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Founded in New York in 1971 as an affiliate of the UK William Morris Society, the William Morris Society in the United States strives to publicize the life and work of William Morris and his associates. We coordinate our activities with our fellow Morris Societies in the UK and Canada, and distribute UK and US Newsletters and a biannual Journal of William Morris Studies.


Videos for Teaching Morris

  • A series of video shorts from G. D. H. Cole’s lectures about William Morris.
  • 12 short films on the Arts and Crafts Movement
  • “Gardening with Silk and Gold Thread”: The Botanical Designs & Ecosocial Activism of William Morris

Applications for the Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowshipare due December 15, 2015.

The annual University of Delaware/Delaware Art Museum Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite studies deadline or applications is November 1, 2018

Each year the Delaware Art Museum hosts a fellowship for museum-track graduate students. The focus of the 2016 Fellowship is research for an exhibition loosely – and tentatively titled “The Book Beautiful.” More …

NEW: William Morris Song Book

CD from Britain: For contents and information on how to order, please visit or write


Modern Language Association Convention,
Austin, Texas, 7 - 10 January 2016


Upcoming Sessions:

Teaching William Morris

The William Morris Society will sponsor a conference session at the 2016 MLA, to be held in Austin, Texas, on the topic of "Teaching Morris."

Friday, 8 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m. - 237. Teaching William Morris
Presiding: Jane Carlin, Univ. of Puget Sound; Jason Martinek, New Jersey City Univ.

  1. "Digital Design with William Morris," Amanda Golden, Georgia Inst. of Tech.
  2. "The Medievalism of William Morris: Teaching through Tolkien," KellyAnn Fitzpatrick, Univ. at Albany, State Univ. of New York
  3. "Teaching Morris in the Context of Victorian Radicalism: A Team-Taught Interdisciplinary Course," Linda Kay Hughes, Texas Christian Univ.; William Meier, Texas Christian Univ.

Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics

We are also co-sponsoring a second session with the Marxist Literary Group.

Thursday, 7 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m. - 139. William Morris and the Legacy of Socialist Aesthetics
Presiding: Mathias Nilges, Saint Francis Xavier Univ.

  1. "Blurring Boundaries: William Morris and the Aesthetics of Diffusion," Alison G. Chapman, Harvard Univ.
  2. "Once and Future Anarchists: Biopolitical Utopia in William Morris's News from Nowhere," Ben Richardson, Duke Univ.
  3. "Artists, Enemies, and the Avant-Garde Transformation of the 'Craftsman Ideal,'" Jessica Wilton, Carnegie Mellon Univ.
For questions and guest passes, please write Professor Linda Hughes at or (for "Socialist Aesthetics")

Also Upcoming:

"Utopias": 2-4 September 2015, University of Brighton, UK. Sponsored by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics. For more information see Send abstracts by April 17th to Bob Brecher:


Coming in 2015…

The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900
17 February-19 May 2013, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
A version of the Tate Britain exhibition, Fall 2012, with a second display, Pre-Raphaelites and the Book

Other Events in the US:

New Book:

History and Poetics in the Early Writings of William Morris, 1855–1870 by Florence Boos (October 2015) bookcover
To Build a Shadowy Isle of Bliss: William Morris's Radicalism and the Embodiment of Dreams. Edited by Michelle Weinroth and Paul Leduc Browne bookcover
Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England
by Maureen Meister
University Press of New England, 2014

An Original William Morris Broadside
by Stephen Lee-Davis
Printed on the original Kelmscott/Gaudy Press at RIT

The Broadside
Time and the Tapestry: A William Morris Adventure
by John Plotz
Bunker Hill Publishing, 2014

Time and the Tapestry Cover