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Edwin A. Whitcomb Correspondence

 Collection — Box: 01, Folder: 03
Identifier: SC-0003

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of a single letter from Edwin A. Whitcomb to a friend, James Cain, in Connecticut. Whitcomb, employed by Ravenna Glass Company's company store in Ravenna, Ohio, briefly describes the rhythm of his work, the patronage of the store by glassblowers, and his impressions of the town. He also states his intention to move to Kansas and "never go back east." Whitcomb additionally discusses Thanksgiving preparations and his intention to attend an upcoming dance.

An envelope embossed with a Ravenna Glass Company seal accompanies the letter. The envelope's three-cent Washington postage stamp is notable as an early example of a perforated stamp.


  • 1858


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

Edwin A. Whitcomb was most likely from Brooklyn, Connecticut. As a young man, he headed west and found employment in the company store of Ravenna Glass Company in Ravenna, Ohio. He is thought to have joined the 105th Ohio Infantry Regiment in 1862 and died at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. He is buried in his family's plot in Brooklyn, Connecticut.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from John Bale Books in 2021.

Accession 2021.016

Processing Information

Processed by Joe Schill and Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

Edwin A. Whitcomb Correspondence, 1858
A Guide to the Collection
Joe Schill and Colleen McFarland Rademaker
November 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
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Corning NY 14830 USA