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Henry R. Frankel Collection on Marian Karel and Dana Zámečníková

Identifier: MS-0232

Scope and Contents

In anticipation of writing an article about Czech glass artists Marian Karel and Dana Zámečníková́, Henry R. Frankel recorded interviews with Karel and Zámečníková́ in 1996. These interviews, as well as related photographic prints, slides, and gallery ephemera make up this small collection. The interviews with Karel were conducted in English and Czech with a live translator. The interviews with Zámečníková́ are in English.

In the recorded conversations, the artists discuss their personal and educational histories, artistic influences, and the creation of specific works. Frankel's audiocassette labels are inconsistent, sometimes duplicative, and difficult to read. The order of the tapes presented in the finding aid may not be accurate. Researchers should also note that no paperwork authorizing the interviews or transferring copyright in the interviews to Frankel was received with the collection.


  • Circa 1978-1996


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Czech and English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The user agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rakow Research Library against all claims, demands, costs and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of Library materials.

Biographical / Historical

Henry R. Frankel studied and taught philosophy and the history of science at the University of Missouri, Kansas City for 43 years. He is best known for his work on the history of continental drift and plate tectonics theory in the field of geology. Frankel and his wife, Paula, were also patrons of the arts. They collected contemporary glass, and he wrote an article on the aesthetics of glass for the _Encyclopedia of Aesthetics_ (Oxford University Press, 1998). Frankel died in 2019.

Marian Karel was born in Pardubice / Pardubitz, Czech Republic in 1944. He studied under Stanislav Libenský at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague from 1965 to 1972. A sculptor who works in the medium of glass, he went on to teach at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design himself. In 1995, he earned the rank of professor and was appointed chair of the Fine Arts Department. Karel’s work may be found in a number of museums, including The Corning Museum of Glass and Museum Kampa. He also completed architecture and public art commissions in the Czech Republic, Egypt, Iran, Japan, and Spain.

Dana Zámečníková́ was born in Prague in 1945. She studied architecture at the Czech Technical University before studying stage design under Josef Svoboda at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. She began painting on glass in 1973; by 1980, she was working exclusively in the medium of glass. Her works are held by a number of museums, including The Corning Museum of Glass, the Victoria and Albert, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Zámečníková and Karel are married and reside in the Czech Republic.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some of the audiocassettes play back at an accelerated speed, making it difficult to understand the speakers. Some tapes also seem to have recorded content on one side only.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Henry and Paula Frankel in 2020.

Accession 2020.014

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

Processing Information

The collection was very lightly processed, and more accurate recording titles will be created when the audiocasettes are digitized for preservation and access. An audiocassette marked "Dana Zámečníková Second Day at Pilchuck- Empty" was found to be without content and discarded.

Henry R. Frankel Collection on Marian Karel and Dana Zámečníková, Circa 1978-1996
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
December 3, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

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