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This collection consists primarily of research materials, notes and images accumulated by Valentine Van Tassel during nearly 40 years of interest in glass. The bulk of these materials are newspaper clippings, articles, periodicals and pamphlets collected by Van Tassel, and to a lesser extent, her own research notes and photographs of glass pieces. In addition, the collection includes a selection of Van Tassel's articles, published in The Antiques Journal, and two draft versions of an unpublished book, The Glass House. Finally, it includes approximately 75 glass slides, which apparently belonged to Edwin Guyer, and which relate to his research at Corning Glass Works.
Unrelated to Van Tassel's research interests, the papers also include a small quantity of notes about a variety of subjects and miscellaneous personal notes and letters.
Glass scholar and author Valentine Van Tassel was born on February 14, 1902. She attended the University of Wisconsin, and in 1930 moved to Corning, NY, with her husband. In Corning, Van Tassel became interested in early American glass, and began to research, write and lecture on the subject. Her published works include the book, American Glass (published in 1950 and reprinted in 1967), and a regular column in Antiques Journal. Her interest in glass continued until her death in August, 1979.
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