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L.G. Wright Glass Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0192

Scope and Contents

The L. G. Wright Glass Company Records document the dealings of a wholesaler of antique American glassware reproductions. The collection consists of four series:

(1) Financial and Employment Records, 1937-1964, 1999

(2) Production and Sales Records, Circa 1937-1994

(3) Photographic Prints of L. G. Wright Glass Company and Family, Circa 1920-1970

(4) Miscellaneous, Circa 1940-1997

Dates

  • Circa 1920-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1937-1976

Creator

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

The L.G. Wright Glass Company was founded by Lawrence G. and Verna Mae Wright in 1938. Located in New Martinsville, West Virginia, the company purchased old molds for blown and pressed glassware, conveyed them to various glass manufacturers in the region, and commissioned the reproduction of antique American lamps, tableware, and drinkware. The company then distributed the reproductions to various retailers. L.G. Wright Glass Company sometimes altered the molds or commissioned new ones, and over time added an in-house decorating department to further customize its reproduction pieces. Verna Mae Wright operated the company independently after her husband's death in 1969. The company was liquidated nine years after Verna Mae Wright's death in 1990.

Extent

12.7 Linear Feet (8 Hollinger boxes, 1 half-Hollinger box, and 8 flat boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from James Measell in 2014.

Accession 2014.011

Processing Information

Processed by Joe Schill in 2021.

Title
L.G. Wright Glass Company Records, Circa 1920-1999
Subtitle
A Guide to the Collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Joe Schill and Sarah Alender
Date
December 13, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

Contact:
The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA
607.438.5318