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COLLECTION Identifier: ecb00006

The Archives of Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka and the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants

Includes curatorial files containing primarily correspondence and photographs relating to the acquisiton, display and research of the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants. Major correspondents include the creators of the glass flowers, the Blaschkas; the donors, Elizabeth and Mary Lee Ware; museum directors George Lincoln Goodale and Oakes Ames; and various individuals relating information, or with inquiries about the collection. Photographs include about 50 glass plate negatives of some of the flower models in the Collection; a research collection of about 500 slides, dating from the 1950s when the models were used as a teaching collection at Harvard; and portraits of the Blaschkas, Wares and Museum staff and photographs of the Blaschka models, in black and white and color, and including negative as well as positive images. Other material includes a diary, 1931, of Louis Bierweiler, documenting his trip to Hosterwitz, Germany as curator of the museum to visit Rudolf Blaschka; a folder of receipts and bills, 1892; information about the 1974 travelling exhibit of glass flowers to Japan and museum publications on the models; and biographical files on museum staff.

Dates

  • 1886-2007

Conditions Governing Access

Some portions of this collection are restricted including financial records and other sensitive material. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Extent

58 linear feet

Historical note

The Botanical Museum was established in 1878 under the direction of George Lincoln Goodale. The collections were designed to illustrate the principle systematic, biological and economic relations of plants, and include the Ware Collection of glass models of flowers, prepared by the artists Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolf, who lived in Hosterwitz, a suburb of Dresden, Germany. This collection was given to Harvard University by Elizabeth C. Ware and her daughter Miss Mary Lee Ware as a memorial to Charles Eliot Ware (A.B.1834). Oakes Ames was appointed curator of the Museum in 1923.

Collection inventory

Short exhibit on processing the collection
Title
The Archives of Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka and the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants: A Guide.
Status
under_revision
Author
Botany Libraries, Economic Botany Library of Oakes Ames, Harvard University.
EAD ID
ecb00006

Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Economic Botany Library of Oakes Ames, Harvard University Repository

Contact:
Harvard University Herbaria
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Cambridge MA 02138 USA
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