Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Jacob Rohland Pattern Book, 1815

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, April 1998

Summary Information
Title: Jacob Rohland pattern book
Creator: Rohland, Jacob
Inclusive dates: 1815
Extent: 133 pages
The Jacob Rohland pattern book is a collection of over 100 patterns for textile weaving.
Language: The material is in German
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1998. M-3444.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Jacob Rohland Pattern Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Weaving was truly a cottage industry in Lebanon County, Pa., during the early 19th century. Itinerants traversed the county, setting up looms in private residences as needed to manufacture textiles on site, and some individuals supported looms in their own homes to produce for home consumption or resale. A German settler in the county, Jacob Rohland owned a book containing textiles patterns, presumably to aid him in weaving and perhaps to act as a sample book for potential customers.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Jacob Rohland pattern book contains over 100 patterns for textile weaving. These reflect a range of popular folk designs, ranging from simple geometrical motifs to more complex representations of birds, houses, or flowers. Each pattern is accompanied by the tersest of notes in Rohland's hand, such as "diese gibt eine über aus schön arbeit."

The notes are written exclusively in old-script German, with the exception of an extremely brief note in a later hand written in Hebraic script.

Subject Terms

    • Germans.
    • Pattern books.
    • Pennsylvania.
    • Textile fabrics.
    • Weavers.
    Genre Terms:
    • Pattern books.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Jacob Rohland pattern book,  1815 [series]