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American Scientific Glassblowers Society Records

Identifier: MS-0217

Scope and Contents

This small set of records contains some key documentation of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, including its certificate of incorporation and bylaws, annual reports, information regarding the election of officers, and seminar / symposium registration forms and programs. However, researchers will find the records to be fragmentary.


  • Creation: 1954-2019
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1965-1975


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

The American Scientific Glassblowers Society was founded in 1952 and incorporated in 1954. According to its incorporation certificate, the Society exists for two purposes: (1) to gather and disseminate knowledge of scientific glassblowing, apparatus, and equipment, and (2) to "engender a feeling of unity and fellowship among all persons interested in the scientific glassware field."

The Society holds an annual symposium featuring seminars, papers, and workshops. The Society also publishes the journal _Fusion_.


1.75 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box, 1 Flat Box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Robert Ponton and Sally Prasch in 2016. A second accession was received from Robert Ponton in 2021.

Accession numbers 2016.014 and 2021.015

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2019 and updated by Sarah Tronkowski in 2021.

American Scientific Glassblowers Society Records, 1954-2019
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
November 16, 2021
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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