David H. Mihaly

David H.  Mihaly
Jay T. Last Curator of Graphic Arts and Social History
Department: Library, Curatorial Department (626-405-2203)

David Mihaly curates the Library's collections of historical prints, posters, and ephemera. He received his M.A. from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in history museum studies. An award-winning exhibit designer, Mihaly co-owned a museum consulting firm and has curated more than 25 exhibitions including two at The Huntington: "The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography" and "Your Country Calls: Posters of the First World War." He has published on American print culture ranging from product advertising and commercial lithographers to psychedelic rock posters. A recent board member of The Ephemera Society of America, Mihaly currently serves on its fundraising, legacy, and membership committees.


Posted on Jun. 30, 2016
Home Run Polka. Sheet music, 1867. Printed by L. N. Rosenthal, Philadelphia, Pa., color lithograph on paper, 13½” x 10½”. This illustrated cover shows a loose interpretation of the Massachusetts…
Posted on Mar. 21, 2016
Of the tens of thousands of colorful trade cards printed by 1900, those made to promote nursery and seed companies are among the richest sources of color lithography. The process boosted an industry…
Posted on Nov. 12, 2015
ZEICHNET 4. KRIEGSANLEIHE [Subscribe to the 4th War Loan], ca. 1917. Heinrich Lefler (1863-1919). Austria-Hungary, lithograph on paper, 45” x 33¾”. Gift of Jay T. Last. The double-headed black…