The Rakow Library collects and preserves stories about the art, history, science, and technology of glass. The recordings in our collection are filled with insights and descriptions which illuminate places that have vanished, people who have passed away, techniques and technology that have fallen by the wayside, and events that now exist only in memory. These oral histories offer us a way to preserve the past and help future generations understand what it was like to work with glass as an artist, scientist, factory worker, and many other professions.
We are actively recording and collecting oral histories. If you would like more information about the stories we collect, or would like to recommend someone for an oral history, please contact us by email or call us at 607.438.5300.
If you are interested in starting your own oral history project, read our tips and best practices.