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From Rags to (Paper) Riches: Explore Colonial Papermaking
Further Reading

Couzins-Scott, Elizabeth. Papermaking. London: Lorenz, 1999.

Intended for modern-day crafters, this book includes detailed instructions for making your own paper. There are many color photographs showing each step.

Dawson, Sophie. The Art and Craft of Papermaking. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press, 1992.

Also for crafters, this book offers directions on how to create your own sheets of paper. The book also features craft ideas and projects using handmade paper. There are many full-color photographs included.

Hood, Adrienne. The Weaver's Craft: Cloth, Commerce, and Industry in Early Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

The author takes a look at the textile industry in Chester County, Pennsylvania from its seventeenth century roots in Europe to early industrialization and distinguishes commerce trends which made this area unique. This book is recommended reading to further investigate the textile industry upon which the paper mills depended

Hunter, Dard. Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft. New York, N: Dover, 1974.

This book offers an extensive and scholarly look at the history of papermaking. There is a section devoted to William Rittenhouse and the colonial paper making trade. The primary sources used in this lesson are referenced and reprinted.

Tunis, Edwin. Colonial Craftsmen: And the Beginnings of American Industry. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

This book provides excellent background information on colonial crafts–coopers, blacksmiths, cordwainers, weavers–and how these crafts were the foundation of American Industry. Papermaking is one of many industries included.

Web Sites

Crafts: Paper Making: Handmade Paper: Home & Garden Television,1789,HGT...

This site gives clear, step-by-step instructions about how to make paper. Although it is geared toward papermaking as a craft, the instructions are helpful to novices.

Michelle Phillips" Papermaking Instructions

This page is intended to give instructions to crafters about papermaking. Even though it is not intended for teachers, the tips and hints on this site would be helpful to teachers who want to try papermaking in their classrooms.

Paper Making Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is on a website called Keep Franklin County Beautiful, and it suggests using recycled paper as the pulp material rather than lint. However, the techniques and background here are helpful to teachers unfamiliar with homemade papermaking.

The Robert C. William Paper Museum

This is the homepage of the American Paper Museum, which is located at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. The website offers a virtual tour of the museum, and there are resources about papermaking throughout history and around the world. Take the virtual tour and there is page dedicated to the first mill in America, the Rittenhouse Mill, and Colonial Papermaking. There is also an extensive list of paper-related websites.

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