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Sneath Glass Company records

Identifier: MSS-337

Scope and Contents

This collection includes administrative records, financial records, glass formula records and other materials from The Sneath Glass Company in Hartford City, Indiana ranging from 1894 to 2000 regarding the business and production of glass, and a historical account of the company.


  • Creation: 1852-2000

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Administrative History

Sneath Glass Company was incorporated in 1894 for the amount of $30,000. The original owners of the company were Samuel B. Sneath, Richard Davis Sneath, and John W. Geiger. The construction of the Sneath Glass Factory began in 1894 and was located in Hartford City. Initially, the company specialized in the production of lanterns purchased primarily by railroad companies. As demand for the lanterns decreased, Sneath Glass Company began to create glass kitchen storage products, especially those used in the refrigerator. While these lanterns and kitchen glassware were the two major products for the company, the collections contains a significant number of patents for new and innovative glass products. Sneath Glass Company was one of the first manufacturers to create heatproof glass. Due to the death of Mr. Sneath, the company reorganized in 1941. The 1941 Article of Incorporation name A.C. Crimmel as the president of the company and H.C. Hill as the secretary. Due to the Union Wildcat Strike in 1952, the company experienced work stoppage, and began to stuggle financially because of both competition from plastic manufacturers and government price controls. The Thatcher Glass Company offered to purchase Sneath Glass Company in 1952, but was rejected due to a vote by a minority stockholder. The factory closed in 1952.


0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Sneath Glass Company administrative records, 1892-1952

Series 2: Sneath Glass Company Financial records, 1895-1952

Series 3: Sneath Glass Company Glass formula records, 1906-1948

Series 4: Sneath Glass Company history, 1852-2000

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Clyde A. Crimmel on 2013/08/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/08/26 by Rebecca Marangelli. EAD finding aid created 2013/08/26 by Rebecca Marangelli. EAD finding aid revised 2013/08/28 by Rebecca Marangelli.

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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA