The library consists of several branches: physical, digital and reprint and video.
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company maintains a growing library of antique and modern technical works and periodicals on shoemaking and related subjects. This is strictly a reference library -- titles do not circulate. It is currently being housed at the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives; and may be physically viewed by anyone who happens to be in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. The catalog of these titles may be consulted here. (the profile for the catalog is available here).
Looking toward the future library also accepts donations of non-duplicate texts and papers. Please contact the Guild Librarian:
Librarian of Special Collections and University Archives
The University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St.
Tulsa, OK 74104
Please specify "HCC Library" in the subject line.
Modest excerpts for personal research purposes may requested by Guild members through our Guild sitemaster or by contacting the Guild Librarian.
Digital Downloads The following full length books may be downloaded from this website free of charge.
The Guild Reprint Library The following titles may be obtained by contacting:
20 Lakeside Drive
Granby, CT 06035
The Art and Mystery of the Gentle Craft, being an essay of the Practice and Principles of Boot and Shoemaking, & Cutting, by John O’Sullivan, London, 1834.
Section XVI – Measuring and Obtaining Data from the Foot, by F.Y. Golding, London, 1935.
Section XII – Handsewn Bootmaking, H. Rollinson, London, 1935.
Pattern Cutting Made Easy: An Exhaustive Treatise on Scientific Designing, by Thomas Brophy, Dublin, 1889.
How to Bottom a Welted Shoe by Hand, Frank L. West, Tuskegee, AL, 1912.
Harness, USA, 1908.
Boot Making and Mending, Including Repairing, Lasting, and Finishing, by Paul N. Hasluck, London, 1895.
The Art of Boot and Shoemaking, by John Bedford Leno, London, 1895.
The Art and Mystery of a Cordwainer, by John F. Rees, London, 1813.
The Guide to Trade. The Shoemaker, by James Devlin, London, 1839.
Ross, Moyer Mfg. Co. – Shoe Machinery and Tools, Cincinnati, OH, 1884.
Black Jacks and Leather Bottells, Leather Drinking Vessels in England and Other Ancient Vessels, by Oliver Baker, London, 1921.
John Taylor & Son – Shoemakers Supply Catalog, London, 1902.
HCC Videos - Videos of Papers Presented at Past Gatherings of the Company. Available in VHS or DVD
Complete descriptions of each volume as well as ordering information may be obtained by clicking here for more information on HCC videos
Historic Shoemaking (58 min.), June Swann (former Keeper of the Shoe Collection for Northampton Central Museum, Northampton, England)
(1) Military Shoes, 1911-1915 (34 min.), Capt. Ernest W. Peterkin.
(2) Modern Manufacture, Pinnacles and Pitfalls (35 min.), Larry Waller.
Anatomy of Archaelogical Shoes (66 min.), Al Saguto.
(1) Conducting a Shoemaking Workshop (46 min.) Peter Oakley.
(2) Operating a Successful Shoemaking Shop (37 min.) Dan Freeman.
(1) US Army Bootee, 1861-1865 (37 min.), Capt. Ernest W. Peterkin.
(2) Shoemakers at Work, 1474-1877 (40 min.), Al Saguto.
(1) Shoemaking By The Book (38 min.), Al Saguto.
(2) Hessian, Hussar, Hungarian Boots (33 min.), June Swann.
(3) The Leather and Tanning Museums of France (19 min.), Rene Hackstetter.
Making a 19th Century Peg Shoe (70 min.) Peter Oakley.
(1) Shoes from Columbus to the Present (45 min.), June Swann.
(2) The Shoemaking Industry in Early 19th Century Massachusetts (25 min.)
(3) A Look at Two 18th Century Shoemakers (20 min.), Paul Lurk.
(1) Shoemaking From Historical Sources: Preserving a Process as an Artifact (45 min.), Al Saguto.
(2) A visit to the shoe shop at Plimoth Plantation, Rusty Moore.
(3) Military Accouterments of the 40th Regiment of Grenadiers (30 min.)
(1) Double Channel English-Style Top Boots (49 min.), Kenneth Treese.
(2) 18th c. Footwear, Shoemaking Tools, & Devices (35 min.), Al Saguto, Master Shoemaker, Colonial Williamsburg
(3) Cordwainer's Shoe Collection (24 min.), Al Saguto
(1) 18th Century Apprenticeship (25 min.), Harold Gill. Historian (ret.), Historic Trades Department, Colonial Williamsburg, 1961-1991
(2) Reproducing 18th Century Shoemaking Tools (56 min.), Peter Ross. Master Blacksmith, Colonial Williamsburg
(3) Shoemakers of New Hampshire (26 min.), Bruce Graham
(4) William Asadorian Archaeological Footwear Collection (17 min.) Al Saguto, Master Shoemaker, Colonial Williamsburg
(1) The Ubiquitous Shoe Last: A Look at Lasts Old & New (42 min.), Al Saguto, Master Shoemaker, Colonial Williamsburg, and Dan Freeman, custom shoe/boot maker
(2) Critique of Simple Shoemaking Techniques (29 min), Sharon Raymond
(1) This Old Shoe (22 min.), Donna Albergotti
(2) So You Want to Make Shoes For a Living (38 min.), Bruce Graham
(3) Living History, Hand Shoemaking in Ecuador (15 min.), Dan Freeman
Crimping the Full Wellington Boot (60 Min.) D. W. Frommer II.
(1) Waxed Ends using inexpensive nylon line for a bristle and dacron polyester thread, D. W. Frommer II (12 min.)
(2) The Smallest Shoes from the Museums of Europe, Alzbeta Kolcunova (38 min.)
(1) Tour of the Walrus Shoe Factory, Larry Waller (30 min.)
(2) Experiences of a London Shoe Maker, Peter Schweiger (28 min.)
Making Classic 60s Style Sandals, (60 Min.) John Bailey
Boot Inseaming, (54 Min.)Jake Dobbins
Practical Pattern Making, (80 min.) Frank Jones, Director-Noble Footwear, Lancashire, Great Britain
Making Orthotics, Dick Anderson
(1) Digging Old Shoes (37 min.) Al Saguto
(2) Handmade Books (23 min.) Bruce Graham
Patterning Uppers (42 min.) Dan Freeman, Master Shoemaker
(1) New Solutions for Simple shoemaking (35 min.) Sharon Raymond
(2) Making Fashion Shoes (12 min.) Ellen Hess
Hand Sewing an Outsole, (60 Min.) Jake Dobbins
Mediaeval Shoes (60 min.) Marc Carlson
Making an Awl Blade Dick Anderson(60 Min.)
(1) Hoisting (45 min.) Dan Freeman.
(2) Archaeological Shoes from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection and Old Philadelphia (45 min.) Val Povinelli.
(1) Custom Lastmaking by the STS Sock Method (45 min.) Glen Leasure
(2) Walking in Big Ben’s Shoes: Reproducing a mid-19th Century Slave’s Shoes (46 min.) Paul Lurk
(1) How to do Hand Sharpening of your tools, Dick Anderson (16 min.)
(2) Bootmaking as a Business, Lisa Sorrell (39 min.
Use Of Adhesives, David Ulan (55 min.)
(2) Creating a Meanform by Rubber Cementing Canvas to a Last - Sharlot Battin (25 min.)
(1) Lasting a One-Piece Upper - Dan Freeman (8 min.)
Quest for Shoes, Georgene McKim (1:14 mins)
(1) CAD Pattern Making (40:00) Rick Roman
(2) From Manufacturing to Teaching the Trade (39:00) Frank Jones
(1) Concealed Shoes in Massachusetts (23:00) Bruce Graham
(2) The HCC Library (36:16) Marc Carlson, the HCC Librarian
(1) Sneaky Tricks for Women's Shoes - Gerogene McKim (50:30)
(2) Knife and Awl Sharpening - Dick Anderson (12:00)
(3) English Shoemakers -Zoé Rios (5:20)
(1) Thread Preparation for Boot & Shoemaking (25:07) Nasser Vies
(2) Inlay Techniques (24:33) Lisa Sorrell
(3) Pull-up holes for Boots (26:52) D. W. Frommer II
Pegging 101 (1:06) Peter Oakley
(1) Creating a Mean Form by Rubber Cementing Canvas to a Last (54 min.) Sharlot Battin
(2) Shoes For Shows (27:00) Sharlot Battin
(1) Where’s My Hammer (21:00) Marc Carlson
(2) Taping a Last to Obtain a Mean Form (13:00) Nasser Vies
(3) Making Hand Sewing Wax (7:00) Nasser Vies
(4) Pattern Making Tricks and Ideas (16:43) Dan Freeman
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