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Johannes Feenstra Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0195

Scope and Contents

The Johannes Feenstra Papers contain primarily lecture and course materials, with accompanying slides, videos and videotapes, although media is housed by format, not with accompanying curriculum. There is one box of personal papers and photographs, correspondence and clippings. There are books on glass, glassmaking and glass technology, including technical publications from Philips Glass and Schott-Nederland. There are also a variety of periodicals published by various glass organizations.

The collection is unprocessed, but there are six types of content present: Curricular and Lecture Materials; Personal Papers and Photographs; Videos; Periodicals; Books; and Slides. The bulk of the collection consists of Curricular and Lecture Materials.

Researchers should note that although the box labels indicate that the collection comprises 20 boxes, only 18 boxes of materials are known to exist.


  • 1978-2000


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Dutch.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Johannes "Han" Feenstra, born in Friesland, The Netherlands on December 22, 1929, was a mechanical engineer for Philips Glass in Eindhoven from 1952 until his retirement in 1990, eventually heading the Mechanical Department and Central Laboratory. Feenstra was also a writer, lecturer and teacher, publishing numerous articles on glass technologies in a variety of publications. Upon retirement, Feenstra conducted a glass course at the Rivierland College in Tiel for many years, sponsored by Schott-Nederland and the NV Vereeningde Glasfabrieken Leerdam.

Feenstra studied at the MTS and HTS in Leeuwarden in the 1940s. After joining Philips, he worked developing mechanization for the production of glass ovens and products, such as bulbs and television screens, and new technologies in optical glass and glass fibers. Feenstra was involved in the professionalization of glass techniques and processes, publishing articles in publications such as Glass Vademecum. He was also interested in the history and culture of glass production techniques, curating exhibitions and lecturing on those topics.

Feenstra died December 24, 2016 in Huizen, Noord-Holland. He was married to Tiny Kamstra; they had five sons.


17.0 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger boxes and 16 records cartons)

Custodial History

Gift of Pieter Feenstra and Family, 2017

Separated Materials

Books received with the collection were separated and added to the library's book collections. To find them, search the catalog for "received with the Johannes Feenstra collection."

Johannes Feenstra Papers, 1978-2000
A Guide to the Collection
Mary Anne Hamblen
April 2017
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