Southern Methodist University

Dallas Glass Club records, 1937-2014


Creator: Dallas Glass Club
Title: Dallas Glass Club records
Dates: 1937-2014
Abstract: Founded in 1937, members of the Dallas Glass Club met to discuss, and study various glassmaking styles and techniques. The club’s administrative records and scrapbooks document the history and activities of the groups and its members. Of note are the materials related to the campaign to endow the Hamon room at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Identification: A2006.0004, A2006.0004x
Quantity: 5 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

Myrtle Hayes organized the Dallas Glass Club on November 15th, 1937. The purpose of the Dallas Glass Club was to discuss, appreciate and learn about various glassmaking styles and techniques making the club a popular resource for museums and antique collectors. Members of the Glass Club built a glass collection with the hope it would find a home in a local art museum. Pieces of the collection were featured in the Fine Arts Museum in Dallas, Fondren Library and McFarlin Auditorium at Southern Methodist University, Millermore, Linz Jewelers and the Hamon room of the Dallas Museum of Art. The Dallas Glass Club incorporated in 1975 and continued to raise money for the purchase of rare glass objects. In 1991 the membership committed to a campaign with the Dallas Museum of Art to gift their collection to the museum and to raise funds to sponsor the Decorative Arts Study Gallery in the new Hamon Building. They succeeded in raising $100,000 to endow the study gallery. Along with exhibiting pieces from the American glass donated by members of the Dallas Glass Club, the museum agreed to continue acquiring new pieces, and to host “hands-on” glass workshops from time to time. Construction began on the addition of the Nancy and Jake L. Hamon Building in 1991 and it opened to the public on September 26, 1993.


  • Dallas Glass Club records, box 1, folders 55-58, History 1937-2000

Scope and Contents Note

The Dallas Glass Club records are comprised of administrative records, directories, meeting records, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, brochures and other printed materials. Materials dated 1991-1993 cover the campaign to endow the Decorative Arts Study Gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into two series:
Series 1: Dallas Glass Club records, 1937-2014
Series 2: Scrapbooks and oversized materials, 1945-2014


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Organizations)
Dallas Glass Club
Glassware -- Collectors and collecting -- Texas -- Dallas.
Women -- Texas -- Dallas -- Societies and clubs.
Document Types
Administrative records.
Archives of Women of the Southwest.

Related Material

This is one of the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dallas Glass Club records, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Dallas Glass Club, 2006.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by DeGolyer students Margaret Elder and Tori Penrose in 2014. The collection was reviewed and updated by Samantha Dodd in 2018. Books and periodicals were separated from the collection and can be found by searching the online catalog with the search string “Part of the Dallas Glass Club records.”

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Dallas Glass Club records, 1937-2014
1 box

Box Folder
1 1-5 Acquisitions for Dallas Museum of Art, 1989-1999, undated
6 American Cut Glass Association membership directory, 2010-2011
7 Attendance register, 1974-1989
8 Attendance sheets, undated
9 Auction catalogs, 2012-2013
10 By-laws and articles, undated
11 Clippings, 1991-2001
12 Corning Museum of Glass slide catalog, 1981
13-18 Correspondence, 1991-2012, undated
19 Dallas Glass Club museum committee, 1991-1995
20 Dallas Museum of Art newsletters, 1992-1999
21-54 Directories, 1939-2014
55-58 History, 1937-2000
59 Lecture/Speakers, 1992-1994
60 Letters of recommendation, 1997-1999
61-70 Meetings, 1991-2001
71 Notes, 1994, undated
72 Photographs, 1998-1999
73 Prudence E. Stone glass collection, 1997 September 8
74 Publications-Collectors’ Corner, 1969
75 Report, 2001-2002
76 Slides of Czechoslovakian Glass Exhibit, 1981
77-79 Spring fundraiser-auction/luncheon, 1997-2003
80 Stationery, undated
81 Study gallery project activities, 1991
82 Study gallery project donors, 1991-1992
83 Study gallery project pledge form, undated
84 Workshops, 1992-1995

Series 2: Scrapbooks and oversized materials, 1945-2014
4 boxes

2x Dallas Glass Club Document File, 1975-1997
2x-5x Scrapbooks, 1945-2014
3x Gavel, undated