about the society

To Promote the Study 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 William Morris.

Along with our affiliate societies in the United Kingdom and Canada, we aim to promote study of and interest in Morris and his associates through publications, lectures, conferences, tours, museum visits, and social gatherings.

Members of the Society receive the Journal of William Morris Studies, published by the UK Society, and the US society magazineUseful and Beautiful, both published biannually.

Visit our membership page to learn more about the benefits of joining.

Image: One of the opening pages of the Kelmscott Chaucer. The Kelmscott Press, 1896. British Library, C.43.h.19.

join the society


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

By joining, you become part of a national and international fellowship dedicated to the life, works, and legacy of William Morris.

Member benefits include subscription to The Journal of William Morris Studies and our magazine Useful & Beautiful, access to events, and Associate Membership in the William Morris Society UK.

Our Society

The William Morris Society US is a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit. Membership is open to all residents of the United States.

Our Board of Directors and volunteers manage all of the Society’s day-to-day operations, publications, events, and digital outreach.

Image: William Morris, Daisy, wallpaper, 1864. Victoria and Albert Museum.


Morris Societies

William Morris Society


Founded in 1955, the William Morris Society UK publishes the Journal of William Morris Studies and hosts exhibitions and events. Their website includes information about Morris, resources, and information about their exhibitions and collections.

William Morris Society


Founded in 1981, the William Morris Society of Canada is a fellow partner with the William Morris Society UK. Their website includes blog posts and other resources, and we all look forward to seeing their yearly William Morris birthday cake.

Previous WMS-US Website

The William Morris Society in the United States has had a web presence since 1997 – very early for an organization of our scale and scope. Over almost a quarter century, we have been committed to making information and publications about Morris digitally available to all.

As part of that effort, we have created an archive of our previous website in order to preserve the information it held about Morris and the history of the WMS-US.