The Power of the Page
The museum holds the largest known collection of farrier, blacksmithing, and equine footcare-related literature in the world. This includes the most significant collection of Dr. William Russell books, and many first and introductory editions of other important works. Prior to the advent of modern technology and instruction techniques, publications were a primary mode of communication and information sharing. This publication collection includes thousands of books and magazines dating back to the early 18th century. Our collection also showcases the global impact of the farrier, with works in several languages including English, German, and Russian. Subject matters of our library range from catalog-type publications to instructional and philosophic works. Regardless of which book you may pick up to read, you are bound to find new pieces of information wherever you look.
Today, the most preeminent publication of the trade is the American Farriers Journal, of which the museum has a copy of every publication. The Journal was originally a print publication, but has modernized to include many forms of media for today’s farrier – web, video, podcasts, and more. As our information systems continue to evolve, publications like AFJ must work hard to ensure the trade is brought along, keeping the world accessible to new and young farriers.
Watch below for an introduction to the library by the museum founder.