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Robert C. Friedrich Collection of Glassware Advertisements

Identifier: MS-0049

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of magazine advertisements for glassware for the table and home. The U.S. American magazines _House and Garden_ and _House Beautiful_ are the primary sources of the advertisements. Companies represented include Steuben, Libbey, Cambridge, Fostoria, Blenko, Seneca, Westmoreland, Duncan, Heisey, Anchorglass, and others. Some of the ads depict women using glassware in domestic settings; one features a woman working in a glass factory during World War II.

The advertisements are largely organized chronologically. A substantial portion of them are pasted into a scrapbook.


  • 1931-1957
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1955


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

The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The user agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rakow Research Library against all claims, demands, costs and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of Library materials.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Friedrich spent most of his career as a librarian with the Queens Library System in New York and was known as the College Point Neighborhood historian. He also owned a collectables shop in California in the 1970s. Friedrich was a collector of milk glass, and he wrote a number of articles for the periodical of the National Milk Glass Collectors Society.


2.7 Linear Feet (2 flat boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Robert C. Friedrich in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2020.

Robert C. Friedrich Collection of Glassware Advertisements, 1939-1954
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
March 9, 2020
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