J. D. Bergen Co. (Meriden, CT) historical trade catalogues, other primary sources, and key secondary source information (2016)

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1885-1922) design catalogues, other primary sources, and key secondary sources [1]

Introduction, c. 1911:

"THE J. D. BERGEN COMPANY— Manufacturers of Popular-Priced Cut Glass. […] has been established here for thirty years and at present gives employment to a force of one hundred and fifty men. They have permanently maintained the lead in their line since their establishment and in the year 1891, became incorporated under the laws of the state. W. H. Bradley, President and Treasurer. The plant comprises a large triangular block and the main building is five stories high; […] They make specialties of the Engraved and Rock Crystal ware, […] They have a branch with a fine display at No. 38 Murray Street, New York and another No. 131 Wabash Ave., Chicago."

— (c. 1911). "J. D. Bergen Co." profile and illustration. In Meriden Illustrated, (page 29). William S. Kline & Company: Kinderhook, NY. 30 pp. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. [A00781]



A. J. D. Bergen Co. design catalogues

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1893). The J. D. Bergen Co., manufacturers of rich cut glassware: Factories at Meriden, CT, Brooklyn, NY, Port Jervis, NY and Stourbridge, England. Meriden, CT: Journal Pub. Co., 80 pp. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, call no. NK5205 .B47 A4 1893. Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00149]

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1893). [1983 catalogue reprint]. 80 pp., American Cut Glass Association; Ramona, CA, c. 1999. Corning Museum of Glass call no. TP868.B49 1893r; Toledo Museum call no. R18 B495J. Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00150-51]

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1899). The J. D. Bergen Co., manufacturers of rich cut glassware. 21 pp. Corning Museum of Glass call no. Cut glass: Bergen, J.D., Co., Meriden, CT, USA. (F-7244C). Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00152].

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1903). Brilliant cut glass catalog: J. D. Bergen Co. 1903 "red cover". [Reprint c. 2004, edited by Rob Smith, LABAC, Cycle #7, V-R Information Systems, Leawood, KS. ISBN 0937508071; Corning Museum of Glass call no. TP868.B49 1903r; Library of Congress classification TP868.J27; Winterthur Museum call no. TP868 B85j. Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00153-55].

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1904-05). [The J. D. Bergen Co., manufacturers of rich cut glassware]. 79 pp., Cembura & Avery: Berkeley, CA, 1973 [Reprint of 1904-05 catalogue]. Corning Museum of Glass call nos. TP868.B49 1904r, TP868.B49 1904ra, TP868.B49 1904rx J; Illinois State Library, Springfield call no. OVERSIZE. 748.29 JDBE1973; Royal Ontario Museum call no. NK5203 .J33 1904a; Indiapolis Public Library call no. 748.2913 J. Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00156-61]

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1905-06). Bergen cut glass: 1905-06. 80 pp. Corning Museum of Glass call no. Cut glass: Bergen, J.D., Co., Meriden, CT, USA. (F-7321C) & Bergen, J.D., Co. Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00162]

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1906-07). [Bergen cut glass: 1906-07]. 80 pp. Corning Museum of Glass call no. Cut glass: Bergen, J.D., Co., Meriden, CT, USA. (F-52C). Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00163]

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1907-08). “J. D. Bergen Co. Bergen cut glass, 1907-8”. In Brilliant cut glass catalogs: Fry, Bergen, Maple City, United States Glass, Bawo & Dotter, Bowman, Otto Young, Marshall Wells. Edited by Rob Smith. Corning Museum of Glass call no. TP868.B85f 1899-1922r; Library of Congress call no. TP868.B75 2003. Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00164-65]

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1914). [Catalogue No. 51], 80 looseleaf pp. Corning Museum of Glass call no. Cut glass: Bergen, J.D., Co., Meriden, CT, USA (F-10366C). Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00166]

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J. D. Bergen Co. (1914). “J. D. Bergen Co. Rich cut glass, catalogue no. 51”, 80 looseleaf pp. In Brilliant cut glass catalogs: Blackmer, Bergen and Blackmer, edited by Rob Smith”. Leawood, KS: V-R Information Systems, c. 2003. ISBN 0937508004. Corning Museum of Glass call no. TP868.B85b 1908-1916r; F-19122; Range 6, Bay 1, Shelf 3, American Cut Glass Association records, 1978-, Box 3. Library of Congress call no. TP868.B73 2003. Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00167-68]



B. Other primary source documentation

C. Key secondary source information

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(1885-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft (compiled by). (1895). "The J. D. Bergen Co.". In Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 44-5 [including two illustrations]. The Journal Publishing Company: Meriden, CT. Courtesy Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00787-88].

"The factory located in Miller street... The trade of this concern extends throughout the entire United States, and while Meriden... is their headquarters, they also operate plants in Port Jervis, N.J. and Brooklyn, N.Y."— in Art souvenir edition of the Meriden Daily Journal illustrating the city of Meriden, Connecticut in the year 1895, p. 45, above.

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(1901). Insurance maps of Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut map, (pdf p. 22, Map 20, J. D. Bergen on Miller Street near State Street, site. This part of Miller Street was removed in the 1950s to make a larger tract of land, which is currently a park). Sanborn-Perris Map & Publishing Co. 51 leaves. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 22 November 2016. [AAA00497-98] (For more maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

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Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "J. D. Bergen Co." section including 3 portraits and illustration of building, (pp. 99-101). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part III). 1248 pp overall. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

"... formerly located on Miller street [and relocated to a five-story brick plant at Center and Britannia streets] ... its products sold throughout the entire United States and in many foreign countries... employs a force of approximately 200 hands at its Meriden plant, maintains offices and show rooms in New York and in Chicago, and resident agents at Boston, Baltimore and all other principals cities of the United States... the Bergen Company maintains traveling representatives in the far West in the United States, and foreign representatives who take in practically all of Asia and Oceanica. There is also a resident agent in the city of Mexico and in Honolulu.

(For more historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

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J. D. Bergen Co. (undated). [J. D. Bergen historical memorandum]. In Cut glass catalogs: Libbey, Huntley, Loftis, Reim, Burley & Co, et al. 550 pp.; V-R Information Systems, c. 2005: Leawood, KS. ISBN 0937508128. Library of Congress classification TP868.C88 2005. Viewed 27 March 2016. [A00169]

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LeCleire Taylor, Gay. (1997). Slivers of light: Rich cut oil lamps (exhibition catalogue). Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ. 12 pp. [Including designs by the J. D. Bergen Co.; burners / oil pots included in glass designs by Bradley & Hubbard and Edward Miller & Co.] Viewed 8 June 2016. (Copy in the offline Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library.) [A00757-58]



Footnote:
[1] This dating "1885-1922" comes from Tobin, Diane. (2012). The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An abundance of glass. (See appendix: Meriden Glass Companies). Charleston, SC: The History Press. (ISBN 978.1.61423.833.1). Viewed 24 May 2016. [A00696]



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