Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation Collection
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.
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- 1905 - 2012
- Connick, Charles J. (Charles Jay) (Person)
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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.
Language of Materials
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
Processing Information note
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- Connick, Charles J. (Charles Jay)
- Glass painting and staining Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Connick, Charles J. (Charles Jay) (Person)
- Guide to the Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation Collection
- Jeremy Grubman
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- 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.
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