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The collection consists of personal formula notebooks and papers belonging to Arthur J. Nash and Leslie H. Nash, relating to their work for Louis C. Tiffany. The bulk of the collection comes in the form of notebooks and journals with formula, including written keys to formula and information on glassmaking. The journals, notebooks, and booklet, “L. H. Nash. Examples of recent work from the studio of Louis C. Tiffany” contain handwritten notes by Arthur J. Nash and Leslie H. Nash which provide an insight into their relationship with Louis C. Tiffany.
Arthur John Nash was born on November 1, 1849, the son of miller Jesse Nash and his wife Elizabeth Haydon. He was born at Shipton-on-Stour, near Stratford-on-Avon, England. He graduated from the Academy of Fine and Applied Art and he majored in glass chemistry. He was a consulting chemist for glass factories in England and his hobbies included steel engraving. He invented processes for etching on metal and worked in vitreous enamels. Around 1875-80, Arthur J. Nash joined the firm of Edward Webb, White House Glass Works, in Wordsley, near Stourbridge, England. He became manager and chief designer. Around 1890, when the glass business in England was not doing well, Arthur J. Nash traveled to the United States. Mr. Gerald M. Stanton, a mutual friend of his and Louis C. Tiffany, played a part in bringing Nash and Tiffany together. In 1892, a furnace was built in Corona, Long Island, New York and Arthur J. Nash began the production of Favrile glass.
Leslie H. Nash was born on February 23, 1884, in a town outside of Stourbridge, one of the children of Arthur and Fannie Nash. At 8 years of age, he, along with his family, moved to the United States. He studied design and painting in England and France for eighteen months and then worked in the engineering profession. He held positions in a number of New York City firms that were associated with engineering. Later on, Leslie H. Nash found employment in Louis C. Tiffany's firm. In 1908, Leslie H. Nash took over the direction of the blown glass department from his father. Later, he led the pottery and enameling departments too.
Leaf 32 recto of notebook titled "Glass formula : L.H. Nash and other" scanned 12/4/08 for publication in (Filename Rakow_1000071240_leaf_32_recto_CMYK_apd.tif)
R-1060: Series I, Journals & notebooks; Series III, Drawings; Series IV, Letters & documents; Series V, Catalogue & booklets ; R-1061: Series II, Photographs.