The Amelung Excavation Papers are arranged into 5 series:
Series I. Records of the Amelung Excavation
This series contains the records of the excavation project. These include the original research proposal, a project daybook covering the period from October 1962 to October 1963, and two notebooks, that contain correspondence, receipts, invoices, notes and other documents produced by the archaeological team. There are also two cassette tapes and a reel-to-reel tape, all containing the same content.
Series II. Background Reseach Materials
This series contains both primary and secondary resource material about John F. Amelung, the Amelung family and Amelung glasshouse, as well as glass production in general during the late eighteenth century. Primary sources include copies and transcriptions of contemporary newspapers, as well as a copy of the pamphlet, “Remarks on Manufacturers, Principally on the New-Established Glass-House near Frederick-town, in the State of Maryland,” by John F. Amelung. Secondary materials include research notes taken by researchers as well as copies from published sources.
Series III. Ivor Noël Hume's Reports about the Excavation
This series includes three typewritten reports about the project, written by Ivor Noël Hume between 1962 and 1964. Most significantly, a draft of Noël Hume’s final report on the project, entitled “Archaeological Excavations on the Site of John Frederick Amelung’s New Bremen Glass Manufactory, 1962-1963,” which includes background information about the project, the site and Amelung’s glass, as well as an account and archaeological analysis of the excavation and its findings, which includes a table of contents and subject index. Please note that this draft lacks the illustrations included in the final report. However, the library holds microfilm of final and preliminary versions of this report (with images), while additional versions of the report, with some illustrations, can be found in the Dwight P. Lanmon Papers. Finally, some of the images from the report are included in this collection in Series V: Photographs. The other reports in this series are much briefer, prepared for publication in "Antiques and Archaeology." Finally, the series includes a list of artifacts recovered from the site, drawn up by Noël Hume in 1975.
Series IV. Published Articles about the Excavation
This series contains a variety of contemporary articles describing the excavation project. The majority appeared in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area newspapers during 1962-63, although there are also two articles which appeared in the "Corning Gaffer," a publication of the Corning Glass Works, in Corning, NY.
Series V. Photographs
This series is arranged by subject and includes photographs of the excavation site before work began and snapshots of the excavation in progress, as well as those documenting the discovery of artifacts, and of the artifacts themselves. Many of these photographs were included in the project’s final report and for publication in “Archaeological Excavations on the Site of John Frederick Amelung’s New Bremen Glass Manufactory,” by Ivor Noël Hume, which appeared in the "Journal of Glass Studies" (v. 18, 1976) and as a chapter in "John Frederick Amelung: Early American Glassmaker," by Dwight P. Lanmon et al. (Corning: Corning Museum of Glass, 1990). Finally, there are a few photos of plans of the site, and several of related subjects, including the Great Seal of the US tumbler, also used in these publications.
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