The SCA (Stevengraph Collectors Association): what it is and why should I sign up?
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The Stevengraph Collectors Association was founded in 1954 in the USA by Lewis Smith and a number of other individuals who were interested in silk weavings produced in Coventry. The group was especially interested in the weavings of Thomas Stevens.
The purpose of the Association is to provide a forum for members to learn more about and to exchange information regarding Stevengraphs. Over the years, the SCA has compiled an informational archive regarding the history, origin, authenticity, availability and value of Stevengraphs. The Association maintains ties to the Herbert Museum in Coventry, the Macclesfield Silk Museum in the UK and the Lake County Museum in Illinois.
The SCA publishes a quarterly newsletter, SCA News, which contains information on rare finds, prices at recent sales, items of interest for sale or purchase by members, member activities and other information regarding items from silk weavers other than Stevens.
Occasional meetings are arranged with a guest speaker and giving the opportunity for members to mingle and ‘talk Stevengraphs’.
There are about 100 members worldwide. The size of member collections varies widely. Some members only own one or two Stevengraphs; others have collections of more than 100 designs, or may just collect silk woven postcards or just the colourful bookmarks.
Membership is currently £17.50 per year in the UK and $30 in the USA. There is no joining fee and application includes the last 4 editions of SCA News. Sample newsletters are sent for free. For more information, please use the contact page on this website.