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Salon in the Louis Quinze Style
Salon in the Louis Quinze Style, hand-colored lithograph, H. W. and A. Arrowsmith,The House Decorator and Painter’s Guide, 1840.
In this early Rococo Revival style interior, panels are to be finished with flocked wallpaper or silk damask and vignettes are to be painted in imitation of Sèvres porcelain.
The library has played a key role since Historic Hudson Valley’s founding as Sleepy Hollow Restorations in 1951. Its strong historical collections of manuscripts, maps, prints, and rare books are complemented by contemporary holdings in the areas of history, architecture, fine art, decorative art, and horticulture.

Containing over 2,000 volumes, the library’s rare book collection is a rich resource. The collection can be divided into two major categories. The first includes books once owned or created by the people whose lives are interpreted at Historic Hudson Valley’s museum properties—members of the Van Cortlandt, Irving, and Montgomery-Livingston-Delafield families. Holdings in the areas of horticulture and garden design, classic literature, military history, early American history, and heraldry are strongly represented. In addition to the rare books tied directly to the museum’s properties, Historic Hudson Valley’s librarians have acquired volumes that support the museum’s dual mission of preservation and education. Concentrations in this category include architectural pattern and advice books; books on domestic life, cookery, and garden design; books on arts and mechanics; Hudson River travel accounts; and New York histories, all dating from the 19th century or earlier.

Through acquisition, research, and reference, Historic Hudson Valley’s Library supports the organization’s commitment to the restoration, preservation, interpretation, and promotion of historic landmarks in the Hudson River Valley.


President Waddell Stillman
on Historic Hudson Valley’s Library