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Mantua Glassworks Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0113

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two separate items: 1) an account ledger for a general storekeeper or merchant named Dudley Williams and 2) a set of legal documents from the 1820s relating to the Mantua Glassworks. The ledger spans the period 1802-1830. In 1820, Dudley Williams moved to Franklin (now Kent), Ohio, possibly from New Jersey. The legal documents involve glassblower Jonathan Tinker, glassworks founder David Ladd, and several other partners.

Researchers will find a wealth of information in the ledger describing various transactions that often involved using spirits, such as brandy or cider, as a form of payment. The ledger contains transactions between Dudley Williams and David Ladd, as well as Jonathan Tinker. According to noted glass historian Harry Hall White, David Ladd operated Mantua Glassworks from December 1821 to the summer of 1823, with Jonathan Tinker as his glassblower. In 1823, Ladd relocated to Franklin, where Dudley Williams had moved just three years prior. For the next five years (1823-1828), Tinker and four other individuals continued making glass in Mantua. The legal documents in the collection illustrate the problems that evolved between Jonathan Tinker and his partners: William and Joseph Skinner, Joel Scovill, and Samuel Jones. The collection includes court subpoenas, witness statements, rulings, and other court records.


  • 1802-1835


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Mantua Glassworks was located in Mantua, Ohio, and produced glass bottles in the 1820s. The business was started by David Ladd and glassblower Jonathan Tinker in 1821. Ladd relocated in 1823 and the glassworks was operated by various individuals for the next few years. In 1829, glass production ceased.


Harry Hall White, “The Story of the Mantua Glass Works: Part I. Quest and Quarry,” _Antiques_ 26 (July 1935), 212-216.


3.0 Linear Feet (2 flat boxes )

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Documents in Box 1 are fragile. Please handle with care.

Ledger in Box 2 is also fragile. The Ledger also contains a number of folded material laid between pages. Researchers are asked to return folded material to the original location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Thomas A. Cox in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Joe Schill.

Mantua Glassworks Collection, 1802-1835
A Guide to the Collection
Joe Schill
October 14, 2019
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

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