Rakow Research Library

Rakow Research Library

The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass is the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. Its mission is to acquire everything published on the subject of glass, in every format and in every language.

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Imagine a mosaic 27 feet high and 20 feet wide. More than 90 years ago, an exterior mosaic of this size was proposed for the main entrance of Broadway Temple in northern Manhattan. The installation, in the likeness of this watercolor design, would feature more than half a million pieces of glass... more
To be seen in a neat Sitting Room, at 141 Broadway: the wonderful mechanisms of fancy glass blower J. Tilley. This early American broadside, ca. 1820, enumerates the delights New Yorkers could observe if they paid the 25-cent admission fee to Tilley’s glassmaking and scientific exhibition. Like... more
The wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten took place on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. The princess, who would one day become Queen Elizabeth II, received over 2,500 wedding presents from all over the world. One such gift was this engraved Steuben crystal Merry-Go-Round... more