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Macbeth Daylighting Co., Inc. Photographs and Circular Slide Chart

Identifier: MS-0227

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of black and white photographic prints of lighting products produced and sold by the Macbeth Daylighting Co., Inc. More than half of the images depict lamps and other lighting fixtures. Other images in the collection show the lamps and lighting fixtures in use, often by men and women in professional settings. Draftsmen, artists, sales clerks, designers, and factory workers and their work environments appear, illuminated by Macbeth Daylighting Co., Inc. products. A view of an operating room is also included. Markings on the prints sugggest that the images were used to produce trade catalogs or advertisements. The images are undated, but fashions in the photographs date the images approximately from the 1920s through the 1940s.

The collection also includes a circular slide chart used to compare the efficiency and color temperature of Macbeth Whiterlite filters to Corning Daylite filters.


  • Circa 1920-1950


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

Macbeth Daylighting Co., Inc., also known as Macbeth Artificial Daylighting Company, was founded in 1915 in New York City by Norman Macbeth, a lighting engineer. The company specialized in lighting fixtures that simulate daylight for use in stores, hospitals, art studios, and other facilities requiring excellent lighting. In 1965, the company merged with Kollmorgen Instruments Corporation, and in 1970, the merged entity acquired Munsell Color Company, a color calibration and standardization enterprise. After several more mergers and buy-outs, the company may be considered an ancestor of the present-day firm, X-Rite.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Joslin Hall Company Rare Books & Ephemera in 2017. Accession 2020.005

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2020.

Macbeth Daylighting Co., Inc. Photographs and Circular Slide Chart, Circa 1920-1950
A Guide to the Collection
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Colleen McFarland Rademaker
February 2, 2020
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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