Cornell University ceramics, glassware, and metalware collection, 1893-2003.

Collection Number: 41-7-1964.

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Cornell University ceramics, glassware, and metalware collection, 1893-2003
Collection Number:
41-7-1964. Division of Rare and Manuscript Col
Creator:
Cornell University. Alumni Association.
Quantity:
18.1 cubic feet
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The Cornell University Ceramics, Glassware, and Metalware collection consists of items commissioned by the University, fraternities and societies, and departments. Materials include correspondence concerning Cornell Wedgwood china; full sets of Cornell Plates, made by Wedgwood, in Mulberry and blue, with twelve different designs, depicting Cornell scenes and buildings including the Crescent, Sage Chapel, Baker Laboratory, Myron Taylor Hall, Goldwin Smith Hall, Balch Halls, the Clock Tower, the War Memorial, McGraw Hall, Willard Straight Hall, the Ezra Cornell Statue, and Sibley Dome. Also includes a full set of Wedgwood mulberry and blue cups and saucers and an Incomplete set of green saucers and cups.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The original set of Cornell plates was created in 1932, based on a design created by E. Stewart Williams (Class of 1933) for the Baird Prize "Place Plate" artwork competition for Design 112, February 1932. The winning design was used by the Wedgwood Company for a set of twelve plates depicting Cornell scenes. Originally created in mulberry, copper green, and Staffordshire blue, they were advertised in the Cornell Alumni News and sold through the Cornell Alumni Corporation. They continued to be advertised and sold through at least 1943. In 1950, they were re-issued.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Cornell University Ceramics, Glassware, and Metalware collection consists of items commissioned by the University, fraternities and societies, and departments. Materials include correspondence concerning Cornell Wedgwood china; full sets of Cornell Plates, made by Wedgwood, in Mulberry and blue, with twelve different designs, depicting Cornell scenes and buildings including the Crescent, Sage Chapel, Baker Laboratory, Myron Taylor Hall, Goldwin Smith Hall, Balch Halls, the Clock Tower, the War Memorial, McGraw Hall, Willard Straight Hall, the Ezra Cornell Statue, and Sibley Dome. Also includes a full set of Wedgwood mulberry and blue cups and saucers and an Incomplete set of green saucers and cups.
The collection also contains mugs, cups, and glasses from different class years, reunions, sororities, fraternities, and departments, as well as commemorative plates.
Also, correspondence concerning Cornell Wedgwood china.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Williams, Stewart, 1909-2005.
Cornell University.
Cornell Crew (Rowing team).
Cornell University.Alembic Society.
Cornell University--Athletics.
Cornell University.Class of 1912
Cornell University.Class of 1920
Cornell University.Class of 1936
Cornell University.Class of 1939
Cornell University.Class of 1940
Cornell University.Class of 1944
Cornell University.Class of 1945
Cornell University.Class of 1983
Cornell University.Class of 1987
Cornell University--Societies, etc.
Cosmopolitan Club (Cornell University).
Cornell Law School.
Sigma Alpha Mu.
Tau Delta Eta.
Pi Lambda Phi.

Subjects:
Greek letter societies--New York (State)--Ithaca.
Wedgwood ware.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Cornell University. Alumni Association. Cornell Plates. Records, #41-7-1964. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Wedgwood Plates, Cups, and Saucers
Series II. Cornell Mugs, Cups, and Glasses
Series III. Cornell Plates (non-Wedgwood)

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Subseries Ia. Mulberry Plates
Complete set number 1
Box 2 MU-2307
Dinner plate with image of Baker Laboratory of Chemistry
Expression
Box 2 MU-2312
Dinner plate with image of Balch Hall
1933-07
Box 2 MU-2457
Dinner plate with image of The Crescent
1933-07
Box 2 MU-988
Dinner plate with image of Goldwin Smith Hall
1933-07
Box 2 MU-2319
Dinner plate with image of Library Tower
1933-07
Box 2 MU-2315
Dinner plate with image of McGraw Hall
1933-07
Box 3 MU-860
Dinner plate with image of Myron Taylor Hall
1933-07
Box 3 MU-2317
Dinner plate with image of Sage Chapel
1933-07
Box 3 MU-2314
Dinner plate with image of Sibley Dome
1933-05
Box 3 MU-2318
Dinner plate with image of statue of Ezra Cornell
1933-07
Box 3 MU-2320
Dinner plate with image of the War Memorial
1933-07
Box 3 MU-2313
Dinner plate with image of Willard Straight Hall
1933-07
Complete set number 2
Box 4 MU-854
Dinner plate with image of Baker Laboratory of Chemistry
1933-07
Box 4 MU-2309
Dinner plate with image of Balch Hall
1937-05
Box 4 MU-1994
Dinner plate with image of The Crescent
1937-05
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 4 MU-2306
Dinner plate with image of Goldwin Smith Hall
1933-05
Box 4 MU-851
Dinner plate with image of Library Tower
1933-07
Poor condition: cracked down the center with tape holding it together
Box 4 MU-856
Dinner plate with image of McGraw Hall
1933-07
Box 5 MU-2308
Dinner plate with image of Myron Taylor Hall
1937-05
Box 5 MU-855
Dinner plate with image of Sage Chapel
1933-07
Box 5 MU-862
Dinner plate with image of Sibley Dome
1933-05
Box 5 MU-858
Dinner plate with image of statue of Ezra Cornell
1933-07
Box 5 MU-853
Dinner plate with image of the War Memorial
1933-07
Box 5 MU-1088
Dinner plate with image of Willard Straight Hall
1937-05
Duplicates
Box 6 MU-2458
Dinner plate with image of Baker Laboratory of Chemistry
1933-07
Box 6 MU-976
Dinner plate with image of Baker Laboratory of Chemistry
1951-12
Box 6 MU-859
Dinner plate with image of Balch Hall
1933-07
Box 6 MU-980
Dinner plate with image of Balch Hall
1949-10
Box 6 MU-857
Dinner plate with image of The Crescent
1933-07
Box 6 MU-861
Dinner plate with image of Goldwin Smith Hall
1933-07
Box 7 MU-978
Dinner plate with image of Library Tower
Undated
Box 7 MU-1996
Dinner plate with image of Library Tower
1962-03
Box 7 MU-2310
Dinner plate with image of McGraw Hall
1933-09
Box 7 MU-995
Dinner plate with image of McGraw Hall
1949-10
Box 7 MU-2316
Dinner plate with image of Myron Taylor Hall
1933-07
Box 8 MU-1992
Dinner plate with image of Sage Chapel
1939-09
Box 8 MU-2122
Dinner plate with image of Sage Chapel
1962-03
Box 7 MU-977
Dinner plate with image of Sage Chapel
1959-03
Box 8 MU-1993
Dinner plate with image of Sibley Dome
1933-09
Box 8 MU-1089
Dinner plate with image of Sibley Dome
1941-05
Box 8 MU-979
Dinner plate with image of Sibley Dome
1950-09
Box 8 MU-1995
Dinner plate with image of statue of Ezra Cornell
1933-12
Box 9 MU-2311
Dinner plate with image of the War Memorial
1959-04
Chip on lower left
Box 9 MU-981
Dinner plate with image of the War Memorial
Undated
Box 9 MU-852
Dinner plate with image of Willard Straight Hall
1933-07
Box 9 MU-1997
Dinner plate with image of Willard Straight Hall
1939-09
Subseries Ib. Mulberry Cups and Saucers
Box 29 MU-2357a-2357h
Saucers
1937
Box 29 MU-2357i-2357j
Saucers
1933-1939
Box 29 MU-2357k-2357n
Saucers
1947-11
Box 29 MU-2357o
Saucers
1949-08
Box 30 MU-2357-p-2357q
Saucer
Undated
Box 15,16 MU-2075a-2075q
Tea cup
Undated
Subseries Ic. Blue Plates
Box 1 MU-217
Dinner plate showing Sibley Dome
1932-10-06
First sample plate from the moulds sent to show the shape
Complete set number 1
Box 10 MU-2329
Dinner plate with image of Baker Laboratory of Chemistry
1937-06
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 10 MU-2328
Dinner plate with image of Balch Hall
1937
Small chip on back
Box 10 MU-2338
Dinner plate with image of the Crescent
1937-05
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 10 MU-2335
Dinner plate with image of Goldwin Smith Hall
1937-06
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 10 MU-2330
Dinner plate with image of the Library Tower
1937-06
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 10 MU-2334
Dinner plate with image of McGraw Hall
1934-01
Box 11 MU-2333
Dinner plate with image of Myron Taylor Hall
1937-05
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 11 MU-2326
Dinner plate with image of Sage Chapel
1937-06
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 11 MU-2327
Dinner plate with image of Sibley Dome
1937-06
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 11 MU-2332
Dinner plate with image of Statue of Ezra Cornell
1937-06
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 11 MU-2340
Dinner plate with image of the War Memorial
1942
Box 11 MU-2336
Dinner plate with image of Willard Straight Hall
1937-06
Duplicates
Box 12 MU-2339
Dinner plate with image of the Crescent
1944-12
Box 12 MU-987
Dinner plate with image of the Crescent
1950-10
Box 12 MU-984
Dinner plate with image of Goldwin Smith Hall
1950-10
Box 12 MU-2325
Dinner plate with image of Goldwin Smith Hall
1940-03
Box 12 MU-2323
Dinner plate with image of the Library Tower
1941-05
Box 12 MU-2331
Dinner plate with image of the Library Tower
1944-02
Box 13 MU-2337
Dinner plate with image of McGraw Hall
1937-06
Missing impressed Wedgewood stamps
Box 13 MU-982
Dinner plate with image of McGraw Hall
1949-10
Box 13 MU-2322
Dinner plate with image of Myron Taylor Hall
1940-04
Box 13 MU-985
Dinner plate with image of Sibley Dome
1950-10
Box 13 MU-2321
Dinner plate with image of statue of Ezra Cornell
1941-02
Box 13 MU-983
Dinner plate with image of Statue of Ezra Cornell
1947-02
Box 14 MU-2324
Dinner plate with image of Willard Straight Hall
1940-1949
Dirty, possibly stained
Box 14 MU-986
Dinner plate with image of Willard Straight Hall
1947-04
Subseries Id. Blue Cups and Saucers
Box 28 MU-2358a
Saucers
1940-08
Box 28 MU-2358b
Saucers
1944-01
Box 28 MU-2358c
Saucers
1944-01
Box 28 MU-2358d-2358f
Saucers
1944-02
Box 28 MU-2358g-2358l
Saucers
1944-02
Box 28 MU-2358m
Saucers
1944-03
Box 30 MU-2358n-q
Saucers
1947-11
Box 30 MU-994a
Saucer
1949-08
Box 15 MU-2076h-2076s
Tea cups
Undated
Box 15 MU-2076a-g
Tea cups
Undated
Box 16 MU-994b
Tea cup
Undated
Subseries Ie. Green Cups and Saucers
Box 16 MU-1097a-d
Tea cups
Undated
Box 30 MU-2359a-2359d
Saucers
1944-02
Box 30 MU-2359e
Saucers
1947-11
Subseries IIa. Class Mugs and Glasses
Box 21 MU-2343, MU-1365
Cream ceramic mug with red "Cornell, 1901"
1901
Box 21 MU-2464
Ivory ceramic mug with red "1906"
1906
Box 19 MU-2346
Senior Stunt at the Dutch mug
1908
Box 19 MU-2460
Senior Smoker mug
1908
Box 19 MU-1227
Sophomore Stunt at the Dutch
1910
Cream mug with man smoking and drinking
Box 21 MU-2362
Sophomore Stunt mug
1911
Cream mug with image of man smoking
Box 21 MU-2365
Junior Feed at the dutch
1911
Cream mug with man smoking and drinking
Box 19 MU-2462, MU-2364
Stunt mug
1912
Cream mug with men cheering, sitting on red "12"
Box 20 MU-2367
Junior Feed mug
1912
Red mug with man with beer in white
Box 20 MU-846-847
Junior Feed mug
1913
Cream mug with image of man in tie
Box 20 MU-2363
Sophomore Stunt mug
1913
Cream mug with image of waiter
Box 20 MU-1226
Cornell Smoker, St. Louis
1913
Box 20 MU-2361
Sophomore Stunt mug
1914
Cream mug with man sitting on beer barrel
Box 21 MU-1126
Junior Feed mug
1915
Cream mug with red "Junior Feed" and caricature of a black waiter
Box 19 MU-1125
Sophomore smoker mug
1915
Cream mug with image of man smoking
Box 21 MU-2390
Cornell Smoker, St. Louis mug
1908
Cream mug with dark red writing
Box 20 MU-2463
Class of 1920 sophomore smoker mug
1918
Box 17 MU-2350a-2350b
Class of 1912 45th reunion tumbler
1957
"Enjoy yourself, It's later than you think" written in green
Box 22 MU-2375
Ballantine beer class of 1936 reunion tin mug
1961
Box 17 MU-2370
Cornell Class of 1939 25th reunion bottle
1964
Genesee Beer bottle with 4 images of Cornell
Box 20 MU-1233
Cornell Class of 1940 25th reunion tankard, made from pewter
Box 18 MU-2388
Cornell Class of 1944 25th class reunion
1969-06-12
Cream tankard Cornell emblem
Box 19 MU-2368a-2368b
Cornell Class of 1920 65th reunion mug
1985
White mug with emblem. Made in Trenton NJ
Box 18 MU-2369
Cornell Class of 1945 40th reunion tankard
1985
Cream tankard with Cornell emblem
Box 18 MU-1317-1318
Cornell Class of 1945 40th reunion tankard
1985
Cream tankard with Cornell emblem
Box 18 MU-1315-1316
Cornell Class of 1945 35th reunion tankard
1980
Cream tankard with black Cornell emblem
Box 22 MU-1319-1320
Cornell Class of 1945 45th reunion tankard
1990
Box 17 MU-1282-1283
Cornell Class of 1983 10th reunion champagne flute
1993
Box 17 MU-2392a-2392b
Class of 1987 Wine tumbler
1987
Subseries IIb. Fraternities, Societies, and Schools
Box 22 MU-2466
Sigma Alpha Mu tankard
1934
Box 24, 25 MU-562, MU-1180a, MU-1299, MU-1368, MU-2468a-x
Cosmopolitan Club cup
Undated
Box 23, 24 MU-563, MU-1180b
Cosmopolitan Club saucer
Undated
Box 23, 24 MU-2467a-kk
Cosmopolitan Club saucers
Undated
Makers mark B-1
Box 20 MU-2341
Cornell Alembic mug
Undated
Cream ceramic mug with Alembic written in Arabic in gold image of an alembic
Box 21 MU-1222
College of Law mug
1903
CL '03 in red on one side, Cornell emblem in red on the other side
Box 21 MU-997
Cornell Junior Law Smoker
1906
Cream mug
MU-998
Cornell Law Senior Smoker
1906
Ivory mug with image of man and a stein
Box 19 MU-2342
College of Law Smoker mug
1908
Box 22 MU-2345
College of Law Smoker mug
1909
Box 19 MU-1225, MU-2344
College of Law Smoker mug
1910
Box 20 MU-2355-2356
Chemists' Feed
1912
Box 19 MU-1145
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Undated
"We Grow the Ivy"
Box 21 MU-126
Cornell Co-op dining mug
"Food for Thought"
Box 18 MU-2459a-2459b
Cornell Crew mug
Green-rimmed mug with image of man with oar, by Avon W.R. Co
Box 22 MU-1279-1281
Thirsty Bear Tavern 7th anniversary plastic mug
Undated
Box 22 MU-2389
Pi Lambda Phi tankard
1944
Cream tankard with emblem and "Mort" written on side
Box 19 MU-1113
Plastic Library coffee mug
Undated
Box 22 MU-2083
Plastic Cornell coffee mug
Undated
Box 22 MU-2391
Cornell Computer Science 50 years mug
Undated
Box 19 MU-2461
Statler Club mug
Undated
Box 22 MU-2465
Tau Delta Eta tankard with "Annie" written in gold
1958
Subseries IIc. General Cornell Cups and Mugs
Box 21 MU-1366
Cornell Yell mug
1909
Cream mug with "Cornell I yell-yell-yell Cornell", Cornell emblem with two flags, and "'09" in red
Box 19 MU-2354
Cornell Yell mug
Undated
White mug with six imgages of Cornell buildings, "Cornell I Yell Yell Yell, Far Above Cayuga's Waters" in red
Box 20 MU-2360
"Ba-Tum-Zup" mug
1912-05-18
Box 18 MU-2366
Handmade mug with man in car above McGraw Tower
1912
Handmade by Henry Bollman, East Gloucester Mass.
Box 17 MU-1285
Glass Cornell mug
Undated
Clear glass with gray and gold emblem
Box 17 MU-214
Cornell University milk bottle
Undated
Half pint clear glass bottle with embossed C.U.
Box 21 MU-1157
Cornell University mug
1993
Cream mug with black, gold, and red emblem
Box 21 MU-1158
Cornell University mug
1996
Cream mug with Gold and red emblem
Box 21 MU-1159
Cornell University mug
1997
Cream mug with black, gold, and red emblem
Box 21 MU-1160
Cornell University mug
1999
Cream mug with Gold and red emblem
Box 21 MU-1161
Cornell University mug
2001
Cream mug with Gold and red emblem
Box 21 MU-1162-1163
Cornell University mug
2003
Cream mug with Gold and red emblem
Box 22 MU-1321
Cornell University tankard
Undated
Cream tankard with red Cornell emblem
Box 17 MU-2353a-2353b
Cognac glass with gold Cornell emblem
Undated
Box 17 MU-2347a-2347b
Highball glass with Cornell emblem and silver rim
Undated
Box 17 MU-2349a-2349b
Tumbler glass with Cornell emblem and silver rim
Undated
Box 17 MU-2351a-2351b
Highball glass with red and white Cornell emblem
Undated
Box 17 MU-2352a-2352b
Highball glass with red Cornell emblem
Undated
Box 20 MU-2371a-2371b
Cornell Alumni Reunion tin mug
1962
Box 20 MU-2372
Cornell Alumni Reunion tin mug
1963
Box 20 MU-2385a-2385b
Cornell Alumni Reunion tin mug
1964
Box 20 MU-421-422
Cornell Alumni Reunion tin mug
1966
Box 18 MU-2374
Cornell Alumni Reunion tin mug
1969
Box 18 MU-1322a-1322b
Cornell Class Reunion tin mug
1970
Box 18 MU-2386
Cornell Class Reunion tin mug
1971
Box 18 MU-2373a-2373b
Cornell Class Reunion tin mug
1972
Box 18 MU-2387a-2387b
Cornell Class Reunion tin mug
1974
Box 20 MU-1306
Tin mug with Cornell C and lion
Undated
Box 18 MU-1307, MU-2384
Cornell Class Reunion tin mug
1949
Box 17 MU-1284
Cornell glass, 1865-1965 with emblem
1965
Box 26 Mu-578, MU-216
Souvenir plate showing 7 campus scenes
1893-1910
Flow blue plates by Rowland and Marsellus Co.
Box 26 MU-216
Plate with Cornell emblem in center and 6 building scenes
1904-06
Hallmarks: Royal Doulton England, Rothschild Bros., Ithaca NY
Box 27 MU-2501
Clear glass plate with "Cornell" etched on
Undated
Box 26 MU-2048
"Libe" tower plate
Undated
Image of McGraw tower in red in center, gold trim. American Decorators, Inc. Trenton NJ
Box 27 MU-1077
Painted plate with image of New York State Agriculture School
Undated
Made in Germany
Box 27 MU-1076
Red-rimmed plate
Undated
Red and gold emblem in the center, Schwarzburg hallmark
Box 26 MU-1121
Cornell Cooperative Extension Seventy-fifth Anniversary Banquet
1986-06-06
Box 27 MU-2502
Library Tower image ash tray
Undated