DAVID S. ZEIDBERG
Avery Director of the Library
David S. Zeidberg is the Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. In this role, he is responsible for one of the largest independent research libraries in the United States, with continuously growing collections made up of some 7 million manuscripts; 700,000 books; and 1.3 million photographs, prints, and ephemera. The Library’s subject strengths include British and American history and literature; Californiana and western Americana; history of science, technology and medicine; and printing history.
Having graduated summa cum laude from Windham College, Putney, Vt., Zeidberg received a master’s degree in medieval and Renaissance English language and literature, and a master’s in library and information science, both from Syracuse University. He has served as a rare books librarian at Syracuse (1972–75), curator of special collections at George Washington University (1975–84), and head of special collections at UCLA (1984–96) before assuming his duties at The Huntington in March 1996.
Zeidberg has written on topics such as teaching using primary resources, library security, and the future of special collections libraries in the age of technology. He has given lectures on the marketing of books in the 15th century and anticipates publishing these as a collection of essays. He also is the editor of a collection of essays, Aldus Manutius and Renaissance Culture (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1998).