Point Papers from the 1930s-1970s join Gutman’s Textile Industry Historical Collection

New collection alert! Check out the new additions to the Gutman Library’s Textile Industry Historical Collection – the Point Papers. The Point Papers collection includes over 1,000 swatches of hand-drawn, hand-painted point papers, croquis, and design repeats from the 1930s-1970s. The materials were donated by the Northampton Textile Company, a textile manufacturer once located in Mount Holly, New Jersey.  

“Point papers” refer to a type of design painted by textile designers on graph paper or hand-drawn grids and translated into woven fabric by textile manufacturers before the advent of computer assisted design. The items fall into the two main categories of “point papers” (on graph paper) and design croquis (painted sketches), and all have been executed by hand, often with penciled-in notes about weave patterns, pattern repeats, or other instructions.  Learn more about point papers and Edna Leonhardt, one of the designers featured in the collection, on the Follow the Thread blog.

Browse the collection to view the point papers and, when available, learn information about a point paper’s creation date (estimates), designer’s name, and a brief description. We encourage you to check back often as we’ll continue to upload more point papers in the future.