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Samuel Hawkes Family Correspondence

Identifier: MS-0062

Scope and Contents

These papers document the private lives of one of Corning's leading glass families. The collection is divided into two series:

(1) Letters and Miscellaneous Materials, 1897-1931

(2) Invitations and Cards, 1914-1926


  • 1897-1931


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 this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Samuel Hawkes was born on April 18, 1877, in Corning. He is the son of Thomas G. Hawkes (1845-1913) and Charlotte Isadore Bissell Hawkes (1853-1913). He was educated in the public schools of Corning and at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. He was married in 1901 to Sarah Lucas, from Fall River, Massachusetts, but later on, her family lived in Big Flats, NY. Samuel and Sarah had two daughters, Sarah and Kathryn.

The T.G. Hawkes & Co. firm had been started by his father and Samuel entered the firm in 1895. Samuel Hawkes became the second president and treasurer of T.G. Hawkes & Co. He had been trained in the business side of the company. Samuel Hawkes took over the firm after his father's unexpected death in 1913.

T. G. Hawkes & Co. held the tradition of fine hand-fashioned glassware and was said to have become the largest glass plant of its kind. Thomas G. Hawkes wished to place the finest cut glass in the world on the market, and this desire attributed to the company’s success.

In 1903, Samuel Hawkes, Thomas. G. Hawkes and Frederick Carder established the Steuben Glass Works. This operated independently until its purchase by the Corning Glass Works in 1918.

Samuel Hawkes was a member and officer of the former Corning City Club. He was also a member of the Corning Country Club, the Chamber of Commerce and Christ Episcopal Church. He retired to Florida during the early 1940s and died in 1959.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 records carton and 1 half records carton)

Processing Information

Processed by Nive Chatterjee in 2005. Reprocessed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2017.
Samuel Hawkes Family Correspondence, 1897-1931
A Guide to the Collection
Nive Chatterjee and Colleen McFarland Rademaker
August 25, 2017
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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