Peter J. Blodgett

Peter J. Blodgett
H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History
Department: Library

Dr. Peter Blodgett received his bachelor's degree in American history from Bowdoin College and his doctorate from Yale University. Since joining The Huntington in 1985, he has overseen the Library's collections related to the history of the North American West from 1800 to the present. Blodgett has spoken and published widely on national parks, tourism and recreation, as well as the management of manuscripts and archives. His most recent projects include "Geographies of Wonder," two consecutive exhibitions on America's national parks, and an edited volume, Motoring West: Volume 1 Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015).


Posted on Aug. 19, 2020
The letter sheets that depicted gold mining in all its permutations emphasized certain common features that characterized that occupation throughout its early years. Above all, they highlighted the…
Posted on May. 8, 2019
Harper’s Weekly, America’s leading illustrated periodical, celebrated the 1869 joining of the rails with this engraving reproduced from an original photograph. The Huntington Library, Art…