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Thank you for your question! The best place to start your research is with Jane Shadel Spillman's White House Glassware: Two Centuries of Presidential Glass (Washington, DC: The White House Historical Association in cooperation with The National Geographic Society and The Corning Museum of Glass, 1989), which covers glassware in the White House from George Washington to Ronald Reagan. Spillman's book includes photographs and illustrations, as well as end notes that may be useful in further research. The Rakow Research Library will be happy to provide a list of additional resources as well, upon request.

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 for use of the library (except for access to archives and special collections on weekends), it will help us to be better prepared to meet your research needs and to have preliminary materials ready upon your arrival. 

The Rakow Research Library will lend designated books from its collection -- including Spillman's White House Glassware -- and will send copies of articles requested by other libraries. Your local library can request items through the OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system or by direct request through email at For more information, please see our ILL website.

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