Is there something about glass you'd like to know? Ask a Librarian!

Have you ever wondered what raw materials are combined to make a batch of glass? Are you looking for information on a certain glass artist? Is glass a liquid or a solid? Do you know where to look to try to figure out what company made that glass piece that was passed down to you from your great grandmother? These are all examples of the types of questions that the Rakow Research Librarians answer quite frequently. There are currently over 700 question and answer pairs viewable online and that number is constantly increasing as over 4,000 reference questions are asked each year. Ask us your questions through our customized online reference service, LibAnswers.

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Questioners can choose if they would like their question viewable by the public. Public answers show up as search results in Google and allow other researchers to further explore the topic. For those interested in browsing the questions, there is a tag cloud to allow topical browsing or a keyword search can be done.

The Rakow Library focuses on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. We have many topical bibliographies  to share ranging from glassmaking techniques to glass companies, types of glass, glass artists and beyond. Though our collection does not circulate, we are happy to loan second copies of books or send copies of articles to your local library through Interlibrary Loan.

The Rakow Research Library is open from 9-5, Monday – Friday | Telephone: 607.438.5300
Email: [email protected]

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  1. Hello,
    I would like to know how I can get some more information on a couple of Murano glass pieces that were handed down to me. I know very little about them but was told they were very special because they have the original sketches that were used to create them. All I know is that they are from the 50s. The only research i have been able to find is on one of the artist who created one of the sketchs and his name was Bruno Saetti. Any informaiton that you can help me with would be appreciated. You can reach me at my email address listed and I would be happy to answer any other questions.

    • Dear Alejandro,

      That does sound very special–it is always so interesting to see the design drawing and the resulting artwork together! I would be happy to send you information on Bruno Saetti (and if you have other names I can look at those as well), if you could send me your e-mail address. It does not display when using this webform, in order to protect your privacy. My email address is [email protected].


      Regan Brumagen

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