in Charleston, South Carolina Before 1820” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

Vol. 17, No. 1 (May 1991)

“Andrew Duche: A Potter ‘a Little Too Much Addicted to Politicks’ ” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Other Savannah River Potters, 1736-1814” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

Vol. 16, No. 2 (November 1990)

“The Changing York County, South Carolina Tombstone Business, 1750-1820” by Wade B. Fairey

” ‘The First Effort of an Infant Hand’: An Introduction to Virginia Schoolgirl Embroideries, 1742-1850″ by Kimberly A. Smith

Vol. 16, No. 1 (May 1990)

“John Blake White: An Introduction” by Mary Ellen Turner

“Coffin Making and Undertaking in Charleston and its Environs, 1705-1820” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

Vol. 15, No. 2 (November 1989) 

“Cabinet Warehousing in the Southern Atlantic Ports, 1783-1820” by Forsyth M. Alexander A

“Catalog of Northern Furniture With Southern Provenances” by John Bivins Jr.

” ‘Plain and Handsome’: Documented Furnishings at Mordecai House, 1780-1830″ by Kenneth Joel Zogry

Vol. 15, No. 1 (May 1989)

“The History of the Cupola House, 1724-1777” by Bruce S. Cheeseman

“The Cupola House: An Anachronism of Style and Technology” by John Bivins, James Melchor, Marilyn Melchor, and Richard Parsons

Vol. 14, No. 2 (November 1988)

“The Neoclassical Dining Room in Charleston” by James C. Jordan III

” ‘Clothes for the People’ – Slave Clothing in Early Virginia” by Linda Baumgarten

Vol. 14, No. 1 (May 1988)

“Four Mecklenberg County, North Carolina Chairs: An Examination of Style and Technology” by Dale L. Couch

“William Byrd and His Portrait Collection” by David Meschutt

Vol. 13, No. 2 (November 1987)

“William Hill and the Aera Ironworks” by Thomas Cowan

” ‘A Large and Elegant Assortment’: A Group of Baltimore Tall Clocks, 1795-1815″ by Jane Webb Smith

Vol. 13, No. 1 (May 1987)

“The Pages and Rosewell” by Betty Crowe Leviner

“Precious Artifacts: Women’s Jewelry in the Chesapeake, 1750-1799” by M.J. Gibbs

Vol. 12, No. 2 (November 1986)

“Charleston Rococo Interiors, 1765-1775: The ‘Sommers’ Carver” by John Bivins Jr.

Vol. 12, No. 1 (May 1986)

“Analysis of an Enigma” by James R. and Marilyn S. Melchor

“A Problem of Identification: Philadelphia and Baltimore Furniture Styles in the Eighteenth Century” by Luke Beckerdite

Vol. 11, No. 2 (November 1985)

“An Assessment of English Furniture Imports Into Charleston, South Carolina, 1760-1800” by M. Allison Carll

“Upholstery in all its Branches: Charleston, 1725-1820” by Audrey H. Michie

Vol. 11, No. 1 (May 1985)

” ‘I.O.G.’: Silversmith of Georgetown, D.C.” by Catherine D. Hollan

“Issac Zane and the Products of Marlboro Furnace” by John Bivins Jr.

Vol. 10, No. 2 (November 1984)

“A Virginia Cabinetmaker: The Eventon Shop and Related Work” by Luke Beckerdite

“Virginia Landscapes by William Roberts” by Barbara C. Batson

Vol. 10, No. 1 (May 1984)

“The Eastern Shore Virginia Raised-Panel ‘Court Cupboard’ ” by James R. Melchor, N. Gordon Lohr, and Marilyn S. Melchor

“Connecticut Influence on North Carolina Stoneware: The Webster School of Potters” by Quincy Scarborough

Vol. 9, No. 2 (November 1983)

“The Consumption of Delftware in Kent County, Maryland, 1740-1780” by Gloria Seaman Allen

“Style and Technology Shifts in One Virginia Shop” by Luke Beckerdite

Vol. 9, No. 1 (May 1983)

“Daniel Cannon: A Revolutionary ‘Mechanick’ in Charleston” by Rosemary Niner Estes

“John Gaither, Silversmith” by Catherine B. Hollan

Vol. 8, No. 2 (November 1982)

“William Buckland and William Bernard Sears: The Designer and the Carver” by Luke Beckerdite

“William Buckland Reconsidered: Architectural Carving in Chesapeake Maryland, 1771-1774” by Luke Beckerdite

Vol. 8, No. 1 (May 1982)

“Changes in Taste in the Eighteenth Century: A Shift from the Useful to the Ornamental” by George C. Rogers Jr.

“The Fashion for Carpets in South Carolina, 1736-1820” by Audrey Michie

“Key Baskets” R. Lewis Wright

Vol. 7, No. 2 (November 1981)

“Miles Brewton, Goldsmith” by Frank L. Horton

“John Drinker, Portrait Painter and Limner” by E. Bryding Adams

“The Development of Regional Style in the Catawba River Valley: A Further Look” by Luke Beckerdite

Vol. 7, No. 1 (May 1981)

“Decorated Family Record Books From the Valley of Virginia” by Carolyn J. Weekley

“Charleston Textile Imports, 1738-1742” by Audrey Michie

“The Redwell Ironworks” by H.E. Comstock

Vol. 6, No. 2 (November 1980)

“The Royal Governor’s Chair: Evidence of the Furnishing of South Carolina’s First State House” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“The Johnsons: Chairmaking in Mecklenberg County, Virginia” by R. Lewis Wright

Vol. 6, No. 1 (May 1980) 

“Andrew and Robert McKim: Windsor Chair Makers” by Giles Cromwell

“The Mount Shepherd Pottery: Correlating Archaeology and History” by L. McKay Whatley

“City Meets the Country: The Work of Peter Eddleman, Cabinetmaker” by Luke Beckerdite

Vol. 5, No. 2 (November 1979)

“America’s Earliest Woman Miniaturist” by Frank L. Horton

“The Arts of Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1770-1825” by Wallace B.Gusler

“Fraktur in the ‘Dutch Fork’ Area of South Carolina” by J. Christian Kolbe and Brent Holcolmb

Vol. 5, No. 1 (May 1979)

“John Shearer, Joiner of Martinsburgh” by John J. Snyder Jr.

“A School of Charleston, South Carolina Brass Andirons, 1780-1815” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

Vol. 4, No. 2 (November 1978)

“William Little, Cabinetmaker of North Carolina” by Frank L. Horton

“William John Coffee, Sculptor-Painter—His Southern Experience” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Henry Benbridge: Portraits in Small from Norfolk” by Carolyn J. Weekley

Vol. 4, No. 1 (May 1978)

“Fredericksburg-Falmouth Chairs of the Chippendale Period” by Ann W. Dibble

“Wm. & Geo. Richardson, GOLDSMITHS and JEWELLERS, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA” by Elizabeth Taylor Childs

“B. DuVal & Co/Richmond’: A Newly Discovered Pottery” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

Vol. 3, No. 2 (November 1977)

“For Persons of Fortune Who Have Taste: An Elegant Schoolgirl Embroidery” by Betty Ring

“A Study of Baroque and Gothic Style Gravestones in Davidson County, NC” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Charles Peale Polk: Gold Profiles on Glass” by Whaley Batson

Vol. 3, No. 1 (May 1977)

“James Murphree: Virginia Silversmith” by Christine D. Minter

“American Tin-Glaze: The John Bell Inkstand” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“The MESDA Microfilming Program” by Frank L. Horton

Vol. 2, No. 2 (November 1976)

“Two Outstanding Virginia Chairs” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“The West Indian Islands—How Close Were They?” by Gwynne Stephens Taylor

“The Sharrock Family: A Newly Discovered School of Cabinetmakers” by Betty Dahill

“The Riflemakers of Eighteenth-Century Kentucky” by Thomas A. Strohfield

Vol. 2, No. 1 (May 1976)

“Success to the Tuley’ via Liverpool” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“The Lafayette Medal” by Dorothy Welker

“Baroque Elements in North Carolina Moravian Furniture” by John Bivins Jr.

Vol. 1, No. 2 (November 1975)

“Fraktur in the South: An Itinerant Artist” by John Bivins, Jr.

“G:BURWELL / EDWd ATTHAWS / 1755: London Stone Bottles in Virginia” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Thomas Coram: Charleston Artist” by Whaley Batson

Vol. 1, No. 1 (May 1975)

“Discovery: A Documented Bow Bowl Made for ‘Halifax-Lodge/North Carolina’ ” by Bradford L. Rauschenberg

“Carved Furniture of the Albemarle: A Tie With Architecture” by Frank L.Horton

“Further Notes on William Dering, Colonial Virginia Portrait Artist” by Carolyn J. Weekley

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