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Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation Collection

 Collection
Identifier: VC-0002

Scope and Contents

The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation Collection contains documents, photographs, slides, film, periodicals, articles, clippings, lecture transcripts, tools, sketches, designs and cartoons (full size stained glass window designs), stained glass, and ephemera.

The primary reference material is the job information. In particular, the job files (boxes 7-9) are used most often in research. Job files list specific information for each job performed by the studio.

For more information, including access to the digital content of the collection, please visit the collection website.

Dates

  • 1905 - 2012

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Biographical Note

Charles J. Connick (1875-1945) was an American stained glass artist whose work may be found in cities all across the United States. Connick’s works in the Arts and Crafts movement and beyond uniquely combined ancient and modern techniques and also sparked a revival of medieval European stained glass craftsmanship. Connick studied symbols and the interaction between light, color and glass, as well as the crucial connection between the stained glass window and its surrounding architecture.

Connick founded his own studio in 1912 in Boston. The Charles J. Connick Studio performed work for churches, synagogues, schools, hospitals, public buildings and private homes in cities across the United States and in several other countries. When Connick died in 1945, the worker-owned studio continued as Charles J. Connick Associates under the supervision of Orin E. Skinner in Boston's Back Bay until closing in 1987.

The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation was created to preserve the Connick tradition of stained glass. At the same time, items from the studio were donated to the Boston Public Library's Fine Arts Department to form Charles J. Connick Studio Collection. In 2008, the Foundation donated its own collection of stained glass windows, designs, cartoons, slides, documents, periodicals, and other items to the MIT Libraries. The collection was processed over three years from March 2009 to May 2012.

Extent

31 box(es)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection is organized into ten series:

Series 1. Charles J. Connick and Connick Studio documents

Series 2. Charles J. Connick Studio and Associates job information

Series 3. Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation documents

Series 4. Charles J. Connick and Connick Studio media

Series 5. Charles J. Connick and Connick Studio collected text

Series 6. Charles J. Connick Studio and Associates subcollections

Series 7. Charles J. Connick Studio and Associates studio hardware

Series 8. Charles J. Connick Studio and Associates supplementary art materials

Series 9. Charles J. Connick Studio and Associates stained glass works

Series 10. Charles J. Connick Studio and Associates works on paper

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized items in the collection and a finding aid can be viewed in the MIT Libraries Digital Repository, Dome: http://dome.mit.edu/handle/1721.3/74802

Related Materials

The Charles J. Connick and Associates Archives are located at the Boston Public Library's Fine Arts Department (http://www.bpl.org/research/finearts.htm).

The Charles J. Connick papers, 1901-1949 are located at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art (http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/charles-j-connick-papers-7235).

Information on the Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation may be found at their website (http://www.cjconnick.org/).

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.
Title
Guide to the Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Jeremy Grubman
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021 July 12: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements and to remove aggrandizing terms in the biographical note description.

Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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