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Mark Pendergrast Mirror Research Files

Identifier: MS-0120

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of research materials that Mark Pendergrast created and consulted while writing his 2003 award-winning book _Mirror, Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection_. It is divided into four series:

(1) Interview Transcriptions and Notes, 1969-2002

(2) Correspondence and Subject Files, 1719-2002

(3) Research Journals, 1990-2002

(4) Miscellaneous Materials, 1993-2004


  • 1719-2004
  • Majority of material found within 1985-2002


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

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

Mark Pendergrast has been a professional non-fiction author since 1991. Educated at Harvard University and Simmons College, he began his career as an academic librarian and freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. Pendergrast has written a number of well-received books, including _For God, Country and Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It_ (1993), _Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World_ (2000), _Mirror, Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection_ (2003), and _Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service_ (2010).


12.2 Linear Feet (25 Hollinger boxes and 1 half Hollinger box)

Mark Pendergrast Mirror Research Files
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker and Amanda LaLomia
May 18, 2018
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