PROSSER GIFFORD

Prosser Gifford is Director of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D in history from Yale. His academic career includes teaching appointments at Yale University and at Amherst College, where he was Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty from 1967-1979. Dr. Gifford was appointed deputy director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1980 until worked there until 1988, when he became a visiting scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1989). He has served on the boards of trustees of various academic and research bodies, including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. At the Library of Congress, he has directed a variety of special programs and projects, including establishing the Japan Documentation Center (1992); organizing a major exhibition of Treasures from the Bibliotheque nationale de France (1995); setting up the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library competition (1996) and setting up the Mellon Foreign Area Fellowship competition (1966); and organizing the first of a series of LC Bicentennial symposia (Frontiers of the Mind, 1999) as well as the Democracy and the Rule of Law symposium.. He has extensive experience as an editor of volumes on African history, United States foreign policy, and, most recently, Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France (1995).