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William Warmus Papers

Identifier: MS-0218

Scope and Contents

The William Warmus Papers document the work of a curator, writer, and appraisal expert who specializes in glass art objects. This collection consists of 12 series:

(1) Planners and Appointment Books, 1977-2004

(2) Notebooks and Journals, 1976-2014

(3) Exhibitions, Conferences, and Projects, 1968-2014

(4) Notes, Lectures, and Writing, 1885-2016

(5) Board Service Records, 1980-2013

(6) Personal, Circa 1970-2012

(7) Editorial Work and Publishing, Circa 1970-1994

(8) Appraisals and Legal Proceedings, 1906-2014

(9) Photographic Materials, Circa 1955-2004

(10) Audiovisual Materials, 1984-2003

(11) Posters and Artwork, 1979-1998

(12) Miscellaneous, Circa 1970-2001


  • 1885-2016
  • Majority of material found within 1975-2014


Language of Materials

The majority of materials are in English. Some Czech, Dutch, German, Japanese, and Spanish items are included in the collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Most of this collection is restricted from all research until January 1, 2051.

Series open for research include:

Series 03: Exhibitions, Conferences, and Projects, 1968-2014 Series 04: Notes, Lectures, and Writing, 1885-2016 Series 09: Photographic Materials, Circa 1955-2004 Series 11: Posters, 1979-1986

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

William Warmus is best known for his work as an art critic, author, and glass curator and appraiser. Born in 1953, Warmus studied at the University of Chicago, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in art history in 1975. He was curator of modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass from 1978 to 1984 and editor of Glass Quarterly magazine from 1986 to 1989. Warmus was also the founding editor of New Glass Review (1979). He is the author or co-author of more than 15 books on glass artists and the history of glassmaking.


35.5 Linear Feet (57 Hollinger boxes, 3 half Hollinger boxes, 3 flat boxes, 2 card file boxes)

3.5 Terabytes (21 discs)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from William Warmus in 2016 and 2018. 2016.001, 2018.020

Processing Information

Processed by Joe Schill in 2019.

William Warmus Papers, 1885-2016
A Guide to the Collection
Joe Schill
October 31, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
A donation from Alan Berk funded the processing of the William Warmus Papers.

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