Collection includes approximately 600 water color drawings.
This collection documents the business and design activities of the Appleton-Rubec Stained Glass Studio from its creation in the mid-1960s until 1991. Drawings and paintings for stained glass windows comprise the bulk of the collection, including windows designed by the studio, as well as windows designed by others. Although some are labeled, and can be linked to a specific church or other client, the majority are not identified.
The collection also includes the studio's business records, which provide additional insight into both the artistic aspects of the design process and more practical financial matters.
Also included in the collection are materials documenting the relationship between Appleton-Rubec and its predecessor studio, Payne-Spiers Studio, Inc., during the transitional period when Appleton and Rubec assumed the pending work left by the dissolution of Payne-Spiers. These letters cover issues such as design changes and pricing of materials and equipment bought by Appleton and Rubec from its predecessor.
Finally, the collection includes files on the various raw materials needed to produce stained glass windows. These contain catalogs and published technical specifications for various products, as well as invoices, bills, receipts from and correspondence with specific suppliers. A major topic of this correspondence is the rising price of raw materials, which is passed on to the studio, and ultimately to its clients.
See finding aid for a partial list of clients and additional details in regards to this collection.
Series descriptions : Series I: Business Records --
Sub-Series A: Customer files (organized alphabetically by customer) --
Sub-Series B: Relationship with Payne-Spiers Studio --
Sub-Series C: Suppliers/Products --
Series II: Paintings, Drawings, Sketches and Blueprints for Windows (Arranged by Project (where possible)).