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Beatrice S. Smith Research Files on Pomona Glass

Identifier: MS-0211

Scope and Contents

This collection consists largely of the correspondence and subject files maintained by Beatrice Scheer Smith as she developed her interest in collecting and studying Pomona glass, an American mold-blown art glass. Smith used these files to write a book, _New England Pomona: Portrait of a Nineteenth-Century Art Glass_, published posthumously in 2018. Researchers will find both original and photocopied material in the files, including everything from copies of lectures and presentations written by Smith to print-outs of Pomona variants sold on EBay. Several boxes contain files on Pomona Glass organized by form (tumblers, pitchers, bowls, etc.). The files also include photographs of Pomona glass from Smith's collection and other collections. However, many of the images are not labeled or professionally shot. Researchers will also find a card file box containing citations to articles about and ads for Pomona glass. Most citations date from 1930 to 1974.

Smith's "Glass Books" are indexed volumes of magazine clippings about glass (Pomona and other) assembled between 1951 and 1961. Researchers will also find files pertaining to Smith's broader interest in glass, including contemporary Studio Glass and the activities of the Early American Glass Club of Minnesota.

The files are arranged in the order in which they were received.


  • 1950-2012


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

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

Beatrice S. (Scheer) Smith was born in New Jersey in 1913. She studied botany, earning a Ph.D. in the subject from the University of Michigan in 1940. She married Lloyd J. Smith, whom she met at the University of Michigan. The couple settled in Minnesota when Lloyd J. Smith was appointed to the faculty of the University of Minnesota.

Beatrice S. Smith mentored women in science, edited science journals, and worked as an independent researcher. Smith was also an expert in Pomona glass, an art glass created by Joseph Locke at the New England Glass Company. She received a Richard Award from the Corning Museum of Glass in 2001 to study the chemical composition of Pomona glass and authored many articles and a book on Pomona glass.

Smith died in 2010.


6.5 Linear Feet (12 Hollinger boxes and 1 card file box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Merrily A. Smith in 2018. Accession 2018.016.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2018 with assistance from Amanda Williams.

Beatrice S. Smith Research Files on Pomona Glass, 1950-2012
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker and Amanda Williams
November 30, 2018
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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