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Sam Halstead Contemporary Stained Glass Documentaries

Identifier: MS-0233

Scope and Contents

This digital collection consists of five documentary films. _Lighting the Way: The German Pioneers of Contemporary Stained Glass_ is the longest of the films, running 90 minutes. It includes interviews with German and American artists and art historians and numerous images of German stained glass windows, mostly taken by Halstead. The remaining four films are significantly shorter, running 13 to 20 minutes each, and consist largely of interviews with the featured artists.


  • Creation: 2017-2020


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers may make an appointment to view the collection or view the materials online.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Sam Halstead is a stained glass artist and documentary film maker. Originally from New Zealand, he opened a stained glass studio in Aukland in 1979. After many years there, he immigrated to the United States and settled in California. In the 2010s, Halstead produced several documentary films about contemporary stained glass. _Lighting the Way: The German Pioneers of Contemporary Stained Glass_, won the American Glass Guild Inspiration Award in 2018.


12.5 Gigabytes (5 MP4 files)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Access to these materials is currently provided through a YouTube account unaffiliated with the Corning Museum of Glass. Local digital copies may be viewed upon request.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Sam Halstead in 2020.

Accession 2021.001

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

Sam Halstead Contemporary Stained Glass Documentaries, 2017-2020
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
December 29, 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