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Glass 1959 Records, 1958-1961

Identifier: Series 01

Scope and Contents

Documentation pertaining to the Glass 1959 exhibition, including correspondence, exhibition design plans, object lists, press releases, sample forms, installation instructions, exibition reviews, sales summaries, and shipping statements. Researchers should note that this record series was damaged by the 1972 Hurricane Agnes Flood. Individual documents exhibit wrinkling, discoloration, smeared ink,lamination, and other signs of water damage. Researchers should wear nitrile gloves and an apron when working with these materials and limit their exposure to the records to two hours per day.


  • 1958-1961

Biographical / Historical

Glass 1959 was a contemporary glass exhibition undertaken by The Corning Museum of Glass in its early years. Its purpose was not only to present new techniques and ideas in table and decorative glass, but also to establish the impartiality of The Corning Museum of Glass in exhibiting and promoting contemporary art and design in glass. The exhibition ran from June 1 to September 15, 1959. It then traveled nationally to five different museums:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (November 19, 1959 - January 3, 1960)

The Toledo Museum of Art (January 29, 1960 - February 29, 1960)

The Art Institute of Chicago (April, 1960)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (September 23 - October 23)

Carnegie Institute (December 1, 1960 - January 29, 1961)


1.7 Linear Feet (1 Half Hollinger Box and 1 Flat Box)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

These records were damaged in the 1972 Agnes Hurricane Flood. Researchers should wear nitrile gloves and an apron, and limit exposure to the records to two hours per day. Documents are stained and fragile. Laminated records should not be pried apart.

Repository Details

Part of the Corning Museum of Glass Museum Archives Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA