Publications of the Center for Bead Research

One of the three founding members of the Society of Bead Researchers, Peter Francis, Jr., was an avid researcher who operated the Center for Bead Research (CBR) in Lake Placid, New York, until his untimely death in 2002. The Center produced several publication series, including The World of Beads Monograph Series, Occasional Papers of the Center for Bead Research, Contributions of the Center for Bead Research, and the Beads and People Series. Since the titles in these series are not readily available and contain much useful information, PDFs of them are provided below. Thanks to Lorann S. Pendleton and Diana Rosenthal-Roberson of the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, with a minor assist from Karlis Karklins, for providing them.

The CBR also produced a newsletter, The Margaretologist, which contains articles and notes concerning various aspects of bead research around the world. PDFs of all the issues are available at The Bead Site.

Peter also published widely in other outlets. His principal works are listed in this select bibliography.

The World of Beads Monograph Series

The Story of
Venetian Beads

No. 1. 1979

The Czech Bead Story

No. 2. 1979

A Short Dictionary of
Bead Terms and Types

No. 4. 1979

A Handbook of
Bead Materials

No. 5. 1982

Indian Agate Beads

No. 6. 1982

The Bead Dictionary

No. 9. 1989

Occasional Papers of the Center for Bead Research

Contributions of the Center for Bead Research

Report on the Beads from Reese Bay, Unalaska Island, Alaska, Excavated from a Longhouse in 1986 by Jean S. Aigner of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks

No. 1. 1987

Report on the Beads from Nishapur, Iran, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Obtained from the Museum’s Excavations under Charles K. Wilkinson

No. 2. 1987

Preliminary Report on the Beads from Siraf, Iran,
in the Department of Oriental Antiquities, British Museum

No. 3. 1988

Heirloom and Ethnographically Collected Beads
in Southeast Asia

No. 6. 1989

Beads and People Series

Workshop Handbooks

Miscellaneous