After nearly 18 years at Harvard College Library, Anne Anninger, Philip Hofer Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library, retired on March 31.

Ms. Anninger has been responsible for a collection of 200,000 manuscripts, printed books, drawings, photographs, and ephemeral pieces documenting the development of letter-form and the history of printing and illustration, from eighth-century illumination to today’s digitized media. In addition, as Lecturer on History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, she has conducted seminars for undergraduate and graduate students and also maintained an active program of lectures for neighboring institutions, including Massachusetts College of Art, Boston University, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Under her guidance, Houghton’s Department of Printing and Graphic Arts has become a center for the study of book-arts for scholars, students, and faculty from Harvard, and Boston area institutions.

During her tenure as Hofer Curator, Ms. Anninger, has been a leader within the University Library system, in securing grants for digitizing and microfilming projects, including a 1993 NEH grant for the online cataloging, housing, microfilming, and preservation of more than 5,000 architectural drawings from the Henry Hobson Richardson Collection. The Department of Printing and Graphics was a joint recipient of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant in 1994-1996 to preserve and enhance access to daguerreotypes in various collections throughout the University. In 1998, the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts received funding from the Getty Foundation to conduct a detailed examination and study of the nineteenth-century paper negatives and photogenic drawings in the Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography held by the Houghton Library.

Ms. Anninger first came to Harvard in 1975, as a bibliographic assistant. In 1976 was promoted to Rare Book Cataloger for Printing and Graphic Arts in Houghton Library. She cataloged books from the sixteenth century to the present, concentrating on two major collections of eighteenth-century Venetian imprints and sixteenth-century and Portuguese imprints. She is a two-time recipient of the Douglas W. Bryant Fellowship for Bibliographical Research. In 1982 Ms Anninger left Harvard for Wellesley College where she served as Special Collections Librarian and then as Associate Librarian before returning to Houghton Library in 1990.

She earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University in 1994; an MA in Art History from Harvard University in 1987; an MLS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences; and her BA from Brandeis University in 1973. Between 1994 and 1996, she served as Co-Chair of the Friends of Harvard College Library, and as Treasurer from 1996-1998. She is a past president of the American Printing History Association, National Chapter, a member of the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Committee, Grolier Club, a member of the Bibliographic Society of America, and the Print Council of America.


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