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Rakow, Juliette K., 1909-1992



  • Existence: 1909 (date of birth) - 1992 (date of death) - 1992


Juliette K. "Gypsy" Rakow was born in New York City in 1909. Like her father, Albert Kamholz, she became a teacher. She studied education at Hunter College for Women and taught before she married Leonard S. Rakow in 1936.

The Rakows developed an interest in glass upon receiving a pair of Wedgewood candlesticks as a wedding gift. Over time, they developed not only an unparalleled collection of English cameo glass, but also a deep knowledge of glass and a passion for glass research. As benefactors of The Corning Museum of Glass, they supported the library, now named for them, and endowed both the Rakow Grant for Glass Research and the Rakow Commission. As Founding Fellows of the Museum, they also lectured frequently and earned a reputation for sharing their knowledge generously.

Juliette K. Rakow died in 1992.

Martin, John H. “Mrs. Leonard S. Rakow (1909–1992).” Journal of Glass Studies 35 (1993): 156–58.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Leonard S. and Juliette K. Rakow Correspondence

 Collection — Box 01: [Barcode: 5000009873], Folder: 04
Identifier: SC-0004
Scope and Contents

This small set of letters documents the Rakows' friendship with Sylvia and Herbert Jacobs, collectors of historic English ceramics. The letters, mostly written by the Rakows, describe trips abroad, impressions of glass and ceramic exhibitions and auctions, and mutual research interests. They also contain family news and expressions of gratitude for gifts and time spent together.

Dates: Circa 1974-1986