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May 4, 2001

New Chief of Prints and Photographs Division Announced

The Library of Congress announces the appointment of Dr. Jeremy E. Adamson as the Chief of the Prints and Photographs Division. Dr. Adamson assumes his responsibilities on May 7, 2001.

Associate Librarian for Library Services Winston Tabb said, "Dr. Adamson's decades of scholarship, leadership and involvement in programs in the field have provided him with a combination of management and technical experience that will serve the Library well in this critical management position."

"His broad and varied experience with pictorial materials will be invaluable to the Library and to the Prints and Photographs Division in our continuing efforts to build the collections and to enhance access for the growing constituency for visual materials," said Diane Kresh, Director of Public Service Collections.

Dr. Adamson earned a doctorate in Art History from the University of Michigan. He is currently Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery, where he has worked since 1991. A graduate of the Museum Management Institute, his career highlights include serving as a curator of collections of pictorial materials in three major museums: the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Glenbow Museum (where he also served as the Head of the Art Department) in Calgary; and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

Dr. Adamson has extensive experience in outreach and other special programs, having organized 15 museum exhibitions at six institutions (including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian) using a range of materials-from fine prints, drawings, and oil and watercolor paintings to popular and applied graphic arts and photographs. His broad-ranging exhibition, "Niagara: Two Centuries of Changing Attitudes, 1697-1901" (Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1985), incorporated loans from the Library's Prints and Photographs Division. As a Smithsonian scholar, he lectured widely during national outreach programs, including the sesquicentennial year's program "Smithsonian Voices of Discovery." He has also lectured on art history at the University of Toronto and as Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art Department at The Johns Hopkins University. At the Renwick, he coordinated an annual scholarly fellowship program and a biennial scholarly book prize.

Dr. Adamson is a prolific writer, having authored and published numerous books, articles, exhibition catalogs and brochures on a wide variety of art-related topics. Among his recent projects is the book American Wicker: Woven Furniture from 1850 to 1930 (Rizzoli, 1993), a study of the cultural, industrial and design history of woven furniture, which incorporates illustrations Dr. Adamson located here at the Library. His latest book, The Furniture of Sam Maloof, will be published in September by W. W. Norton.

The Prints and Photographs Division is responsible for acquiring, preserving, securing, processing and serving the Library's unique and vast collection of visual materials, which includes more than 12 million photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

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PR 01-074
5-4-01
ISSN 0731-3527

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