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Spratling Reference Materials

  • The Alaska Sunday Press  "Spratling Ivory-Metal Craft Exhibit to be Shown Tomorrow"  October 2, 1949

  • American Federation of Arts, Mexican Arts  1930 - 1931

  • Anderson, Elizabeth and Kelly, Gerald, Miss Elizabeth Little Brown and Company 1969
  • Architectural Digest, "William Spratling Collection" Winter 1965 pp110-113. Discussion and photographs of Spratling’s Pre-Columbian artifacts
  • Artes de Mexico, "A Close-up of Taxco" No 5 1989 pp 81-96
  • Artes de Mexico, "Las Formas del Metal" 1990 Especial pp 37-39
  • Atchison, Sandra, "A Bohemian’s Mexican Silver Legacy" Business Week June 6, 1944 p 122
  • Atl, Dr., God Almightly in Mexico Translated by William Spratling
  • Barnes, Vivien Ruth, "Alumnus of the Month"  The Auburn Alumnews June 1946,
  • Bass Museum of Art, Mid Century Design 1985. Catalogue of exhibit
  • Battersby, Martin, "Art Deco Jewelry" Architectural Digest November/December 1976 pp 144-148
  • Behr, Rocky, "Lined with Silver" Las Noticias August, September, October 1993 pp 1,4
  • Benjamin, Robert Spiers, "Eskimos Down South" Americas September 1949
  • Birmingham Museum of Art, The World of William Spratling 1965, Booklet from museum exhibit
  • Bloomgarden, Richard The Easy Guide to Taxco and Environs 1979
  • Bowman, Heath and Dickinson, Stirling, Mexican Odyssey Willet, Clark & Co. 1935
  • Brenner, Anita, Your Mexican Holiday, A Modern Guide G.P. Putnam’s Sons 1932
  • Brown, C.J. "Silver Magic" Mexico Travel 1988 pp 13-15
  • Castrejon, Jaime, William Spratling. Booklet of archeological artifact photos, pictures of silver, of Spratling, etc.
  • Cederwall, Sandraline and Riney, Hal, Spratling Silver Chronicle Books, 1990. Introduction by Barnaby Conrad. Pictorial volume includes hallmarks of each piece in addition to a hallmark chronology
  • Cederwall, Sandraline and Riney, Hal, Spratling Silver Centennial Edition, Chronicle Books 2000  Expanded and updated edition with twenty three new full page photographs.  (Three pages of photos from the first edition have been deleted).
  • Chan, Barba Beatriz de Pina, "La Joyeria Mexicana" Artes de Mexico No. 165 pp 5-48
  • Chase, Stuart, Mexico Macmillan Company 1931
  • Clark, Sidney, All the Best in Mexico  Dodd, Mead & Company 1953  pp 210-211
  • Cohn, Gunther, "Plata Mexicana, The 20th Century Revival" West Coast Peddler August 1992 pp 23-32
  • Colburn, Forrest, "Silversmith Maestro Thomas Vega" Ornament (18) 1 1994 pp 34-37
  • Covarrubias, Miguel, Mezcala with Notes by William Spratling  Wittenborn and Company New York 1956
  • Davidoff, Karen, Mexican Silver Jewelry: The American School 1930-1960 1985. Catalog of exhibition. Photos of silver pieces by major Mexican silversmiths
  • Davis, Mary and Pack, Greta, Mexican Jewelry University of Texas Press 1963. Book about Mexican jewelry from colonial times to present. Photographs and hallmarks
  • Day, MIchael  "Mexico, City of Silver"  Popular Mechanics Magazine June 1952  pp 120-124. 220
  • Dektar, Joan, "California’s Mary Loos, QA Keeper of the Flame" Los Angeles Times Homes Magazine April 10, 1977 pp 24-27
  • Deutsch, Hermann, "Ex-TU Instructor Gets Auburn Degree" United States Item December 17, 1962
  • DiNoto, Andrea and Cashion, Cathy, Trash or Treasure? Tree Communication, Inc. 1977. Price guide. One Spratling pin
  • Don Guillermo Spratling December 1996
  • Duncan, Alastair, American Art Deco Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1986
  • Duncan, Robert David, "William Spratling's Mexican World" Texas Quarterly Spring 1966
  • El Departamento de Arquitectura de INBA, El Arte en la Vida Diaria: Exposicion de Objetos de Buen Diseño Hechos en Mexico  1952
  • Ellsberg, Helen, "Spratling Silver"  The Western Collector August 1969
  • Ellsberg, Helen, "Spratling Silver" Metropolitan Home 1988
  • Enciso, Jorge, Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico Dover Publications, Inc. 1947
  • Enciso, Jorge, Deisgns from Pre-Columbian Mexico  Dover Publications, Inc. 1971
  • Eppen, Joan, "Mexican Silver" L.A. Bead Society Newsletter March 1995 pp 10-11
  • Figueroa, Leslie C. de, Stuffed Shirt in Taxco Taxco School of Art 1961
  • Figueroa, Leslie C. de, Taxco, Mexico’s Silver City University Press 1947
  • Forcum, Edward, "William SpratlingDesign and Style" Modernism, The LA Show 1991 pp 7-9
  • Ford News, "Adventure in Craftsmanship" December 1940
  • Forman, Chan, "A Visit to Taxco's Genius"  Chicago Sun-Times  May 5, 1963
  • Foscue, Edwin J., Taxco Mexico’s Silver City University Press 1947. Book about Taxco. Includes a photograph of the interior of Spratling’s shop
  • Foundation Europalia 93, Mexican Silver 1987
  • Fox, Lorna Scott, "Three Different Artists, Three Distinct Visions" Mexico City News February 22, 1987 pp 17-20. Catalog of exhibit in Belgium. Includes many photos of Spratling designs
  • Fundacion Cultural Televisia, Spratling 1987. Catalog of the exhibit held in February 1987 in Mexico City. Written in Spanish. Many photos
  • Fundacion Cultural Televisia, William Spratling Folio of Drawings 1987
  • Fusco, Tony, The Confident Collector "Mexican Silver Jewelry" by Berk and Morrill  pp 252-262
  • Galbraith, Bessie, "The Plateros of Taxco" Town & Country November 1980 pp 288-292
  • Garcia-Noriega Nieto, Lucia, "Mexican Silver: William Spratling and the Taxco Style" The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts Fall 1988 pp 42-53. Folio of jewelry, flatware, and hollowware designs 
  • Goddard, Dan R., "Spratling's Jewelry Created Opportunity, Too"  San Antonio Express-News  December 19, 2002
  • Gonzalez, Alexandra, "Lockruf des Silbers" Architectural Digest (German) Februar/Marz 2000  pp 40-44
  • Gordon, Leah, "William Spratling"  Antiques and the Arts Weekly  July 31, 1998 p.92
  • Greenhaw, Wayne, "Auburn Man, Mexican Hero" Alabama Magazine December 1985 pp 16-17
  • Greenhaw, Wayne, My Heart is in the Earth River City Publishing 2001
  • Greenhaw, Wayne, "William Spratling"  Alabama Heritage  Winter 2001 pp 28-37
  • Hammond, Ralph, Personal Encounters  Livingston Press 2001
  • Heydn, Doris, "Jewels for Alaskans" Pemex Travel Club Bulletin May 1, 1949 p2
  • Hobart, Lois, "The New Colonialists" Arizona Highways October 1972 p 14
  • Hougart, Bille, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks TBR International 2001
  • Huelsing, Kristi, "Bold Mexican Silver" Traditional Home November 1995 pp 42-44
  • International Design Annual: Idea 1955 Wittenborn 1955 #246
  • Kelly, Gerald R., Spratling Silver in Taxco 1988. Booklet written in Spanish prepared for the Mexico City exhibition in 1988. Photographs and drawings of Spratling pieces
  • Kuchinskas, Susan, "Chips off the Old Block" Worth October 1994 pp 130-132
  • La Platería Mexicana, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia 1994  pp 118-121, 124
  • Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Design 1935 – 1965 What Modern Was Harry N. Abrams 1991. Features art works and artists representative of the "modern style."
  • Life, "Industries"  February 24, 1947
  • Littleton, Taylor D., William Spratling: His life and Art  Louisiana State University Press  2000
  • Macedo, Luis Ortiz, "Las Plazas y sus Fuentes" Artes de Mexico No. 5 1989 pp 59-71
  • Mark, Joan, The Silver Gringo: William Spratling and Taxco  University of New Mexico Press  2000
  • McDonough, Michael, "William Spratling: Sterling Star" Metropolitan Home April 1991 p 74
  • McEvoy, J.P., "Silver Bill, Practical Good Neighbor" Reader’s Digest September 1945. Article formed the basis of the film "Man from New Orleans" 1949
  • McMenamin, Donna, Popular Arts of Mexico 1850 – 1950 Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 1996
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mexico, Splendors of Thirty Centuries Bulfinch Press 1990
  • Mexican Arts, Catalogue of an Exhibition Organized and Circulated by The American Federation of Arts  1930-1931
  • Mexico D.F. "Mexican Flat Silverware Is Striking - and Useful"  December 7, 1952
  • Montgomery Ward, The Christmas Book 1943 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalog. Has five pages (including cover) of Spratling merchandise for sale
  • Morrill, Penny Chittim, Hecho En Mexico 1990. Descriptive text about various designers with photos of their works
  • Morrill, Penny Chittim, and Berk, Carole, Mexican Silver Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 1994. Comprehensive discussion of contemporary Mexican silver industry and descriptions of specific designers’ works. Many objects are pictured.
  • Morrill, Penny Chittim, "William Spratling, A Lustrous Life"  Modernism Magazine  Winter 2000-1 Volume 3  Number 4
  • Morrill, Penny Chittim, Silver Masters of Mexico Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 1996
  • Morrill, Penny Chittim, "Spratling/Silson Jewelry" Silver Magazine March/April 1995 pp 12-14
  • Morrill, Penny Chittim, "Mexican Silver: William Spratling and the Revolutionary Aesthetic."  AmericanAntiques.com 2001
  • Morrill, Penny Chittim, "Defining William Spratling" Ornament Autumn 2002
  • Morrill, Penny Chittim, "Several Spratling Marks Revisited" Silver Magazine March/April 2003  pp 32 - 37
  • Morrill, Penny C. et al, William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance Harry C. Abrams, Inc. in association with the San Antonio Museum of Art  2002
  • Morrow, Elizabeth, Casa Mañana Spiral Press 1932
  • Museo Nacional de Artes e Industrias Populares, Mexican Silverwork 1952. Booklet discusses the development of the silver industry from its PreColumbian beginnings. Photos.
  • Norman, James, A Shopper’s Guide to Mexico Dolphin Books 1959, 1966. Book includes background and heritage of Mexican arts and crafts
  • Nosotros, "Taxco Ahonda en se Mismo al Progresar" July 29, 1944 pp 51-60
  • Oles, James, South of the Border, Mexico in the American Imagination 1914 – 1917 Smithsonian Institution Press 1993. Catalog from exhibit at Yale University.
  • Otis Art Center, "Inventory of Spratling Exhibit" 1965
  • Pamfiloff, Sheila, "Taxco Silver Jewelry: A Monument to a Vision"  Vintage Summer 2000  pp2 - 5, 7
  • Peregrine Galleries, Taxco Silver Designers 1930 – 1950 1992
  • Pearson, Ann, "Spratling was an Auburn Man of Many Hats" Auburn Bulletin August 31, 1980.
  • Pearson, Ann, "Silver Bill Follows His Dream Down Mexico Way" Auburn Bulletin September 7, 1980.
  • Phillips, Henry Albert, New Designs for Old Mexico Robert M. McBride and Company 1939. Book about touring Mexico. Includes a description of Spratling and his studio
  • Pyle, Ernie, "The Life of Reilly as Exemplified by an Expatriate Esthete in Mexico: An Alabaman Finds Life Good in Taxco"  Scripps Howard Newspapers  April 16, 1935
  • Reed, John Shelton, "The Man from New Orleans"  Oxford American Issue 36, November/December 2000
  • Rohter, Larry, "In Mexico, Spratling Means Silver" New York Times December 17, 1987 pp 21-23
  • Romero, Christie, Warman’s Jewelry Wallace-Homestead 1995. Price guide with good background on the Mexican silver industry. Some photos of Spratling pieces
  • Romero, Christie, Warman's Jewelry 2nd Edition   Krause Publications  1998
  • Romero, Christie, "William Spratling and the Taxco School: Mexican Silver Jewelry" Jewelers’ Circular – Keystone March 1993 pp 68-75
  • Romero, Pepe, My Mexico City and Yours Dolphin Books 1962
  • Russell, Candice, "An Art of Vibrant Expression" Sky Magazine December 1990 pp 26-36
  • School Arts, "Jewelry: William Spratling"  November 1951
  • Schwartz, Ed, "Mexican Silver: Its Time to Shine" Antiques West May 1992 pp 3-4
  • Schwartz, Ed, "Pay Attention to Dillingham, or Who is Tarnishing Silver?" Antiques West 1994
  • Schiffer, Nancy N., Silver Jewelry Designs Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 1996. One section of the book is about Mexican silver jewelry and evaluates it as "good, better, best." Many photos
  • Scott, Natalie V., 200 Years of New Orleans Cooking Decorations by William Spratling  Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith 1931
  • Scott, Natalie V., Your Mexican Kitchen With a Forward by William Spratling  G P Putnam's Sons New York 1935
  • Shipway, Verna Cook and Shipway, Warren, The Mexican House, Old New Architectural Book Publishing Co., Inc. 1960
  • Shipway, Verna Cook and Shipway, Warren, Mexican Interiors Architectural Book Publishing Co., Inc. 1962
  • Spratling, William and Scott, Natalie Vivian, Old Plantation Houses in Louisiana  William Helburn Inc.  1927
  • Spratling, William, Pencil Drawing The Penguin Book Shop  New Orleans  1923
  • Spratling, William, Picturesque New Orleans Tulane University Press 1923
  • Spratling, William, File on Spratling Little Brown & Co. 1967. Autobiography published after Spratling’s death. Includes drawings by Spratling
  • Spratling, William, A Small Mexican World Little Brown & Co. 1964. Spratling’s description of Mexican life originally published as Little Mexico by Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith in 1932. Drawings by Spratling and forward by Diego Rivera.
  • Spratling, William, More Human than Divine Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico 1960. A book of photographs of the Remojadas of Vera Cruz
  • Spratling, William and Faulkner, William, Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles University of Texas Press 1966, Spratling’s caricatures of his and Faulkner’s friends from their New Orleans days
  • Spratling, William, Little Mexico Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith 1932. Description of Mexican life. Forward by Diego Rivera. Drawings by Spratling
  • Spratling, William, Fine Mexican Silver, Revised List 1944 – 1945. Sales catalog
  • Spratling, William, "Indo-Hispanic Mexico: I  Some Notes on the Manner in Which Indian Form and Impulse has Persisted and Continued Through an Imposed Culture."  Architecture February 1929  pp 75 - 80
  • Spratling, William, "Indo-Hispanic Mexico: II  Some Notes on the Manner in Which Indian Form and Impulse has Persisted and Continued Through an Imposed Culture."  Architecture  March 1929  pp 139 - 144
  • Spratling, William, "The True Color of Silver is White" Mexico This Month 1956 pp 22-28
  • Spratling, William, "Five Studies of Cane River Characters from the Sketch-Book of William Spratling" Scribner’s Magazine, Volume 83, Jan. – June 1928 pp 410-418
  • Spratling, William, "Silver City of the Clouds" Travel Magazine July 1929 pp 22-23
  • Spratling, William, "Figures in a Mexican Renaissance"  Scribners   pp 14-21
  • Spratling, William, "Flight to the North Star"  Flying   March 1950
  • Spratling, William, "25 Anos de Plateria Moderna" Artes de Mexico December 1955 pp 61-90
  • Spratling, William, "Concerning JADE in America"  Intercambio   August 31, 1959
  • Spratling, William, Guerrero: "Presence of the Past"  Intercambio    November 1962
  • Spratling, William, "Modern Mexican Silversmithing" Mexican Art & Life July 1938 last 3 pages
  • Spratling, William, "Mansions of the Conquistadors" Travel Magazine August 1929 pp 28-31+
  • Spratling, William, "The Expressive Pencil"  Pencil Points June 1929 pp 365, 366, 371, 372
  • Spratling, William, MÉXICO tras lomita  Editorial Diana, Mexico  1991
  • Stephenson, William, "Master Silversmith of Mexico" Coronet Magazine August 1947 pp 40-43
  • Stromberg, Gobi, The Marketing and Production of Innovation: The Taxco Silver Industry 1976
  • Stromberg, Gobi, El Juego del Coyote: Plateria y Arte en Taxco Fondo de Cultura Economica 1985. Book in Spanish about development and practices of silver manufacturing in Taxco
  • Tibol, Raquel, "David Alfaro Siquerios en Taxco" Artes de Mexico No 5 1989 pp 76-79
  • The Times Picayune New Orleans States Magazine, "He’s Teaching Eskimos in Mexico" June 5, 1949 p 5-6
  • Tiempo "Esquimales en Tasco"  March 11, 1949
  • Time Magazine, "Fiesta at Taxco" July 7, 1942 p 26
  • Toor, Frances, Frances Toor's Motorist Guide to Mexico  Frances Toor Studios 1938
  • Toor, Frances, Frances Toor's New Guide to Mexico  Crown Publishers 1946
  • Toor, Frances, A Treasury of Mexican Folkways Crown Publishers 1947
  • Tucson Museum of Art, Reflections: Precolumbian Inspiration in Mexican Silver Design, 1930 - 1970  Tucson Museum of Art 1999  Exhibit catalog.
  • Warner Brothers, Man from New Orleans  Film 1946
  • Wick, Ted, "Ted Wick in Taxco" The Mexico City News September 14, 1986 p 18
  • Wolf, Toni Lesser, "Silver Bill, William Spratling Creator of Modern Taxco Silver" Metalsmith Winter 1991 pp 30-35
  • Wolfe, Lisa, "William Spratling: One of Auburn's Best Kept Secrets" The Auburn Alumnews November-December 1990

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