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Harry Hall White Papers

Identifier: MS-0203

Scope and Contents

Personal papers of a glass bottle collector and American glass researcher, which include records collected from the Charles Yockel firm of Philadelphia, a manufacturer of glass molds.

The papers are divided into three series:

(1) Photographs, Circa 1920-1940

(2) Correspondence and Subject Files, 1754-1944

(3) Charles Yockel (Firm) Records, 1873-1924


  • 1754-1944


Language of Materials

Collection materials are largely in English, with some in German. English translations accompany most German-language materials.

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

Harry Hall White is known to the glass community as an early American glass collector and researcher. He was born in Romeo, Michigan, on June 24, 1883. He married Jessie Mae Jewitt in Ohio on March 17, 1916.

Little is known about White, who was employeed as an engineer. He pursued his hobby of glass research, particularly research on American glass bottles, with great passion. As an amateur historian and archaeologist, he published dozens of articles on American glass in The Magazine Antiques, as well as a 1928 pamphlet and set of plates titled A Photographic Guide for Bottle Collectors. White's research has held up over the years, and he remains well-regarded among American glass experts.

White died unexpectedly on April 14, 1944, while on a business trip.


14.5 Linear Feet (16 Hollinger Boxes, 2 Flat Boxes, and 1 Oversize Folder)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

About 140 suspected nitrate negatives are currently in cold storage. Many are thought to depict the Mantua Glassworks excavation site and related objects, 1921-1931. Researchers desiring access to these images should be referred to the Manager, Archives and Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from John Lane in 2013. Accession 2018.001.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Anne Hamblen and Amanda LaLomia in 2017 and 2018. Finding aid revised by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

Harry Hall White Papers, 1754-1944
A Guide to the Papers
Mary Anne Hamblen, Amanda LaLomia, and Colleen McFarland Rademaker
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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