John Clyde Hostetter Collection on the 200" Disk
Scope and Contents
The collection consists largely of photographs documenting the creation of the 200" glass disk made by Corning Glass Works. Materials are divided into two series:
(1) Photographs, 1934-1936
(2) Miscellaneous Materials, 1831-1943
- Majority of material found within 1934-1936
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view this 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
John Clyde Hostetter was born on February 18, 1886, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He studied chemical engineering at Bucknell University, where he received a B.S. in 1908 and an M.S. in 1909. He married Ida May Fischer, and they had a son named John Robert.
In his early career, Hostetter worked as a chemistry instructor at Bucknell University (1908-1910), as a chemist at the U.S. Standards Bureau (1910-1912), and as a physical chemist at the Geophysical Lab of the Carnegie Institute (1912-1919). In 1919, he joined Corning Glass Works as manager of the Steuben division. He also held a variety of other positions, including assistant to the vice president (1922-1924), manager of the company’s Rhode Island division (1924-1928), and manager of the bulb and tubing department (1928-1930). In 1930, he became director of research and development, a post he held until 1937. From 1931 to 1936, he directed the task of casting the 200" disk.
After leaving Corning in 1937, Hostetter became vice president and director of research at Hartford-Empire Co., where he remained until 1944. From 1944 to 1949, he served as president of the Mississippi Glass Co., and was on the board of directors at Welsh Refractories Corporation from 1944 to 1950. In 1950, he retired to Winter Park, Florida, having received multiple awards for his contributions to science during his career. He died on April 2, 1962.
.7 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger legal box and 1 half Hollinger legal box)
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from the heirs of John Clyde Hostetter in 2001.
Processed by Rebecca Hatcher in 2002. Reprocessed by Amanda LaLomia and Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2019 and 2020.
- Corning Glass Works -- Buildings -- Pictorial works Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Optical glass Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Palomar Observatory
- Telescopes -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- John Clyde Hostetter Collection on the 200" Disk, Circa 1912-1943
- A Guide to the Collection
- Rebecca Hatcher. Revised by Amanda LaLomia in 2019 and completed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2020.
- July 2002
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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