I came across this story from the Asheville, NC Citizen-Times newspaper, and I'm pretty excited. It seems that Western Carolina University is creating a database with 100s of photos, brochures, and other digital information about the history of crafts in Western North Carolina. Starting on September 1st, you'll be able to see a digital archive of articles, letters, and photos about craft-related items dating from 1895 – 1945, a very big period of revival for crafts in the United States.
For those of you looking to get started in a crafting business, and are not really sure what types of crafts to focus on, this new site could give you some great ideas. Remember… sometimes what is old becomes new again. You can take a look at some of the crafts that were popular 50 – 100 years ago, and put a new twist on them. This could be a great way to find your crafting niche!