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Larry Williams Papers

Identifier: MS-0166

Scope and Contents

The Larry Williams Papers consist of materials relating to itinerant glass workers. It includes a small amount of correspondence, clippings and other printed materials, and photographs of glass workers.

This collection consists of three series:

(1) Correspondence, 1956

(2) Printed Materials, 1941-1966

(3) Photographic Prints, Circa 1930-1979


  • Circa 1930-1986
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1970


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

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

Lawrence "Larry" Williams was born on March 16, 1919, in Oklahoma. In his early teens, he left home to join the carnival. Spending the next several years traveling with the troupe, he learned lampworking along the way. When Williams left the group in the late 1930s, he began his glassblowing business in San Antonio, Texas.

Following his service during World War II, Williams returned to San Antonio and set up his shop in La Villita, where he would remain until he retired at age 87. Known as "the Glassblower of La Villita," Williams entertained many visitors over the years, while also earning the respect of his fellow craftsmen through his skill and techniques.

Williams died on May 23, 2016, and was buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, in San Antonio, Texas.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box, 1 flat box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Bandhu Dunham in 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Hannah Cox in 2019.

Larry Williams Papers, Circa 1930-1986
A Guide to the Collection
Hannah D. Cox
May 16, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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