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Welcome to the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive. In the 19th century, Texas artisans & artists created ceramics, furniture, textiles, metalworks, photographs, paintings, and works on paper in this growing region. Many significant and beautiful objects were produced, but far too little is known about these artists. Their lives, practices, and products are captured in the census records, city directories, newspapers and primary sources included in the Hill Archive.


Browse by category below, or search for a name or term, to learn more about these individuals and their work.


The William J. Hill Texas Artisans & Artists Archive is generously supported by Mr. William J. Hill and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


About our logo: The scroll on our masthead was inspired by the masterful carving on the wardrobe attributed to Johann Michael Jahn.


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