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Meet the Curators
At the Library of Congress, curators are the content specialists, deeply knowledgeable about specific areas of the vast and multiform collections. All have higher academic degrees and years of professional experience in guiding scholars and the public to the information and resources they seek.
Beverly Brannan is curator of 20th-century documentary photography. She co-edited Documenting America: FSA-OWI Photographs, 1935-1943 (1989) and FSA: The American Vision (2006). She also works with the Library's extensive collections of photojournalism.
Dr. Leonard Bruno is the Library's manuscript specialist for science and technology and is responsible for over 500 individual collections in the Manuscript Division. Bruno is the author of two major Library of Congress publications interpreting the Library's landmark works in science and technology and has curated three major exhibitions for the Library.
Mark Dimunation was appointed Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress in 1998. As Chief, Mr. Dimunation is responsible for the development and management of the Rare Book Collection, the largest collection of rare books in North America. He specializes in 18th and 19th century English and American printing and has considerable experience working with antiquarian materials as well as fine press and contemporary artists books. He is currently completing an extensive project to reconstruct Thomas Jefferson's Library at the Library of Congress.
Sara W. Duke is a curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Art in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. She has worked with caricature and cartoon art since 1993, serving most recently as co-curator for the exhibitions Cartoon America.
Clark Evans is the Head of Reference Services in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress. Mr. Evans has been employed in the Division since 1974. He has previously served as President of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia (1990-92); and the Abraham Lincoln Institute (1997-2000).
Jeff Flannery is the Head of the Reference and Reader Services Section in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. His employment with the Library began in 1985. He was selected for the Library of Congress Intern Program, worked in the Inquiry Section of the Library's Congressional Research Service, and served as a senior manuscript reference librarian before heading the section. A graduate of Temple University, Mr. Flannery also earned a MA in History from Duquesne University and an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh.
John R. Hébert is Chief, Geography and Map Division, at the Library of Congress. He is the editor and contributor to 1492: An Ongoing Voyage, the companion volume to the Library of Congress's Columbus Quincentenary exhibition 1492-1992: The Ongoing Voyage. He served for 14 years as editor of the cartographic and the bibliography and general works sections of the annual Handbook of Latin American Studies, authored The Library of Congress Hispanic and Portuguese Collections, An Illustrated Guide, produced, with Anthony Mullan, The Luso Hispanic World in Maps; A Selective Guide to Manuscript Maps to 1900 in the Library of Congress, and authored Panoramic Maps of Cities in the United States and Canada. He contributed to the atlas publication Virginia in Maps: Four Centuries of Settlement, Growth, and Development (2000) and served as contributor and editor of Charting Louisiana: Five Hundred Years of Map atlas (2003).
He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (1965), and M.A. (1967) and Ph.D (1972) degrees in Latin American history from Georgetown University.
Janice E. Ruth was formerly the manuscript specialist in American women's history at the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, where she now holds the position of assistant chief. She is one of the authors of the Library's resource guide American Women, the illustrated book Women Who Dare: Women of the Suffrage Movement and three Library of Congress Web sites relating to women's history, including Women of Protest.
Dr. John R. Sellers is a specialist in the American Civil War and Reconstruction in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress. He has written and spoken widely as a historian and curated a number of exhibitions, including the Library's nationally-touring Lincoln Bicentennial exhibition, With Malice Toward None. His many publications include Civil War Manuscripts: A Guide to Collections in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Dr. Sellers received his Ph.D. from Tulane University.
Raymond White is a Senior Music Specialist in the Library's Music Division. He holds undergraduate degrees in history and music and graduate degrees in musicology and library science. During his nearly three decades in the Music Division, he has worked in a variety of capacities involving acquisitions, reference assistance, preservation and exhibitions and displays. He now serves as the division's Outreach Coordinator. His varied musical interests include George and Ira Gershwin (he is the curator of the Library's Gershwin Collection) as well as George Frideric Handel, Franz Liszt, opera and choral music.
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