Several items from this collection were scanned and published in Shades of glass : gaffer Bournique's journey to Indiana, by Ken Humphrey, c2006. These are identified in Portfolio by the following numbers: 1.3 p. 280, 1.3 p. 281, 2.12 photo 1, 2.12 photo 2, 2.12 photo 3, 2.12 photo 4, 2.3 p. 62-63, Bournique notebook 1886 cover, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 17, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 29, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 30, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 31, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 40, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 48, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 49, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 52, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 78, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 81, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 88, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 99, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 226, Bournique notebook 1886 p. 286, Supply receipt Artistic [Glass Works].
Some materials contain French text.
Coloured and opalescent glass manufacturer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Joseph Bournique and his wife Melina Le Garde had two children, Adolph and Victorine Bournique. The children were born in Baccarat, France. Adolphe Bournique was born in 1863. Baccarat was home to one of the largest glass manufacturing plants and it was here that Joseph Bournique learned how to make and blow glass of all kinds. He passed on this knowledge to his son.
In 1873, Joseph Bournique, immigrated to the United States. In 1874, his family joined him in Somerville, Massachusetts. In 1881, Joseph Bournique became a senior partner of the glass manufacturing firm of J. Bournique and M. Contat, a firm of antique and colored glass manufacturers based in Brooklyn, New York and the family moved to Brooklyn. Adolph Bournique worked with his father and partner until the business was sold.
In 1904, he arrived in Kokomo, Indiana and worked for The Opalescent Glass Works. In 1908, The Bournique Glass Company began business in Kokomo with W.J. Borrey as president and Adolph Bournique as vice-president and general manager. Adolphe Bournique was known to be an authority on art and stained glass and knowledgeable on the chemistry of glass.
The Batch books and ledgers Series makes up the bulk of the collection. It consists of batch books, ledgers and notebooks of both Bournique and J. J. Dandoy. Along with batch formulae, the books contain glassmaking codes, lists of suppliers and customers, wage information, and product and price information. Several of the batch books and ledgers had miscellaneous receipts, batch recipes and notes inserted into them. These have been removed and put into the following folder with notation of their original locations. All of these books are handwritten and very fragile so special care should be taken when handling them.
The Miscellaneous Series contains correspondence from the years 1883-1885. The majority of these letters are from the Albert Berger and Company glass manufacturer. Also found within this series is a 25 page typescript which is unsigned and undated, possibly written by Bournique, titled "Cleveland as a location for a glass container plant. Summary." Several photographs, mainly group images of glass workers, along with an original copy of the August 1913 Ornamental Glass Bulletin containing Bournique's obituary, are also within this series.