The MSV houses over 23,000 objects ranging from fine and decorative arts to archival materials. MSV Collections include the Shenandoah Valley Collection, the Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection, the R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Collection, the Gardens and Grounds Collection, Wood–Glass Family Archive, and the Glen Burnie Queer Studies Collection.
An online database allows you to search this collection while select objects from each collection are featured on the individual collection pages on this website. Please check back frequently as more objects will be added to the this section soon.
The Shenandoah Valley Collection consists of the objects acquired by the MSV since 1999. These objects include, but are not limited to, examples of Shenandoah Valley decorative art and objects relevant to the history and people of the region.
Select objects—including furniture, ceramics, fine art, folk art, metals, and textiles—from this collection are on view in the MSV galleries building in the Shenandoah Valley Gallery and in the Vital Force exhibition.
The Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection consists of American, European, and Asian fine and decorative art that belonged to MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992).
Select objects from this collection are Shenandoah Valley works that Glass inherited from his Wood and Glass ancestors. Multiple objects from the Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection are currently on view in the MSV Glen Burnie House, the Vital Force exhibition, and in the Shenandoah Valley Gallery.
The R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Collection consists of the collection of furnished miniature houses and rooms that were assembled by and belonged to R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000), partner of MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. from the late 1940s until the couple separated in the mid-1970s. The collection includes examples by some of the best miniatures artisans of Taylor’s era.
These fascinating miniature houses and rooms are on view in the MSV R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Gallery. Additionally, a collection of room boxes assembled by William Protzman Massey, Sr. (1879-1958) is on display in the miniatures gallery.
Considered by some to be the most significant miniature in Taylor’s collection—a fully furnished miniature of the MSV’s Glen Burnie House—is on display in the house that inspired it.
A side view of Lee Hall in the R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Gallery.
The Gardens and Grounds Collection consists of garden statuary and objects displayed in the Glen Burnie Gardens and on the MSV grounds, including objects in Kathie’s Spring Garden and on the MSV Trails.
The Wood–Glass Family Archive consists of books, papers, documents, photographs, and letters related to the Wood and Glass families of Winchester, Virginia, including those of MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992).
The Glen Burnie Queer Studies Collection consists of the everyday, material life objects owned by Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992) and R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000) dating to their occupancy of Glen Burnie, including objects that speak to their time as a gay couple. It also contains select objects owned by the group of friends and immediate family that supported them.
The MSV houses over 15,000 objects ranging from fine and decorative arts to archival materials. Click below to access the MSV collections database and explore different areas of the MSV permanent collection, including new additions like the Wood-Glass Family Archive and the Glen Burnie Queer Studies Collection.
Objects in the collections are still being researched and photographed and as a result we will continue to revise and improve the online database. We strive to publish accurate information even when our object files contain only partial or incomplete data. To request an image or arrange a research visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online research database was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grant Number MA-31-17-0181-17.