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Leonard S. and Juliette K. Rakow Correspondence

 Collection — Box: 01, 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.


  • Circa 1974-1986


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Leonard S. Rakow was born in Nebraska in 1909. Rakow studied medicine at New York University, graduating in 1933. He married Juliette Kamholtz, a teacher and native of New York City, in 1936. The couple settled in Riverdale, and Leonard S. Rakow became a successful surgeon.

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.

Leonard S. Rakow died in 1987, and Juliette K. Rakow died in 1992.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Herbert Jacobs in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

Leonard S. and Juliette K. Rakow Correspondence, Circa 1974-1986
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
November 24, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA