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Karen S. Chambers Collection on Contemporary Glass Artists

Identifier: MS-0019

Scope and Contents

Researchers will find a wealth of collected and original information on various contemporary glass artists in this collection. The combination of materials--slides, paper records, and audio--offers unique views into the lives and work of contemporary glass artists. The collection is divided into three series:

(1) Slides, 1930-2001

(2) Correspondence and Subject Files, 1954-2002

(3) Interviews, 1983-1997


  • 1930-2002


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

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

Karen S. Chambers is best known for her work as a writer, editor, and curator on the subject of fine art, craft, and design, including contemporary glass art. Born in 1948, she earned an M.A. in Art History from the University of Cincinnati. She has worked in museums and galleries in the Midwest and New York City. She was editor of New Work magazine in the 1980s and has conducted interviews with a number of contemporary glass artists over the years.


15.5 Linear Feet (23 Hollinger boxes, 1 half Hollinger box, 2 flat boxes, and a card file box)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Researchers are asked to use copies of interviews in CD format rather than the original media.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Karen S. Chambers in 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Joe Schill in 2019 with assistance from Amanda LaLomia

Karen S. Chambers Collection on Contemporary Glass Artists, 1930-2002
A Guide to the Collection
Joe Schill
December 5, 2019
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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