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National American Glass Club Records

Identifier: MS-0106

Scope and Contents

These records of an organization for collectors and scholars of glass arts, decorative arts, and craft consist of nine series:

(1) Governance Records, 1942-2011

(2) Meeting Minutes, 1933-2015

(3) Correspondence, 1962-2001

(4) Membership Records, 1935-2007

(5) Publicity Materials, 1940-2021

(6) Reports, 1934-2001

(7) Programs and Seminar Records, 1987-2006

(8) Chapter Records, 1977-2007

(9) Miscellaneous Materials, 1933-2008


  • 1933-2021


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

The National American Glass Club was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1933 as the National Early American Glass Club. Since its inception, the club has served an educational mission and sought to foster the study and appreciation of glass arts, decorative arts, and craft. Its members include glass collectors, scholars, dealers, artists, educators, and students in North America and beyond. Regional chapters of the National American Glass Club flourished across the United States in the 20th century.

In its earliest years, the club primarily hosted speakers at its regular meetings. In 1938, it commenced publication of The Glass Club Bulletin, a periodical in which members and others publish glass research articles. Editors of The Glass Club Bulletin have included Ada Danforth, Paul Hollister, Jane Shadel Spillman, and Gail Bardhan. The club also publishes a newsletter, Glass Shards. In 1976, the club began to hold an annual seminar including workshops and research presentations. Early seminars were held in Bethesda, Maryland; after 1986, seminars have been held in various cities in the United States and Canada.

The organization changed its name to National American Glass Club in 1996.


5.1 Linear Feet (9 Hollinger boxes and 3 half Hollinger boxes)

301 Megabytes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from the National Early American Glass Club in 2003. Accruals received in 2011, 2016, 2017, and 2021 Accessions 2016.013, 2017.010, 2021.025

Related Materials

National Early American Glass Club Collection, 1830-1983. Mss.L503. Boston Athenaeum Library.

National American Glass Club, Lowell Innes Pittsburgh Chapter Records, 1946-2014, MSS 0776, Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

National American Glass Club Records, 1933-2021
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
April 30, 2021
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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