Dedicated to the life and work of

William Morris

Founded in 1971, the William Morris Society in the United States is a group of scholars and enthusiasts brought together in fellowship by our shared interest in the life and works of the nineteenth-century writer, designer, and political thinker William Morris.

Images: Portrait of William Morris by Frederick Hollyer, 1884. William Morris, Jasmine, wallpaper, 1872. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Announcements

International Kelmscott Press Day

On June 26th, 2021, The William Morris Society in the United States is organizing an international celebration to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Kelmscott Press and the 125th anniversary of the publication of the Press’s edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

To mark the occasion, libraries, museums, and other institutions across the world will create special displays, host activities such as talks and printing demonstrations, and commission and show work by contemporary book artists and printers.

A brief introduction to

William Morris

William Morris (1834–1896) is remembered for his contributions to literature, political and social thought, historic preservation, and the history of art and design.

Widely recognized as the leader of the Arts and Crafts movement, Morris advocated for the importance of craft. Believing that art was the expression of ‘pleasure in labour’, Morris’s passion for the arts of everyday life and abhorrence of Victorian industrial society led him to political activism. Influenced by Marxism, anarchism and revolutionary socialism, Morris co-founded the Socialist League, campaigned for workers’ rights, and lectured widely on art, labor, and politics.

Morris was himself a prolific designer in a variety of media. His printed textiles, tapestries, carpets, tiles, and wallpapers transformed Victorian interiors. As founder of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Morris has had a lasting impact in the field of heritage preservation. Towards the end of his life, his creative energies were focused on book printing.

Morris’s legacies survive today in myriad forms—in his poetry and prose, in his widely reproduced pattern designs, and in artistic, environmental, and political activism inspired by his life and work.

Image: William Morris, “Woodpecker” tapestry. Morris & Co., 1885.

Upcoming

Events

International Kelmscott Press Day

International Kelmscott Press Day

On June 26th, 2021, The William Morris Society in the United States is organizing International Kelmscott Press Day, a celebration commemorating the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Kelmscott Press and the 125th anniversary of the publication of the Press's...

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Celebrating the Kelmscott Press

Celebrating the Kelmscott Press

On June 27th, the William Morris Society in the United States will host a digital event, "Celebrating the Kelmscott Press." This program, part of the festivities associated with the first ever Kelmscott Press Day, will celebrate William Morris's Kelmscott Press and...

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Image: William Morris, Fruit, wallpaper, c. 1866. Victoria and Albert Museum.

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membership

The William Morris Society in the United States is open to all residents of the US.

Members of the William Morris Society US are also members of the William Morris Society in the UK. They receive our magazine, Useful and Beautiful, and the Journal of William Morris Studies. 

We hope you’ll join our community of engaged enthusiasts and scholars.

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