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Archives & Special Collections at the Rakow Library: Overview

The Rakow Research Library is the world's most comprehensive glass research library. What's in special collections and archives? Find out by using this guide.

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Archives & Special Collections at the Rakow Library

The Rakow Library's archives and special collections encompass materials ranging from medieval manuscripts about glass to contemporary glass artists’ papers. The collections include rare books, manuscript collections, design drawings, batch books (glass recipe books), photographs, and ephemera, as well as historic records of The Corning Museum of Glass. Currently, the Library has over 210 manuscript collections documenting glass collecting, the production and industrial design of American glass decorative art objects, individual glass artists’ careers, archaeological excavations, and glass-focused organizations. 

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This 3D model is Robert Sowers' design for All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, CA.

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