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Thank you for your question! First, for those who would like a more general introduction to Tiffany Studios memorials, there are links below to posts on the Corning Museum of Glass blog that are a good place to start. You can also look through Memorials in Glass and Stone, an extensive advertising brochure published by Tiffany Studios in 1913, which was digitized from a physical copy held in the Rakow collection and made available online.
In terms of records and correspondence relating to Tiffany memorials, the Rakow has an archival collection that might be useful: the Jeffrey Rush Higgins collection on Frederick Wilson, 1885-1990. Wilson became the head of Tiffany Studio's ecclesiastical department in 1899. The collection includes commission letters and other correspondence, church bulletins and other church ephemera, scrapbooks, and design drawings. See the finding aid for more details.
You might also be interested in photocopies of correspondence, records, and articles relating to the John Hoare memorial chancel window "Cornelius and the Angel" (Christ Church, Corning, New York, 1897) that are held in the Rakow's collection. (See description here.) Another item of interest might be the First Presbyterian Church's Mother's Day service program, dated May 12, 1946, which features an image titled "Our memorial window" by Tiffany Studios in memory of Russell Sage. Written in blue ink along top and bottom edges are notations that include "Two years to make" and "cost $5,000.00." (You can view the program online here.)
A guide to additional documents, ephemera, photographs, drawings, and archival collections related to L. C. Tiffany's firms is attached, including a list of other institutions that have substantial archival materials related to Tiffany Studios and L. C. Tiffany. Additionally, the Rakow Research Library would be happy to send you any of our subject- or format-related bibliographies and guides on Tiffany. A list of these is attached.
Though you are not interested in books and articles about Tiffany memorials, scanning their notes and bibliographies may make you aware of additional archival resources and their locations. A search of both the Rakow Research Library Catalog and Article Index will return records for several books and articles that could be useful in this way. You can start your search here.
You are welcome to come to Corning and use the resources of the Rakow Research Library. We encourage you to call ahead to let us know when you plan to arrive/visit and remind us of your area of interest. While an appointment is not required to use the library (except for access to archives and special collections on weekends), contacting us prior to your visit will help us to be better prepared to meet your research needs and to have preliminary materials ready upon your arrival.
If you wish to borrow copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library will lend designated books and microforms from its collection and will send copies of articles requested by other libraries. Your library can request items through the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system or by direct request through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please see our ILL website. Only original Tiffany material that has been digitized or filmed would be eligible for ILL.
Please don't hesitate to call or email with additional questions!