Last Updated: Dec 04, 2016     Views: 30

I am glad you were excited about learning more about American glass fakes after viewing the pieces in our galleries. 

You are welcome to come to the Rakow Research Library to study our materials about American glass. Our curators and outside experts give lectures, and videotapes/DVDs of their talks are available to you in the library. (We do not loan our videos or DVDs). Of course, we have lots of books and other materials on the subject, including a variety of catalogs showing pieces in our museum. 

We encourage you to call ahead to let us know when you plan to visit the library and remind us of your area of interest. While an appointment is not requirement for use of the library, it will help us to be better prepared to meet your research needs and to have preliminary materials ready upon your arrival. Please contact us at 607-974-8649 or rakow@cmog.org. 

The museum website shows a few pieces in the "Glass Collections" section and the "Glass Resources" section can be interesting:http://www.cmog.org 

You may be interested in coming to Corning for our Docent Training. 
Take a look at the CMoG website to learn more about lectures that docents attend: www.cmog.org (under "Get Involved / Docents") Please call The Corning Museum of Glass Docent Services Coordinator at 607.974.8635 for more information. 

If there are particular pieces in the Study Gallery that interest you, please note the "accession number" the next time you are in the museum. We can help you look up information about that piece or pieces. The accession number is a three-part number such as: 79.4.111, meaning we acquired the piece in 1979; .4 = American glass; the piece was the 111th piece added to the American collection that year. 

I will check with our Registrar to see if there is a list of items in the "Fakes" section.

If you cannot come to Corning again soon, you may wish to borrow library materials via your local library. 

The Rakow Research Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC); your library can contact us through OCLC or they may mail an Interlibrary Loan form to us. You may request up to five items at a time. We send photocopies of articles and books (if we have a second copy) through Interlibrary Loan for four weeks use. 

I have attached a brief bibliography about American Glass and another about fakes. We have many other lists on a variety of topics. You may wish to browse the library collections using the "Rakow Library Catalog" and "Article Index" databases at http://rakow.cmog.org 

Don't hesitate to contact the library again to ask more specific questions! For example, are you interested in particular glass companies or types of glass (pressed, blown, etc.)? 

This is just a start -- we look forward to hearing from you.