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Valentine Van Tassel Papers

Identifier: MS-0161

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the research materials, notes, and writings of published author Valentine Van Tassel. The collection is divided into four series:

(1) Publications and Manuscripts, 1948-1955

(2) Research Files, 1930-1989

(3) Photographs, Circa 1940-1970

(4) Miscellaneous, 1943-1961


  • 1930-1989


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

Valentine Van Tassel was born on February 14, 1902 in Lakewood, Ohio. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where she met her husband, Edwin M. Guyer, who was there pursuing a doctorate in physics. In 1930, the couple moved to Corning, New York, where Dr. Guyer worked for the Corning Glass Works. It was after their move to Corning that Valentine became interested in glassmaking.

Van Tassel began by studying and collecting early American glass, visiting glasshouses in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. The couple traveled abroad, and visited glass factories in England, Europe, and the Middle East. Valentine observed a wide variety of glass production from automated plate glass to skilled glass artists making one-of-a-kind miniatures. Her interests grew to include stained glass after visiting the cathedrals of Europe; she would go on to visit a number of stained glass studios in America.

Valentine corresponded with other glass collectors and glass artists, eventually lecturing and writing about glass. Van Tassel frequently contributed articles on American glass to The Antiques Journal and published the book American Glass in 1950 (later reprinted in 1967).

Valentine Van Tassel died in August 1979 in Corning, New York.


5.5 Linear Feet (5 Hollinger boxes, 3 glass plate negative boxes, 1 flat box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Valentine Van Tassel's heirs in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Tronkowski in 2022.

Valentine Van Tassel Papers, 1930-1989
A Guide to the Collection
In Progress
Sarah Tronkowski
January 19, 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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