Karla Ann Merino Nielsen

Karla Ann Merino Nielsen
Curator of Literary Collections
Department: Library, Curatorial Department (626-405-2203)

Dr. Karla Nielsen stewards the Library's archival and print holdings in literature, publishing, journalism, and the performing arts. Before joining The Huntington in 2018, Nielsen worked as curator of literature in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University, where she had an affiliate appointment in the Department of English & Comparative Literature. She obtained her doctorate in comparative literature (Spanish, Latin, Arabic) from the University of California at Berkeley and her M.S.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as an editor for academic and small press publishers, experience that continues to inform her scholarly interests in publishing studies, the interrelatedness of literary form and material format, visual poetics, and the long history of the novel. At The Huntington, she curated the exhibition "Mapping Fiction" in 2022 and is currently preparing an exhibition on 19th-century climate change awareness for Pacific Standard Time 2024.


Posted on Aug. 5, 2020
Composer and writer Harold Bruce Forsythe (1908–1976). Photo by Fred Hartsook. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Most researchers using our literary collections at The…
Posted on Apr. 24, 2019
How Celia Paul’s Art Resonates with That of the Brontë Sisters Celia Paul, The Brontë Parsonage (with Charlotte’s Pine and Emily’s Path to the Moors), 2017. Oil on canvas, 36 1/8 x 29 1/4 in. ©…