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Jeffrey Rush Higgins collection on Frederick Wilson
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.
"Cornelius and the Angel"
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.
"Our Memorial Window"
Another item of interest might be the First Presbyterian Church's Mother's Day service program (available online), 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."
Additional Online Resources
For those who would like a more general introduction to Tiffany Studios memorials, see the following posts on The Corning Museum of Glass Blog::
- "Tiffany's Mosaics: Changing the Ecclesiastical Landscape" (August 2, 2017)
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.
Though you are not interested in books and articles about Tiffany memorials, scanning notes and bibliographies in published resources about Tiffany Studios and glass memorials may make you aware of additional archival resources and their locations. A search of Rakow Research Library Catalog will return records for several books and articles that could be useful in this way. Our staff has put together several bibliographies about Tiffany that are available on request.
Borrowing Library Materials
If you wish to borrow copies of library items, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library will lend designated books 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 policies and procedures.
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