The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

James Brower Papers, 1949-1989 and undated


Size: 1 linear ft

Provenance: Mr. James Brower, October 30, 2006.


Access: Open

Collection Summary: This collection consists of catalogs and other images created by Mr. Brower over parts of his long career as a graphic designer.  It includes catalogs created for Owens-Illinois and the Libbey Glass Company.


Subjects: Glass Industry, Music, Art, Drama, and Theatre

Related Collections:  Owens-Illinois, Inc, Company Records, MSS-200

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.


Completed by:  Greg Johnson, July 2007; updated by Barbara Floyd, October 2010; last updated:  Arjun Sabharwal, November 2014


Biographical Sketch

James Brower, a graphic designer in Toledo and throughout the United States, was born in 1914. Throughout his long career, Mr. Brower designed catalogs and other marketing materials for Owens-Illinois, Inc. for almost 60 years, beginning in the field in 1934 and retiring in 1997.  Mr. Brower moved to the Toledo community in 1943 to continue his graphic design work, which he had been doing in West Virginia. 

Today, Mr. Brower continues to do artistic work, now focusing on water colors.  Mr. Brower has shown his work in the Toledo area and nationally, winning award throughout the United States for his work.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is comprised of catalogs, fliers, and envelope “stuffers” created by James Brower during his career with Owens-Illinois.  The items are arranged in alphabetical order by folder, with the contents of each folder arranged chronologically. 

Series Descriptions


Catalogs, 1949-1989 and undated.


Box and Folder Inventory






Kaylo Insulation Catalogs, 1949-1951 and undated



Kimble Assurance Magazines, 1950-1953 and undated.



Kimble/Glasco, 1950-1972 and undated.



Kimble Glass Block and Insulex, 1948-1958 and undated.



Libbey Glass Catalogs, 1956-1966



Libbey Glass Catalogs, 1967-1982



Libbey Glass Catalogs, 1983-1989 and undated



Libbey Envelope Stuffers, undated



Libbey Selling Sheets, 1972-1991 and undated



Owens Illinois Pharmaceutical Catalogs, undated



Owens Illinois Dividend Stuffer, undated



Owens  Illinois Glass Containers, 1948-1972 and undated



Owens Illinois Group Insurance, 1966 and undated



Owens Illinois Homemakers Guild, 1944 and undated



Owens Illinois Research, 1955 and undated