Special and Archival Collections

Special & Archival Collections

The Rakow Library's special collections and archives range from medieval manuscripts to contemporary artist archives. Special collections include rare books, design drawings, batch books, ephemera, photographs, and company publications, and more. Currently, the Library has over 190 collections from individual artists, galleries, companies, scholars, and organizations.

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The Rakow Research Library recently acquired the Fenton Art Glass Company archive. The collection, which fills 290 boxes, arrived on March 8, and is one of the most complete American glass company archives in our collection. The archive documents the entire history of the company with materials on... more
The Rakow Research Library staff aims to create a comprehensive collection that tells the story of glass. As you might imagine, in building such an inclusive collection, we come across materials in all shapes, sizes, and conditions. Occasionally, some of these materials are in rough shape, but if... more
Can you be haunted by a building? Glass scholar Paul Hollister (1918-2004) certainly thought so and later described his own haunting in a lecture. At age 11, he visited the Crystal Palace, site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, located in London’s Sydenham Hill, and was instantly transfixed by the... more