Warren Center: "Collection Development Strategies for American History at Harvard"


Thursday, March 3, 2016, 11:00am to 12:00pm


Lamont Library, Lamont Forum Room

David Gary-Thursday March 3, 2016

11:00am-12:00pm/ in Lamont Forum Room located in Lamont Library

David Gary is the Kaplanoff Librarian for American History at Yale University Library where he is the collection development, reference, and instruction specialist in American history, American Studies, African American Studies, and the English-speaking Caribbean.  As the outreach specialist in those fields he participates in the scholarly community of Yale through attendance at lectures, departmental events, and colloquia.  At Yale, he works closely with archivists and curators to blend the teaching of electronic resources and special collections materials.  He has also worked to build distinctive collections in the history of VHS and home video, horror and exploitation movies, right wing political movements, and fundamentalist Christian ephemera.  He holds a Ph.D. in American history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York with specializations in the early American republic and the history of the book.  His dissertation examined the political nature of the early American politician Rufus King's book collecting and reading habits.  Additionally, he has an MLS from Queens College of the City University of New York.  At Queens College, David was instrumental in helping the library's special collections department acquire the library of the radical civil rights activist James Forman, which he helped process and describe for his capstone project.  He is currently working on two articles, one a study of the acknowledgment pages of early American history monographs from 1995-2015 and another on the history of the antislavery politician and first Republican governor of New York, John A. King (1788-1867).  

 David has been asked to prepare and present a 20-25 minute presentation on the following topic:

Collection Development Strategies for American History at Harvard

 A question and answer period will follow each presentation.