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Adolphe Bournique Collection

Identifier: MS-0015

Scope and Contents

The Adolphe Bournique Collection consists of documents tracing the working history of Adolphe Bournique’s career in glass manufacturing. The collection is arranged into two series:

(1) Batch Books and Ledgers, 1882-1925

(2) Correspondence, Print Materials and Photographs, 1883-1977


  • 1881-1977
  • Majority of material found within 1881-1925


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French and English.

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

Adolphe Bournique was born in Baccarat, France on February 16, 1863 to Joseph and Melina Bournique. Joseph Bournique, a glassmaker, was recruited by William L. Libbey to immigrate to the United States in 1873. Adolphe Bournique and the rest of the family followed in 1874. Adolphe Bournique entered the glass trade and was working with his father by 1878. Over the next 25 years, he worked in and managed factories in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

In 1903, Adolphe Bournique became the glassmaker for Opalescent Glass Works in Kokomo, Indiana. In 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.


1.0 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 1977

Separated Materials

"Bournique Opalescent & Crystal Shades", Catalogue No. 2, 1913, Kokomo, Ind.," was removed upon arrival and added to the Rakow Library trade catalog collection (CMGL 28530).

Adolphe Bournique Collection, 1881-1977
A Guide to the Collection
Nicolette Schneider
December 2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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