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City of Westminster Collection on the London Blitz

Identifier: MS-0022
The City of Westminster on the London Blitz, 1936-1943 is arranged into three series: Series I. Company Promotional Materials, 1936, 1939-1941, 1943; Series II. Correspondence, 1940; and Series III. Ephemera, 1939-1940.

Series I. Company Promotional Materials, 1936, 1939-1941, 1943, constitutes the bulk of this collection. The materials consist of items such as pamphlets, posters, brochures, catalogs and blueprints sent to the City Engineer & Surveyor of Westminster from various British manufacturing companies. They advertise glass-related items adhering to the new Air Raid Precautions (ARP) requirements for war-time lighting and window installation. Specific objects marketed include tools to obscure light, portable electric lanterns with special glass, luminescent directional signs, traffic mirrors and special glass paint and sealer to render windows shatter proof.

Series II. Correspondence, 1940, contains letters and memos written by Westminster’s City Engineer & Surveyor, the Director of Public Cleansing and the Town Clerk regarding the removal of light and glass debris from the streets.

Series III. Ephemera, 1939-1940, includes a pamphlet on general war-time lighting restrictions, a reprint from the “Daily Mirror” and the original folder in which the collection was contained.


  • 1936-1943

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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1.7 Linear Feet

2 Boxes

Biographical / Historical

During World War II the Germans conducted a sustained bombing campaign against London and other cities in England, beginning in September 1940 and lasting until May 1941. These strategic aerial raids are referred to as the Blitz. The City of Westminster, which is an inner borough of London, was one of the hardest-hit areas during the Blitz. The Air Raid Precautions (ARP) was the organization created by the British government to protect civilians from aerial attacks and manage the damage from bombings. ARP wardens were assigned to sectors and patrolled the streets making sure no lights were visible which could be used by enemy planes to locate bombing targets. They were also trained in first-aid and were usually the first on the scene after a bomb had been dropped. From: BBC History

Custodial History

Acquired in 2007.
City of Westminster Collection on the London Blitz, 1936-1943
A Guide to the Collection
Sandra Glascock
March 2015
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the Rakow Manuscript Collections Repository

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