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Edwin J. Beinecke Enameled Glass Collection Documentation

Identifier: MS-0010

Scope and Contents

The Edwin J. Beinecke Enameled Glass Collection Documentation consists of bound volumes of assembled excerpts and accompanying English translations of auction catalogs, museum publications, periodical articles, and monographs pertaining to Beinecke's enameled glass collection, donated to The Corning Museum of Glass in 1957. References to objects in the collection are noted with Beinecke's original object numbers. Some references document objects in Beinecke's collection, while others document parallels. The volumes also includes information about Beinecke's Kreussen and Meissen stoneware collections.

Among Beinecke's documentation of heraldry on enameled glass are leaves from the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle depicting the Emperor and Prince Electors of the Holy Roman Empire.

Researchers will also find an extensive bibliography with references to objects in his collection and six photograph albums documenting his glass and stoneware collection. Researchers should note that the photographs are located in between the folded scrapbook pages.

The volumes and albums have been retained in original order and described with their original titles. Missing volume numbers represent separated materials added to the library's book collection or discarded.

Dates assigned to the volumes are the publication dates of the excerpted material. The creation dates of the volumes themselves are unknown.


  • Creation: 1493-1966
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1849-1966


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, German, and French.

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

Edwin John Beinecke, the oldest of three brothers, graduated from Phillips Academy and entered Yale College. After two years, he left Yale. Edwin and his brothers, Frederick and Walter Beinecke, also Yale alumni, founded the Sperry and Hutchinson Company. For more than fifty years he served as a director, president, chairman of the board, and finally chairman of Sperry and Hutchinson. He was director until his death in 1970.

Beinecke is perhaps best known as a collector. His German enameled glass collection is held by The Corning Museum of Glass.


13.8 Linear Feet (7 Hollinger boxes, 4 half Hollinger boxes, and 8 flat boxes)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Materials were cleaned and rebound after the 1972 flood.

Some of the pasted-in pages and photographs have come loose. Please take care to leave them in situ.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Edwin J. Beinecke in 1957.

Related Materials

Beinecke's substantial collection of enameled glass accompanied the donation of this documentation. The Corning Museum of Glass registration records fully document the glass donation.

Separated Materials

A photostatic copy of Zeh, Ernst, _Die oberfränkischen Emailgläser_ (1915) was separated from the documentation and cataloged separately within The Rakow Research Library book collection.

Bernt, Walther, _Altes Glas_ (1951?) was separated from the documentation and cataloged separately within The Rakow Research Library book collection.

Other separated publications were either discarded or added to the collection without notation of their relationship to the Beinecke documentation. An inventory of all of the documentation received from Beinecke is available upon request.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2019.

Edwin J. Beinecke Enameled Glass Collection Documentation, 1493-1966
A Guide to the Papers
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
February 8, 2019
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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