A Thousand Years of the Persian Book was developed under the leadership of James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress.

The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the
Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)
and Ambassador Hushang Ansary.

Jawad Kamel
Nazzie Eftekhari in honor of her parents,
Mrs. Homa (Arbab) Eftekhari and Mr. Mehdi Eftekhari;

Farshid Francis and Dionne Najafi, Pivotal Foundation
Forough and Mori Hossein
Minoo and Faraj Saghri

Bita Daryabari and Dr. Reza Malek; Faramarz “Fred” Fardshisheh; Laya and Hamid Biglari; Ali Ebrahimi; Sherry S. Bahrambeygui and Patrick L. Hosey; Meriel and Akbar Lari; Gita Khadiri and Fred Khoroushi; Haida and Ali Mojdehi; Nader A. Mousavi; Shoaleh and Asghar Nosrati; Stephanie and Fred Pezeshkan; Nancy Bagley and Soroush Shehabi; Fahimeh Nouriani and Farhad Saadat; Hamid Noshirvani; Don Bering, Calibre Motors, Inc.; Mehdi Haidarali, Sanie Manufacturing Company, Inc.; and Joseph Gabbaian, Fariborz Fred Matloob Foundation

Exhibition Team

  • William Jacobs, Chief, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Cynthia Wayne, Exhibition Director, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Karen Werth, Production Officer, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Christopher O’Connor, Senior Exhibition Specialist, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Tambra Johnson Reap, Registrar, Interpretive Programs Office

Exhibition Curators

  • Mary Jane Deeb, Chief, African and Middle Eastern Division
  • Hirad Dinavari, Iranian World Reference Specialist, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division
  • Chris Murphy, Head, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division

Interpretive Programs Office Staff

Denise Agee, Kimberli Curry, Vicki Fortuno, Martha Hopkins, Carroll Johnson-Welsh, David Jung, Susan Mordan-White, Betsy Nahum-Miller, Cheryl Regan, Marc Roman, Patrick Shepler, and Rachel Waldron

Special thanks are due to the following members of the Library of Congress staff for their assistance with this exhibition:

Roberta I. Schaffer, Library Services; Jeremy Adamson, Collections and Services; Sharon Horowitz,  African and Middle East Division; Kaare Chaffee, Claire Dekle, Yasmeen Khan, Dan Paterson Tessa Gadomski, and Simonette dela Torre, Conservation Division; Sue Siegel, Development Office; Domenic Sergi, Andrew Cook, and Jade Curtis, Digital Scan Center;Cynthia A. Smith, Geography and Maps Division; Stanley Bandong, Graphic Arts Services Unit; Karen Chaput, Information Technology Services; Bryan E. Cornell, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division; Mary Wheeler, Printing Management Section; Donna Urschel, Public Affairs Office; Dan de Simone, Rare Book and Special Collections; Jim Karamanis, Thip Padavong, Rohit Gupta, Laura Moiseev, Chun Yi, and Qun Lai, Web Services.

The Library also wishes to express gratitude to the following individuals for their assistance and expertise: Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, Director, and Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Roshan Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland; and Dr. Ulrich Marzolph, University of Göttingen, Germany.

Exhibition Design

Shveima Associates, Charlottesville, Virginia