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Whitefriars Paperweight

Rakow Research Library

Whitefriars PaperweightThe Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, is a very active Museum with an unequaled library and archives of materials concerning glass. Because of a very generous gift, a researchers will soon have available to them images from one of England’s oldest glass companies known to paperweight collectors as Whitefriars. The Museum of London acquired the Whitefriars’ extensive collection of design drawings and cartoons and because of space limitations offered them to the Corning Museum of Glass. The drawings and cartoons represent the Whitefriars Collection of stained glass drawings used to plan a stained glass window.  Now the Rakow Research Library will develop an innovative methodology for preserving and digitizing, and making accessible a collection of approximately 5,000-7,000 large-scale, paper-based designs of historical significance from the James Powell and Sons (Whitefriars) glass company.

PCA TX is also represented in the Rakow Collection with a sampling of issues of The Paperweight, the organization’s newsletter. Plans are underway to make the entire body of newsletters available to researchers at the Rakow Research Library. This will allow researchers to follow the history of the Paperweight Collectors Association of Texas, Inc.

Whitefriars Paperweight
Whitefriars Paperweight

PCA TX Grows!

PCA TX now has 87 members from 45 cities, 14 states and two countries. People join PCA TX to share information about paperweights and enjoy the fellowship that comes with exchanging information with one another. Collectors learn about the unique features of this artistry in glass; the process of creating the designs, composition, developing the themes, colors, shapes, and sizes of glass paperweights, and what to look for in selecting paperweights for a collection.

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Members receive a newsletter, The Paperweight, published after each meeting. The newsletter announces upcoming meeting(s), discusses the actions taken at the most recent meeting, publishes discussions of paperweight and paperweight-related subjects and activities, maintains contact with the Association’s members, and publicizes upcoming art glass-related events in museums and other forums across the country - Click to Learn More!