Welcome to the Online Collection of the Museum of American Glass!

The Museum, located in Weston, West Virginia, is committed to preserving and sharing the history of the American glass industry. This site is an effort towards achieving that goal. The online museum is a work in progress and only a small portion of the Museum’s collection is currently available. Additional records are being added continuously; please return frequently to see what’s new.

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Fostoria candlestick will return all records containing the words Fostoria OR candlestick). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words (e.g. Fostoria AND candlestick. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Center Handled Server"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for candle* would come up with records containing candle, candlestick, candle holder, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search. PLEASE NOTE: The description field contains pattern names and/or line numbers.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.

Catalog Searches (Archives / Photos / Libraries / Objects)

The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.

Requesting Reproductions/Copies

Reproductions or copies of material in the virtual museum are not available online, but may be requested by selecting the Request Image button at the lower right hand corner of each enlarged image. Fees/charges may apply. Many monographs, books and catalog reprints are available from the Museum's Ebay store, click here to view what is available.

Submitting Feedback

The Museum of American Glass welcomes your opinions, concerns and comments; you may contact the Museum by Email at wvmag@MA.RR.com. For feedback regarding a specific item in the collection, simply click the Send Feedback button at the top of each catalog record to report any corrections or additional information pertaining to that particular item.