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Charles B. Joslin Journal and Account Book

 Collection — Box: 01
Identifier: MS-0220

Scope and Contents

The Charles B. Joslin Journal and Account Book consists of one volume that intermittently documents Joslin’s travels, work, purchases, and accounts payable and receivable. Of primary interest to glass researchers are his notes about his work in various glass factories, including Redwood Glassworks (Jamesville, New York), New Hampshire Glass Factory (Keene, New Hampshire), Lake Dunmore Glass Company (Salisbury, Vermont), and Mount Morris Glass Factory (Mount Morris, New York), some of which provide details about the blowing of cylinders for flat glass production. Researchers will also find accounts of the various economic activities of the Joslin family, including wood hauling, dairying, and renting rooms in their home. Store purchases of items such as candles, calico, pork, coffee, soap, and other household items are also noted. At the back of the journal are recipes for two cakes (including a “Bride’s Loaf) and cough, rheumatism, and scrofula remedies.

The journal also contains several lists and accounts entered much later, between 1955 and 1961, seemingly by Charles B. Dodge. Dodge’s relationship to the Joslin family is unknown.


  • 1832-1961
  • Majority of material found within 1832-1843


Language of Materials

Collection 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

Charles B. Joslin was an American glass and ceramics worker who found employment in several factories in New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont between 1832 and 1843. Documentation indicates that Joslin blew glass cylinders, filled the "sand oven," kept watch over the furnace, and performed other duties at Redwood Glassworks (Jamesville, New York), New Hampshire Glass Factory (Keene, New Hampshire), Lake Dunmore Glass Company (Salisbury, Vermont), and Mount Morris Glass Factory (Mount Morris, New York). He also engaged in "clay work" while residing in Mount Morris.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Researchers should use care when turning the pages of the journal, as some pages and signatures are coming loose from the binding.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Dan Casavant Rare Books in 2019. Accession 2019.014

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2019.

Charles B. Joslin Journal and Account Book, 1832-1961
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
October 31, 2019
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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