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Gregor Norman-Wilcox Amelung Correspondence

 Collection — Box: 01
Identifier: MS-0112

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists primarily of incoming correspondence to Gregor Norman-Wilcox, former Curator of Decorative Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in 1932. The letters relate to identification of glass attributed to the Amelung Glass Manufactory and investigation of other sites associated with John Frederick Amelung. Correspondents include museum curators, antiques dealers, and owners of other pieces attributed to the manufactory, including Marshall L. Etchison, Rhea Knittle, George McKearin, Ruth Ralston, Arthur J. Sussel, and Harry Hall White. Other materials include articles, notes, and a photograph.

Also of note in this material is a reference in a letter written by Harry Hall White to an African American antiques dealer in Frederick, Maryland, "Nick." "Nick" is thought to be Nicholas Robertson, born in 1862. White characterizes him as very knowledgeable about Amelung glass.


  • 1930-1933


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 the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Gregor Norman-Wilcox was a curator of decorative arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1931 to 1969. He had many interests in the field of decorative arts, including early American glass, specifically glass attributed to the Amelung Glass Manufactory. Norman-Wilcox became acquainted with Dwight P. Lanmon, former curator at and director of the Corning Museum of Glass, in the 1960s, which perhaps explains how some of Norman-Wilcox's correspondence was acquired by The Corning Museum of Glass.

The Amelung Glass Manufactory was founded in 1784, by John Amelung, an immigrant from Breman, Germany. Bringing 68 German craftsmen with him, he established a glass manufactory on 2000 acres of land, which came to be called New Breman, near Frederick, Maryland. Over the next six years, the business expanded to employ between 400 and 500 workers, and include an additional 1000 acre site. By 1790, however, the business faced a shortage of customers and early in the year experienced a damaging fire. Faced with these difficulties, Amelung twice appealed to Congress for assistance, but was twice turned down, and the business seems never to have reopened after the fire. In 1795, Amelung attempted to sell most of the business and land, but could not find a purchaser. The factory was declared bankrupt at the end of 1795, and, over time, returned to woods and farmland.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Mrs. Grace Norman-Wilcox in 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2019.

Gregor Norman-Wilcox Amelung Correspondence, 1930-1933
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker and Rebecca Hatcher
April 16, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

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The Corning Museum of Glass
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