SAM LEMLEY

CURATOR of SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

I am Curator of Special Collections at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and an affiliate of the Center for Early Modern Print, Networks, and Performance in CMU’s Department of English. I work on a range of things—chiefly 16th- and 17th-century literature and science, analytical and computational bibliography, Thomas Jefferson, and the history and bibliography of science & math. My writing appears in or is forthcoming from Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Spenser Studies, The Library, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Studies in Bibliography. I hold a PhD in English from the University of Virginia (UVa) and an MLIS with a certificate of concentration in rare books and special collections librarianship from the Palmer School in New York City. In 2022 I was a William Reese Fellow at Rare Book School; in 2021 I was a Researcher-in-Residence at Oak Spring Garden Foundation; in 2018 I was a Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellow in Descriptive Bibliography at Harvard’s Houghton Library; and in 2018/9 I was awarded fellowships at the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, and Princeton University. I was also the 2018 recipient of first prize in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the Jay I. Kislak foundation. 

RECENT PROJECTS