Guide to the Papers of Thomas Gaffield
MC.0139

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator -
Gaffield, Thomas
Title
Thomas Gaffield papers
ID
MC.0139
Date [inclusive]
1858-1892
Extent
3.5 cubic feet (10 manuscript boxes and 2 reels microfilm)
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains volumes of Thomas Gaffield's research notes, correspondence, and published information gathered by him into scrapbooks, primarily on the topic of glass. Material is bound into volumes titled: Notes on Glass, 1862-1875, volumes 1-5; Glass Journal, 1858-1881, volumes 1-4; Experiments in Photography, 1863-1894, volumes 1-2. There are also copies of letters written by Gaffield, 1868-1892. There is an index in the front of the volume. Notes on Glass, Glass Journal, and Experiments in Photography chronicle Gaffield's experiments and observations on American and European glassmaking and photography. This material created by Thomas Gaffield is part of a library of over 200 volumes of related books he collected that are held by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institute Archives and Special Collections.

Citation

Thomas Gaffield Papers, MC 139, box X. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Biography

Thomas Gaffield, 1825-1900, was a glass manufacturer. He was a partner in the firm of Tuttle, Gaffield and Company from 1847 to 1869 and helped form the Boston Crystal Glass Works in 1861. Mr. Gaffield became a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation beginning in March 1896, serving until his death in 1900. Prior to this he was an active member of the MIT Society of Arts and lectured to students in Chemistry on the topic of glass manufacture.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections

MIT Libraries
Building 14N-118
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4307
617.253.5690
mithistory@mit.edu

Revision Description

  2011

Access note

The collection is open for research.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

Source of Acquisiton

The papers were given to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by Thomas Gaffield and his wife beginning in 1895 with the gift of a collecton of his books on glass manufacture. In 1905 volumes were formally accessioned into the MIT Libraries' catalog. In 1982 manuscript volumes and scrapbooks created by Thomas Gaffield were separately described as manuscript collection MC 139.

Location of Copies

Two reels of microfilm: Reel 1 contains a copy of Notes on Glass, volumes 1-5; and Reel 2 contains a copy of Glass Journal, volumes 1-4. Also filmed with this collection is an index to Notes on Glass and Glass Journal, prepared by Judith Johnson of the Corning Museum of Glass.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Thomas Gaffield Book Collection in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Society of Arts Records, AC 11. Institute Archives and Special Collections.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Gaffield, Thomas

Subject(s)

  • Glass manufacture--History.
  • Photography.

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Bibliography

MIT Annual Report of the President and Treasurer, December 11, 1895, pp. 33-34. http://hdl.handle.net/1721.3/62218

"Resolution on the death of Thomas Gaffield," MIT Corporation Minutes, December 1900, Institute Archives and Special Collections, AC 278.

Booth, Robert. "The Gaffield Collection," MIT Library Annual, 1948, pp. 52-57.

Lanier, Stanley. "A Cloth of Glass," Technology Review, vol. 44, 1941/1942, p. 268.

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Collection Inventory

Box

Notes on Glass, volume 1 1862 

1

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Notes on Glass, volume 2 1862 

1

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Notes on Glass, volume 3 1862 

1

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Notes on Glass, volume 4 1863-1875 

1

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Notes on Glass, volume 5 1875 

2

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Glass Journal, volume 1 1858-1864 

2

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Glass Journal, volume 2 1864-1874 

2

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Glass Journal, volume 3 1874-1881 

3

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Glass Journal, volume 4 1881 

3

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Experiments in Photography and the Action of Sunlight on Glass, volume 1 1863-1871 

3

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Experiments in Photography and the Action of Sunlight on Glass, volume 2 1871-1894 

4

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Copies of Letters, volume 1 1868-1892 

4

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Siemens' Regenerative Gas Furnaces, volume 1 1865 

5

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Siemens' Regenerative Gas Furnaces, volume 2 1878 

5

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Correspondence about Glass and Glass-Making, volume 1 approximately 1874 to 1896 

6

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Correspondence about Sunlight Experiments, volume 1 approximately 1866 to 1886 

6

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Correspondence about Sunlight Experiments, volume 2 approximately 1876 to 1894 

7

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Letters of E. S. Drone and J. D. Weeks / Essays on Glass in Appleton's Cyclopedia and Tenth US Census Report 1873-1884 

7

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Index of Bontemps' Guide on Verrier circa 1896 

8

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Notes on Glass-Making 1861 

8

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Scraps, Articles on Glass, volume 1 approximately 1864 to 1878 

8

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Scraps, Articles on Glass, volume 2 approximately 1873 to 1881 

9

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Scraps, Articles on Glass, volume 3 approximately 1881 to 1889 

10

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"Index Rerum. / Articles on Glass, Etc."  approximately 1863 to 1889 

10

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