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About the Collection

The online digital collection features samples of Barnett Hook’s needlework, promotional materials, business records, photographs of Hook and his friends and family, and the 1993 exhibit catalog for Master of Fancy Needlework: Barnett A. Hook, McArthur, Ohio 1845-1926 which includes an extensive biographical sketch on Hook.

Additional items exist in the physical manuscript collection, Barnett Hook Papers and Needlework, MSS 047. See the finding aid for more information on it. 

About Barnett A. Hook

Barnett A. Hook (1845-1926) was a native of Vinton County, Ohio, from the rural village of McArthur. Hook pursued a living in various arenas over his life, including as a farmhand, National Guardsman (Civil War), school teacher, newspaper publisher, horse breeder/trainer, caterer, nurse, fair exhibit designer--but perhaps best known as a fancy needlework promoter, practitioner, instructor, and salesperson.

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Future Additions

No future additions are planned. 

Access at Alden

Original manuscript materials can be viewed at the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, on the 5th floor of Alden Library. See the Manuscripts overview for more information.

Access Online

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Collection Contact

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No Copyright - United States

These materials are in the public domain in the United States ; they are not subject to any copyright protections.

No Copyright in the United States