Corning Flood of 1972

Cover Image:
Corning Flood of 1972
Books on a table to defrost - Image Source

Collection Facts

Dates of Original:
c. 1972

Historical Context

On June 23, 1972, Corning and the surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood, as a result of the tropical storm Agnes. At the Museum, hundreds of objects were broken, more than half of the Library’s materials were saturated with flood water, and the facility was covered with a thick layer of slime and mud. This collection chronicles the determination of Museum staff and the community to rebuild, and shed light on the unique conservation techniques that were used to restore Library materials.

Scope of Collection

This collection of photographs illustrates the steps taken toward conservation of glass objects and the restoration of library materials.