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Adolphe Bournique Collection

Identifier: MS-0015
The Adolphe Bournique Collection, 1881-1925, consists of documents tracing the working history of Adolphe Bournique’s glass profession. The collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Batch Books and Ledgers, 1882-1925 and Series II. Correspondence, Print Materials and Photographs, 1883-1925.

Series I. Batch Books and Ledgers, makes up the bulk of the collection. It consists of batch books, ledgers and notebooks of both Bournique and J. J. Dandoy. Along with batch formulae, the books contain glassmaking codes, lists of suppliers and customers, wage information, and product and price information.

Series II. Correspondence, Print Materials and Photographs contains correspondence from the years 1883-1885. The majority of these letters are from the Albert Berger and Company glass manufacturer. Also found within this series is a 25 page typescript which is unsigned and undated, possibly written by Bournique, titled “Cleveland as a location for a glass container plant. Summary.” There is also an original copy of the August 1913 "Ornamental Glass Bulletin" containing Bournique’s obituary as well as several photographs, which are mainly group images of glass workers.


  • 1881-1925


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French and English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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.


1 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Adolphe Bournique was born in Baccarat, France on February 16, 1863. Growing up in Baccarat, a town in France well known for its glass industry, combined with his father’s interests in glassmaking, helped to influence Adolphe to study the art and chemistry of glass. He came to America with his parents in 1874, and by 1881 Bournique was manufacturing coloured and opalescent glass in New York City. During the next 22 years, he built and managed factories that specialized in optical glass, bottles, colored lantern glass, electric bulbs and shades. In 1903, Bournique became the glassmaker for Opalescent Glass Works in Kokomo, Indiana. By 1907, he founded his own company in Kokomo called the Bournique Glass Company and served as both vice-president and general manager. Adolphe Bournique died on July 23, 1913, after a sudden illness.

J.J. Dandoy was the vice-president and factory manager for Bournique Glass Company during the years 1915 to 1917.

Custodial History

Acquired in 1977.

Separated Materials

The catalogue, "Bournique Lighting Glassware, No. 2, 1913, Kokomo, Ind.," was removed upon arrival and added to the Rakow Library trade catalogue collection.
Adolphe Bournique Collection, 1881-1925
A Guide to the Collection
Nicolette Schneider
December 2003
Description rules

Revision Statements

  • March 2015: Revised by Sandra Glascock

Repository Details

Part of the Rakow Manuscript Collections Repository

Rakow Research Library
Corning Museum of Glass
5 Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA