Guide to the Alnwick Bedspreads Collection, 1893-1978, undated

Summary Information

Title: Alnwick Bedspreads Collection, 1893-1978, undated
Collection: AC.488
Extent: 3.5 linear feet (7 boxes)

The collection contains information from the Alnwick Bedspreads company, including correspondence, magazine articles, ephemera, and photographs.

Creator: Alnwick Bedspreads.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alnwick Bedspreads was one of many companies who profited from a resurgence of interest in Colonial era household items in the early 20th Century. The brand, based in Poughkeepsie, New York, specialized in producing top quality tufted and knotted bedspreads made by women in the southern Appalachian mountains, particularly in the vicinity of Boone, North Carolina.

The coverlets, canopies, and bespreads produced by Alnwick found there way into collections at the White House and several historic homes, including Mount Vernon. Much of collection comes from the personal correspondence and records of Mrs. Annette Fry, who, while trying to revive the company in the 1960s, researched the history of Alnwick as well as the origins of knotted and tufted bedspreads in the United States.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, ephemera, and several small samples of coverlet material.


The collection is arranged into three series. Series I: Company History is arranged alphabetically with an additional box of notecards at the end. Series II: Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent. Series III: Photographs is divided in to two subseries. Subseries A: Black and White photographs is arranged alphabetically. Subseries B: Color Photographs is also arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The collection was originally given to Appalachian State in 1971. It was received as part of the materials transferred from the Appalachian Cultural Museum in summer 2011.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Trevor McKenzie in September 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

AC.488: Alnwick Bedspreads Collection, 1893-1978, undated, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 28608.

Container List

Series I: Company History, 1893-1976, undated

Series Description: Series I contains materials related to the history of Alnwick Bedspreads including advertisement postcards, newspaper clippings, customer testimonials, samples of material, two company ledgers, magazine articles, interviews with women who worked for Alnwick, as well as a card catalogue of women who worked for Alnwick.

Advertising pieces and postcards for Alnwick Bedspreads, 1960-1961, undated Box 1, Folder 1
Alnwick advertising postcards, undated Box 1, Folder 2-3
Alnwick Bedspreads- Ad pieces for Appalachian Cultural Museum exhibit, undated Box 1, Folder 4
Alnwick Bedspreads- Historical information candlewick and Alnwick as well as other spreads, 1961-1975 Box 1, Folder 5
Alnwick Bedspreads- Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, 1962-1976 Box 1, Folder 6
Alnwick Bedspreads- National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1967-1974 Box 1, Folder 7
Alnwick Bedspreads- Information on people who make bedspreads, 1948 Box 1, Folder 8
Alnwick Bedspreads- Selected newspaper articles, 1962-1971, undated Box 1, Folder 9
Alnwick Bedspreads- Testimonials by customers, 1935-1964, undated Box 1, Folder 10
Alnwick ledger, 1928-1946 Box 2, Folder 1
Alnwick ledger, 1930-1945 Box 2, Folder 2
Americana magazine article drafts and notes, 1976, undated Box 2, Folder 3
Annette Fry's interviews of spreadwomen, 1965-1976 Box 2, Folder 4
Beds, Poster Beds, Tester frames, Alnwick Bedspread information, 1962 Box 2, Folder 5
Bedspreads- Museums and Historic Houses, 1976 Box 2, Folder 6
Bedspreads- Shops and craft outlets, 1975-1976 Box 2, Folder 7
Bedspreads inventory file, 1893-1995 Box 3, Folder 1-3
Rosemont workers materials, 1963, undated Box 3, Folder 4
Annette Fry's card catalogue of women who worked for Alnwick, undated Box 4

Series II: Correspondence, 1933-1978, undated

Series Description: Series II holds correspondence from the company as well as later correspondence concerning the company from Annette Fry.

A, 1960-1978 Box 5, Folder 1
Alnwick Bedspreads- Correspondence about finding home for the collection, 1960-1970 Box 5, Folder 2
Alnwick Bedspreads- White House correspondence, 1961-1974 Box 5, Folder 3
Alnwick correspondence, 1959-1967 Box 5, Folder 4
Bills and correspondence dealing with Alnwick Business, 1960-1973 Box 5, Folder 5
Customer correspondence, 1944-1960 Box 5, Folder 6
D, 1957-1976 Box 5, Folder 7
E, November 17, 1959 Box 5, Folder 8
F, 1960-1974 Box 5, Folder 9
G, 1957-1965 Box 5, Folder 10
H, 1959-1966 Box 5, Folder 11
Hodges, Mrs. Gertrude correspondence, 1962-1976 Box 5, Folder 12
Holahan, Miss Elizabeth correspondence, 1963-1975 Box 6, Folder 1
Howe, Mrs. Sheldon, Deerfield, Mass., correspondence, 1962-1974 Box 6, Folder 2
J, 1961-1962 Box 6, Folder 3
K, 1961 Box 6, Folder 4
L, 1958-1959 Box 6, Folder 4
M, 1958-1971 Box 6, Folder 6
Moretz, Mrs. H. L. Eleanor earlier correspondence, 1959-1962 Box 6, Folder 7
Moretz H. L. Eleanor, 1963-1964 Box 6, Folder 8
N, 1959-1973 Box 6, Folder 9
Norris, Mrs. Bynum correspondence, 1962-1967 Box 6, Folder 10
P, 1959-1973 Box 6, Folder 11
R, 1956-1973 Box 6, Folder 12
Randle, Mrs. Clement G. [customer, decorator], 1960-1970 Box 6, Folder 13
Riley, Mrs. L. T. correspondence, 1933-1954 Box 7, Folder 1
S, 1959-1964 Box 7, Folder 2
T, 1961-1963 Box 7, Folder 3
V, 1966 Box 7, Folder 4
W, 1959-1970 Box 7, Folder 5
Watson, Mrs. Ester correspondence, 1960-1970 Box 7, Folder 6
Alnwick Bedspreads correspondence collected from various correspondents, 1944-1970 Box 7, Folder 7

Series III: Photographs, 1970-1976, undated

Series Description: Series III contains photographs of examples of Alnwick Bedspreads and the women who worked for the company.

Subseries A: Black and White Photographs, undated

Alnwick Bedspreads photographs, undated Box 7, Folder 8
Bird in Tree #34 photographs, undated Box 7, Folder 9
Bowknot and Thistle, undated Box 7, Folder 10
Double Grape Wreath photographs, undated Box 7, Folder 11
Photographs of Alnwick Bedspreads, undated Box 7, Folder 12
Snowball #1 B photographs, undated Box 7, Folder 13
Snowball #14 D photographs, undated Box 7, Folder 14
White House Bird in Tree photographs, undated Box 7, Folder 15

Subseries B: Color Photographs, 1970-1976, undated

Alnwick Bedspreads negatives, undated Box 8, Folder 1
Alnwick Bedspreads negatives and contact prints, undated Box 8, Folder 2
Doll spread photographs and negatives, undated Box 8, Folder 3
Gertrude Hodges photographs [removed from Hodges, Gertrude correspondence], September 1970 Box 8, Folder 4
Photographs of white bedspread dated 1818 from Annette Fry [Removed from Bedspreads: Museum and Historic House], 1976 Box 8, Folder 5