Curator of Literary Collections Huntington Library

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Deadline: Friday 5 January 2018.
Related institutions: The Huntington Library
The Huntington Library seeks an energetic and collaborative professional with strong academic background to develop and interpret its collections of literature in English. The incumbent will be responsible for the stewardship of holdings in this area, building and maintaining a vibrant collections profile that serves the needs of advanced researchers and contributes to the cultural enrichment of the wider public. The Huntington is one of the world's leading libraries for advanced research in the humanities. Its strengths in English literature are anchored by the Ellesmere Chaucer and outstanding Shakespeare and British Renaissance print holdings. The broad and deep literary collections include early modern commonplace books; eighteenth-century letters; the Larpent Collection (a unique archive of almost every play submitted for license in Great Britain between 1737 and 1824); the writings of the Romantic poets; print and manuscript material of the New England authors, most notably, Thoreau's Walden manuscript; Victorian novels and related correspondence; manuscripts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites; and the 2,500-volume library and papers of Sir Richard Francis Burton. Twentieth-century authors collected include Jack London, Mary Austin, Wallace Stevens, Kingsley Amis, Christopher Isherwood, Hilary Mantel, Charles Bukowski, Octavia E. Butler, and Paul Theroux.
Related keywords: bibliography, book history, library, literature