On June 23, 1972, Corning and surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood. At The Corning Museum of Glass, hundreds of objects were broken, more than half the Library materials were saturated with water and coated with mud, and the facility was covered with a thick layer of slime. These photographs chronicle the determination of Museum staff and illustrate the steps taken toward conservation of glass objects and the restoration of Library materials.
About Rakow Library
The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Library, founded as part of The Corning Museum of Glass in 1951, is a public institution that houses the world's most comprehensive collection of materials on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. The Library Collection ranges from medieval manuscripts to original works of art on paper to the latest information on techniques used by studio artists. More than 150 archives contain unique material from individual artists, galleries, companies, scholars, and organizations. The Library also presents exhibitions featuring items from its collection.
Corning Museum of Glass
Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Library
Rakow Library Collection Search
Rakow Library Exhibitions
Museum Under Water: The Corning Flood of 1972 (video)
The Corning Flood: Museum Under Water. This book describes the restoration process and offers suggestions for disaster planning gleaned from experience.
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