Teresa T. Basler is an independent researcher in Springfield, Virginia, and a former manuscripts cataloger of the Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library. She holds an M.S. in information sciences from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her interests are in manuscript studies and library history, with a particular interest in manuscript collectors and collecting.
Bernadette A. Lear holds a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and is a behavioral sciences and education librarian at the Penn State Harrisburg Library in Middletown, Pennsylvania. She is interested in the history of print ephemera as well as the development of public libraries in Pennsylvania. She has published articles on the history of college yearbooks and library annual reports and is currently researching the life and work of Hannah Packard James, one of Pennsylvania’s first professional librarians.
Faye Phillips is associate dean of libraries at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a member of the faculty of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She holds a master’s degree in library science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. degree in history from Georgia State University. She is the author of Congressional Papers: Collecting, Appraising, Arranging and Describing (McFarland and Company, 1996) and Local History Collections in Libraries (Libraries Unlimited, 1995). Her research interests include special collections library services and functions, developing digital libraries, women and family history, local history, political collections, and academic library administration. She is currently writing a book on the growth of Louisiana’s cultural institutions from 1836 to 1911.
Jean Preer is professor at Indiana University School of Library and Information Science–Indianapolis. She holds a doctorate in American civilization and a law degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of California at Berkeley. She was the recipient of the 2006 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her research interests include American library history, intellectual freedom, and professional ethics.
David C. Wright is a professor of history in the Department of Philosophy and Literature, University of Guanajuato, Mexico. He holds a master of fine arts degree from Instituto Allende and a doctorate in social sciences from El Colegio de Michoacán in central Mexico. He has taught history, art history, and the Nahuatl language at several colleges and universities in central Mexico. His research focuses on pre-Hispanic and early colonial pictorial manuscripts from central Mexico and on early colonial manuscripts written alphabetically in the Otomí and Nahuatl languages.