All About Glass

All About Glass

This is your resource for exploring various topics in glass: delve deeper  with this collection of articles, multimedia, and virtual books all about glass. Content is frequently added to the area, so check back for new items. If you have a topic you'd like to see covered, send us your suggestion. If you have a specific question, Ask a Librarian at our Rakow Research Library.

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Stories from The Flood of '72: John Fox
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Listen as John Fox, director of the Corning Glass Center in 1972, recalls an attempted rescue of a Venetian dragon-stem goblet, which at the time was believed to be a rare 16th century piece. The effort was unsuccessful. It was impossible to get into the case without damaging the goblet, and Fox

Harry Phillips oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Harry Phillips, former gaffer for Steuben, interviewed May 2011. Harry Phillips started his career in glass at Corning Glass Works while still in high school. After leaving high school he went to Steuben where he continued for 46 years, working his way up to

Stories from The Flood of '72: The Warehouse
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Listen as Joe Maio and William Warmus talk about the clean up efforts after the flood. The Flood of '72: Community, Collections, and Conservation chronicles the determination of Museum staff and the community to rebuild, and sheds light on the unique conservation techniques that were used to

Max Erlacher oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Max Erlacher, former master engraver for Steuben, interviewed May 2010. Max Erlacher was born in Innsbruck, Austria. As a young man he attended a glass technical school to learn the craft of glass engraving. Upon the completion of training, he worked in Vienna

Stories from the Crystal City
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The History Channel awarded The Corning Museum of Glass a Save Our History grant to partner with Corning Community College and the High School Learning Center for "Stories from the Crystal City," a history project to preserve the memories of Corning-area glass factory workers. The program

Dan Keyes oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Dan Keyes, former gaffer for Steuben, interviewed October 2010. Daniel Keyes reminisces about his career in glass at Corning Glass Works, starting as a teenager with working papers. He was hired as a section tender and steadily moved through different areas of

Jerry Kersting oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Jerry Kersting, retired engineer for Corning, Inc., interviewed May 2010. Jerry Kersting was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1939. He attended Rutgers University where he obtained a degree in civil engineering for the Facilities Group. In 1960, after spending a brief

Gordon Casterline oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Gordon Casterline, retired from Corning, Inc., interviewed May 2010. Gordon Casterline talks about his career with Corning Glass Works/Corning Incorporated.

Museum Under Water: The Corning Flood of 1972
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On June 23, 1972, Corning, New York and the surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood, as a result of the tropical storm Agnes. At The Corning Museum of Glass, hundreds of objects were broken, more than half of the Library's materials were saturated with flood water, and the

Bill Anderson oral history interview- Rakow Research Library
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This clip is from an interview with Bill Anderson, former Corning Glass Works employee, interviewed May 2011. Bill Anderson was born and raised in Corning, NY. He reminisces about growing up in the area, his father's employment as a gaffer at Corning Glass Works, his own employment, and the

Stories from The Flood of '72: Dr. Robert Brill
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"Our goal was to overcome defeatism before it ever had a chance to set in, and to provide encouragement for the stricken people of the community," declared Dr. Robert H. Brill, director of the Museum during the post-flood restoration period. The Flood of '72: Community, Collections,

60 Years- Rakow Research Library
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The Library was established as part of the Museum in 1951. Today, it houses the world's largest and finest collection of resources on the art and history of glass. Much of the collection consists of unique items, such as the archives and original design drawings for stained glass. This video