University Libraries

The Helen W. Drutt English
Book Collection

Welcome to the Helen W. Drutt English Book Collection online preview. This is a sampling of the private collection of Helen Williams Drutt English, who received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art (now Tyler School of Art and Architecture) in 1952. Over the course of her distinguished career in the art world, Drutt has gathered together a vast array of books, catalogues, images, and ephemera documenting the history of modern and contemporary craft. These materials capture an important part of international art and cultural history. Drutt’s extensive archive and library have been an invaluable resource to artists, scholars, curators, and institutions around the world.

I’m thrilled that my collection will be of service to current and future faculty and students of Tyler as well as the broad range of disciplines across Temple.​
Helen W. Drutt English
TYL ‘52

Temple University Libraries is proud to celebrate this collection by highlighting some of the over 300 volumes of Drutt’s personal library that have recently been donated to Temple Libraries. This collection also includes several volumes belonging to her late husband, Maurice English, who was the first director of Temple University Press (founded 1969). These titles will soon be made available to Temple students and faculty and non-Temple affiliated users as well when they are placed in our circulating collections. Drutt has promised the entirety of her library to Temple Libraries. The rest of her archives will be donated to the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

We invite you to explore the selected materials here on this site or to visit our physical display on the fourth floor of Charles Library. After viewing, read more about Drutt and her gift on Tyler’s website.

Banner photo from Encounters: Jewellery 1997-2003 by David Watkins; book display photos by Joseph V. Labolito for Temple University