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George J. LaDue Collection

Identifier: MS-0086

Scope and Contents

This small collection contains a hodgepodge of documents related to George J. LaDue's work in the glass trade in late 19th century America. Of most interest is his apprenticeship indenture contract, which bound LaDue to learn the "art, trade, and mystery of a Hollow Glass Ware Blower" at Poughkeepsie Glass Works from 1890 to 1895. Correspondence from the company to his father reveals that LaDue was considered a good apprentice but was once suspected of malingering to avoid low paying work. Other materials in the collection include LaDue's obituary, information on the history of the Poughkeepsie Glass Works, and excerpts from LaDue's diaries, selected and transcribed by his daughter, Janet LaDue Prentice Skinner.


  • 1890-1987


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

George J. LaDue was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1871. He apprenticed as a hollow glass ware blower at Poughkeepsie Glass Works from 1890 to 1895. It is unclear how long he worked in the glass trade; Poughkeepsie Glass Works closed in 1913. The family reports that LaDue also worked in the glass trade in Canastota, New York. He and his family moved to Olean, New York, and he worked for Olean Tile Company from about 1920 to 1951. LaDue died in 1951.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Judith L. Prentice in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2019.

George J. LaDue Collection, 1890-1987
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
October 31, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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