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John Hawk

John HawkHead Librarian, Special Collections and University Archives

Office: Gleeson 311
Phone: (415) 422-2036

Primary Responsibilities:
I administer and develop the Library’s special collections which include a 17,000 volume rare book collection of early printed books, Jesuitica, recusant literature, the Sir Thomas More Collection, the Albert Sperisen Collection of Eric Gill, fine printing and book arts, literature of the English 1890s, and literary and historical manuscripts including papers of Anaïs Nin and Robinson Jeffers. I am responsible for reference and research services for special collections and for building, managing and interpreting the collections through library instruction, exhibitions, programming and outreach to the University campus and Bay Area book community.

Liaison Area:
I am a Library Liaison to the History Department.

About Me:
I was born in Seattle and raised in Portland, Oregon. I have a B.A. from Reed College and an M.L.I.S. and M.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professional History:

I have served as Head Librarian of the Donohue Rare Book Room since 1998. Prior to that I was Special Collections Librarian at the rank of Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon Knight Library, where I had responsibility for the rare book and photography collections.

Professional Activity:
I am active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. I am a Past President of the Book Club of California and a member of the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco.

My family and I divide our time between San Francisco and Portland. We especially enjoy spending time on the Oregon Coast. I am a San Francisco Giants fan and never miss an opportunity to hear live music in Golden Gate Park.